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Just a short walk from Brick Lane, Spitalfields City Farm provides a refreshing escape for anyone looking to step off the beaten path and see London from a different perspective!

Nestled in the heart of the city, this green oasis is home to a delightful mix of animals (pigs, goats, donkeys, rabbits…) and gives the local community a chance to get their hands dirty by tending to a little vegetable garden.

Follow the guide!


Spitalfields City Farm At A Glance

Creation of Spitalfields City Farm

Spitalfields City Farm was established in 1978 in the heart of a multi-cultural neighborhood just steps from Brick Lane.

At the time, the Tower Hamlets area was undergoing rapid expansion, with property developers seizing every available space to build residential buildings. Local residents, eager to grow their own fruits and vegetables, took over the only remaining patch of land, a former railway goods depot, to create their gardens. Thus, Spitalfields Community Farm was born.

Soon after, Spitalfields City Farm began to diversify, welcoming chickens, rabbits, and other animals.

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Spitalfields City Farm in the 80s

By the late 80s, the London farm faced a severe funding shortage and was on the brink of closure. Property developers had their eyes on this vacant plot of land in the heart of the city. However, donations, public funding, and support from the local community helped Spitalfields City Farm stay afloat.

In 1980, the farm was granted charitable status. Over the years, this little urban oasis gained increasing recognition, attracting more and more visitors and volunteers.

Today

Today, the farm welcomes over 18,000 visitors annually, including tourists, families, and Londoners seeking a touch of countryside in the city!

A Social and Activist Commitment to Serving the Community

Spitalfields City Farm is a charitable organization managed by a volunteer committee elected annually.

Located in the heart of a disadvantaged, multicultural neighborhood, the urban farm is dedicated to serving the local community. Its mission: to provide opportunities for both children and adults, empower residents with new skills and confidence, and combat social isolation.

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Visiting Spitalfields City Farm

A true paradise for children and city dwellers looking for some greenery, Spitalfields City Farm is a fully-fledged farm nestled among the residential buildings of the capital!

Spread across 1.3 hectares, the farm is home to donkeys, chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, as well as a cat and ferrets. Every available space is utilized to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, and aromatic herbs.

Visitors can freely explore the farm, pet the animals, and chat with volunteers who are always happy to share their experiences. There’s also a small playground inviting kids to stretch their legs amidst the greenery.

On-site, you’ll find a cozy café (the “tea hut”) and a shop selling farm products, with all profits supporting the farm’s operations.

In short, Spitalfields City Farm offers visitors a chance to see a different side of London, far removed from the sleek buildings of the City and the crowded tourist spots. It’s a refreshing off-the-beaten-path stop that Captain Ulysses wholeheartedly recommends!

Visitor Tips

Getting to Spitalfields City Farm

The community farm is nestled in the Tower Hamlets neighborhood, north of the Thames and just a stone’s throw from Brick Lane.

The nearest transport options are:

Tube:

  • Shoreditch High Street (Overground line) – 8-minute walk
  • Bethnal Green (Central line) – 8-minute walk
  • Withechapel (District, Hammersmith & City, Elizabeth, and Overground lines) – 10-minute walk
  • Aldgate East (District and Hammersmith & City lines) – 15-minute walk
  • Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, and Overground lines) – 20-minute walk

Bus: Line D3 (Vallance Road stop)

Spitalfields City Farm Hours

Spitalfields City Farm is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Tickets for Spitalfields City Farm

Entry to the urban farm is free! Another great reason to visit!

However, it’s important to note that Spitalfields City Farm operates thanks to state funding, donations, and the hard work of volunteers. Any contribution is greatly appreciated!

👉 Skip the lines: book your tickets and visits in advance!

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🎟️ Activities: GetYourGuide | Civitatis | Tiqets.

🎫 Citypasses: London Explorer Pass | London Pass

🚐 Transfers : Airport transfers

🚌 Local Transportation: Hop-on hop-off buses (with audio guide)

✈️ Getting to London: by plane: Skyscanner | by train : Eurostar


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