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Commercial Street - Spitalfields

Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BG

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Introduction

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    • This guide, and its linked guides, describes the vibrant shopping and leisure area of Spitalfields in the East End of London.
    • The area centres on the Old Spitalfields Market and the newer market and shopping area attached to it.
    • This guide describes Commercial Street between Wheler Street in the north and the A11 Whitechapel Road in the south.
    • This is a distance of approximately 750m.
    • The section of Commercial Street on the east side of the markets is between Lamb Street in the north and Brushfield Street to the south.
    • It is approximately 120m long and takes less than 5 minutes to walk.
    • Commercial Street is generally level or with slight slopes.
    • Potential hazards include: A-board signs, parked cycles and café tables on the pavement, cyclists using the pavement and uncontrolled crossings at side roads.
    • There are controlled crossings points on Commercial Street at five locations:.
    • - near Wheler Street.
    • - near Brushfield Street/ Fournier Street.
    • - near Fashion Street/ White's Row.
    • - near Wentworth Street.
    • - near Whitechapel Road.

Getting Here

  • By Car:
  • The A1202 Commercial Street connects with Whitechapel Road to the South and Old Street to the north.
  • The streets off the west side of Commercial Street, such as Brushfield Street and Lamb Street are within the Central London Congestion Charge Zone (charges apply Monday - Friday 07.00 - 18.00) and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (charges apply at all times for non-compliant vehicles).
  • Commercial Street is outside the charging zones.
  • Most of the main roads in the area are Red Routes where stopping is not permitted except for limited times in marked bays.
  • Please see signs for restrictions.
  • Parking:
  • There are on-street Blue Badge parking bays on both sides of Commercial Street in this area.
  • By Train:
  • Liverpool Street Station, on Bishopsgate, is approximately 550m from Commercial Street.
  • It is served by TFL, Greater Anglia, C2C and London Overground rail services.
  • Shoreditch High Street Overground Station is approximately 200m from Commercial Street (350m from the section near Spitalfields Market).
  • There is step-free access from street to platform at both of these stations and staff assistance with boarding ramps.
  • Accessible toilets are also available.
  • By Underground:
  • The nearest underground stations are Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines) and Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines).
  • There is partial step-free access at these stations.
  • For a map of step-free tube details please click here
  • By Bus:
  • The nearest bus stops are on Commercial Street.
  • To plan all public transport routes please click here.

Parking

  • There are Blue Badge parking strips at intervals on both sides of Commercial Street, limited to 3 hours between 10.00 - 16.00 every day.

Commercial Street - East Side - Wheler Street to Hanbury Street

  • Wheler Street is the pedestrian route to Shoreditch High Street Overground Station.
  • It joins Commercial Street next to The Commercial Tavern.
  • There are picnic tables on the pavement outside the pub (photographs 1 and 2).
  • There may be vehicles joining Commercial Street from Wheler Street.
  • There is a flush crossing point marked with tactile paving.
  • There is a directional sign in this area (photographs 3 and 4).
  • South of Wheler Street, the pavement is wide and level.
  • There are usually café tables outside Costa and a bench seat outside Urban Outfitters.
  • There are cycle racks towards the edge of the pavement (photographs 5 and 6).
  • Where the side road Jerome Street joins, there is a flush crossing point with tactile paving but there are some uneven surfaces (photographs 7 and 8).
  • Bus Stop T is in this area.
  • Near the junction with Hanbury Street, the pavement widens out and there is a dished drainage channel.
  • There are further cycle racks near the corner (photograph 10).

Commercial Street West Side - Wheler Street to Lamb Street

  • There is a Santander Cycle docking station with a map close to the edge of the pavement near to the pedestrian crossing point (photographs 1-3).
  • There may be some A-board signs, plant pots and telephone cable boxes outside premises in this area.
  • At the junction with Folgate Street, there are dropped kerbs to both sides, but tactile paving on the north side only.
  • Folgate Street has a cobbled road surface (photographs 5 and 6).

Controlled Crossing Point - near to Wheler Street

  • There is a push-button, pedestrian controlled crossing point on Commercial Street, close to the junction with Wheler Street.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides of the road.
  • There is a central refuge which has a flush surface marked with tactile paving.
  • The crossing controls are audible and visual.
  • There are rotating cones for visually impaired users on both sets of controls to each side of the road but not the ones on the refuge.
  • The controls are timed so that the road can be crossed in one go.

Crossing Point - Crossroads of Commercial Street, Lamb Street and Hanbury Street

  • There is a traffic-light controlled crossroads at this junction.
  • There is no button-controlled crossing point and there are no signals for pedestrians.
  • All the crossing points have dropped kerbs with tactile paving at both sides of the road.
  • The two locations to cross Commercial Street, north and south of the crossroads, have a central refuge which has a flush surface marked with tactile paving (photographs 1-4).
  • The side roads Lamb Street (photograph 5) and Hanbury Street (photograph 6) have to be crossed in one go.
  • Lamb Street has less traffic than Hanbury Street.

Commercial Street East Side - Hanbury Street to Fournier Street

  • On the east side of Commercial Street, there is a wide, level pavement between Hanbury Street and Fournier Street (photographs 1-3).
  • The pavement is generally stone slabs, but there are some patches of tarmac, including the crossing point for an unused vehicle access.
  • There is a cycle hire point and a row of docking stations on the pavement (photographs 4 and 5).
  • The Ten Bells pub stands at the corner with Fournier Street.
  • There is an area chalked on the pavement to indicate where people are permitted to drink outside.
  • There may be barrels as tables standing in this area (photograph 6).
  • At the junction with Fournier Street, the road surface is raised level with the pavement (photographs 7-10).
  • There is tactile paving and good colour contrast to mark the crossing point.
  • The historic landmark church, Christchurch Spitalfields, stands on the opposite corner.

Commercial Street - Market (West) Side - Lamb Street to Brushfield Street

  • Between Lamb Street and Brushfield Street, this part of Commercial Street is fronted by the Old Spitalfields Market.
  • Some of the shops in this section have entrances both onto Commercial Street and from within the market.
  • The pavement is wide and level in this area (photographs 1-4).
  • The are some cycle racks near the edge of the pavement.
  • There are three access points into the market in this area (photographs 5-8).
  • The central one can be used for vehicle access when the market is not open to the public.
  • There is a flush crossing point here and a low central bollard that is not clearly marked.
  • The gates at all the market entrances are held open when the market is in operation.

Controlled Crossing Point - near to Brushfield Street/ Fournier Street

  • There is a push-button, pedestrian controlled crossing point on Commercial Street, close to the junctions with Brushfield Street and Fournier Street.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides of the road.
  • There is a central refuge which has a flush surface marked with tactile paving.
  • The crossing controls are audible and visual.
  • There are rotating cones for visually impaired users on both sets of controls to each side of the road but not the ones on the refuge.
  • The controls are timed so that the road can be crossed in one go.

Commercial Street East Side - Fournier Street to Fashion Street

  • The pavement broadens but is uneven outside Christ Church Spitalfields.
  • There are bollards across the pavement and there may be A-board signs (photographs 1-3).
  • There is access to the church in this area.
  • South of the church, the pavement runs between the church yard railings and those of a former public toilet (photograph 4).
  • There is an unexpected step down into a layby in this area (photograph 5).
  • There is open access into the church grounds with some grass and bench seating (photographs 5 and 6).
  • The junction with the side road Fashion Street has a flush crossing marked with tactile paving.
  • There is also a low bollard on the pavement on the south side of the junction (photographs 8-10).

Commercial Street West Side - Brushfield Street to White's Row

  • The pavements in this area are wide and level.
  • There is a lamp post in the centre of the pavement and there may be A-board signs.
  • There is a bus shelter in this area (photographs 1-4).
  • There is a flush crossing point marked with tactile paving at the junction with White's Row.
  • This is a busy junction with vehicles turning into the side street from Commercial Street (photographs 5 and 6).

Controlled Crossing Point - near to Fashion Street and White's Row

  • There is a push-button, pedestrian controlled crossing point on Commercial Street, close to the junctions with Fashion Street and White's Row.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides of the road.
  • There is a central refuge which has a flush surface marked with tactile paving.
  • The crossing controls are visible but not audible.
  • There are rotating cones for visually impaired users on both sets of controls to each side of the road but not the ones on the refuge.
  • The controls are timed so that the road can be crossed in one go.
  • The controls on the central refuge are 130cm high and harder to reach due to the base they are located on (photograph 4).

Commercial Street East Side - Fashion Street to Whitechapel Road

  • In this section of Commercial Street, the width of the pavement is likely to be restricted in some areas by A-board signs and cycles attached to cycle racks and lamp posts (photographs 1 and 2).
  • There are three side roads: Lolesworth Close, Thrawl Street and Wentworth Street, each with dropped kerbs and tactile paving at the crossing points (photographs 3-5).
  • The dropped kerbs are steep in places and the tactile paving located where it is could be missed.
  • The pavement narrows to around 115cm to pass bus stop Z (photograph 7).
  • Between Wentworth Street and Whitechapel Road the pavement is generally wide and clear, but there are several unmarked vehicle access points which cross the pavement (photographs 8 and 9).

Commercial Street West Side - White's Row to Whitechapel Road

  • At the time of our visit, there were some construction hoardings which narrowed the pavement in addition to A board signage and plant pots outside some buildings (photographs 1-3).
  • Wentworth Street is one of the access points to Petticoat Lane Market.
  • There are decorative barriers closing Wentworth Street to vehicles.
  • The crossing point with flush surface and tactile paving is behind these barriers (photographs 4 and 5).
  • Just south of Wentworth Street, there is a large refreshment kiosk in the centre of the pavement and there are also street trees, cable boxes and café furniture in this area (photographs 6-8).
  • Where the pavement opens up to Resolution Plaza, there are low bollards which are not clearly marked (photograph 9).
  • At the junction with the side road Pomell Way, there is a flush surface with tactile paving.
  • There are some tall, marked bollards in this area (photograph 10).

Controlled Crossing Point - near to Wentworth Street

  • There is a push-button, pedestrian controlled crossing point on Commercial Street, just south of the junctions with Wentworth Street.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides of the road.
  • The crossing controls are visible and audible.
  • There are rotating cones for visually impaired users on both sets of controls to each side of the road.

Controlled Crossing Point near to Whitechapel Road

  • There is a push-button, pedestrian controlled crossing point on Commercial Street, close to the junctions with Whitechapel Road.
  • This is near to Aldgate East Underground Station.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving on both sides of the road.
  • There is a central refuge which makes a turn to the right and has dropped kerbs marked with tactile paving.
  • The crossing is designed to be crossed in two sections.
  • The crossing controls are visible but not audible.
  • There are rotating cones for visually impaired users on all the controls.

Access Guides Available For (Commercial Street - Spitalfields)

Accessible Toilet

  • The nearest public accessible toilets are within the Old Spitalfields Market.
  • Some of the restaurants and bars in the area also have accessible toilets for customer use - please see the related access guides for details.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest public toilets are within the Old Spitalfields Market.
  • Some of the restaurants and bars in the area also have toilets for customer use - please see the related access guides for details.