The complete guide to Hanbury Street


Hanbury Street is situated in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is easily accessible from both Commercial Street and Vallance Road.

Part of the street’s appeal is its close proximity to both the Brick Lane and Spitalfields markets – two locations that are ideal for shoppers who have their eye on anything from clothing to antiques.

But there is much more to the street than merely its location, as Hanbury Street offers plenty for people to see and do in its own rite. The eastern section is restricted to pedal cycles and pedestrians only, so you do not need to worry about cars.

With a history dating back to the 17th century, the street has long played an important part in London life. Indeed, it was where entertainer Bud Flanagan was born in 1896 – a blue plaque can be seen at number 12 to commemorate this fact.

While the location is seen as very trendy and full of creative types these days, Hanbury Street’s history is much murkier, as one of the Jack the Ripper murders was thought to have taken place here back in 1888.

The Old Truman Brewery was extended to cover the block north of Hanbury Street, and this has been the site of the Sunday UpMarket since 2004.

Nearby parking

All of the following car parks can be reached in less than 20 minutes by foot.

  • Truman Brewery Parking (Grey Eagle Street, Greater London E16)
  • Ely Zeloof (15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR)
  • NCP Whitechapel High Street (Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PJ)
  • U-Park (38 Goulston Street, London E1 7TP)
  • Hearn Street Car Park (7-11 Hearn Street, London EC2A 3LS)
  • Royal Mint Street Car Park (1 Royal Mint Street, London E1 8LG)
  • Minories Car Park (1 Shorter Street, London E1 8LP)

Nearby tube stations

  • Aldgate East (0.4 miles) – Head northeast on Whitechapel Road towards Commercial Street. Next, turn left on Commercial Street and then take a slight right to stay on Commercial Street. Finally, turn right on to Hanbury Street. This walk will take about nine minutes.
  • Whitechapel (0.5 miles) – Head west on Whitechapel Road towards Court Street. Next, turn right on to Vallance Road, turn left towards Hanbury Street and turn right on to Hanbury Street. This walk will take about ten minutes.
  • Liverpool Street (0.6 miles) – Head northeast on Old Broad Street towards Liverpool Street. Next, continue on to Sun Street Passage, take a slight right on Pindar Street and then turn right on Primrose Street. Continue on to Spiral Square, continue on to Lamb Street and then continue on to Hanbury Street. This walk will take about 11 minutes.

Nearby places to stay

M By Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City (151-157 City Road, London EC1V 1JH)

This decadent hotel is just over a mile away and can be reached on foot in 20 minutes. Featuring a range of deluxe suites and a relaxing spa, the hotel offers a tranquil retreat while on a trip to London. To get to the hotel from Hanbury Street, head northwest towards Spital Street. Next, turn right on to Commercial Street and then take a slight left on to Great Eastern Street. Continue on to the Old Street and at the roundabout take the second exit on to City Road.

Things to do on or near Hanbury Street

  • Head to the Sunday Upmarket for a look at the city’s best fashion, accessories, art and interiors
  • Sample one of the much-celebrated Bangladeshi curry houses in Brick Lane
  • Pick up some designer baby clothing at Oh Baby London!
  • Visit the Old Truman Brewery’s celebrated Old Boiler House
  • Check out Nicholas Hawksmoor’s fabulous Christ Church
  • Go along to the Rich Mix Centre and see some of the best art in the East End
  • Visit the Second Home creative space
  • Have a coffee at one of the local shops
  • Pick up some vintage clothing at Nordic Poetry
  • Go to the Stick “Sleeping” et ROA “Crane” art gallery