TRAVEL / WEEKEND TRIP TO OLD SPITALFIELDS MARKET
Having lived in London for several years now, it amazes me that I can still discover new parts or areas to explore. Last weekend, I took a trip to Old Spitalfields Market and fell in love.
After getting up uncharacteristically late, we had a chilled out morning and leisurely made our way over to the East. Located just five minute's walk from Liverpool Street Station, Old Spitalfields Market is the perfect shopping destination. Open seven-days-a-week, the impressive array of shops and stalls draws in shoppers from all over the city as well as tourists from farther afield who fancy a real East London cockney experience.
I'm notorious for not being a fan of miserable weather and even a bit of drizzle can quickly turn my face sour, so one main advantage of Old Spitalfields Market is that it's all covered or indoors. We were able to stroll around at a relaxed pace without worrying about an impeding shower. It is London after all.
There's a massive blend of old and new; the market comprises the refurbished 1887 covered market and then the newer adjacent shopping section. Luckily for me, fashion features prominently at Old Spitalfields Market with shoppers able to choose from classic and contemporary styles, as well as quality vintage items, from independent retailers, upcoming designers or better-known brands. If you're on the hunt for clothes or accessories, the best day to visit is Saturday as that's when 'Spitalfields Saturday Style Market" is held!
Weaving in and out of the grid, the variety on offer was vast and I was enticed by each and every stall. With just two steps I went from admiring hand crafted jewellery to swooning over the most gorgeous and sumptuous leather jackets I've ever laid my eyes on. No matter what you're on the hunt for, whether it be interiors, fashion, accessories or gifts.... you'll be spoilt for choice.
I'd also like to add how genuinely lovely and charming it was to witness how passionate the producers, artists and sellers are about their work. It's clear that a lot of love and care goes into every piece sold at the market.
... now onto the good stuff. The food was just, wow; a true foodie's paradise! Sweet, savoury, healthy, indulgent; the choice was overwhelming - in a good way. The sides of the market are dotted with stalls selling everything from pulled pork buns to steaming dim-sum and freshly squeezed juices to the most gooey and intense looking brownies. There was definitely a wide range of sweet treats and goodies to bring you that little bit closer to type two diabetes - totally worth it.
I'm drooling just thinking about it...
As much as I wouldn't recommend it, if you're feeling unadventurous, among the buzz, you'll also notice some familiar restaurant names too like Wagamamas, Leon and The Real Greek. Don't get me wrong, they're all fab and firm favourites of mine but when in 'Rome' and all that...
The highlight of my trip, apart from the sugar-finger-licking-good Crosstown donut, was that I managed to find another art piece for my upcoming gallery wall. (If you haven't read my Gallery Wall post, head over there after...) We stumbled across this stall which featured loads of different pieces, with quotes and sayings spelled out with scrabble pieces by the lovely Amanda Diment for Grey Gardens. So simple yet so effective; I had a hard time picking between all of the pieces but eventually decided on the 'Seize The Day' one. I can't wait to hang it up!
FULL ADDRESS: Spitalfields Traders Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW
OPENING TIMES: Monday - Wednesday 10am - 5pm, Thursday 9am - 5pm, Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 11am - 5pm, Sunday 9am - 5pm
CLOSEST TUBE STATION - LIVERPOOL STREET
I can't wait to go back... I'm still dreaming over the leather jackets. Will. Try. To. Resist.
*all images taken by myself on my Canon EOS 750D DSLR Camera