Massage Near Spitalfields
Directions from Spitalfields
When you’ve had enough of perusing the market, bars and boutiques of Spitalfields and you need a massage, then the good news is, we’re extremely close by. The bad news is, it’s not easy to explain which exit to take from Spitalfields market. You need to find your way to the eastern end of the market, on Commercial Street. Then head south (turn right as you leave the market) down Commercial Street, until you see a little fork in the road (it’s the first right you come to). That’s Toynbee Street, and we’re at the top of the street on your left.
So if you find yourself in Sptialfields with time on your hands, drop into Thai Kosai and relax in our capable hands. There couldn’t be a better end to the day!
There has been a market there since 1638 when King Charles allowed meat and vegetables to be sold on an area called Spittel Fields, then in the rural outskirts of London. The name itself can be traced much further back, to a hospital and priory called St. Mary’s Spittel that was founded in 1197. From the 17th century the market was a base for waves of immigrants – Huguenots fleeing France in the 1680s bringing silk weaving skills; Irish labourers in the 1700s escaping the potato famine; East European Jews fleeing the pogroms from the 1880s; and Bangladeshis from the 1970s. Evidence of these communities can still be seen – a Huguenot church, a Methodist chapel, a Jewish synagogue, and Muslim mosque stand among traditional and new shops, restaurants, markets and homes. Perhaps one day a Thai temple?
In 1991 the fruit and vegetable market moved to Leyton to aid congestion around the market and the original site became known as Old Spitalfields. In 2005, after 14 years of preparation, the Spitalfields regeneration programme completed and the market is now a modern thriving place for fashion, vintage and antique clothing, arts and crafts, furniture and plenty more. Many of the cafes, bars and shops around the market are independently owned and operated so there are lots of opportunities to try new things. The market is not just busy on Sundays – you can check out their daily schedule here
With such a rich history, spirit and strong sense of community, Thai Kosai is proud to be located next to Spitalfields.
Jack the Ripper
If you do come for a massage with us, don’t be surprised if you bump into a ‘Jack the Ripper’ tour, showing tourists the area. ‘Jack the Ripper’ is the popular name (originating in a letter from someone claiming to be the man) given to an unidentified serial killer active in the poor areas in and around Whitechapel in 1888. His victims were typically young women living in the slums. One of those victims (Mary Jane Kelly) was found a few meters from where Thai Kosai stands today, in November 1888.