PIN Spitalfields Market

An old fruit market of repute

Set in the heart of one of the most popular, diverse and historic neighbourhoods in London, there’s lots to explore on the doorstep of Spitalfields E1. Brick Lane aka Curry Mile, is just a stone’s throw away. Comprising curry houses, pop-up vintage markets, vintage shops and the infamous beigel shop – it’s a great place to discover after a meander around the market.

Shoreditch and Hoxton are also a short walk away so you can spot famous street art, from the likes of Banksy and Roa, which changes week by week! For those looking to absorb the rich history of the area, the streets of Whitechapel, once roamed by Jack the Ripper, are just down the road.

With so much to offer, you really can’t beat Spitalfields and the surrounding area; it really is a fantastic weekend experience with something for the whole family.


Spitalfields takes its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary’s Spittel that was founded in 1197. Lying in the heart of the East End, it is an area known for its spirit and strong sense of community. It was in a field next to the priory where the now famous market first started in the thirteenth century.

As an international city, London is celebrated for its diversity in population. The East End has always been recognised for the wealth of cultures represented. Spitalfields served as a microcosm of this polyglot society, the ‘melting pot’ fusion of east and west. Historically, it has played host to a transient community – primarily for new immigrants.

Spitalfields had been relatively rural until the Great Fire of London. By 1666, traders had begun operating beyond the city gates – on the site where today’s market stands. The landmark Truman’s Brewery opened in 1669 and in 1682 King Charles II granted John Balch a Royal Charter giving him the right to hold a market on Thursdays and Saturdays in or near Spital Square.

TripTide Thoughts

Absolutely buzzing with activity - including the surrounding area. There are some great restaurants both ethnic and contemporary and plenty of pubs. The place in an all day activity


  • History
  • , Food
  • , Shopping
  • , market
  • , food and drink
  • , Exotic East


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Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, , London , E1 6EW (View on Google Maps)
Contemporary market in a traditional setting

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