Sunday is the day to go, with other 150 stalls and a great atmosphere of milling shoppers
Once a fringe player
Spitalfields is a covered market in East London. A market has existed on the site for over 350 years since King Charles gave a license for flesh, fowl and roots to be sold here. At the time it was a rural area on the outskirts of London. Since then, London has grown relentlessly, and Spitalfields is now finds itself nestled in the heart of the city, in the shadow of Christ Church.
The ancient market retains its charm. The Horner Square and Horner Buildings which house part of it are both Grade II listed buildings that date from the late 19th century, and the original Victorian buildings, market hall and roof have been restored, making Spitalfields one of London’s major markets once more.
In terms of wares, there is a bit of everything here. There are fashion stalls where you can keep your eyes peeled for a bargain silk shirt or a charmingly worn flannel one. Teetering piles of antiques reward a thorough perusal — looking for an underpriced treasure can become really quite addictive. You can try a little haggling too.
True to its roots, Spitalfields market remains an excellent place for food shopping. The dazzling array of fresh food market stalls make it a gastronomic paradise. Enjoy deli-style dishes, artisan breads and fairtrade products, or head to one of the glass fronted restaurants to enjoy a sit down meal and a respite from the mercantile madness. You can find food from anywhere: Italy, Mexico, Chinese, Indonesian, to name but a few.
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