The East End can get a bit chaotic at times. Even though I’ve never got tired of it, sometimes it’s nice to pop in somewhere quiet and not overrun with people. Mr Man read on Love Rich Cash Poor (a fab little blog based in Stoke Newington) about Spitalfields’ Townhouse and we vowed that the next time we wanted to escape the madness, we’d pop in for some antique ogling and a pot of tea.
And that’s exactly what we did.
At the Spitalfield’s market end of Fournier Street, Townhouse is run by an antiques dealer named Fiona who has been living in the area (originally based in Columbia Road) for a long time and moved into the premises in the early naughties. The building has so much history, beginning with the early eighteenth century when weavers lived in there. I’ll leave you to check out the rest of the tenants on the Townhouse website but you get my drift, a lot has happened in this piece of history over the years.
We popped into the kitchen and ordered two pieces of tiffin, made to a traditional recipe along with a pot of tea then sat in what was once the surgery, a bright room out the back of the building which also acts as an art gallery.
I can see myself returning many times over the years to just sit and read a book with a piece of cake and a pot of tea, or should I come into some money, browse and buy some of her beautiful wares for sale. It’s just lovely – so calm and peaceful.
If you’re coming from out of town and looking for somewhere unique to stay, Fiona also lets out the apartment at the top of the building. The prices seem quite reasonable and you would certainly be staying in a piece of history.
Townhouse can be found at 5 Fournier Street, just across the road from Christ’s Church and Spitalfields Market.