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The Ten Bells, E1

84 Commercial Street
E1 6LY
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Ten Bells

This is a compact Grade II listed pub opposite Spitalfields Market and next to the impressive Christ Church, which has stood here since Truman’s re-located the pub in the 1850’s. The pub is perhaps most famous for its connections to Jack the Ripper, as one of his victims reportedly drank here shortly before she was murdered whilst another was known to pick up clients outside the pub. As such, the Ten Bells changed its name to ‘The Jack the Ripper’ during the 1970s before reverting again in 1988 and featured in the 2001 film ‘From Hell’. The pub deserves to be famous in its own right, as it features some fantastic internal Victorian tilework including an original tile painting depicting a scene from Spitalfields Market entitled ‘Spitalfields In Ye Olden Time’. In 2010, the landlord commission a companion piece entitled ‘Spitalfields In Modern Times’, which depicts a scene outside the pub and features notable local residents such as the artists Gilbert and George. Today, the pub has a single room layout, but there is plenty of evidence of a former multiple room configuration, most notably the island servery which stands slightly off-centre in the main part of the room. There are dark floorboards and a lincrusta ceiling throughout, which combine well with the smart glazed tiled panels which can be found around the room, creating a sense of the pub’s history. High tables and stools to the right of the bar give way to a little bit of standing room, whilst banquette seating is available down the front wall and a drinking ledge with high stools squeezes in along the left-hand side. The bar has a nice dark wood counter, but the remodelling over the years has resulted in most of the bar back being chopped out, leaving a small mirrored section strung with fairy lights. A combination of loud music and an even louder post-work crowd made it almost impossible to think, never mind hold a conversation, although I did note a sign pointing to a first-floor bar, which I didn’t explore but may well have offered a bit of respite.
Truman’s are happily still represented on the bar here, with Blindside on handpull and a couple of other beers of theirs on keg. The Blindside was £4.70 a pint and in pretty good nick, although I can’t say it’s a brew I particularly favour. Youngs Ordinary was also available on cask, whilst other keg options included beers from Wychwood and Wild Wood among others. The bar staff here were very friendly, and one barman went out of his way to talk a customer through a large number of craft can options, which I thought was above the call of duty.
This is a nice old pub with an interesting history and it’s pleasing that the interior still evokes that to a degree, even if the loud modern pop music and opened out interior diminishes the effect somewhat. I enjoyed popping in here and would suggest anyone interested in interesting pub features stops by to check out the tile paintings.

On 2nd January 2020 - rating: 7
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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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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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2nd Jan 2020, 19:02
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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 : Yes last updated 02 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • 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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