Everything You Need to Know About Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market

Everything You Need to Know About Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market

Fans of flea markets will be in dreamland if they head to Brick Lane or Spitalfields.

Both of these locations are hugely popular as they offer fashionistas the chance to hunt for bargains, one-off items and hipster accessories. Indeed, both markets are very busy at the weekends, as people come to shop, eat and socialise.

Brick Lane flea market

The Truman Markets are made up of five different flea markets – the Boiler House Food Hall, the Tea Rooms, the Backyard Market, the Sunday UpMarket and the Vintage Market. They sell food and drink, furniture, handmade goods, music, art, clothing and a range of antiques.

Among the designer stores are:

  • Tracey Neuls – A major name in contemporary footwear design
  • Ante – Stocks a range of Avant Garde and Retro Garde clothing
  • Hunky Dory – Offers vintage men’s and women’s clothing
  • Laden Showroom – Iconic London boutique that supports independent designers
  • Mendoza – Men’s tailoring store specialising in 60s and 70s-inspired clothing

Things to do:

  • Visit the Broadgate Ice Rink
  • Go to one of the local bars or restaurants
  • Check out the Brick Lane Gallery
  • Enjoy the world famous street art on show
  • Visit one of the local curry houses
  • Take a walking tour
  • Visit the Tower of London and take the tour
  • Go along to the Bank of England Museum

Nearby cinemas:

  • The Former Shoreditch
    Underground Station, 7 Code Street, London E1 5ER
  • Barbican Cinema
    Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
  • Genesis Cinema
    93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ

Getting to Brick Lane:

The nearest Tube station is Aldgate East, which is about an eight-minute walk away. 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.

The nearest overground is Liverpool Street, which is about a ten-minute walk away. 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.

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

There are also three car parks nearby:

Brick Lane Car Park (91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL)

Ely’s Yard Car Park (1-15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR)

Grey Eagle Street Car Park (Grey Eagle Street, London E1 6SN)

Spitalfields flea market

There are over 100 stalls in the flea market, with Sunday being the most popular day to visit. Aside from trendy clothes, visitors can also get their hands on organic food, leather bags and furniture.

Among the designer stores are:

  • Albam Clothing – An independent British designer producing unique and original clothing
  • Camper – Specialist family shoe store originally from Spain
  • Author Shoes – London’s best known shoe secret, it stocks big name designers
  • Bethnals – London-based unisex denim brand
  • Superga – Designer outlet is the the second largest store in the UK for the Italian footwear brand

Things to do:

  • Enjoy the culture on offer
  • Haggle with stall owners to get a good price for any purchases
  • Sample some of the live musical performances
  • Enjoy the art on show as part of the Spitalfields E1 public art programme
  • Visit Christ Church Spitalfields
  • Check out the Whitechapel Gallery
  • Go to an exhibition at Raven Row
  • Enjoy the Spitalfields City Farm

Nearby cinemas:

  • Prince Charles Cinema
    7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BY
  • Everyman Screen on the Green
    83 Upper Street, London, N1 0NP
    1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, London, SE1 8XR

Getting to Spitalfields:

  • By bus – You can take the 8, 26, 35, 42, 47, 48, 67, 78, 135, 149, 205, 242 and 388 bus services, as they all pass by the market.
  • By tube – Get off at Liverpool Street Station on the Central, Hammersmith and City, District, Circle and Metropolitan lines. From Liverpool Street Station, head southeast towards Sun Street Passage, take a right on Bishopsgate, turn left on Bishops Square and then turn left on to Brushfield Street. The walk will take about eight minutes.
  • By car – Local car parking is available at both Hanbury Street and Brick Lane. Both are less than ten minutes away on foot.

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