Established in the 1860s, Old Spitalfields Market is a historic market that is still bustling today. The covered marketplace is full of stalls offering a mix of chain restaurants and local street food as well as unique, locally designed goods, imported wares, vintage clothes, handmade jewelry, and all manner of quirky items.
The Victorian covered market—which has undergone extensive renovations and is now surrounded by trendy, upscale brick-and-mortar shops—is a lively shopping and dining venue. Its more than 70 stalls, shops, and restaurants include regular and rotating vendors selling everything from hand-thrown ceramics to leather goods, bespoke prescription glasses, and vintage fashion.
Old Spitalfields Market and the surrounding areas have quite a storied past, and are included on a number of informative walking and culinary tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Old Spitalfields Market is a must for shopaholics and visitors looking for fun trinkets or souvenirs to take home.
- Although there is a large covered market, Spitalfields can also refer to the wider area including a range of high-end shops and restaurants.
- There are seasonal events and pop-up shops throughout the year.
- There is an antiques-focused market on Thursdays.
How to Get There
Old Spitalfields Market, located in East London, is easily reachable by bus or tube. Several bus routes end at Spitalfields Market on Brushfield Street; the nearest Underground station is Liverpool Street, which is served by the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines.
When to Get There
The market stalls are open daily with varying hours and a range of weekly and monthly themed days and events. Check the website and individual shops for current information.
The culinary options at Old Spitalfields Market are vast, making it a dining destination in its own right. The options are endless—high-street chains like Wagamama, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, Japanese sushi bowls, dumplings, burgers, falafel, high-end cheese and wine, expertly pulled espresso—and the variety showcases East London’s colorful cultural mix and gourmet foodie scene.