London fun for you and your little ones

Spitalfields City Farm

Posted by on Tuesday, 3 April, 2012 in Farms, Featured, Sunny day

Spitalfields City Farm

Mention Brick Lane and you might be thinking about curries, trendy boutiques, vibrant nightlife or the famous 24-hour bagel shop.  Or at least I do, but maybe that’s a sign of a misspent youth.  When I’m in the area these days, I’m less likely to be found checking out a new bar, and more likely to be taking a short detour down a side street to the Spitalfields City Farm…  

Spitalfields donkey

After our recent trips to Surrey Docks City Farm and Crystal Palace Park Farm, we are firm fans of the city farm concept; they’re hard to beat as destinations for city-dwelling children to pass a fun-but-informative hour or so – more exciting than a playground, but less time-consuming than a visit to a museum – and the Spitalfields version is no exception.

The Farm occupies a compact site but has managed to squeeze in all the usual animals – sheep, goats, ponies, donkeys, pigs and so on, as well as geese and hens.  We also liked the guinea pig shed, where the inhabitants roam around small models of nearby City buildings such as the Gherkin.  This may not be the largest of London’s city farms, but must be one of the closest to the City and central London, and is surprisingly tranquil despite its close proximity to the new London Overground line.

Interest rating

Hens

Spitalfields City Farm is well worth a look if you are in the area – or why not combine a visit to the farm with some shopping in Spitalfields, a trip to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, or to the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton.  The small, friendly farm is well laid out, allowing small children and babies in buggies to get a really good look at the well-kept animals.

Admission cost

Free

 

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 4.30pm

Closed on Mondays

Facilities

The farm is accessible to pushchairs.  Baby changing facilities are available (but were unfortunately out of order when we visited).

Wool Shed

Café/Picnic

Spitalfields City Farm does not have a café.  A picnic area is available.

Spitalfields Market (approximately 5-10 minutes’ walk from the farm) and the surrounding area has a number of cafés, takeaways and restaurant chains including Giraffe, Patisserie Valerie, Pret a Manger, Costa, Strada, Fire and Stone, Canteen, Leon, Carluccio’s, Starbucks, Pizza Express amongst others.

Contact details

Website: www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org

Telephone: 020 7247 8762

Getting there

Address: Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London E1 5AR

By train: The nearest station is Shoreditch High Street (London Overground, step free access from platform to street), Whitechapel (District, Hammersmith and City Lines, London Overground), Bethnal Green (Central Line), Aldgate East (Hammersmith and City, District Lines) and Liverpool Street (Central, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, Circle Lines).

By bus: D3

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