Old Spitalfields Market is a fantastic place to experience at Christmas! It is described as "the perfect antidote to the high street". 

Here you will find well-known brands, alongside quirky independents and artisans. 

Fun Fact

Did you know we have some famous locals? Some include Gilbert and George, Jeanette Winterson and Tracy Emin (who has been seen buying Christmas presents in or store!).

Things to see

If you're into your history, then the 700 year old crypt under Spitalfields excavated in 1999 is a must-see. If you love animals, or you need to keep the kids entertained, then Spitalfields City farm is a great place to visit. Other activities include Christ church at the end of Brushfield St, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor. You could take a Jack the Ripper tour or a tour of the famous local graffiti art. If you fancy taking a short walk, you can even visit The Gherkin! As well as Spitalfields market, be sure to check out Columbia Rd for flowers and Broadway market with its live music.

Eat and drink

For amazing coffee, try East London roasted beans at Nude of local institution. For great food, visit The English Restaurant (a favourite with the local traders). For those with a sweet tooth, Konditor and Cook creates amazing cakes, brownies and mince pies. For dinner Hawksmoor is a longstanding favourite with it's hidden basement cocktail bar, while Nunu Mendes' Taberno Mercado is great for portuguese food. Canto Corvino and Ottolenghi are hidden gems and for the instagram crowd head to Lollipop for pretty Vegan fare. Lastly enjoy a glass of wine at Bedales wine shop.

Love Local

We have specialist shops galore, these just scratch the surface! Ollie Quinn is great for cool spectacles and sunglasses. You can buy some quirky gifts in Spitalfields and Source. Try Mercantile for eclectic fashion and accessories. For classic British made shoes we have Joseph Cheaney. Rapha for cyclists, Benefit for make up lovers Deciem for cult skincare, Superga for trainers. And of course for amazing chocolate,