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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. To visit Old Spitalfields Market on your trip to London, use our London trip itinerary builder.
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  • One of the great markets of London. The stalls have everything you need and somethings you don’t, but now want. 
    One of the great markets of London. The stalls have everything you need and somethings you don’t, but now want.  more »
  • I tried a desert place called Humble Crumble. It definitely should be called that. Humble. It was not nice at all. Also very pricey for a desert so disappointing. It was watery and tasted like double....  more
    I tried a desert place called Humble Crumble. It definitely should be called that. Humble. It was not nice at all. Also very pricey for a desert so disappointing. It was watery and tasted like double....  more »
  • Much more than your average market! Lots of amazing independent sellers to browse art, clothing, jewellery etc. Food is absolutely amazing! I opted for a pad Thai and washing it down with an amazing.....  more
    Much more than your average market! Lots of amazing independent sellers to browse art, clothing, jewellery etc. Food is absolutely amazing! I opted for a pad Thai and washing it down with an amazing.....  more »
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  • A handful of brilliant original clothing and other goods with a plethora of mass manufactured products. One side of the market all but mirrors the other. Good place to grab a bite.
  • Lots of cuisine options - all fresh and some of them really cheap as well! Good atmosphere during week days. Photo from the Ethiopian Vegan place there!
  • Nice very old market, exist since 1600. A little bit too commercial in the last decade but new restaurants are constantly opening like la taberna del mercado from the ex viajante chef and actual Chiltern Firehouse head chef Nuno Mendez
  • Reaaally nice place!!! Awesome places to eat and nice atmosphere! I love it! You can have a meal, buy italian cheese, french wine or arabic sweets, clothes, house decoration, art... it has it all!
  • Fun market with the usual clothing, art, jewelry stalls. Great food options, from sit down restaurants that border the market to a wide variety of inexpensive stands.

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