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The Ten Bells: "Haunt of Jack the Ripper" Top 5 Page for this destination London Nightlife Tip by toonsarah

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This historic pub (mid-18th century) near Spittalfields Market somewhat luridly bills itself as “Jack the Ripper’s local” and is closely associated with him. Its interior, with its walls of ornate tiles (including a magnificent tiled wall panel depicting the days when this area was countryside outside the City of London) has hardly changed since his time. It is thought that the Ripper would have met at least one of his victims here – possibly Annie Chapman who was working as a prostitute in the area during the early hours of 8 September 1888 and was known to be drinking in the Ten Bells about 5am. Or perhaps Mary Kelly, his final victim, who left the pub in the early hours of November 9th 1888, and whose body was discovered the next morning at her lodgings in Dorset Street on the opposite side of the road from the Ten Bells, her internal organs removed and hung around the room.

The pub therefore features on the various (and very popular) Ripper walking tours, but also makes an interesting stop for a drink in its own right if you find yourself in this area, perhaps before or after a curry in Brick Lane. The bar consists of just one room, furnished with a motley selection of chairs, tables and sofas. There’s a reasonable selection of draught and bottled beers, and a fairly young and trendy crowd mix with a few slightly seedy local characters.

The website below has a more detailed history of the pub.

Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes here, I would think!

Address: 84 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LY
Directions: One block east of Liverpool St Station (mainline trains, Central, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City tube lines)
Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 10, 2008
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