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Nestled in the heart of the East end, between the boho cool of Brick Lane and the dizzying skyscrapers of the City, Spitalfields is one of London’s oldest and most iconic markets. Initially famous for its impressive exotic fruit and vegetable market and traders market, it has been recently given a refurbish and now blends the atmosphere of the old market with modern stores, glass shopfronts and boutiques.
The quality here is notably higher here than at most other markets and rising local designers are known for selling here at the market and in the surrounding independent stores. Vintage jewellery and fashion is very strong here as well, and you’re likely to pick up something of high quality and craftsmanship for not very much. As well as clothing, you can pick find the odd gem of a furniture, craft or book stall.
Notably, the market has taken on a decidedly modern feel as rising rents pushed many of the old sellers now – decide for yourself whether this is a good thing, as though a little of the charm may have gone with them, the convenience of having some excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants around counterbalances this somewhat. Sunday is by far the busiest day, with Thursdays focused on vintage and antique stalls, and Fridays for art and fashion. It’s closed on Saturdays, but whichever day you come, ensure you bring cash with you as the queues at the ATM can often be frustratingly long.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 1000 to 16:00.
Nearest Tube Liverpool Street.
Horner Square, Liverpool-Street, E1 6EWView Larger Map