One of London’s oldest markets, Spitalfields is a colourful market full of lots of independent traders and and more.
Located in East London, this former fruit and vegetable market is now packed with stalls run by creatives and artisans offering unique, handcrafted, quality produce.
Here’s a guide for visiting.
How To Get To Spitalfields Market
Spitalfields Market is located in the borough of Tower Hamlets in East London.
London Underground is one of the easiest ways to get around London and Spitalfields Market is just a short for minute walk from Liverpool Street station. (Which is also an overground station.)
Alternatively, Aldgate and Aldgate East underground stations are just a few extra minutes from Spitalfields Market.
Zones 1-2 contain all the central London districts, and most of the major tourist attractions. The daily cap for travelling in Zones 1-2 is £8.10 when using a contactless bank card. (Spitalfields Market is in Zone 1.)
If you don’t have a contactless card that works in London, the best option is to purchase a 1-Day Unlimited Travel Card.
These can be used on the tubes, buses, trams and Docklands Light Railway.
Hop On Hop Off Bus
Standard buses are available within your daily travel card and there are plenty of bus stops close to Spitalfields Market.
Including route 242 which stops at Bushfield Street, next to the market, and nearby Folgate Street.
However, there is also of course the famous Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.
This is always popular among tourists and is a great way to see many famous landmarks around the capital at ease.
All whilst travelling around on a traditional big red London bus!
For those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Also, for all tourists visiting London, I recommend purchasing a Go City London Pass.
These are a great way of saving money when visiting multiple tourist attractions during your stay in London.
Spitalfields Market Entrance Fee
It’s free to visit Spitalfields Market.
Spitalfields Market Opening Times
Monday – Friday: 8am to 11pm.
Saturday – Sunday: 9am to 11pm.
Market traders are open from 10am to 6pm.
Retail shops are open from 10am to 6pm.
Restaurants are open at various times but usually from 10am until early evening.
Best Time To Visit Spitalfields Market
Spitalfields Market is in the centre of London’s finance and creative hub. Therefore, it can get pretty busy during the weekday lunch-times, when the local workforce come out for a food break.
If you like things a little quieter and you want to browse all the stalls in the market without the crowds, it’s best to go early or late in the day and on a weekday.
This market is also known as ‘Old’ Spitalfields Market, not to be confused with’ New’ Spitalfields fruit and vegetable market in Leyton!
If you like your art, look out for the Art Market held in Crispin Place, Spitalfields Market on one weekend each month. Here you can purchase a wide variety of art, from oil paintings to photographs, directly from the artists.
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Spitalfields Market History
Spitalfields Market gets its name from the hospital and priory, St Mary’s Spittel, which was founded in 1197. The market first started in a field next to the priory in the thirteenth century.
The success of the market encouraged people to settle in the area and historically has seen it play host to a transient community – mostly new immigrants.
If you are interested in learning more about the interesting history, of the market, Historic Spitalfields Walk is perfect.
Spitalfields Market went on to become a major supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables to shops and stalls all across London. Helping them to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population.
In 1991, after a few ‘ups and downs’ the fresh produce market was once again thriving and, needing to expand, moved to its new and current location in Leyton East London.
Following which, the old Spitalfields Market underwent a regeneration programme which saw the Victorian buildings being beautifully restored.
As well as the addition two new public areas, Crispin Place and Bishops Square, a public art programme and the restoration of several surrounding historic streets, retailers and restaurants.
Resulting in Spitalfields Market evolving into the vibrant and popular destination it is today.
What To Expect At Spitalfields Market
Once home to a successful fruit and vegetable market, it’s now home to over 100 stalls showcasing local creatives, artisans and independent retailers.
This Spitalfields Traders Market is at the heart of this destination, with stall holders showcasing unique, hand-crafted pieces that catch your eye.
From vintage clothing, fine jewellery, dog accessories and music, to home interiors and more, this is definitely the place to visit if you are looking for something a little quirky or different.
In addition, you’ll find a mix of independent shops and boutiques, along with some famous names at Spitalfields Market.
Then, when you need a rest from shopping, the market is also known as a great foodie hot-spot.
With a choice of food stalls and restaurants selling a variety of tasty cuisines including Italian, Thai, Nigerian, Mexican and lots more.
Spitalfields Market is a great place to find that special little gift or souvenir that you wouldn’t find on the high street. Or, meet some friends, do some browsing and enjoy some tasty food.
Where To Stay In London
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