Live Like a Londoner: Town House in Spitalfields by

Issue 90 · London Design 2013 · September 20, 2013

Live Like a Londoner: Town House in Spitalfields

Issue 90 · London Design 2013 · September 20, 2013

Not your usual guest house: Fiona Atkins, an antiques dealer, began renting rooms over her shop in Spitalfields so that travelers could experience her beloved neighborhood, "an area of London that is like no other," she says. "Spitalfields is a vibrant area for all ages and cultures; for centuries, immigrants have arrived here to begin their new lives in a strange country. Each wave has left its own mark on the area: the French Huguenots and the Jews from eastern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries and more recently the Bangladeshis."

When Atkins bought her early 18th century weaver's house on Fournier Street, it was "virtually derelict. It had never been plumbed or wired, and almost all of the original paneling had been boarded over. But fortunately, this had preserved the original detailing. "It's a somewhat quirky place to stay," she says. "Some floors may slope, the interiors can be drafty, and windows have shutters rather than curtains."

For booking information, go to Spitalfields Town House.

Stay in Spitalfields Townhouse Remodelista Living Room

Above: The living room is decorated with antiques collected by Atkins over the years.

Stay in Spitalfields Townhouse Remodelista Easel

Above: The living room overlooks the vibrant Spitalfields streetscape.

Stay in Spitalfields Fireplace Remodelista

Above: A wood-burning stove warms the "sometimes drafty" interior.

Stay in Spitalfields Townhouse Remodelista Mantel

Above: A vignette by Atkins.

Stay in Spitalfields Dining Room Remodelista

Above: The table set for dining.

Spitalfields Kitchen Remodelista

Above: Atkins has added a modern kitchen to the premises.

Stay in Spitalfields Townhouse Remodelista Stairway

Above: An original stairwell leads to the rooms upstairs.

Stay in Spitalfields Townhouse Remodelista Bedroom Eaves

Above: A bedroom under the eaves.

Stay in Spitalfields Tub Remodelista

Above: A new bathroom.

Stay in Spitalfields Canopy Bed Remodelista

Above: An elaborately draped four poster bed.

To see more Spitalfields life, see A Visit with Marianna Kennedy, London's Sorceress of Color or visit her rooftop garden in A Secret Roof Garden in Spitalfields

See map below to find location of Spitalfields Town House. 


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