If you want to experience traditional London culture with a modern twist, look no further than Old Spitalfields Market in east London.
Just a 5 minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, Old Spitalfields Market is rich in history – From being a Roman cemetery in 300 AD, to housing numerous ethnic settlements and traders to finally developing into the modern market we know today.
You definitely get that cool and effortless east London vibe here with all the eclectic and quirky goods on offer
The market offers a little bit of everything for everyone. Trendy shops border the indoor market with brands such as MAC, Benefit & Barbour to name a few. In in the middle you will find various stalls offering home made and manufactured goods – from trench coats to wooden iPhone cases, beautiful frames made out of scrabble letters to real leather satchel bags. And finally, there is an array of unique and chain restaurants peppered around – one of them being, The Diner, which I wrote about here.
On Sundays during the summer, you will find an open air Tango dance run by an Argentine Tango School and is free for anyone to join. It’s beautiful to see how emotionally connected all of the dancers are – to the beat, the movement and each other, strangers or not!
Cecil Balmonds’s H_Hedge art sculpture is currently on until 3rd of October. I obviously made the most out if this, as you can see below!
The entire area around Old Spitalfields Market is just as vibrant, with a plethora of popular shops, pubs, bars and restaurants to keep you busy for an entire day and night. And if you’re on the look-out for some unimaginable bargains, make sure you head to Petticoat Lane Market which is a stone’s throw away and is well known for having branded clothes at a quarter of the price! It’s open on Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm.
Old Spitalfields Market is open 7 days a week with each day offering different goods: Sundays to Wednesdays – General Market Stalls, Thursdays – Antiques & Vintage Market, Fridays – Fashion & Art Market and Saturdays – Themed Market. The closest tube station is Liverpool Street and more information can be found here.
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