Old Spitalfields Market London

Old Spitalfields Market London

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Markets in London - Spitalfields
65 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6AA
+44 (0) 20 7377 1496

Located on the corner of Commercial Street and Brushfields Street, Spitalfields Market boasts stalls selling an assortment of goods, including food, fashion, collectables, crafts, and organic products.
Tags: fashion, fashion accessories, market, shoes, street markets, vintage clothing

Old Spitalfields Market London Reviews

Most creative fashion hotspot! - Look no further than Old Spitalfields Market, which won the ‘Best Fashion Market’ category in Time Out’s Shopping Awards 2008, to be one step ahead of the high-street trends and your friends in the fashion stakes.

Based in London’s eclectic and fashionable East End, it is home to the most diverse range of independent fashion stalls and design outlets in London.

The bohemian fashion and design destination offers distinct and sometimes quirky creations from up-and-coming designers.

With the tourist traps of the Portobello Road and Camden’s chaotic streets being so last season, Old Spitalfields Market is every fashionista’s dream. Newly refurbished and one of London’s best-kept secrets, the market is a firm favourite among those on the hunt for one-off designs and fabulous accessories, including bags and jewellery as well as vintage fashions.

April 77 jeans at Behave can be found alongside Leroy, one of the market’s long-standing and much-followed designers, who sells men’s designer jackets and shirts. Rich, African-inspired fabrics are transformed into an array of softly tailored dresses, skirts and tops at Janice, while those looking for gorgeous and unique ‘hot to trot’ shoes are in for a treat at Sniff.

Did you know?

There are more artists and fashion designers based in and around Old Spitalfields Market than any other region in Europe.

The entire local area has quickly re-established itself as one of the capital’s fashion meccas and visitors might even spot Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna searching for fashion and accessory treasures. Legendary designers Philippe Starck and Jean Paul Gaultier are even reported to walk through the market looking for inspiration.

Give yourself half a day to explore this wonderful market has to offer, including:

Agnes B
The famous French designer is the latest addition to the fashion world of Old Spitalfields Market. Renowned for cutting-edge designs Agnes B offers a range of womens and mens-wear in-store in classic styles. With design spilling over into the decor, this new clean-cut black and white store is spread over two floors, giving ample opportunity for visitors to explore the latest range.

Fairy Goth Mother
Step into Fairy Goth Mother and you step into a boutique housing one of the largest selections of authentic corsets by corsètieres from all around the world. With fashion and designer corsets, fabulous lingerie and a range of prom dresses and eveningwear, each given a gothic twist, this intriguing shop is a must-see at Old Spitalfields Market.

Try here: If you admire the quirkiness in Drew Barrymore, Christina Ricci & Kelly Osborne’s style.

This is a haven for denim lovers and those with an eye for the individual boutique brands. The store, which has been around since 2007, offers men’s and women’s fashion including jeans by April 77, Cheap Mondays and Sparks. It is also the exclusive stockist of Straight Boy, Velour, Won Hundred and Nakkna – all established designers in their native Scandinavia, but new to the British market. Behave is also a great place to pick up footwear such as the stylish and feminine Scorah Patullo range and men’s brogues by French label, NDC.

Try here: If you are looking for a stylish and über-cool alternative to the usual high-street denim suspects.

Celebrating its 20th year at Old Spitalfields Market, the Komodo brand flagship store brings you the cream of each season’s collection. Organic and ethnically traded men’s and women’s fashion inspired by the Tibetan region is, has and always will be the way at Komodo. Its range is designed in London by the cream of the fashion industry and produced in responsible and ethical factories in Kathmandu and Bali. Komodo garments are the perfect present if you are worried about the negative effects of globalisation – all items provide an ethically sound alternative with a fair deal for everyone.

Try here: if you are a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow’s style and politics.

Sniff is one of the UK’s leading ladies’ and men’s footwear boutiques, and is the firm favourite destination for the discerning shopper. It prides itself on providing quality and idiosyncratic designs that are usually the preserve of high-end designer stores. Each season, its boutique collections include new and established urban and designer labels from around the world, which are not available anywhere else in London.

Try here: if you love gorgeous shoes reminiscent of the shoes on New Bond Street, but the best part is, you don’t have to have deep pockets.

Catering for a variety of styles and tastes, the 30 plus shops in and around Old Spitalfields Market are all individual with several owned by the designers themselves, giving you access to your very own style consultant.  
Tags: agnes B, behave, fairy goth mother, fashion, fashion accessories, fashion shoes, hight street clothing, komodo, market, second-hand clothing, shoes, sniff, vintage clothing

Rating  5

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Gentrification ahoy! - A few years ago Spitalfields market used to be a really vibrant market with random food stalls, second hand record stalls, vintage & independant label clothes stalls and a variety of other interesting people selling random stuff.

Then they decided to refurbish the market and basicaly knocked about two thirds of the market down and built the new building that you see now.

I'm not 100% against it, I'm a few years older now, No Logo is but a hazy memory, I stopped reading adbusters a long while ago and I even have a yearning to own a nice suit and smart shoes. That said I can't say that the influx of places like Las Iguanas, White Stuff and the sundry other lame middle of the road chain places have improved the market.

They have a vintage market here on Thursdays but its tiny, about 20 stalls.

One of the things that most annoys me about it is when I tried to take a photo here a huge security guard approached me and told me I couldn't take photos here as its private property! The other thing is that everyone used to just call it Spitalfields Market and now its being pushed as 'Old' - its not old, its gentrified and full of chain places just like everywhere else either is or will be.  

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Old Spitalfields Market - Visit Old Spitalfields Market, a wonderful alternative to the weekend slog at the local supermarket and cooking up a family meal; a place where you can choose an array of fresh market produce and epicurean delights from around the world, all under one huge, vaulted Victorian roof.

With fresh food stalls, many restaurants and various food outlets to choose from Old Spitalfields Market is sure to get your tastebuds going. Visitors to the market can choose from a selection of delicious, high-quality and affordable foods, including deli-style savoury dishes, artisan breads, hand-reared meats and plenty of organic and fair-trade products.

Chefs at Old Spitalfields Market prepare a huge range of international dishes. Try patatas bravas, halloumi salad, organic sausages, air dried Iberian hams, rib-eye steak, crab with linguine or just a bacon sandwich – whatever mood you’re in there is something tasty to suit.

The completion of refurbishment work at Old Spitalfields Market heralds the return of several popular eateries plus a swell of new additions that provide a gastronomic paradise for discerning food lovers. Visitors to Old Spitalfields Market can also browse at one of the market’s many food and drink shops.

Le Bouchon Breton is set to open early October, offering visitors the opportunity to dine in a stunning French brasserie and Champagne bar. Menu consultant and culinary legend Michel Roux Jr of Le Gavroche and Le Bouchon’s chef Eric Landeau have come up with a stunning menu for Le Bouchon Breton which will include a brand new selection dedicated to a wide selection of Le Bouchon Breton shellfish, flown in daily, as well as a rotisserie section.

Adding a touch of Latin thrill to Old Spitalfields Market Las Iguanas opened in July 2008. The vibrant and colourful setting boasts one of several glass-roofed first floor terraces at Old Spitalfields Market, offering a great star/celeb spotting opportunity of the area. The menu includes a variety of authentic regional dishes from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Argentina, including specialities such as Seviche, lobster, seared yellow fin tuna and crayfish cooked in a mango, ginger and citrus marinade and tasty tapas.

The Yorkshire Crisp Company, a thriving market stall, offers luxury hand-cooked crisps in a stay-fresh resealable drum. With flavours such as Parsley and Black Pepper and Chardonnay Wine Vinegar, it’s no wonder that The Yorkshire Crisp Company stall attracts a steady stream of visitors purchasing their sublime crisps.

Looking for unusual tea? Old Spitalfields Market’s TeaSmith, a finalist in the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2008 - Best Tea Room, is a treasure trove of pleasure where you can find some of the world’s best teas prepared in front of customers for the ultimate tea experience. To accompany teas, TeaSmith serve award-winning chocolates and cake from master chocolatier, William Curley. TeaSmith also stocks an exclusive range of contemporary Asian ceramics and one-off gift items.

CrepeAffaire is the latest addition to the market’s restaurants providing a huge selection of freshly baked French-style healthy savoury and sweet crêpes. Using organic flour and fresh ingredients, CrepeAffaire’s tasty crêpes are packed with punch and fresh organic ingredients to give ‘pleasure you can measure’. Serving crêpes from breakfast and lunch through to dinner, they contain only a fraction of the fat and carbohydrates of standard pancakes due to the organic flour’s healthy properties.

Enjoy other gourmet highlights on CrepeAffaire’s terrace such as premium coffees, a selection of wine, an unusual French apple and pear 3% low-alcohol cider, beers and Mövenpick ice cream.

Following the market’s refurbishment, one of Old Spitalfields Market’s most popular eateries re-opens later this summer. Square Pie is home of “London’s finest pies” according to Time Out magazine. Freshly baked, choose from over 15 varieties of all-natural pies served with fresh mash, peas and gravy. You can even buy them unbaked to cook at home. The pies are all hand-made using prime British meat and do not include artificial ingredients or hydrogenated fats – they are pies as they should be.

Another favourite is Sweet Basil, a family run Italian restaurant and pizzeria which has become popular of city workers and local residents alike. Renowned for excellent service in relaxed surroundings, Sweet Basil offers mouth-watering traditional style Italian cooking with the freshest ingredients.

Watch the world go by and pick up all the local East End gossip in the Daily Grind, a family run Italian-style café. The Daily Grind is the type of place that people have been using to briefly escape the daily grind for many, many years. Homely and welcoming, the cafe is ideal for a quick cuppa, a sausage and egg toastie, or a filled jacket potato for lunch.

Old Spitalfields Market is more than a simple food market; it’s a cultural experience and an exciting and varied family day out. Cuisine and couture combine at the market, giving you the chance to combine food shopping or lunch with a spot of retail therapy in and amongst some of Europe’s most up-and-coming designers, some of whom design in their own right for well-known high-street brands.  

Rating  5

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