Brick Lane Market

Shopping, Markets and fairs Brick Lane
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East London institution that’s actually five markets rolled into one.

Now far more than just a string of stalls selling bric-à-brac and fruit and veg, Brick Lane Market, in the heart of Shoreditch, has grown and mutated over the years to incorporate five different markets known as The Truman Markets. Operating at its fullest on Sundays, Brick Lane and its surrounding streets come alive, teeming with sellers shifting their wares.

Outside the bagel bars, curry houses and vintage shops, people without proper stalls set up shop on carpets and tables, selling old electrical equipment, toys, records, broken musical instruments, furniture and everything else under the sun. Down one side street you’ll come across Backyard Market, a covered, warehouse-sized space with stalls focused on arts and crafts. Pop in for clothes, cards and wrapping paper, one-of-a-kind jewellery and tote bags, all from up-and-coming designers and creatives.

The Sunday Upmarket is a food hall brimming with street food vendors selling a global smorgasbord of cuisine. There are also more than 200 market stalls here selling vintage clothing, fashion by new and established designers, jewellery and homewares.

The Vintage Market does what it says on the tin, with stalls selling clothing, accessories and retro memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1990s. If you’re into chintz,, The Tea Rooms host charming stalls selling things like typewriters, taxidermy and vintage maps.

If you need to fuel up, there’s the Boiler House Food Hall, which has around 30 stalls selling culinary delights from all around the world. You can also explore Ely’s Yard Street Food where you’ll find favourites such as Orange Buffalo, Mother Clucker and Caboose.

Top tip: Any time of day or night, grab a salt beef bagel from the legendary Brick Lane Beigel Bake. Alim Kheraj

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By: Alim Kheraj

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Venue name: Brick Lane Market
Address: Brick Lane (north of railway bridge)
Cygnet St, Sclater St, Bacon St, Cheshire St
London
E1 6SB
Opening hours: Sun: 10am-5pm
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool St
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Tastemaker

Sunday open market, usually crowded with locals and not so much with tourists. Plenty of vintage clothing and antique furniture to buy for. Plenty of food stalls also here, to cover your hungriness after shopping!

tastemaker

Unique vintage clothing and furniture . Stroll around while you grab a bite to eat from the huge variety of international stalls .

Great artists started playing at Brick Lane so keep your eyes and ears open for their performance .

Go on a Sunday for great atmosphere and look around for the best steeet art in London .

tastemaker

On a Sunday in London there is no shortage of markets, however if you would like a quintessentially East London experience this is the place to be. Arrive hungry, expect crowds and a spectacle. Great if you're in the market for vintage clothing, or one-off jewellery and gifts.


It's a cool place, but NOTICE I don't think THE LEATHERETTE is a friendly place at all, I bought a top there and one of the sellers told me I could use washing machine to wash it, it's really dirty so I did that, then I think it's just distorted, so I went back ask them could they help me fix this problem, and they were just keep talking about they were not responsible for it so I couldn't return it, but I just wanted them could steam it, but I couldn't say anything, and they just left me a steamer and told me I could do it myself, wow SO RUDE, I don't think I would never spend one penny on such service, well thank you so much, what a wonderful experience I had in this market, Brick Lane is really cool, but I don't think you are.

tastemaker

My absolute favourite thing to do on a Sunday. Lovely stalls and always something cool to buy... and to eat! Definite Sunday activity for everyone

tastemaker

East London's Brick Lane Market has been existed for many years and has changed a lot throughout. Nowadays is a bit of a touristy attractin, but you'll still be able to find hidden vintage petits treasures, quirky antiques and design pieces (both clothes, accessories or even pieces of furniture). Go early on Sunday morning if you're planning on visiting as otherwise it will be packed. Also, if you're feeling a bit hungry while browsing through the stalls, stop to refuel at one of the many bagels indie bakeries, you won't be disappointed, you may even find your new favourite bagel bakery.

tastemaker

If you are on a diet, run away!

Brick Lane market on Sunday offers a multitude of food choices from the street to the covert market. Paella, sushi, curry, falafel, there is everything there!


You can stroll in the street (still eating your food obviously) till the small books and antiquities stalls.


Enjoy on your way the different music bands and beatbox you can cross.


Finally, the regime can wait one more week; I know what to do on Sunday!

Tastemaker

I must've gone on a bad day at the Brick Lane market, because I didn't see anything special there. Very poor compared to the other street markets, I was disappointed. The Spitafield one is much better and more varied.

Tastemaker

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.

Tastemaker

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. 

tastemaker

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

Tastemaker

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 


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.

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