When staying in the Shoreditch area, there’s no better way to kick off your trip than by exploring the local markets. There are plenty of them to choose from, catering to all different tastes and audiences. Here’s our brief guide to the famous markets of Shoreditch which you simply mustn’t miss!
Brick Lane Market
One of the most famous markets near Shoreditch, Brick Lane Market represents the ideal space to connect with the unique local culture. Situated in the heart of London’s melting pot, the market runs every Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm, offering a full day of shopping and seeing the sights. The goods on offer are wildly diverse, lending an appeal to everyone from tourists to students and seasoned locals, many of whom visit on the hunt for a fantastic new bargain.
The main market on Brick Lane is the Truman Markets, set within a former brewery. There are five different categories of the market: the Tea Rooms, the Sunday UpMarket, the Vintage Market, the Backyard Market and the Boiler House Food Hall.
Whether you’ve wandered from Shoreditch high street in search of some antique books or electronics, the stalls here are sure to impress.
Columbia Road Flower Market
This colourful, vibrant flower market makes a fantastic Sunday morning browse, ideal not only for getting your hands on some beautiful floristry but also for simply taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this unique destination.
At the M Hotel Shoreditch, you’re not far from the heart of the action – and as the flower market is open from 8 am until 3 pm, and with lots of great shops to explore if the rain puts a dampener on your plans, you can be sure that no matter the weather, there’s plenty of chance to explore all there is to see and do. You can book a trip to the M by Montcalm Spa to relax afterwards.
This market has an enduring appeal with busy Londoners, who flock to the many food stools every day to enjoy a daily dose of delicious cuisine. There’re all kinds of food on offer here, with many retailers providing an added flair to their presentation – cooking pizzas before your eyes or whipping up a delicious treat while you wait.
It’s not just food which draws in the crowds. There’re also lots of chances to indulge in a little retail therapy on the busier days creating a true shoppers paradise. Whether you’re in the market for some mementoes of your trip, looking for gifts to take back home or simply want to take in the local sights, you’ll be able to choose from handmade jewellery and clothing, stunning original artworks and a wide range of the quirkiest and most unique furniture on offer in London. Spitalfields Market has a roof, so there’s no need to let the wintry weather slow you down.