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Old Spitalfields Market

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Address: Spitalfields 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW, England
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+44 20 7247 8556
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00

Old Spitalfields Market represents one of the country's last bastions of...

Old Spitalfields Market represents one of the country's last bastions of consumer diversity and individuality. Home to an old-fashioned community of over 30 independent and large traders and a plethora of chic bohemian businesses, it has secured its place at the forefront of interiors, design, food and the arts - a market that truly embraces the spirit of modern London, an entrepreneurial and cultural melting pot that is ever-changing and developing without ever forgetting its historic past. As Samuel Johnson so eloquently said of London: 'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." The same is very much true of Old Spitalfields Market.

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The first day we went near closing time and wasn't that great but because of reviews we gave it another try and were very pleased. Great for something to eat or also some... read more

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Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The first day we went near closing time and wasn't that great but because of reviews we gave it another try and were very pleased. Great for something to eat or also some shopping. great time.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent a very enjoyable rainy Sunday afternoon here with the family as it was my son's birthday. As he chose the place to eat we ended up in The Diner, it was as advertised an American style diner with great milkshakes for the kids and a good range of beers for the adults (wines too). the stalls and shops were... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to pop into and check out the mix of market stalls - some of which change daily and the shops around the perimeter. Plenty of eating options as well. We visited late on a Friday afternoon and on Sunday morning (and a quick pop back on Monday morning as we were in the area). Lots to look at.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I do love this market every time I go. It gets VERY busy, but has a great mixture of stalls, clothes and food that raise interest for many aspects. It is also hosted in a nice place, specially if it's a sunny day.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

First time here and it certainly won't be our last great that it is covered especially with the good old British weather, great choice of stalls with the mixture of high end shops like Jo Malone and Keihls special pop up market whilst we visited celebrating scillian food

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Old Spitalfields Market has everything a market should have: delicious street food from all over the world and small stalls with a big selection of different products - not only the same old London merchandise that they sell everywhere but bags, unique clothing and so on. This is definitely a place worth visiting!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a cool little market, located 5min walk from Liverpool St station. Being a Saturday it was busy, but not overwhelming. There is a good variety of stalls including clothes, jewellery, maps, food, leather goods etc., and the prices were more reasonable than I was expecting. The food selection is fantastic. Loads of restaurants around the outer rim of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great market to browse around for a few hours. We stopped at a few places for some prosecco and wine. Ended up buying a few unique pieces for our house. Very cool market, worth a visit :-)

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Such a cool market under cover. Lots to see. Lots of places to eat. Feels very chic and cool. Worth a visit if you're in this end of town.

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Rushden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not being over exposed to the London markets,I was somewhat surprised to see that the Old Spitalfields market was not outdoors. Having said that I suppose with most of our seasons being on the cold & wet side,it would be a welcome haven while you do your market shopping. The market stall holders were in general pretty accommodating,and there certainly... More 

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For a glimpse of Georgian and Victorian London at its most pristine, or a peek into what's apt to be the next big global trend, the hipster zone of Spitalfields can provide hours of amazement. Around the clock, this is a haven for early morning bargain hunters sizing up its street markets, foodie foragers throughout the day, or late night revelers hitting some of London's most popular bars and clubs.

 Wedged between the business-minded City of London, expressly trendy Shoreditch, and zestful Whitechapel, the lines between traditional and contemporary beautifully blur in this historic East End nexus.
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