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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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  • Spitalfields is a great market place with lots of stalls and places to eat, you can find some fantastic bargains for personal use or great gift ideas. The staff are so friendly, and toilets facilities are available. I would recommend visiting during the summer months and the Christmas Market periods to get the full festive vibe!
  • A 'must go' when in London. Has been massively gentrified (perhaps too much) but retains its charm. Love the fact you can walk there from the city then wander about commercial street and brick lane from here.
  • What's not to like? It's bang in the heart of Liverpool street. Most of the stalls are inside the open air, large venue with shops around the perimeter, a mixture of high street brands and more trendy unique brands, particularly fashion. The stalls offer a variety of merch to buy from leather jackets, bespoke art pieces to hats. There are restaurants dotted around the indoor market area and there is also the street food area which is heaving at lunch time. Every cuisine you can imagine is there, Turkish, Somalian, Italian, Jamaican and good old Fish and Chips. Brick Lane is a 5 min walk maximum where there is even more to do. The best thing about Spitalfields market compared to the other London haunts is that it is on everyday.
  • Great vibe. Store holders good fun. Nice selection of items to buy. Well worth a visit. Plenty of fabulous food stores. Spitalfields Market just a short walk from Aldgate East station.
  • Great place for trendy clothes and great restaurant and takeaways. I have eaten at the Caribbean restaurant and the food is wicked,If you like your food hot then try the home made Jerk sauce.. The fish and chip shop is very trendy and always has long queues.. The market is great and always has different themed stalls