Monday, 21 March 2016

A Guide to East London Markets

Markets... London's got plenty of them! For once, we're not talking about the construction market... we've moved on to more... "enjoyable" research! From foodie havens to little known vintage collectors stalls, we've rounded up a few of East London's best markets.

  • Until 1991, Spitalfields Market near Liverpool Street was home to a wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market. As the site became too congested, this relocated to a purpose-built site in Leyton, becoming New Spitalfields Market (Monday-Saturday, 12am-11am). 
  • The original site still houses Old Spitalfields Market, a continuous rotation of arts, crafts, antiques, record fairs, vintage fairs, and street food. See the website for a day by day calendar. 
  • Best of all, Old Spitalfields Market is under cover, with plenty of other shops and restaurants nearby — it's definitely our choice for a rainy day. 
  • So Vintage London rolls into Old Spitalfields Market on the first Saturday of every month. See here for upcoming dates. 
  • Old Spitalfields Market is open every day
Stoke Newington
  • Hackney Flea Market comes to Stoke Newington Church Street each month with a specially curated selection of stalls. 
  • The date varies from month to month so keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events.
  • Every few months, the D.I.Y Art Market takes place too, giving emerging artists an affordable platform to sell their work. Monthly
Hackney Downs
  • The Village Green Market is smaller than others on this list, but consists of independent traders, so is great for picking up cards and gifts. 
  • Every Sunday, 11am-4pm
London Fields
  • Netil Market is the sister of Netil House, a creative hub formed from a derelict community college. 
  • The market consists of regular traders and rotating weekly stalls consisting of vintage homewares, jewellery designers, illustrators, original artwork, vintage clothing, niche accessories, jewellery and clothing labels, food stalls and a heated dining area. 
  • Every Saturday, 11am-6pm
  • Chrisp Street Market is a local market offering everything from food to furniture. Items come from all over the world, so expect exotic fruit and international street food. Haberdashery is big here too. 
  • Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm (Thursday 9am-12pm)
Brick Lane
  • While the vibrant shops of Brick Lane are open every day of the week, Sunday sees the streets lined with a flea market selling clothes, accessories, and homewares. 
  • Don't forget to sample one of the famous Brick Lane bagels/beigels while you're there. 
  • Every Sunday, 8am-3pm
Old Truman Brewery
  • Just around the corner from Brick Lane is the Sunday Upmarket at Old Truman Brewery. Here, more than 140 creative traders sell fashion items, accessories, art, interiors, music, food and bakes. 
  • Every Sunday, 10am-5pm
  • Food and clothes sit side-by-side at Broadway Market in Hackney, where more than 100 stalls operate every Saturday. Many locals do their weekly shop amongst the organic fruit and veg stalls, fresh fish and bread. Vintage clothing and lingerie are also available. 
  • Every Saturday, 9am-5pm
  • Columbia Road Flower Market is one of London's most famous markets, and the street comes alive from 8am until mid-afternoon every Sunday. Flowers and foliage from all around the world are up for grabs
  • Some of the 60 shops along the road (all independent, selling antiques, art, fashion, vintage items, homewares and more) only open on Sunday — others open all week. 
  • Every Sunday, 8am-2pm
  • Petticoat Lane Market is renowned for clothing and leather goods, whilst many of the independent shops that line the street sell African and Asian fashions and accessories. 
  • Just don't go looking for Petticoat Lane on the map — the name comes from the petticoats and lace once sold by Huguenots, and the real location — Middlesex Street — was deemed far too saucy for the Victorians.
  • Every Sunday, 9am-2pm
Canary Wharf
  • Billingsgate Market, the UK's largest inland fish market is mainly for trade, but is open to the public too, with 40 seafood traders. 
  • Tuesday-Saturday, 4am-9.30am