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Old Spitalfields Market, London

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There has been a market on the site of Old Spitalfields Market since 1638, when King Charles I gave a license for flesh, fowl, and roots to be sold there. Today, Old Spitalfields is one of London’s top markets, offering antiques, clothes, organic food, artwork, and vinyl records. It’s particularly recognized as a place for young designers to showcase their work, and is considered very fashionable. As it’s a covered market, you don’t need to worry about rain. Once you’ve worked up an appetite from shopping, visit one of the stalls selling food, or one of the restaurants and cafes also in the covered area. To visit Old Spitalfields Market on your trip to London, use our London trip itinerary builder .
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  • Everybody that comes over in Shoreditch, should take a detour here too. This market opens at 10 a.m., being by this time everything still under construction. On Thursday, there is an antiques market, otherwise nice mark stands with all sorts of creative things, T-Shirts, bags, jewelry, etc. Particularly noteworthy are the street food stands (we were on a Friday there). Stream from anywhere fragrant food aromas in the nose, the price is typical of street food in London. But, I could get a very good Turkish wrap around 4 pounds which was also very economical. Tasty. :-)
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  • Worth a visit if you're in the area! Good variety of crafty shops, food stalls and various bits and pieces. Decent-sized market too.  more »
  • It seemed to me that this is a mixture of camden market in the middle of the city. The advantage is that it's less crowded in camden
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