Founded in 1197, the Spitalfields Market is a household name not only in the City of London, but the entire country.
You’ll find the ancient market, which takes its name from the local hospital, in the heart of the East End, just off Brick Lane.
The area was rural until the Great Fire of London, but, by 1666, market traders started operating on the site where the market is today.
Today, bustling Spitalfields Market is home to incredible fashion, art and plenty of places to eat, and is an iconic spot to visit in the City of London.
If you’re a local or thinking of visiting for the first time, we’ve got all your FAQs questions below, so you can wow your friends with your knowledge next time you head there.
Where is Spitalfields Market?
The historical market sits adjacent to the Old Spitalfield Market, and is close to Lamb Street, Bishopsgate and Brushfield Street. The nearest tube station is Liverpool Street Station and the full address is Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AA.
What is the market famous for?
Spitalfields Market is famous for its rich and diverse history of traders dating back all the way to 1197. Nowadays, the market is famous for its artists, goods, designer stores, outdoor events, street food and modern cafes, restaurants and bars.
What can you do there?
You can find shops in abundance at Spitalfields Market. Whether it’s fashion or food, cards or candles, books or beauty, you can easily spend the day in the covered market.
What independent market stalls can I find at Spitalfields Market?*
You’ll find Yanga, Arianna Gallina, Gisele, Paper Wonderland, Nu Flo, Consuelo Jalees, Hatice Alice, Laura B Interiors, Diyo Batti, Chaos Leather, Onesck, Inkonk, Fukusa, Doodls, Urban Driftwood, LittleSmith, Kindy Crafts, Retro Progression, Pincho Poncho, Cafe Art and Electrickery.
What designer stalls are there?*
Cantini London, A to Z Leather, Naye, Loulabelle Couture, Ladiebirdy, Sonia Santamaria Jewellery, Kikiyo, Roberto Gorini, Patch by Panod, Elements by Nature, Polo and Joe, Edwyn UK, 28 North, Conquer Gear, Pamella Designs, Pama Crafts, NB Accessories, 33Bis Artisanal Edition, Ezavision, Paper Passion, Organic Cards, Organik Roka and The Curious Yak are all in situ at the market.
Any other shopping options?*
Yes, in the shape of Plant Warehouse, Amazon Salon, Players Social, Malin + Goetz, Benefit Cosmetics, Ollie Quinn and Barber Barber.
Where can I grab a bite to eat?*
Smokoloko, Ebby’s Kitchen, The Duck Truck, Rainbo, The Coop, Mamma’s Goodies, Crosstown, Chi Chi and The Pasta Family, Mr Bombay, and Bamboo House, Leon and Itsu are all top choices.
Does Spitalfields Market host events?
Spitalfields has a year-round events programme that celebrates the rich history and culture of the area. Past events have included Tango dancing. Check the Spitalfields Market website for updates.
When is Spitalfields Market open?
Spitalfields Market is open every day of the week. Monday to Friday 8am-11pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am-11pm.
Anything else I need to know?
Spitalfields Market is also home to an Art Market for both established and up-and-coming creators and those willing to purchase their offerings. The Art Market is a place to engage with the artist and learn about how the work of art came to be.
*And many more. List taken from Spitalfields.co.uk
Information accurate as of November 2021