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Things to Do at Spitalfields Market

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For those who love to shop, there's almost no place better to bag a bargain in London than at Spitalfields Market!

From Antiques to hand-crafted one of a kind pieces the market has a little bit of everything.

Located in a vibrant London neighbourhood on the edge of the city, the Market is also steeped in history and is a visited location on a number of amazing London walking tours.

To plan your trip to Spitalfields, read on!


What is Spitalfields Market?

There has been a market in Spitafields for over 300 years and the newest version has it's origins in the 19th century. 

A huge regeneration programme in 2005 expanded the market into one of London's largest markets.

It is actually made up of smaller and often temporary markets as well as permanent shops and restaurants.

The Market is entirely covered and is open 7 days a week.

Different markets and shops have different opening hours so always check the website HERE before you go.

A rough guide is as follows:

Spitalfields Market Building:

  • Monday to Friday - 8:00am - 11:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 9:00am - 11:00pm

Traders Market:

  • Monday to Friday - 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday - 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Retail Shops:

  • Every Day - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Restaurants:

  • Monday to Friday - 10:00am - 9:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Things to Do in Spitalfields Market

Go Shopping

This is the primary reason most people come to Spitalfields - and no wonder!

It hosts retail brands as well as independent traders that sell handcrafted goods, artwork, fashion, and jewellery as well as antique markets and public art programmes.


Have a Bite to Eat

If all that shopping makes you hungry then rest assures, Spitalfields has you covered there, too.

With a number of permanent restaurants, the market is also home to popup stalls and food trucks with literally dozens of options to choose from.


Enjoy the Artwork

Spitalfields self describes as, "...proud to support artists from across the globe by helping them showcase their work."

That means at any given time, there are a number of art pieces on display in and around the Market.

There is also a pop up art market that takes places twice a month showcasing affordable art from local artists that you can purchase yourself.

The art and popups change throughout the year so find out what's on when you're visiting HERE.


Enjoy London's Best Fish and Chips

There are dozens of places for fish and chips in London but the best, as far as we and our guides are concerned, is Poppies!

Opened by Poppie himself in 1952, there are now a handful of places to get your hands on their delicious food - and this includes at Spitalfields Market!


Visit Another Market

Just a couple blocks away from Spitalfields Market is Brick Lane and the Brick Lane Market.

Home to London's Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane is absolutely full of delicious restaurants but it also hosts a few more iconic London markets.

There you'll find the Vintage Market for vintage goods and clothing, the Upmarket for fashion and food, the Backyard Market for jewellery and accessories, the Tea Rooms for antiques, and the Boiler House Food Hall for more street food options.

Find out more HERE.


Take a Tour

Spitalfields is either a part of, or within walking distance of, a number of our popular walking tours such as the East End Food Tour, the Jack the Ripper Tour, the East End Graffiti and Street Art Tour and the City of London Tour.


How to Get Here

Spitalfields Market is in the eastern edge of town, right on the border of the City of London.

Nearest London Underground Stations: Liverpool Street and Aldgate Stations

Nearest Overground Station: Shoreditch High Street

Bus Routes: 8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 47, 48, 78, 100, 133, 135, 149, 205, 242, 308, 344, 388

About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: January 25th, 2023
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