London’s market culture is thriving – and east London is lucky enough to be home to some of the best. However, because there are so many amazing markets out there, it can be tricky to know which ones to visit – and for what! Save time by sussing out the wares available at each market before you visit. From farm-fresh foods to flowers, vintage clothes, and stunning homeware, there’s a perfect market waiting for you. Check out some of our favourites!
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The Baths, 80 Eastway, E9 5JH
Every Sunday until the end of October, 12pm-10.30pm
For an alternative vibe, head to The Wick. Hosted at Hackney Wick’s Old Baths, this is a buzzing hub for locals to flock to on a Sunday afternoon, especially if there’s any late summer sun shining. Amongst the markets and music you can find vintage and handcrafted goods, as well as upcoming designers and artists pitching up their stalls for you to browse. Once you’re done there are food stalls and activities to enjoy, so you can really make an afternoon of it. If quirky is your thing, head on down.
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane, E1 6PU
Every Sunday, 9am-5pm
If you’ve ever wandered through Shoreditch on a Sunday, you’ll know it’s filled with crowds of people. Lined with stalls, the famous lane is awash with vintage buys, street eats and ornate treasures. Originally a humble grocery market, Brick Lane now attracts a vibrant crowd and has established itself as the place to go for edgy vintage pieces and artsy buys. The food in the shops behind the stalls shouldn’t be missed either – salt beef bagel or award-winning curry anyone?
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Spitalfields Saturday Style Market
Brushfield Street, E1 6EW
Every Saturday, 11am-5pm
A stone’s throw away from the bustle of Brick Lane, you can find Old Spitalfields market, where Saturdays are dedicated to fashion stalls. With an array of traders, you’ll find clothing, accessories, and a few homeware steals too. We’d recommend this stunning market hall for anybody looking for a bit of a clothes haul, with up to 88 designers pitching up and masses of rails to trawl through. You’ll be lost in there for hours! Surrounded by eateries, you’re in the right place when all that browsing leaves you feeling peckish.
Landsdowne Drive, E8 3EB
Every Saturday, 7.30am-7pm
Speaking of hungry, if you’re a food lover then Broadway Market is most definitely for you. There’s organic, there’s fresh, there’s deli-style, there’s every style. With an astounding selection of sweet and savoury goods from local artisan traders, it’s a paradise made for indulgence! Grab a burger and a coffee as you browse and pick up goods to take home with you, from beautifully butchered meats to freshly baked bread. There’s also some lovely little boutique fashion traders, if you can be distracted from the sights and smells of the food! You won’t regret the visit, and neither will your stomach.
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Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Every Sunday, 8am-3pm
For your floral fix, we don’t know a better place in London. Columbia Road is an oasis of flowers, plants and all the foliage you could ever need every Sunday of the year. The market has an international reputation, having grown as a hub for floral fanatics for decades.
Many of the traders have had stalls since the 1970s and continue to deliver beautiful blooms for the local community and growing number of visitors. It smells beautiful, it looks delightful and it’s a mile away from those supermarket sunflowers you keep buying. We’d recommend this market to pick up impressive florals to keep the summer feeling alive in your home. It also makes a great Instagram shot…
Have you tried any of these markets, or do you have any more favourites? Let us know in the comments below!