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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 – among many other Brick Lane restaurants.
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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Brick Lane (north of railway bridge)
Cygnet St, Sclater St, Bacon St, Cheshire St
|Transport:||Tube: Aldgate East/Liverpool St|
|Opening hours:||Sun: 10am-5pm|
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Users say (17)
Average User Rating
4 / 5
- 5 star:6
- 4 star:8
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
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.
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
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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