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Planning your trip to Parkers

So you are planning a trip to London to visit the UK's most famous brass shop?

Phil Parkers is now located in the bustling heart of the City of London - 14 Gravel Lane, E1 7AW. It is one of the most interesting, diverse and fascinating parts of our City. There are so many sights, sounds, shops and eateries just a step away, we are now perfectly placed for you to 'make a day of it'. Plus, if your partner or spouse isn't as 'in' to brass instruments as you are, there is lots for them to go and do while you have a play in the toy shop!

Here are some of the Phil Parker team's top suggestions:


3 doors down from Phil Parkers. Here you can get an artizan coffee and a wide selection of pastries and other food. If walking around London isn't your 'thing' or you just want a break, this quiet and relaxing space is for you. Bring a book, find a quiet corner and recharge! 

GOULSTON STREET FOOD MARKET - open all day every day during the week - 1 minute walk

This is one of the teams favourite lunchtime haunts! - We are all doing a few more daily runs round the block since discovering this gem. A stunning array of fresh food from around the world. Usually busy with suited gentlemen from the surrounding tower blocks, you can find anything from a Philly Cheese steak, to a Chicken Katsu wrap and everything else in between. Free samples are available at every stall competing for your trade and with 5* rated food hygeine standards throughout, you can be confident to try something new without the worries you might have in Bankok!


Old Spitalfields Market is one of the finest surviving Victorian Market Halls in London (built 1876).

Stalls sell antiques, food and fashion, varying from distinct and quirky creations from up-and-coming designers to bohemian, vintage and African designs. Boutiques offer everything from hand-crafted wooden toys to today's must-have design items.

The mix of well-known chain restaurants and fresh food market stalls provide a gastronomic paradise for discerning food lovers and families alike. High quality and affordable cuisine on offer includes deli-style dishes, fresh produce, artisan breads and plenty of organic and fair trade products.


Simply step out of the front door at Phil Parkers and you will find yourself in the shadow of some of London's most famous buildings. The City of London boasts some of the most familiar architecture in the world. The Gerkin, Shard, Walkie Talkie, Cheese Grater to name a few are available to view simply by looking up! - Take a stroll around and see these buildings up close. Almost like being inside a postcard of the London Skyline. One particular favourite (5 min Walk) is the award winning Lloyds Building. Also known as the 'inside out' building, all access towers (lifts, escalators and stairs) are encased in glass on the outside of the building which is loosely in the theme of a factory dating from the industrial revolution. Looking at it you will feel as though you are at a theme park. It is however..........a bank.

SHOREDITCH (5 min walk):

The hippest place in town. Whether you're looking for a cocktail to soothe your burning chops after visitng Parkers or just wanting to go and hang out in the funkiest part of London, Shoreditch is worth a look. Hipster shops, boutique retailers, themed bars and clubs, music venues and amazing building murals await you. Also good for a late night out for the more party-minded. There are plenty of organic/vegan/caffeine free/biodegradable/recyclable/tree hugging options if you happen to be a french horn player.

A GOOD OLD FASHIONED PINT (2 min walk there - 15 mins back).


Another of the team's favourites. The Bull pub offers an old fashioned London pint. There are plenty of eateries and drinkeries to be found within meters of Parkers but if a charming old fashioned London boozer with a good ale selection is what you like, this is the place.