No matter what time of year you visit, London is never short of fantastic markets to explore, each offering their own unique look and feel. Bustling with crowds in search of a unique new find, Old Spitalfields Market is one such gem and is open seven days a week. Read on for our guide to everything you need to know about this historic venue…
London’s historic East-End market
Old Spitalfields Market is one of the busiest markets in the city, and once you visit you can certainly see why! Built during the 1800s, the venue underwent a major refurbishment project in the 2000s, restoring it to its former glory. As well as being historic, Old Spitalfields Market is also unique – providing an array of fantastic shopping, eating and drinking venues. Located under one roof, this is the ideal market for browsing come rain or shine, all within easy reach of our hotels near Hogarth Road.
After a visit to the market, you can continue with your London adventures, like discovering how to get to Buckingham Palace or visiting a few of the city’s other great landmark attractions.
How to reach to Old Spitalfields Market?
History of Old Spitalfields Market
Even though the market didn’t begin to take true form until the 1800s, there’s been a market in the same area since the 1600s, thanks to a royal licence to buy and sell in the district.
The market is enormous, including two noted Grade II listed buildings on its eastern side, dated from between 1885-1893. During a reconstruction in the 2000s, the Victorian sections of Old Spitalfields Market were given a major makeover. This enlivened the space and transformed it into one of London’s most prominent market spaces, easily accessible to our guests at Kensington Hotel London.
What shops will I see at Old Spitalfields Market?
There’s seemingly no end to the variety of shops and stalls you’ll find in Old Spitalfields Market, so prepare for plenty of surprises. This vast market includes not only a wide number of permanent fixtures like Chanel, Dr Martens and Mac, but also offers an array of artisans and tradespeople, all selling everything from clothing to crafts, gifts and much more! Throughout the week, there are specific days which cater to different niche markets – as well as the chance to grab a bite to eat while you browse during your stay at the Park Grand Kensington.
When should I visit?
Since Old Spitalfields Market is open all week, there’s always plenty going on. From Saturday to Wednesday, you can expect to find the daily market which has a lively atmosphere and plenty of great fashion, homewares and art on offer. Thursday is reserved for the antiques market, where visitors can look forward to a wide range of vintage and retro finds. Friday returns to the traditional daily market, though on the first and third Friday of every month, you can also enjoy a vinyl record fair, perfect for music lovers.