Spitalfields Markets

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Spitalfields Markets, London, United Kingdom
Spitalfields Markets - Spitfields
Spitalfields Markets - Spitfields
Spitalfields Markets - You can even find a las vegas mat!
Spitalfields Markets - You can even find a las vegas mat!
Spitalfields Markets - You can even find a las vegas mat!
Spitalfields Markets - You can even find a las vegas mat!

Spitalfields Markets London Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Shopping in Spitalfields Jul 06, 2011
Despite the nearby Liverpool Street station being my gateway to London for much of my adult life, I had no idea what Spitalfields was like until I accidentally stumbled into it by taking a slightly long way home.  Nestling so close to the financial city, it is home to a fantastic market, interesting food shops and some very cool cafes. 

Historically, Spitalfields (named after the hospital that was here in the middle ages – the hospital’s fields) was a garment trading and weaving district, and this is still reflected in some of the wholesale businesses around the edges of the area.  But the heart of the area is now the fantastic Spitalfields Old Market, a renovated market hall with some upscale chain restaurants, and a wonderful market selling vintage clothes, interesting new clothes, jewellery, vinyl and things like that.  The market is surrounded by boutiques, flower shops and independent cafes, and some interesting art. Although I was there on a Wednesday, and that was good, it is apparently best to go on Sunday.


The area has a pleasant, laid back feeling.  The market is fascinating, full of quirky clothes and jewellery, and most of the prices are very reasonable (although variable).

You know you are in the right place when you see the spire of Christ Church,, which is huge.  The market is across the road.  The stalls open mid morning and seem to start packing up from about 5.30pm, although some are there later – I arrived at about 5.30 and still had some strolling time.  The chain restaurants are open much later, and include branches of Leon (Belgian food), a curry place, Italian food and Patisserie Valerie.  I would recommend leaving the market to eat, however, and looking for the S&M club house which, despite its slightly frightening name, is a very pleasant café selling British classics like sausage and mash.  I will write a separate review for it. 
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sarahthevegasbride sarahthe…
69 reviews
Gem of a market! Nov 24, 2011
Set in an historic location in the heart of the City and one of the crown jewels of East London.

Firmly established as the ‘must visit’ London attraction for Londoners and tourists alike, Old Spitalfields market offers a fusion of Victorian splendor and contemporary architecture. Bringing together some of the Capital’s finest restaurants, shops and an array of themed stall market days.

You can dine in style, browse through the antique market, buy unique designer clothes and relax with a glass of fine wine watching the hustle and bustle of the City pass you by. Easy to find, Old Spitalfields Market is a short walk from both Liverpool Street and Aldgate East stations.

Highly recommend visiting.
You can even find a las vegas mat!
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lisalush lisalush
12 reviews
Aug 29, 2006
Spitalfields is a medium sized market filled with stalls of clothing from local up and coming designers, jewellry, art, furniture, instruments, records, handbags, vintage fashion and nick nacks, sunglasses and food food food!

Open on Sundays only. You will probably spend more than you bargained but the pieces you pick up will be unique and well worth the money!

Spitalfields itself is steeped in history. Jack the Ripper was said to have drank regularly inThe 10 Bells pub across the road and there are cheap (£7) Jack the Ripper tours you can do in the evenings to explore the area.There are loads of little alleyways with independent shop keepers in the area that take you back in time. Its a fantastic way to spend a Sunday.
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sdbleve says:
Spital Fields? I always look at this and wonder why would somebody name something after spit. One of my sons had the fore thought to ask somebody...it is short for Hospital Fields. Now you know :)
Posted on: Nov 19, 2006
Amanda says:
Good review babe!!! I don't think I've been to this one, but since I arrive on Monday my next trip, and then leave on Saturday, this will have to wait... that stinks...
Posted on: Sep 02, 2006
travelman727 says:
Sounds exciting! I'm packing my Sherlock Holmes hat now :-D
Posted on: Aug 29, 2006

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