It’s not just vape juice that draws people to Shoreditch. Another thing East London does incredibly well is markets. One of the best ways to spend a weekend afternoon is with a stroll through the city perusing oddities and trinkets at East London’s famous market streets. Whether it’s for beautiful plant life, antiques or just a trusty jumper for the winter, you can’t go wrong with East London. The history of the London market spans back centuries. As more and more diversity spread the area, the markets became rife with new foods, jewellery and trinket designs; the area has become increasingly popular with tourists and locals alike. It’s easy to miss the nooks and crannies where some of the best markets in the world hide, but with our top tips, you won’t go wrong.
Columbia Flower Market
Finding its first bloom as a Saturday trading market in the 19th century, the market on Columbia Road, a street of magnificent Victorian terraces, has grown into a popular destination for both Londoners and tourists alike. Nowadays the market runs on Sunday mornings from 8am till 2pm and sells a range of flowers from across the world, including bedding plants, shrubs and bulbs. One of the great things about the market is how the traders working there are often the third or second generation of their families to work there, making the experience both a culturally rich and colourful experience.
Old Spitalfields Market
Spitalfields market is one of the best known markets in the city. Based in the Spitalfields area, the market has been working since the 1700’s since its licensing by King Charles. During the expansion over the next few centuries, the market has expanded form not just wholesale foods in the farmers market, but also sells antiques, local artist’s works and diverse street foods. Located a stone’s throw from both Shoreditch and Liverpool Street, the area is well known for its range of stalls and now restaurants, the area since being redeveloped into a commuter and tourist hotspot.
Brick Lane Market
Whether you’re looking collectable cassettes or antique books Brick Lane Market will have it. The market running down Cheshire Street and Brick Lane is famous for its eclectic mix of the collectable and the quirky. Every Sunday you will find the entire streets jam packed with traders and bargain hunters. Having its genesis in the farmers markets of the 17th century Brick Lane Market has now expanded into the grounds surrounding the Truman Brewery, inside which is a range of record and arts shops already. It’s not hard to see why it ah become so popular with cultural aficionados and art students then, the range of materials and inspiration which can be gleaned from the market makes it a must see for all visitors, even if you don’t want to buy anything.