Spitalfields Market

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Spitalfields Market Lee Clarke
Spitalfields Market

Redevelopment has seen this East End stalwart combine the refurbished 1887 covered market with a modern shopping precinct. Around the edge, enthusiastic stallholders sell grub from just about every corner of the world. Sunday is busiest; browsing options include creations by up-and-coming designers, vintage clobber, crafts, jewellery, books and sheepskin rugs.

There’s a new fine food market held three times a week in Crispin Place with over 20 traders, many of whom can also be found at Borough Market. A record market is held twice a month. Note that Spitalfields is not open on Saturdays.



Venue name: Spitalfields Market
Address: Commercial Street
E1 6AA
Cross street: between Lamb Street & Brushfield Street
Opening hours: Open General 9.30am-5pm Thur, Fri, Sun. Antiques 8.30am-4.30pm Thur. Food 10am-5pm Fri-Sun. Fashion 9.30am-5pm Fri. Records & books 10am-4pm 1st & 3rd Fri of the month
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
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If you like a good old rummage around market stalls selling a hotchpotch of vintage fashion, antiques, knick-knacks, slogan tees and leather goods, head to Spitalfields on a Sunday (or quieter Thursday). The nice thing is that it’s covered over and despite the location, it’s not a complete nightmare to navigate through. Dotted around you’ll find an array of cool restaurants, shops and bars - Benefit, Creapaffaire, Blixen and Jo Malone to name a few. There’s some nice independent shops and small chains too, like Albam, Belstaff and Gandys. Nude Coffee Roasters is a must for a good brew, and my old favourite, The Diner, is a good shout for burgers & shakes to re-fuel.


"Spits" is one of my absolute most favourite places in London. Amazing airy indoor space, full of restaurants, the market and quirky shops. I've spent so much time ambling around here come rain or shine and it's an antique or vintage lover's dream spot. 1 less than 5 stars because there are too many really expensive shops popping up (due to high ground rents I'm told). Please keep those lovely independent shops and restaurants- they make the market what it is!) The market has different stalls on different days, Thursday is my favourite which I believe is jewellery and vintage knick knacks. I got an incredible pair of old photos from the 1900s in Spitalfields for 15 quid. I love them and they sit in pride of place at my house now. Always a good find down at this special market.

New designers, in between the Chinese imports worth looking out for, best day I found was Saturdays, more unique handmade stuff, bit like the old skool days of London markets.