Presenting the best indoor market space London has to offer and surrounded by assorted range retailers who specialise in iconic British fashion through to unique tea drinking experiences from Tea Smith, this place is not to be missed during your stay in London.
Free to attend Old Spitalfields Market has been running for over 20 years but the history of the market dates back to the early 1600s. With the widest range of market stalls offering something for everyone, Old Spitalfields’ market traders are very popular amongst tourists and renowned for providing an atmosphere worth experiencing. Open seven days a week and covering vintage, fashion,antiques, arts and crafts, music, food and much more.
One the most talked about markets is the Thursday Antique market. Full of characters and legendary for the vibe and chitter-chatter you’ll hear amongst the traders, selling you anything from a 1960s brooch to a sword dating back to the 1900s. There’s vintage fashion for the boys and girls from ‘Vintage Heaven’ just situated opposite The Real Greek, who have served the likes of Florence Welch from Florence and The Machine.
If you’re into your music and want to find out which records should be added to your ever-growing collection, or simply want music advice from the best in the business then the Record Fairs are for you. With over 30 dealers who have been dealing in the music business for over 20 years specialising in Rock, Pop, Funk, Reggae and much more. These traders have a great banter with their customers and sometimes you’ll even spot a famous face or two with their own record stall.
The weekend is buzzing with activity from their themed markets which differ every Saturday to the general but ever popular Sunday market. Old Spitalfields Market offers a range of specialised markets including Pop Up Vintage and Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs who gather some of best vintage fashion and home ware traders from all over the UK under one roof. They’ll be returning to Old Spitalfields on 20th and 27th April with Mrs Bears Swap Shop.
The Sunday market provides the best mix of culture, fashion and food. The busiest day of the week for Old Spitalfields, you can easily wander from stall to stall as time flies. Visit one of the many food outlets to sample delicacies from around the world. Grab a burger with GBK or tuck in to some jerk chicken with Café Caribbean.
Besides the markets, you will have plenty of opportunity to shop in the retail outlets that line the building. If you’re looking for distinguished clothing for gents then you can try Hackett, DS Dundee or Albam clothing. For women you’ll be spoilt for choice between Mischa Barton Boutique, NW3, Jigsaw,Agnes B and MW Nails.
After all you shopping and eating, you can even walk away with an alternative design-led London souvenir from In Spitalfields. A small independent boutique that has been trading for over 15 years offering lifestyle and gifts for all sorts of people; bringing together the best and most eclectic rangeof items from Paris, London, New York and celebrate local talent by stocking London artisans and Shoreditch based designers.
With so much going on, if you’re not coming for the food and shopping then you’ll definitely be coming to snap the giraffe in Hackett. To keep up with the latest happenings at Old Spitalfields Market, follow the Old Spitalfields Blog for stories from a range of specialised bloggers, follow them on Twitter or join their growing community on Facebook. With something different happening everyday, your stay in London won’t be the same without a visit to Old Spitalfields Market.