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Old Spitalfields Market

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Address: 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7247 8556
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11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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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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Had been here many years ago and wanted to return to see what it was like and it was actually much better than I remembered. Loads of stalls to wander around and such a wide... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had been here many years ago and wanted to return to see what it was like and it was actually much better than I remembered. Loads of stalls to wander around and such a wide variety of goods on offer. Antiques, clothes, collectables and some great food stands too. We went on a Sunday and it started to get busy... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon my first visit, I got a bit overwhelmed. But, after some time, I navigated the stalls, buying desired clothing without breaking a sweat. Learn to haggle. Doing so will save some pounds. There are deals to be had, if you're willing to broker them. Can't wait return!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of great vintage shopping, delicious street food, and locally made art. One of my favourite stops in London.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thanks. Great atmosphere - very busy and fun. I enjoyed looking at the huge range around. The food was delicious and I cannot recommend it all enough.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For the untrained eye there seems to be a lot of the same and not so fun items at this market, but there is always a mix of originals in the mix and they are so worth the visit! Take time to talk to some of the stall seller and leave feeling inspired by theire talent. There is a permanent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are plenty of stalls with a wide variety of bric-a-brac and antiques and although some prices are rather high there are always hidden gems for sale and items which dealers will move on for a lower price. All you have to do is ask politely! There are a number of food vans which look clean and which sell a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great way to experience the diversity of cultures in London. Amazing variety of food, but varying quality. Funky shops and artisans.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Old Spitalfields Market is a great place to find some clothing bargains and it also has some cool restaurants and coffee spots

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On Thursday you can find antique stalls. Bought two interesting coins, wouldn't buy the worn clothes though. Nice market to stroll through but not my favourite.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to the Thursday Antique Market three or four times and have always bought something. These days I tend to arrive around 9am and there are still some dealers setting up. If you are interested in vintage clothing and jewellry this is a good market for you. If you have never been to the East End this market... More 

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Spitalfields
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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