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The Ten Bells

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published August 29th 2021
An East London institution

This place is an institution, I can't put it any simpler than that. As well as sitting and having a pint, you can wrap yourself up in history, as this place is heavily connected to Jack the Ripper, and two of his victims.

The pub is a Grade II listed building, preserving a Victorian tiling interior, as well as a modern-day take on Shoreditch life, including scenes and characters of modern Shoreditch life, including the local artists Gilbert and George.

The pub sits next to Christ Church, Spitalfields, and gets its names from the number of bells housed within the church (though at times it has actually had as few as 8 and as many as 12, without the pub name changing).

As well as Jack the Ripper, the pub seems to have less sinister celebrity connections - Jamie Oliver's great-great-grandfather used to be the landlord here.

So, for modern-day life, what does the Ten Bells have to offer? Located across the various spaces in the pub you can find delicious cocktails and fun alcoves for chatting, as well as all the usual craft and premium quality beers.

Should you be out for the night on a Saturday, there are DJs until 1am; if that's not your scene - try out the Tuesday quiz night. Other than that, normal pub rules - come in with your mates, behave yourselves and have a few drinks, it's the perfect place for it. Over the three floors, there is plenty of space to take advantage of, so it could be the perfect place to host your own event if you want to celebrate something.

Ten Bells is a Shoreditch institution, why not make it your local too?

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Why? A Shoreditch institution, with links to the Ripper, and Jamie Oliver
When: Sun-Wed 12pm-12am, Thu-Sat 12pm-1am
Phone: 0207 247 7532
Where: 84 Commercial St, London E1 6QQ, UK
Cost: Reasonable pub prices
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