This busy rail hub is often heaving with commuters on their way to the office but there’s more to the area than first meets the eye. Find a cheap hotel near Liverpool Street Station with us and follow our tips below to escape the rat race.
It would be difficult to go hungry around here, with a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants just a short walk away. The nearby Brick Lane is world famous for its curry houses and bagel shops, and there are plenty more tasty treats at the Boiler House Food Hall, with over thirty stalls serving international dishes such as sushi, pasta, dumplings, and much more.
If you prefer a liquid lunch, there’s a fine selection of bars close to most Liverpool Street Station hotels. Dirty Dicks has been serving locals since the 18th century and takes its name from a notoriously untidy warehouse owner, who was himself the inspiration for Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. This charming pub serves traditional British food such as pie and chips, and a range of Young’s ales.
Close to Spitalfields Markets lies the Water Poet, a quirky little pub with a beer garden and a stylish lounge, filled with a random selection of furniture that adds to the ambience. Try the gorgeous roast dinners, washed down with a pint of Camden Hells lager.
Just a short walk from most hotels near Liverpool Street Station is the Old Spitalfields Market, open seven days a week. Here you can find plenty of vintage shops and designer boutiques, with one of a kind jewelry and clothing designs by independent artists. There are also lots of vinyl and antique stalls if you love all things retro.
Art fans will want to spend some time at Spitalfields Art Market with a great range of affordable art by up and coming artists in the form of paintings and photography. We like My London Story, with their evocative black and white photos of old East End London.
The first sights to greet you at Liverpool Street are towering, modern office blocks, however, there are lots of hidden, historic gems just around the corner.
Dennis Severs’ House on Folgate Street is a Georgian terraced house built in 1724 that’s open to visitors. Each room recreates the sights, sounds, and smells of everyday life during the 18th century, complete with candelight, open fires, and authentic furnishings.
Slightly further away, in the narrow roof space of St Thomas’ Church, the Old Operating Theatre Museum wouldn’t look out of place in a Jack the Ripper film, with its wood-panelled, Victorian décor and bottled curiosities. Transport yourself back to the 1800s, amidst the tiered standing balcony, and discover more about grisly, early operation procedures from the excellent array of artifacts on display in the Herb Garret collection.
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