The Ten Bells Pub London

Ten Bells, the pub where Jack the Ripper drank - London
••• Credit: Juliet Coombe / Getty Images

The Ten Bells pub in East London is on the corner of Commercial Street and Fournier Street in Spitalfields. It is perhaps the most famous pub in Jack the Ripper history, as this was where two of his victims drank: Annie Chapman and Mary Kelly.

Many still visit because of this morbid past but, thankfully, the Ten Bells is still a decent East End boozer today.

The Name

The Ten Bells has had other names, and been in other nearby locations, since the mid-18th century but has been here since Victorian times after the road was widened and the land was given to the local Truman Brewery as compensation.

The pub's name is from the peal of the church bells opposite from the imposing Christ Church, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, who had studied and worked under Sir Christopher Wren.

Victorian Decor

In 1973 English Heritage decided the building should be preserved, and it is now a Grade II listed building. A lot of the Victorian charm of the building has been retained.

The Victorian tiling, from floor to ceiling, is particularly admired. There's a blue and white floral pattern on two walls and a painted mural called Spitalfields in ye Olden Time which features a couple of aristocrats visiting a Weaver's Shop to buy silk, as weaving with a popular industry in this area. The mural was added in the late 19th century by the firm of W. B. Simpson and Sons.

In 2010 a second mural was added upstairs called Spitalfields in Modern Times, painted by artist Ian Harper. This new mural features 21st century Spitalfields and its scenes and characters, such as the artists Gilbert and George.

The ground floor bar was also moved to the middle of the room to reduce the waiting time before getting served.

The Ten Bells Today

As well as the tourists keen for the Ripper connection, the pub is popular with Londoners. It attracts a mixed crowd, from suited City workers to hipsters looking to be seen in Shoreditch and everyone else too.

The ground floor can get crowded, and drinkers usually spill out onto the pavements. Head upstairs and there's more comfortable seating with good angles for people watching the streets below.

Beyond the listed tile work and villainous history lies a solid and well respected pub with a good range of quality beers and ales, plus wines and cocktails too.

Address

84 Commercial Street
London E1 6LY

On the corner of Fournier Street and Commercial Street, opposite Old Spitalfields Market.

Nearest Tube Stations: Liverpool Street / Aldgate East

Telephone: 020 7366 1721

Official Website: www.tenbells.com

In The Area: