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Brushfield Street - Spitalfields

Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6AN

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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.
    • Brushfield Street runs on the south side of the markets.
    • The street connects Bishopsgate in the west with Commercial Street in the east.
    • It is approximately 320m long and takes around 5 minutes to walk.
    • It is generally level or with very slight slopes.
    • The area can be very busy at peak times such as weekday lunchtimes and weekends.
    • Potential hazards include: A-board signs and café tables on the pavement, cyclists using the paved areas and motorbike riders disregarding road restrictions.

Getting Here

  • By Car:
  • Brushfield Street is located in east London, between the A10 Bishopsgate and A1202 Commercial Street.
  • Bishopsgate and Brushfield 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.
  • There are bollards on Brushfield Street near to Bishops Square preventing through traffic.
  • Parking:
  • There are on-street Blue Badge parking bays on Brushfield Street and further bays on Commercial Street.
  • Standard on-street parking bays are for permit holders only.
  • By Train:
  • Liverpool Street Station, on Bishopsgate, is approximately 250m from Brushfield Street.
  • It is served by TFL, Greater Anglia, C2C and London Overground rail services.
  • Shoreditch High Street Overground Station is approximately 500m from the Commercial Street end of Brushfield Street.
  • 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 Bishopsgate and Commercial Street.
  • To plan all public transport routes please click here.

Parking

  • There is a strip of on-street Blue Badge parking with space for 2 vehicles at the Bishopsgate end of Brushfield Street, near Pizza Express.
  • The bays are limited to 4 hours parking Monday to Friday but are unlimited at the weekend.
  • There is a dropped kerb between the pavement and the road at the end of the bay (photograph 3).
  • There are additional Blue Badge parking strips on both sides of Commercial Street, limited to 3 hours between 10.00 - 16.00 every day (photograph 4).
  • There are on-street standard parking bays at the Commercial Street end of Brushfield Street which are for permit holders only.
  • Moped and cycle parking bays are also available.

Junction - Bishopsgate and Brushfield Street

  • At the junction with Bishopsgate, the road surface of Brushfield Street is raised level with the pavement.
  • The crossing point is marked by tactile paving.
  • There is poor colour contrast between the pavement and the road at the crossing point.

Brushfield Street - South Side - Bishopsgate to Crispin Street

  • The south side of Brushfield Street has a level pavement of stone slabs, generally about 1.5m wide.
  • There may be obstructions which narrow the pavement, including overhanging parked motorbikes (photograph 1) and A-board signs.
  • Approximately 60m from Bishopsgate there are bollards creating a pinch point to block vehicles in the street (photographs 2 and 3).
  • There is an informal crossing point here where the pavement is almost level with the raised road surface.
  • Caution is needed as many cyclists and many motorbikes (illegally) pass through the pinch point.
  • East of this point, there is a steep dropped kerb with tactile paving at the junction with Fort Street (photograph 4).
  • There are also dropped kerbs and partial tactile paving at the junctions with Steward Street and Gun Street (photographs 5 and 6).
  • There are bollards on the pavement in these areas and there may also be A-board signs (photographs 7-10).
  • The Verde café, near the junction with Gun Street, has bench seating attached to its front wall which overhangs the pavement (photograph 12).

Brushfield Street - South Side - Crispin Street to Commercial Street

  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving at the junction with Crispin Street (photographs 1 and 2).
  • The pavement is level in this area.
  • A heavy stone colonnade creates a sheltered walkway in front of the shops (photographs 4-6).
  • Where the pavement is wider, there are some clearly marked cycle racks near to the kerb (photograph 7).
  • There may also be A-board signage on the pavement.

Brushfield Street - North Side - Bishopsgate to Bishops Square

  • Near to the junction with Bishopsgate, the pavement on the north side of the street (next to the NatWest building) is wide and level.
  • There is a double row of cycles for hire with an information point which includes a map (photographs 1-4).
  • There are free-standing kiosks for a coffee seller and a florist in this area.
  • The pavement narrows to pass either side of them (photographs 5-8).
  • There are several bins and planters in the pavement and also bench seats without armrests.

Access Point - Brushfield Street to Bishops Square

  • The pavement on the north side of Brushfield Street broadens out to become the pedestrianised area of Bishops Square.
  • A statue of a goat on a tall plinth and a sculpture of some fruit at pavement level are landmarks in this area.
  • There is a low bench seat between them (photographs 1-4).
  • There are some slight slopes in this area which create a change of level between the square and the pavement alongside the road.
  • There is a tapering single step which becomes two medium, marked steps.
  • These are marked by tactile paving and by single handrails spaced out.
  • There is an information board in this area with details of local history, although the mirror finish makes it hard to read (photographs 9 and 10).

Brushfield Street - North Side - Bishops Square to Commercial Street

  • Between Bishops Square and Commercial Street, the north side of Brushfield Street runs alongside the buildings of Spitalfields Market.
  • The pavement is wide and level in this area (photographs 1-3).
  • There are bollards marking the edge of the kerb and there may be bicycles nearby or attached to them.
  • There are several wide, level open walkways which connect Brushfield Street with the pedestrianised Market Street shopping arcade (photographs 4-6).
  • There may be some A-board signs in these areas.
  • The pavement is narrower at the eastern end of the street, where it runs alongside the Old Spitalfields Market (photographs 7-9).
  • There may be some café tables on the pavement in this area.
  • There are several wide, open access points into the market in this area.
  • The large gates are held open when the market is open.
  • There are bollards in some of these walkways and there may also be planters and café tables (photographs 10-12).
  • Many of the shops and restaurants with entrances onto this section of Brushfield Street also have secondary entrances from Market Street or within the market.
  • In general, the Brushfield Street entrances are more likely to be level or with a shallow step than the other entrances, but please see the individual access guides for more details.

Junction - Commercial Street and Brushfield Street

  • At the junction with Commercial Street, the road surface is raised up level with the pavement.
  • The crossing point is marked with tactile paving and there is good colour contrast between the pavement and the road surface.
  • There is a TFL wayfinding signpost on Commercial Street close to the junction.

Access Guides Available For (Brushfield 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.