Spitalfields Antique and Vintage Market

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Spitalfields Antique and Vintage Market
George Enoch

Thursday is antiques day at Spitalfields antiques market. The covered forecourt of the modernized market offers up the usual range of fur stoles and tureens of 'retro' cutlery, but there are many diamonds to be found in the rough. Turn up at 8am to fight off the antiques dealers for the best pieces, which on our last visit ranged from a late Georgian chaise lounge (reasonable at £400) and bronze art deco mirrors.

After the early morning rush, the rest of the day is quieter if you just fancy an idle browse. There's a plethora of antique furniture still available at 3pm, and often at more favourable prices as traders decide to cut losses: we saw 4 red dining chairs dating from the 1950s for just £60, and two silver-plated salad servers for a tenner. The traders are chatty and happy to advise on the condition and age of the goods they're selling. Head to Wayne Lawrence's shop for a mesmerising collection of Victorian screens and 1930s steam-trunks to find your slice of vintage memorabilia.


Event phone: 7182 2533
Event website: http://www.spitalfields.co.uk
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For the first time, after having it on my 'must go see' list for ages, I finally made it to this wonderful little market in Spitalfields, near Liverpool Street. An absolutely great range of stalls, selling all sorts from mid-century furtniture, old perfume bottles and vintage photo albums.

Although not massive, this place could easily steal a couple of hours of your time, but allow at least 45 minutes for a decent browse. I must admit, on a purely selfish note, this is a great place for looking - possibly not what the sellers hope to hear.....but I am sure all antiques and vintage markets suffer from the non-buyers, so I won't feel too guilty.

The prices in general weren't too crazy either. If you wanted some cool furtniture, this could be a good place to find it and, quite honestly, the fact that it isn't a posh, trendy vintage shop on your high-street works in the customer's favour for sure.

It also makes it more of an enjoyable experience and I found most of the sellers really quite lovely and charming and none of them seemed too fussed if you were buying or not. This is how it should be really, nice pressure-free shopping with a great surprise element as you rummage around and have no idea what you're going to stumble across!

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The same for us, poor frenchies who hoped to see this market on boxing day. No pubs, no market, nothing. Thank you "Time out"!

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The market was closed for Boxing Day - which we discovered after our fairly long, cold and early walk across London to Spitalfields. Thanks very much Time Out, you are totally useless. I hope I win the £150 worth of theatre tickets for my rating as recompense.