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Old Spitalfields Market

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Old Spitalfields Market

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Historic and bustling roofed market in the heart of the East End.

Open seven days a week, Old Spitalfields Market is one of east London’s busiest shopping hubs. Built in the 1800s, the structure was refurbished and rejuvenated in the early 2000s and is now one of the capital’s most unique shopping, eating and drinking destinations.

Circling the giant roofed market are numerous permanent boutiques, eateries and salons, from many big brands such as Mac, Hackett, Dr Martens and Chanel, but it’s the heart of the market that’s the most exciting. You’ll find traders selling arts, crafts, clothing and knick-knacks in the two central concourses. On Thursdays you’ll also encounter the weekly antiques market, with around 80 stalls selling vintage maps, books, furniture, fashion and collectables.

These days no London market is complete without food and Old Spitalfields Market has more than its fair share of restaurants and street food vendors. Grab a gloriously succulent burger to go from Bleecker Street or crispy falafel from Pilpel. During the colder months try fondue from Androuet Cheese & Wine Bar or head to the Shoreditch outpost of Wright Brothers for a pitstop of oysters and a glass of champers at any time of year.

Top tip: Music fans should visit on the first and third Friday of each month for the vinyl market, where you can flick through old, new and collectable records. Alim Kheraj

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Old Spitalfields Market says
Old Spitalfields Market is the original East London market. A 7 day a week food and shopping destination.

A trip to East London cannot be complete without a browse through the shops and stalls of Old Spitalfields Market. Soak up the characters and creative spirit of East London under the Victorian market-hall roof. (Perfect on a rainy day!).

Our daily market is home to a selection of traders, craftsmen, artists and artisans alike, selling everything from handcrafted products to fashion, home-wares, art and lifestyle pieces. Every weekend this Autumn you'll find guest markets popping up. With a focus on designer makers from around the UK. Guest curators include Urban Makers, Mother Maker, Wasted Chic, P.S. Shop Up and more.

Don't miss our famous Vintage market that takes place every Thursday from 10am. Or the Vinyl market, every second Friday, where you are as likely to bump into a famous face as you are stumble upon some rare vinyl.

For the foodies, look no further then the food and drink stalls and The Kitchens in the centre of the Market. A collection of traders, chefs and restaurants cooking an exciting mix of street food and contemporary dishes, this is the ultimate street-food destination in the heart of the City.

Not tired yet? We also house a line up of some of the most famous names in fashion and beauty, from Belstaff to Bobbi Brown, Jo Malone to Jigsaw.

By: Alim Kheraj



Address: 16
Horner Square, Spitalfields
E1 6EW
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm
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If you're looking for a peculiar gift, a painting to brighten up your flat or simply for plenty of cool places to choose from for an "apertivo", then Old Spitafields Market has a lot to offer. It one of those old markets that still stands strong since the Victorian age and with its antiques stores, fashion stalls, surrounded by plenty of restaurants with cuisines from all around the world and just a few minutes away from Liverpool Street, is a place to visit. What I like about it apart from its variety of stalls and restaurants is that among its handmade items stalls you can find jewelry pieces, pins or clothes that are unique pieces, if that's your thing obviously. 


Worth a wander through this historic market, even though its spruce-up has meant an influx of chain stores and a loss of some charm. In addition to the fixed businesses, there's a rotating lineup of market traders and events.