Moving to London’s East Side
The East End isn’t always an expat’s first stop for finding flats for rent in London, but after you’ve lived here a while you come to appreciate its authentic and diverse city scene. Though not entirely off the tourist track with its proximity to the Tower of London and Jack the Ripper tour routes, Spitalfields is still mainly enjoyed by locals who live or work there.
Since the 17th century, a market has stood on the site of Old Spitalfields Market. Today, it continues to thrive, with each day offering a different rotation of goods, from the latest fashions to vintage glam, new collectibles to antique gems. The Traders Market in Crispin Place can have as many as over a hundred stalls selling clothing, music, and bits and bobs, while the Spitalfields Arts Market on Market Street sells affordable art created by the seasoned and up-and-coming alike. And beyond open-air stalls are the permanent shops of Spitalfields, selling classic and trendy upmarket clothing and furnishings.
Yet as much as this immediate area feels tucked away in narrow Old London streets, there are also shiny and new corporate buildings extending a bit of the City’s finance district this way. Adding to this hodgepodge of old and new is the nearby Petticoat Lane clothing market and Brick Lane Market, which sells a random variety of vintage items (and just old junk). Then there’s the Sunday UpMarket located in the old Truman Brewery, consisting of well over a hundred stalls of fun and retro clothing, jewelry, arts, crafts, and diverse ethnic foods. Speaking of food, with its high Bangladeshi population, Brick Lane is London’s curry capital with a string of restaurants competing for your patronage as you walk along, and Spitalfields Market offers many quaint cafés and restaurants.
Where practicality is concerned after all this fun, Spitalfields Market apartments are only a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street station (serving the London Underground’s Circle, Central, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines as well as Network Rail trains), Aldgate (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines), Aldgate East (Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City), and Shoreditch Overground station. A few bus routes also run from the immediate area, and dozens more can be accessed between the abovementioned stations (almost 20 from Liverpool Street alone). Or, for a healthy and green commute, there are several Barclays bike docking stations scattered around.
Finding Spitalfields Market Apartments
When it comes to finding London apartments for rent in Spitalfields, one thing clashing with the trendy fashion of this area is the remarkably out-of-date London rentals market. Lettings agencies here don’t share their listings with each other through an MLS system, which means their stock of property is highly localized (limited to the area in which their offices are located) and incomplete (they list a portion of available east London flats, but their competitors represent the rest). You, in turn, have visit different agencies one-by-one to gradually work your way through a decent sample of Spitalfields Market apartments.
Or you could just call London Relocation. Showing you 18 to 25 Spitalfield Market apartments in one day, we make sure you’re able to exhaust the area for any flats meeting your time frame, budget, and fancy—and that you do so quickly enough so you don’t have to take much time away from work or other priorities nor lose out on awesome places because someone else snatched them up overnight while you were waiting for your next lettings agent to book an appointment.
We’ll also be the guide on your side through it all—from planning ahead to actually moving to London to getting settled in happily thereafter.