Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

Other opening

Overview

Hear about the Society’s work and see inside this wonderfully atmospheric working building.

The Spitalfields headquarters of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) – the country’s oldest building conservation charity, founded by William Morris in 1877. Brick-built, Grade II-listed former silk merchant’s house of c1740. Built on the site of an earlier priory when the silk trade was at its peak and now the only 18th-century building left on Spital Square. Many surviving original features (including staircase, panelling and fireplaces), as well as sensitive later work, notably from the 1980s rescue and office conversion. Rear courtyard with shade-loving plants, amongst which are herbs associated with Nicholas Culpeper, the physician and apothecary who once lived locally.


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tour only.

 

Find Us
Find us

By public transport: London Liverpool Street station is just a 5-minute walk away. Leave the station via the Bishopsgate exit. Head north-east on Bishopsgate (A10). Pass the NatWest and RBS banks and turn right into Spital Square (where there is a London Marathon Store on one corner and AGA shop near the other). 

37 Spital Square is slightly set back on the right, with a red door.

Please note that there is limited parking in the vicinity.

Forthcoming Tours

28 May 2020
11AM - 12PM | £18.00

28 May 2020
2PM - 4PM | £18.00

Tour Overview

An introductory talk on the SPAB followed by a guided tour of the property. This will include its principal rooms, basement, attic and rear courtyard garden. Visitors also receive some SPAB literature, including a booklet on the building’s history, and the bookshop will be open.

Tour duration

1.5 hours

Tour prices

£18.00 per person.

Refreshments

Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits.

Access notes

The front steps outside (6) and internal stairs unfortunately restrict access for some.

Restrictions

Approval to be sought before the publication of any photographs. Visitors are asked to leave large bags in the Committee Room to protect the historic fabric when viewing other areas.

 


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tour only.

 

Find Us
Find us

By public transport: London Liverpool Street station is just a 5-minute walk away. Leave the station via the Bishopsgate exit. Head north-east on Bishopsgate (A10). Pass the NatWest and RBS banks and turn right into Spital Square (where there is a London Marathon Store on one corner and AGA shop near the other). 

37 Spital Square is slightly set back on the right, with a red door.

Please note that there is limited parking in the vicinity.

Other opening


Upcoming events

28 May 2020

37 Spital Square, London & SE

Head office of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) in a Georgian silk merchant’s house in Spitalfields, a short walk from Liverpool Street station. Atmospheric working building with many original features, including staircase, panelling and fireplaces. SPAB’s work explained.