SHOPS & MARKETS
Spitalfields is well known for its outdoor and covered markets. It is also becoming an increasingly recognised shopping destination.
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane Market is a chaotic, bustling artistic hub which attracts a lot of young Londoners in search of second-hand furniture, unusual clothes and bric-a-brac. They'll finish with an inexpensive Sunday lunch in one of the many ethnic restaurants and cafes lining the street, which include authentic Jewish bagel shops and Bangladeshi curry houses. The joy of this market is that you never know what you'll find; anything from cheap leather clothes, old magazines and kitsch collectibles to stunning silks and Art Deco furniture. The market is concentrated in the upper half of Brick Lane between Hanbury Street and Bethnal Green Road.
Old Spitalfields Market
Old Spitalfields Market is a covered market in Spitalfields, London. There has been a market on the site for over 350 years. Stalls sell antiques, food and fashion, varying from distinct and quirky creations from up-and-coming designers to bohemian, vintage and African designs. Boutiques offer everything from hand-crafted wooden toys to today's must-have design items.
The mix of well-known chain restaurants and fresh food market stalls provide a gastronomic paradise for discerning food lovers and families alike. High quality and affordable cuisine on offer includes deli-style dishes, fresh produce, artisan breads and plenty of organic and fair trade products.
Open everyday, Spitalfields Traders Market has up to 110 stalls on its busiest days. Spitalfields Traders Market in Crispin Place is weather proof and totally wheelchair and push chair accessible.
The stalls range from contemporary and vintage fashion, music, bespoke children’s toys, jewellery and accessories and home interiors. The market is also surrounded by a host of independent boutiques, food shops and restaurants. Plus you have Old Spitalfields Market right next door.
Old Truman Brewery Markets
Sunday Upmarket houses over 200 stalls including a large indoor food area every Sunday. Attracting traders and visitors from around the world, Sunday Upmarket focuses on established designers and artists.
The Backyard Market was the first market to open on Saturdays in the area. The variety of stalls bring locals and tourist to the area. If you're looking for clothes, unique prints, jewellery, male grooming kits or other unusual accessories come down! This market truly embodies the community's spirit as well as supporting young designers and artists.
The Old Truman Brewery’s celebrated old Boiler House with its spectacular soaring ceilings and distinctive landmark The Truman Chimney, is now home to London's newest food hall. Over thirty stalls of international culinary delights ranging from Japanese and Italian to Mediterranean and Caribbean-Asia fusion. Including a bar with indoor and outdoor seating.
petticoat lane and wentworth street markets
Petticoat Lane is London's world famous Sunday market and sells mainly clothes for men, women and children, from street-cred clubwear to over-orders of designer goods and last year's must-haves. One of its specialities is leather wear at the Aldgate East end and there's bric-a-brac, household goods, in fact everything you could possibly think of plus some other bits and bobs too. The market is held in and around Middlesex Street on Sundays from 9am to 3pm, with a smaller market open on Wentworth Street from Monday to Friday which is the commercial home of Spitalfields' small African business community. Confusingly, Petticoat Lane doesn't actually exist any more - we have the Victorians' prudishness to thank for that, wishing to avoid any reference to undergarments they changed the name to Middlesex Street in 1846. With more than 1,000 stalls lining the streets on a Sunday bargain hunters come in their droves, it's a great scene worth the trip even if you're not shopping.