A Surprising Stroll Around Spitalfields Market

A Surprising Stroll Around Spitalfields Market


Spitalfields Market is one of the most interesting areas in London, with a fascinating combination of old and new. The market itself dates from the 13th century and the area takes its name from St Mary’s Spittel, a former hospital and priory.

So let’s take a peek inside the market first…

Guide to Spitalfields market
On Saturdays, there’s a Style Market which is well worth a look. It’s a good place to pick up gifts and quirky clothing. Once a month, there’s also an Arts Market which runs from Thursday to Sunday, featuring affordable artworks displayed for sale on Market Street.

Spitalfields market review
There are also plenty of shops and restaurants that are open throughout the week. Two of my favourites that are actually inside the market are Blixen for brunch or cocktails and Taberna do Mercado for Portugese comfort food by celebrated chef Nuno Mendes. He cooks here quite a lot and like us, you might get the surprise of seeing him in the downstairs kitchen, whilst you’re en route to the restroom!

Taberna do Mercado Spitalfields
Exiting the market on Brushfield Street, we admired the retro shop front of Verde & Company. Spitalfields has some really beautiful Georgian buildings and this delicatessen owned by Jeanette Winterson, the author of Oranges are not the Only Fruit, is no exception. The area was home to many French Huguenots from 1685 who were expert silk weavers.

Verde & Company
Virtually opposite, you’ll come across this modern sculpture named I Goat by Kenny Hunter. In the background, Christ Church Spitalfields stands proud. Designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor in the baroque style, it’s considered to be one of his finest works.

Ram of Spitalfields
Another great place to eat is Galvin HOP on Spital Square for craft beer and pub food. Its more elaborate counterpart, Galvin La Chapelle next door is set in a former Victorian chapel.

Spitalfields Galvin
And one of my favourite London hotels is just around the corner on Folgate Street – the eccentric Batty Langley’s. With antiques galore, canopied beds and rolltop marble baths, it fits right into the area. A few doors down is the unique museum, Dennis Sever’s House which imagines the life of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers. If you can, try to visit during one of their “Silent Nights” when the house is lit by candlelight.

Earl of Bolingbroke Suite - Batty Langley'sWe finished our stroll with a quick visit to Brick Lane to pick up some chocolates at Dark Sugars – seriously good if you’ve not yet tried them! Their cardamon and orange truffles were my faves though the mango pipettes came pretty close. We passed this photogenic pair of houses along the way. All in all, Spitalfields never fails to surprise me with its unique architecture, cool shops and eateries.

Spitalfields doors
Do you have a favourite restaurant or shop in Spitalfields?

  • I love that all the different area of London have such an individual character. Spitalfields is definitely and fun and unique place to go.
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • Such a lovely place to stroll around.
    I love your dress as well.
    You look fab.

    http://www.thebandwagonchic.com/

    • That’s very kind, thank you Zarrah – it’s a great place for a weekend stroll

  • Loving these shots, lady! What a pretty day to be out and about. 🙂

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Spitalfields, my hood! And of course the address of my boutique, ha! I just love the market especially on Thursdays for antiques and bits & bobs – it’s a vintage lover’s dream! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • Neelima Sunil

    Thank you soo much for this post! I totally have to check out this area in London. It looks too beautifully vintage. Love it all the way!

    http://skatterbrainn.wix.com/skatterbrainn

    • There is something very retro about the whole area – thanks for stopping by Neelima and looking forward to reading your post about Snapchat

  • I always loved exploring Spitalfields Market when I live in London! I always found such funky vintage jewelry!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

    • I’ve admired some of the jewellery but I haven’t yet bought any there, must take a closer look!

  • The market looks pretty cool!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • what a charming place! super cute post!

    kelseybang.com

  • I would love to explore this area! I love markets like these and the chocolate sounds fantastic

    http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

  • That sounds like a great neighborhood to explore.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Paola

    Such an interesting place to visit!!! I love your red dress!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  • Corinne C

    Ha, that goat! This does look quirky, it sounds like a great place to visit.

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    • I thought there might be a connection between the goat and the area but apparently not!

  • I love Spitalfields Market and I’m lucky that it’s walking distance from my flat. In the market on weekends is a book stall which sells brand new books for around £4 each – got to be my favourite stall, along with Flavourtown Bakery when they’re there.

    Lisa | Not Quite Enough

    • Lucky you Lisa, I can just about walk it if feeling very energetic! That book stall sounds like a bargain, thanks for the tip

  • Gorgeous pictures lovely. I really love this area as there is so much to do x

    http://thelondonthing.co.uk/

  • Sign me up for Batty Langley’s! Just from the one picture it looks unique and fun!

  • I love exploring markets, you never know what you can find there! It’s a fun way to spend the morning or afternoon. Great photos, I’ll have to remember this place next time I’m in the area 🙂

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  • This looks like my kinda place 😉 Both the store and the food looks amazing! Loving all of your photos

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    • The Portugese restaurant is so cool, very casual but right in the middle of the market and delicious food!

  • Ellie Adams

    i was actually at Spitalfields a couple of weeks back with my mum and she mentioned trying Blixen so I definitely need to go back. One of my fave markets because it feels much more chilled and relaxing!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • I’ve been to Blixen a couple of times and whilst I didn’t find the food all that special, I love the decor and cocktails

  • Loved this guide Suze! I have a friend in London at the moment, who’s looking to explore the area – I’m definitely going to share this with her. And will also make sure to pay a visit to Dark Sugars once I’m back in London, sounds heavenly 🙂 xx

    • I hope your friend enjoys exploring the area and you definitely should visit Dark Sugars – their chocs are piled up high, they’re irresistible

  • Such a great post. I loved the pictures. That hotel looks like a great place to stay too. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Beauty Follower

    I did not knew about this market, looks like the perfect place to stroll!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

  • Such a lovely place to spend your time!
    Dora http://www.bangsbang.com

  • This is on my to visit list when in London next month. I haven’t been to Spitalfields Market for a long time and each time I go back it has changed so much. Going to share this post with the friend I am going to travel with! By the way, we will be there 19-21 March. So if you are around, would be great to meet for a coffee / drink! I’ve already told my friend about the possibility and she is very excited about it as well.

    http://www.luxessed.com

    • Hi Anouk, yes it would be great to meet up, afternoon of 20th is best if that works for you both as there’s a chance that I may be away a bit earlier

  • Those houses are gorgeous! I really want to try those orange and cardamom chocolates, they sound incredible xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

    • The chocolates are so gorgeous, we discovered the shop by chance as it had huge piles of them in the window!

  • Tania Franco

    The market looks enchanting, would love to see it in person!

    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

  • Wonderful Photos. I love the HDR feel of some of them. Especially the first one, where you maintained the right tones for the skin, while everything else looks adorned in beautiful HDR colors. Great processing. As a travel blogger I love to see how others decide to present and photograph places all over the world.

    • That’s very kind Laura, I think I accidentally double processed the first photo but I liked the look so I kept it!

  • I used to visit this market all the time when I lived in London, such an eclectic mix of things for sale! I used to love their gluten free cakes!

  • We’d fall for the cardamon and orange truffles too :-). Spitalfields Market looks like a fun place in London to browse and spend some time…

  • Linzi Clark

    Love this part of London – particularly the goat statue which has appeared on my Facebook page once or twice! Lovely photos too…..

  • I am in love with the woven totes at Verde & Company, I wonder if I can get there and find one of them. And what a gorgeous outfit! Even the background is perfect. x

  • Isn’t Spitalfields just so delicious?

  • So colourful and quirky – I obviously need to give Spitalfields some attention 🙂

  • Very charming photos of such a nice area! You’ve captured the beauty of Spitafields Market so well.

  • Despite living most of my life in London, I’ve never been to Spitalfields. It looks glorious. I will have to rectify this situation immediately on my next visit back to the Mother Country!