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Old Spitalfields Market, London

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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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  • Unlike Borough Market which is more food oriented, Spitalfields is more about shopping for all sorts of things, from handbags to clothes, shoes, t-shirts, costume jewellery, sunglasses, etc. A lot of ...  more »
  • You could spend all day wandering the market and you can go any time of year as it's covered. You can find anything you need, it's like a treasure trove of old and new. There are also plenty of shops ...  more »
  • This is still a nice market to spend an afternoon wandering around but it's not like it used to be. It seems to have become a bit pretentious, lots of over priced food stands and even Chanel and Belst...  more »
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  • A great outdoor market. Very clean and tidy. Ranges of eclectic stalls full of vibrancy and colour. Food stalls are amazing and so much choice. Caters for every foodie and style. Perfect place to spend your Saturday moseying around sampling the many food offerings and dipping in and out of each stall.
  • An amazing cosmopolitan market experience! That sights, sounds and smells are like a festival of the senses. Some very good products available from boutique-style market stalls with cuisine from all over the world. I will always go throughout Old Spitalfields Market if I'm in the vicinity.
  • It's a cool place to visit, with interesting clothing stalls. It's not as "alternative" as it was before the refurbishment a few years back, but its still worth a visit, especially for visiting friends. There's plenty of choices for Bars, Street Food stalls, Restaurants (mostly chains) and also some cool food stalls, selling interesting good quality produce.
  • Fabulous market for anything from jewellery to a great pair of trousers. Cash point in the actual market and a good few eateries. We'll worth checking out even of it just for a quick look.
  • I just love that place! It's a huge market with unusual items to buy directly from creators and artists. Obviously, as every markets in London, you also get to have tourist stuff like those clocks made from records that you see everywhere (even though I actually love them!). Otherwise you have quite a lot of really nice stuff. I also go there for the very large choice of tasty Street food! I love going on Sunday so I continue to walk to shoreditch from there to go to others markets in the area like the one on Brick lane. If you are a record addict like me, it's also a very nice area. Walk a bit from there to Shoreditch where you will find an underground vintage market with hundreds of records and also a few record shops around.

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