Old Spitalfields Market, London
Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping Malls, Shopping
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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To be honest, I was a little disappointed by Spitalfields. It's pretty average and has a range of wares on display.
an interest market with antics, vintage, fashion, food and mix of new and old goods - only from Thursday to Sunday
I visited Spitalfields for the first time in nearly 40 years. Last time it was the 'real' Spitalfields! It was a very pleasant surprise. We went on a Sunday and whereas the City used to be dead on a S... read more »
Jui Hong Teoh
Part of the Tower Hamlets, Spitalfields is undergoing rapid changes lately. It is home to the Old Spitalfields Market as well as several victims of Jack the Ripper. If you go on an evening walking tour on the legends of Jack the Ripper, this is one of the areas you’ll encounter. At the far end of this is the Christ Church of Spitalfields. Today, the area has been upgraded with pretty modern facilities. The modern Spirtalfields E1, with glass covered rooftops sits right next to the former market. Plenty of food and cafes in the area, considering the number of offices in the area. The original market that had existed before. This confused the hell out of me, because it’s called Old Spitalfields Market because there’s a new Spitalfields Market outside Central London now. The new Spitalfields shopping next to the Old Spitalfields Market isn’t called New Spitalfields but Spitalfields E1. Oh wow confusing like hell. In any case, don’t let that go to your mind. Have a pint and enjoy walking around nevertheless.
I'd say try not to go during your lunch break - you'll go back to work late!!! Lots of different food available here, from the restaurants at the edges to food stalls selling a variety of street food, wraps, ethnic bites and lots more! There are also along with quirky stalls selling t-shirts, hoodies and other assorted items, well worth a look for locals and tourists alike!
One of my favorite places in London. Some stalls may be a bit generic, but you can find everything from old LPs to stunning artwork and cute fashion and design accessoires and nice, helpful and attentive vendors to have a little chat with. A few cafés and little restaurant are in reach. Also the starting point of the Alternative London Streetart Tour, which I absolutely recommend as well.
Very nice and lively place. Selection of trendy shops and stands. I loved the doughnuts from Crosstowndoughnuts...worth a visit and spending some time.
Enrique Rodriguez Moscoso
lt is one of my favorites places, it is an historical space. The market almost magical, is well preserved and everyday there is all the kiosk with all types of products, fro m made item to the rest of industrial signs for the house. At the same time there is a huge diversity of food for those who want to grap anything and then relax and enjoy the live music which has being playing probably all the morning, but with so much activity in the market you maybe hasn't had stop all the morning.
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