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The Ten Bells, E1

84 Commercial Street
E1 6LY
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Ten Bells

It’s taken me a long time to return to this one but being in the Spitalfields area and noticing that this historic grade II listed building has certainly been spruced up externally since the last time I was here and with the addition of some branded awnings that make it sit more comfortably into the general trendifying of the area around Spitalfields, I decided to pay it a return visit.
Internally the shabby chic furniture I remember seems to have gone, being replaced by leather bar stools along the far tiled walls behind the central bar and wooden tables and chairs to the front section.
But the biggest improvement in on the beer front with now three keg tap units dispensing a good range of craft beers with offerings from Truman’s, Camden and Fourpure alongside the usual keg suspects. Then the three hand pumps on the front bar section were dispensing Thwaites Wainwright, Trumans Gunboat and Youngs Bitter and the Gunboat was a well kept pint.
Now a much better pub than my previous visit all those years ago..

Previous Review:1st February 2010
The Ten Bells Pub has been standing on this site since around 1750 and is a piece of London history in that it is probably the most famous pub in Jack the Ripper story as Annie Chapman is rumoured to have drunk in here on the morning she became a Ripper victim.
Now a one bar pub which has been given the bohemian bar treatment and filled with a load of old settees and low slung wooden tables. Fortunately it still retains some excellent victorian tile work.
As a pub, this place is very poor. Dirty, average and expensive drinks choice and slumdog toilets.
But as a bit of London history it's brilliant, and worth visiting (once) for the Victorian tiles alone.

On 21st December 2018 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Ten Bells

The fake shabby chic signage remains, but this pub seems to have improved a fair bit since the reviews below. Gone are the copper-topped tables, seating being stools around a wall-mounted peripheral ledge with some high, tiered tables and stools at front. This place isn't as big as you'd think from the outside and has a mix of locals, hipsters, suits and tourists on the Ripper trail. The main reason for going is the stunning fully tiled interior, the likes of which I haven't seen before. There was a TV, off, and mid-level music.
Ales: Courage Directors', Sharp's Doom Bar and Southwark Brewing Co's London Pale Ale at £2.15 a half, which is about right for the area and it was a decent drop of ale to boot.
This pub is OK, but I found it a little too cold - as in aloof - and a little impersonal. I'd come here to see the tiles again, but wouldn't really return for any other reason.

On 11th July 2016 - rating: 4
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John Bonser left this review about The Ten Bells

Just down the road from The Golden Heart, and virtually next door to the impressive 18th century Christ Church, is The Ten Bells, another former Trumans pub.

A rather tatty looking exterior with peeling paint leads into a typically well stripped out Victorian era pub that now has a central island bar ( previously it was against the far wall ) . This has had the effect of reducing the available floor space. Furniture consists of some old style copper topped circular tables and wooden chairs with bar stools and a ledge down one side of the room. Probably reflecting the reduction in floor space, there seems to be less sofas than I remember previously – just the two at one side of the room close to a window.

Of particular note is the impressive tiling around two sides of the room, including a splendid mural – “Spitalfields in Olden Times” – showing an aristocratic looking couple in a weavers shop. This mural dates back to 1900 and earns the pub a listing in CAMRA’s book of London Heritage Pubs. Rather amusingly, and quite skilfully done in my view, is a more modern reproduction mural in similar style which shows an oddly dressed man with a cockatoo hair style about to enter the pub – “Spitalfields in Modern Times”. The walls of the stairs down to the toilets are covered in graffiti – all part of what I suppose is intended to be a shabby chic kind of appeal.

Somewhat surprisingly, there’s now 3 real ales on – Trumans Runner, Trumans Number 8 and Bombardier. The heavily tattooed barman’s raised eyebrows and tell tale initial tentative pull on the beer pump confirmed what I had strongly suspected at the outset – namely that I didn’t fit the desired customer profile, nor did they get much real ale trade. From memory the Trumans Runner was £ 3.65p and not desperately good.

I didn’t particularly like this place much at all – for one thing, even sitting there with my coat on, it felt distinctly chilly – and, if I’m in the area again, I’d probably stick to admiring the tilework through the windows from the pavement outside.

On 22nd February 2012 - rating: 4
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Shoreditch High Street, 0.32 miles, 6 min walk (show)
London Liverpool Street, 0.42 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Whitechapel, 0.65 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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5th May 2019, 19:07
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - x2, 25/60-person capacity. - last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays 7.30. - last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 February 2012 by hondo .
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 11 July 2016 by Tris C
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