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Spitalfields City Farm: country experience in London

 

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Rating: 9/10

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

Tube: Whitechapel (District) 7 mins

Hours: Tues – Sun 10:00 - 16:30

Price: Free

Official Website

By Daria Dergacheva

Have you ever thought of taking someone special out in the country to enjoy the smell of spring grass, watch the sheep or spot a donkey? 

The good news is that you don't have to leave London for this - Spitalfields City Farm in Whitechapel could be just what you need for this kind of date.

A seven minute walk from Whitechapel tube, you end up in a garden with all kinds of plants, such as wheat, tomatoes or peppers and wild flowers.

A wildlife garden, a pond and picnic area make the farm a nice place to relax, and there is a small playground for the kids as well. 

There are also lovely animals all around, two pigs with the cool names Watson and Holmes, three donkeys, lots of hens, geese, rabbits… and even some parrots.

We went in the beginning of March, and there were not many flowers visible, but the farms' website claims that later in spring and in summer, there are bluebells, snowdrops, columbines, fox gloves, forget-me-nots and violets blooming, with butterflies flying all around.

Volunteering at Spitalfields City Farm

There are little benches and garden furniture (made by volunteers) hidden in various corners of the farm. Activities like planting, painting, chopping branches, growing vegetables and herbs, landscaping and more are all available to volunteers who run the farm. It is easy to sign up on the farm’s website or in person.

Shopping at the Spitalfields city farm

On Tuesday and Thursday, vegetables and herbs can be bought from the market.  An ad on a hen's cage says that these are 'ex-commercial' 'rescue’ hens (or, to put it bluntly, not slaughtered for chicken fried rice or chicken nuggets). 

You can support the saved creatures by buying the eggs they produce at £2 for six. 

Read more about the Spitalfields eco market here.

Sponsor an animal

One could easily become a vegetarian after a visit to the farm, though.  If you want to show off your generous and caring personality to your date, you can sponsor one of the animals. Sponsorship packages start from £10, and you get a digital certificate of the sponsorship. 

For £100 you'll receive a certificate, sponsor pack, colour photo, VIP visit, farm goodies and Gold Rosette, whatever that means.

It is also a fun idea to become a sponsor of an animal that doesn't live at your house but enjoys the fresh London air and organic hay from the farm. You could visit it afterwards and your weekends would never be lonely, if you have a Watson or Holmes waiting for you at Whitechapel.

Like the farm's Facebook page.