Brick Lane Market

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Brick Lane

Though Brick Lane Market is an entity (and attraction) in itself, the banner has grown to encompass a motley array of markets in and around the East End hotspot. Brick Lane Market proper is where to head for tools, household goods and bargain fruit and veg sold by the bowl. Vendors without a proper stall often line Brick Lane, their wares (dodgy old videos, broken dolls, CD players) set up on blankets. Bric-a-brac traders morph into indie clothes and accessories designers as you hit Backyard Market, housed in a warehouse building opposite Dray Walk. The building (which backs on to the 93 Feet East courtyard) is regularly commandeered in the summer months to host various foodie and arty festivals. Vying for attention, though frankly the biggest draw by far, is the Sunday UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery. Here, you’ll find a buzzing mishmash of mopey students, bona fide locals and edgy attention seekers riffling through vintage stalls, quirky crafts by up-and-coming designers and stacks of old vinyl. If it all gets too much, artisan food stalls offer everything from dainty cupcakes to rich Ethiopian coffee, Japanese yakisoba, tapas and dim sum – a few of the stall-owners have lounging areas for customers too or kick back on a stoop in the Brewery’s adjacent outdoor space.

Venue name: Brick Lane Market
Address: Brick Lane (north of railway bridge)
Cygnet St, Sclater St, Bacon St, Cheshire St
E1 6SB
Opening hours: 8am-2pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool St
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Corina B

Brick Lane is always a good plan, if you manage to get up early on a sunday morning then you're probably heading to brick lane. There is so much to see and eat it's nearly impossible to get bored of it. The only downfall is that it is pretty crowded most days so expect to be pushed around a little bit. Its a definite must go for tourists and Londoners alike.


Brick Lane on a Sunday literally has an electric atmosphere, it comes alive for one day a week and hipsters in their hundreds and tourists in their thousands descend upon the market halls and street stalls. You could live for a week off the generous free samples given out in both bits of the Truman Brewery!!! Every cuisine is represented amongst the rows of literally amazing food stalls. And if you're not there for the food (you must be mad...) but there are plenty of vintage clothes, records and antiques sellers about the place. The perfect East End sunday afternoon combines this with Columbia Road Flower market, Spitalfields city farm and the Museum of Childhood. 

Cristina A

As a lover of food, I'm constantly on the lookout for amazing street food around London (not that it's hard to find at all) but it doesn't get much better than Brick Lane Market. If the UN did street food, it would have been inspired in Brick Lane.

Stepping into the market is akin to passing a portal into a wonderland of all sorts of mouthwatering smells and colors. The only trouble you'll have here is picking one thing only to eat. I find that the best solution is to start with dessert (why not?). I cannot recommend the Brazilian Brigadeiro stalls. One of each flavor please! Do your taste buds a massive favor and check it out (best on an empty stomach for obvious reasons)

Deducting one star for the lack of seating area

Shopping is pretty great too but I'm usually too focused on the food to look at anything else


Linking up with the Old Truman Brewery stalls-- this is quite a Sunday afternoon. There is a menagerie of stalls and stores selling a range of items, from bric-a-brac to military clothing to vinyl records. Its best to just wander and see what catches your eye. Definitely head down sides streets to find more interesting bargains (Buxton Street for example, has some amazing clothes). 

Let's talk food-- pretty much anything you want can be found in this area. Thai, indian, BBQ, burgers, vegetarian, seafood.... the limit is your stomach and your wallet :) Like clothes shopping, take your time and peruse all the stalls before making your decision.

I would recommend Caboose (BBQ), Orange Buffalo (Chicken Wings), Poutinerie (Poutine*), and some randomly names South American food stall close to the Poutinerie. 

*Fries, cheese curds, and gravy... sounds gross, but tastes amazing 

ashraf s

Absolutely marvelous! Lots of life and atmosphere! A true taste of the mixed flavor and smells of London!!!!! 


Useful info, making it easy to determine where to head, depending on what goods you are looking for. Links to more info or pics would make it 5*


Visitng the Brick Lane market was the highlight of my trip to London. It really encompassed the diversity of the city and true british life, not just the touristy stuff. If you go on a Sunday it is lined miles and miles with different vendors selling food from all over, sweets, homemade jewelry and clothes, and every odd bit you could think of. It really has everything you could want or need and as your walking down brick lane admiring the different stalls and vendors take a moment to look up and admire the amazing street art that lines the street. If you go a little off Brick Lane you'll even see an old Banksy piece for the art buffs out there. Brick Lane is somewhere that really has something for everyone between the market, bars, stores, art, and history it is in my opinion the heart and best part of London.