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Lamb Street and Elder Gardens - Spitalfields

Lamb Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DW

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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.
    • Lamb Street is a part-pedestrianised street on the north side of the markets.
    • It connects Spital Square and Bishop Square to the west with Commercial Street to the east.
    • It is approximately 200m long and takes less than 5 minutes to walk.
    • It is generally level or with very slight slopes.
    • Potential hazards include: A-board signs and café tables on the pavement and cyclists using the paved areas.
    • From this area, there is access to the quiet green space of Elder Gardens.

Getting Here

  • By Car:
  • Lamb Street is located in east London, off the A1202 Commercial Street.
  • There is a one way section of Lamb Street which leads to Folgate Street.
  • Lamb Street is 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.
  • The standard on-street parking bays in Lamb Street are for resident permit holders only.
  • By Train:
  • Liverpool Street Station, on Bishopsgate, is approximately 500m from Lamb Street.
  • It is served by TFL, Greater Anglia, C2C and London Overground rail services.
  • Shoreditch High Street Overground Station is approximately 350m from the Commercial Street end of Lamb Street.
  • There is step-free access from street to platform at both 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.


  • There are Blue Badge parking strips on both sides of Commercial Street, limited to 3 hours between 10.00 - 16.00 every day (photographs 1 and 2).
  • There are standard on-street pay-by-phone parking bays on Spital Square, close to the access point to Lamb Street (photographs 3 and 4).
  • Parking is limited to 4 hours.

Access Point - Spital Square to Lamb Street

  • There is pedestrian-only access to Lamb Street where Spital Square turns a corner to join Folgate Street.
  • This is close to the access point to Bishops Square.
  • There are large bollards with gaps between of around 100cm and a barrier to restrict access to authorised vehicles only.
  • In front of the bollards, the block paving has a slight slope down to be flush with the roadway.
  • Just beyond the bollards is a life-size sculpture of an open boat.

Lamb Street - Pedestrian Area

  • The pedestrianised section of Lamb Street runs from the access point from Spital Square along the north side of the new market building to The Grocer pub.
  • This is at the walkway between the old and the new market buildings known as Crispin Place.
  • The pedestrianised area is wide and generally level or with slight slopes.
  • There are some planting beds with raised kerbs near to Carluccio's Restaurant (photographs 1 and 2).
  • There is a row of large columns running parallel with the building, creating a large sheltered area.
  • Generally, the paving is of smooth stone blocks (photographs 3 and 4).
  • Some of the area under the colonnade has shiny flooring of perforated metal (photograph 5).
  • There may sometimes be market stalls in the colonnade area.
  • On the opposite side of the walkway there is usually a line of trucks selling takeaway food (photographs 6 and 7).
  • There are likely to be A-board signs in front of the trucks and some have projecting steps or counters.
  • There are a small number of standing height tables and some tall stools for customers of the food trucks (photographs 8 and 9).
  • Photographs 10 and 11 show the entrance to the Crispin Place walkway through the markets.
  • At this point there are large bollards to mark the boundary of the pedestrianised area.
  • There are bins in front of some of the bollards and other temporary signage in the area (photograph 12).

Elder Gardens

  • Elder Gardens is an area of public open space to the north of Lamb Street.
  • The west entrance to Elder Gardens is from the pedestrianised area of Lamb Street, next to Carluccio's Restaurant.
  • There is a gate into the gardens which is 87cm wide and is held open when the gardens are open (photograph 1).
  • There is a similar entrance from the east end of Lamb Street (photograph 2).
  • The gardens have two enclosed areas separated by a crossing path which connects with Folgate Street.
  • There are also similar gates into the gardens from this path (photograph 3).
  • Both areas of the garden have a central lawn with surrounding paths and planting beds.
  • The paths are mostly tarmac with a border of brick pavers.
  • They are generally level or with slight slopes but with a slightly steeper gradient near to the crossing central path.
  • There are some bench seats around the garden, mostly on the sunnier northern boundary.
  • Cycles, dogs and ball games are not permitted in the gardens, which are generally a quiet space away from busy areas elsewhere.

Lamb Street - East End

  • The east end of Lamb Street has vehicle access from Commercial Street.
  • There are no shops on the north side of the street.
  • The south side of the street is formed by buildings of the Old Spitalfields Market.
  • Many of the shops here have entrances both on Lamb Street and from the market.
  • The pavement in this area is wide and level with a surface of stone slabs (photographs 1-4).
  • Some of the cars parked in the resident bays may overhang onto the pavement.
  • There are cycle racks on the pavement near to the parking bays.
  • There are also likely to be A-board signs and café tables outside the buildings in this area.
  • Halfway along this section is an entrance with level access into the old market (photographs 5 and 6).
  • There is a low bollard, not clearly marked, in the centre of the vehicle access point and pedestrian walkways to either side.
  • The gates are held open during market hours.
  • Photograph 7 shows Lamb Street from the junction with Commercial Street.
  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile paving to mark the crossing point between the north and south sides of the road at the traffic lights here (photograph 8).

Access Guides Available For (Lamb Street and Elder Gardens - 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.