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Old Spitalfields Market, London
(4.2/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
There has been a market on the site of Old Spitalfields Market since 1638, when King Charles I gave a license for flesh, fowl, and roots to be sold there. Today, Old Spitalfields is one of London’s top markets, offering antiques, clothes, organic food, artwork, and vinyl records. It’s particularly recognized as a place for young designers to showcase their work, and is considered very fashionable. As it’s a covered market, you don’t need to worry about rain. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping, visit one of the stalls selling food, or one of the restaurants and cafes also in the covered area. Take a look at our London tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Old Spitalfields Market and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is a must do. There is so much delicious food surrounded by beautiful indie shops but also your normal high street and more expensive shops. It's a place for people of all ages, interests and cos...  more »
  • This market was recommended to us by a British friend and she steered us right. The stalls offer a wide variety of used and handmade items. We were less drawn to the food and newer shops, but they did...  more »
  • Flea market huge full of posts of clothes and accessories of different styles, as well as cafes, positions of food... The building is quite picturesque, and there is good atmosphere.
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  • Spitalfields Market is a bustling hive of activity most times of day. The building is full of history which has been fairly well preserved over the years. The market has an urban vintage feel and sells many hand made goods and fashion items. A few of the nicer chain restaurants have sprung up around the market for good dinner and lunch choice. There are also a number of nice pubs around the market.
  • Visited by millions of people yearly, this place feeds and entertains more people then some more highly rated attractions in London. What I love about it is the unexpectedness of events, there are regular antique markets and food stalls, but every now and again as I walk through to get to Liverpool Street from Brick Lane I find the odd Cocktail Festival or a Santander shooting pitch. I could walk through a garden gnome summit or a flamingo expo and I wouldn't be surprised. I love it and it caters to my lunch needs 3/5 days. TL;DR - If only there were 6 stars for rating...
  • Cool place. Lots of craft stalls and unusual clothes and accessories. Great food and drink selection. Nice area to explore.
  • Brilliant food market. Never have to eat cold sandwiches for lunch. Eat a different cuisine every day of the week.
  • Nice market. Lots of interesting stalls and a few more upmarket shops round the outside. Bought 3 pairs of socks for £10 from a stall. Very nice, eclectic socks. Would be 5 stars if there was more street food like Borough market.