A guide to Spitalfields E1 for city workers

Daniel Romano playing the Upstart Crow Festival 2017. Bishops Square, Spitalfields 01/10/2017

Spitalfields E1 sits in the heart of one of London’s busiest business districts, just a 5-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station. Every day, thousands of city workers head to Liverpool Street and Shoreditch, home to small start-ups, high-powered multinational corporations and trendy advertising agencies. As a result, our market, with its unique atmosphere and food options, is a bustling hive of activity around breakfast and lunch time.

Whether city workers are dropping in for a coffee, looking for work lunch ideas, or perhaps taking a client out for a posh lunch, we provide a welcome change of scenery for business staff around the area. So, if you’re on the tube on the way to work, you’re bored of the same old lunch and want something a bit more special, check out our guide designed especially for city workers.

Taking a quick break:

City work is usually pretty intense, and can burn out even the most energetic of people if they don’t take a break every now and then. Perhaps this is why the coffee shops around Spitalfields E1 are often filled to the rafters in the morning. Nude Coffee Roasters on Market Street is a particularly popular haunt for workers looking for that extra kick in the morning. You can find out all about them in our recent blog post.

For grabbing a quick, healthy breakfast, itsu proves to be incredibly popular, with its range of healthy breakfast options, including raw smoothies, yoghurts and egg dishes. Perfect for the health-conscious people of London.

Also, we’ll let you in on a little secret. Every day, half an hour before closing time, itsu sells all remaining cold food items in its fridges at half-price! Perfect for a quick dinner, or even tomorrow’s breakfast!

If it’s an afternoon snack you’re after, look no further than Patisserie Valerie and Konditor & Cook, two of the best bakeries in London. With everything from cakes to traybakes, croissants or other sweet pastries, the temptation to indulge will be high!


Enlivening your lunch hour:

Lunch time is the best time! A precious hour, often skipped by people too busy to step away from their desk, but one that should be cherished. For too long, people have walked to the same standard sandwich shop, bought the same meal deal and walked straight back to the office.

Enough of that! If you’re after lunch near Liverpool street, you should check out some of the lunch options at Spitalfields E1 to really get the kick you need for the afternoon.

If you’re after something quick to grab and go, be sure to stop by our permanent food trucks, The Duck Truck, London Bagel Company, Smokoloko and Sud Italia. Each of them provides exquisite hot food that can be enjoyed in the market, perhaps exploring the range of fashion, homeware, art and cosmetic stalls that make us different, or taken back to your desk to crack on with work. Whether it’s a ‘Luca’ bagel burger with halloumi, rocket and chili jam, or a traditional Naples-style pizza. Lunch doesn’t get better than this!

On Fridays, there’s even more reason to come down for lunch. To celebrate the end of the week, we host our special Startisans market, bringing the best street food in London to Spitalfields E1. Whatever lunch you fancy, be it vegan dishes, new flavours from around the world or something indulgent, you’ll find it in spades here. There is no better way to spend a Friday lunchtime. We guarantee it!

Impressing your clients:

Grabbing a delicious lunch before returning to the office is a great option when you’re busy, but what about when it’s a bit quieter, or you have a client to feed? We have plenty of options on site to help!

If you’re looking for casual dining in a friendly environment, you’re utterly spoiled for choice here. With Canteen, Carluccio’s, Giraffe, The Grocer and Galvin HOP all available, there is bound to be a place perfect for you.

Each offers a different vibe for different people, along with a wide range of high-quality lunch options, ranging from legendary hot dogs and legendary Pilsner Urquell at Galvin HOP, award-winning pies and wines at Canteen, excellent modern Italian cuisine at Carluccio’s, cocktails and burgers with global ‘world kitchen’ flavours at Giraffe or pub classics done perfectly in a relaxed background at The Grocer.

Of course, if your client is used to finer things, or you want to truly impress them, look no further than La Chapelle, a Michelin-starred restaurant run by the legendary Galvin brothers. Described by TimeOut as ‘an elegant destination for modern French cuisine’, and a previous winner of the AA ‘Best Restaurant in London’ award, you’re sure to make a good impression! Who can say no to Pigeon Tagine, Dorset Crab Lasagne or even a Banana Soufflé? Especially when the environment is a beautiful grade 2 listed building with high-vaulted ceilings.

Giraffe Bar Buddies

Celebrating the end of the day:

You’ve done it! You’ve made it to the end of another long, difficult day! It’s probably time to relax, so rather than get on that train back home, how about paying a visit to one of our bars? With everything on offer from cocktail favourites, to craft ales and exciting soft options, there is plenty on offer to help melt the stresses of the day away.

One place that specialises in this is Bedales Wines, home to an enormous range of reds, whites and rosés from around the world, with some wines you won’t find anywhere else. Stay in the shop to enjoy live music, interesting cheeses and tasting some of the finest wines around. Alternatively, grab a bottle (or two) and head for home to relax in front of the TV!

Working in and around Spitalfields can open up a whole new world of possibilities for you and your colleagues, so be sure to share this guide with them using our social share buttons below and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all the goings on.

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