A guide to Brick Lane’s Backyard Market

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 Part of the appeal of going on a holiday to London is the shopping on offer.

The city is world renowned for the quality of its stores, with Oxford Street its flagship location. But there are a host of other options, and intrepid shoppers with a keen eye for fashion should make their way down to Brick Lane at the weekends.

This is where the Backyard Market takes place on Saturdays and Sundays, with kitsch goods, arts and crafts, and prints from young designers and artists all on offer. The site was first opened in 2006 and there are over 80 stalls showcasing a range of products with a unique twist and community spirit.

Brick Lane's Backyard Market

An active supporter of London’s young creative community, it really is the hub of East London’s cultural scene. Part of The Old Truman Brewery, which has been renovated and turned into something truly special, the address of the Backyard Market is 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL.

Things to do in the Backyard Market

  • Visit one of the local cafes and have a coffee or tea
  • Have a browse around some of the boutiques
  • Get your hair done in one of the specialist hair salons
  • Pick up some unique arts and crafts
  • Treat yourself to some trendy designer clothes
  • Head to the nearby Ely’s Yard for some fantastic street food
  • Buy some original prints and illustrations for your house
  • Sit back and enjoy the relaxed vibe of the market

Nearby tube stations

  • Aldgate East Tube Station (0.5 miles) – When you leave the station, head northwest on Whitechapel Road and then turn left on to Osborn Street. Walk down that road for 0.3 miles and the market will be on the right. This walk will take about ten minutes.
  • Liverpool Street Tube Station (0.8 miles) – When you leave the station, head southeast towards Sun Street Passage, then turn right on to Pindar Street. From here, continue on to Spital Square and follow the road to Lamb Street and Hanbury Street. Turn right on to Brick Lane and the market will be on the left. This walk will take about 15 minutes.

The 8, 26, 35 and 43, 47, 48, 67, 78, 149 and 242 bus services also all pass the market.

Entertainment near the market

  • Rich Mix Centre (0.3 miles) – Head north on Brick Lane towards Woodseer Street. Next, turn left on to Bacon Street and then turn right on to Avantgarde Place. This walk will take about six minutes.
  • Broadgate Ice Rink (0.3 miles) – Head south on Brick Lane towards Hanbury Street. Turn right on Hanbury Street, continue on to Lamb Street, Spital Square and Primrose Street. This walk will take about seven minutes.
  • Comedy Cafe (0.6 miles) – Head south on Brick Lane towards Hanbury Street. Turn right on Hanbury Street, turn right on to Commercial Street, turn right on to Shoreditch High Street and then turn left on to Rivington Street. This walk will take about 13 minutes.
  • Shoreditch Electric Light Station (0.8 miles) – Head south on Brick Lane towards Hanbury Street. Turn right on Hanbury Street, turn right on to Commercial Street and then turn right on to Charlotte Road. Finally, turn left on to Old Street and then turn right on to Coronet Street. This walk will take about 16 minutes.
  • Wilton’s Music Hall (0.9 miles) – Head south on Brick Lane towards Hanbury Street. Turn right on Whitechapel High Street, turn left on to Leman Street, turn left on Cable Street, turn right on to Ensign Street and the destination will be on the left. This walk will take about 17 minutes.

Attractions near the market

  • Whitechapel Gallery  (0.3 miles) – Head south on Brick Lane towards Hanbury Street and then turn right on Whitechapel High Street. This walk will take about three minutes.
  • Dennis Severs’ House (0.3 miles) – Head south on Brick Lane towards Hanbury Street. Turn right on Hanbury Street, turn right on to Commercial Street and then turn left on to Folgate Street. This walk will take about five minutes.
  • Christ Church Spitalfields (0.2 miles) – Head south on Brick Lane towards Hanbury Street and then turn right on Fournier Street. This walk will take about three minutes.
  • Tower of London (1.2 miles) – Head south on Brick Lane towards Hanbury Street and then turn right on Whitechapel High Street. Take a slight left on to St Botolph Street, followed by another slight right on to Aldgate High Street. Continue on to Aldgate and then make your way towards Trinity Square. Finally, turn left on to Tower Hill, turn right on to Petty Wales and turn left at Lower Thames Street. This walk will take 24 minutes.

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