Old Spitalfields Market

A Guide to One of London's Oldest Markets

Spitalfields Market
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Old Spitalfields Market dates back to 1638 when King Charles issued a license for "flesh, fowl, and roots" to be sold in what was then known as Spittle Fields. It's now a seriously cool place to shop and eat in east London. The market is surrounded by independent boutiques selling everything from cool housewares and artwork to vintage clothes and antiques. The market is busiest on Sundays, but it's open seven days a week.

It's a five-minute stroll from Liverpool Street Station. 

What's On and When

The main market days are Thursday to Sunday.

  • Thursday: Antique market with collectible vintage and retro pieces. 
  • Friday: Clothes and art (a record fair sets up shop on the first and third Friday of the month).
  • Saturday: Themed market days (see official website for more details).
  • Sunday: The market's busiest day features up to 100 stalls.
  • Monday to Wednesday: A limited selection of regular traders and food stalls.

Food trucks and stalls are open Monday to Saturday.

Where to Eat

Konditor & Cook for top-notch cake and coffee

Leon for affordable and healthy fast food

Canteen for classic British dishes

La Chapelle for upscale French bistro cuisine

Where to Drink

Bedales for wine from across the globe

Galvin HOP for craft beer and wine on tap

Top Tips for Visitors

  • It's a covered market but it's not completely enclosed. The sides are open to the elements so it's best to wrap up warm in the winter months. 
  • While you're there check out Spitalfield's Charnel House, a vault used to store human bones in the 14th century.
  • Time a visit to coincide with the Spitalfields Summer or Winter Festival to enjoy opera, folk, jazz and contemporary music performances in unusual locations. 

Getting to Old Spitalfields Market

Address:

Old Spitalfields Market
(Commercial Street)
London
E1 6AA

Nearest Tube/Overground Station: Liverpool Street (Central, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines)

Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.

Where to Stay Nearby

Budget Pick: Tune Liverpool Street

Luxury Pick: Andaz London Liverpool Street

Design Pick: South Place Hotel

Other Markets In The Area

Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane Market is a traditional Sunday morning flea-market with a wide array of goods on sale including vintage clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac, music, and much more.

See: Brick Lane Market Guide.

Sunday UpMarket

Sunday UpMarket is in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and sells fashion, accessories, crafts, interiors, and music. Opened in 2004, it has an excellent food area and is a hip place to hang out.
Sundays only.

Petticoat Lane Market

Petticoat Lane was established over 400 years ago by the French Huguenots who sold petticoats and lace here. The prudish Victorians changed the name of the Lane and market to avoid referring to woman's underclothes!

See: Petticoat Lane Guide.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Every Sunday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., you'll find over 50 market stalls and 30 shops selling flowers, and gardening supplies lining this narrow cobblestone street.

 It's a truly colorful experience.

See: Columbia Road Flower Market Guide.

Updated by Rachel Erdos