Do as the locals do and explore the numerous boutiques and stalls at Old Spitalfields Market for a versatile shopping experience outwith the main shopping streets.
It’s no secret that London is a city of outstanding shopping opportunities. Oxford Street, Regent Street and King’s Road are all filled with both high-street fashion and international brands. Even though you’re likely to find just about anything you need here, occasionally what you want is something a bit different. In that case, the Old Spitalfields Market is exactly what you need. The area is super trendy and has a strong indie vibe to it. Packed with small independent shops, numerous market stalls, cosy cafés and varied restaurant, this place is undoubtedly worth venturing a little bit out of the city centre for.
Spitalfields is known for its cutting-edge fashion and offers clothes, shoes and accessories for every taste. You’ll be spoilt for choice with some of London’s best names. Check out the independent British designer Albam at Albam Clothing, which makes timeless British menswear from good fabrics. If you’re in need for a dress and like a bit of glamour, head to Jones & Jones for some feminine fashion with a modern twist. Then top off the outfit with some fabulous footwear from Author Shoes, which aims to make quality shoes that will last as long as you do. Take a stroll in the area and you’ll quickly discover that it provides whatever you may want, regardless of your style and taste.
Interior and beauty boutiques
Looking for something to spice up your home? In that case Inspitalfields is the place to go. This ever-evolving store offers a wide range of interiors, from doormats and clocks to furniture and ornaments. Prepare to spend some time here, as there are small treasures popping up on every shelf. With some brand-new interior items in your bag, why not treat yourself a new hairdo too? Visit Pimps and Pinups for a slightly different, yet fashionable style. The boutique salon combines classic hairdressing with the latest styles, leaving you feeling super fresh.
Diverse market stalls
In between the many boutique shops, there are numerous market stalls, selling everything you can think of and a bit more. They are open seven days a week, with special theme days. Thursday is the antique market, containing collectable vintage and antique gems. If you’re a music enthusiast and like songs in a physical format, then make sure not to miss the record fair on the first and third Friday of the month. The Saturday theme varies each week, and Sunday is family day offering something for both kids and grown ups.
London really is a city of unlimited possibilities for experiencing some interesting stuff. Many of the most intriguing happenings are found a bit outside the city centre, but it is so easy to jump on the tube and get ready for an exciting new shopping experience. Stay at Radisson Blu Portland Hotel, London, just a five-minute walk from Marble Arch tube station and the central line, which takes you directly to Liverpool Street and Old Spitalfields Market.