Monday-Friday 11am-3:30pm, Sunday 10am-3pm
Liverpool Street Station
Located in a Victorian building with a glass roof on Commercial Street, the lightfilled Spitafields market was once a produce market. Now it offers an extensive mix of arts and crafts, second-hand books, jewlery and retro clothes alongside flower, organic fruit and vegetable, and baked goods stalls. On Fridays and Sundays additional stalls offer organic food. Definitely a more unique and trendier market than its neighboring Petticoat Lane or Brick Lane -- I was amazed at the number of quality handmade goods offered. Among the items we encountered -- fun lampshades and housewares, funky picture frames, gourmet chocolates, boutique hats and purses, baby hats and booties, and vintage records. There were even massage and yoga themed booths. Many young designers offer their latest one of a kind fashions at reasonable prices. I bought a baby blue peasant blouse for £5 and I get compliments each time I wear it. You can easily find something for every member of the family.
One caveat -- on the Sunday we visited, many vendors will still setting up around 10am, so we came back closer to 11am and found the vendors more ready. We decided to eat at the Tandoori Hut located in the center of the market around noon, and we were wonderfully satisfied having spent less than £5 on a meal for two. However, by 12:30pm, the lines at the food stands were long, and all of the lunch tables were full so opt for an early lunch!.
On a Sunday afternoon, Spitafelds is perfect for some fun shopping and a cheap but tasty lunch!