There’s no better way to discover the pulse of London than by visiting its markets and East London has some of the capital’s very best.
Tune Hotel Liverpool Street is right next door to the super cool Old Spitalfields Market, itself just a few minutes from Liverpool Street Station. Furthermore, our hotel is within easy walking distance of many more East London markets, including Hoxton’s wonderfully colourful flower market – so if you like street markets you can’t pick a better place to stay.
Here we walk you through 4 of our favourite markets in East London.
Old Spitalfields Market, 109 Commercial Street, London E1, UK
Photo (C) stu smith
As Spitalfields market grew in popularity the market outgrew its venue. So these days there are actually two markets: the Old Spitalfields Markets which sells everything from antiques to fashion and art, and the New Spitalfields Market which is where the nightly fruit and vegetable market now takes place.
Old Spitalfields is the best of the two and, incidentally, perfect for a rainy day as its fully covered. Music fans should head to the Old Spitalfields Market on the first and third Friday of each month when the record fair is in attendance, while foodies should look out for the excellent street food alley that has some of the best street food in all of London. The market has a number of shops and bars too, including a few designer boutiques for fashion lovers and some large family restaurants such as Giraffe and Leon. The markets, shops and restaurants are all hidden by a 19th century grade II listed red brick market building, typical of east London, and just a 4 minute walk from Tune Hotel Liverpool Street
Brick Lane Sunday Market
Brick Lane, London E1 6QR, UK
Photo (C) Garry Knight
The great thing about the Sunday flea market on Brick Lane is that the colourful shops that line the street are open as usual – including the legendary Rough Trade Records shop and London institutions Tatty Devine and Beyond Retro.
The market itself has been expanding at a crazy rate for the past few years, so where it was once a pretty standard flea market, it’s now an eclectic mishmash of food stalls, newly launched fashion brands (think print t-shirts not pret-a-porter), and second-hand bits of everything. There’s a great selection of restaurants in the area too, including some delicious burgers at Moos Boosh, and just around the corner on Redchurch street is Franze and Evans which serves great Mediterranean-inspired lunches and some of East London’s best coffees. You can reach the Brick Lane Market with a short 7 minute walk from Tune Hotel Liverpool Street.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK
Photo (C) Aurelien Guichard
Columbia Road flower market is perhaps London’s most famous, prettiest and certainly freshest smelling market. Each week on Sunday the quaint Columbia road has its Victorian cobbles filled with flowers, plants and foliage from gardens throughout England and indeed the world. The road is filled with independent antiques, fashion and art shops, all of which are open during market hours, making for a wonderfully eclectic, vibrant and unique London market experience. You can reach Columbia Road in a little over 15 minutes from Liverpool Street, via the wonderful Shoreditch High Street – home to the quirky Boxpark amongst others.
Borough Market, Borough High St, London, SE1 9AH, UK
Serpentine Lake (C) GateC21 Flickr
Borough Market, under the London Bridge railway bridge, is one of our favourite markets in London. The food stalls serve up everything from French Raclette served atop steaming potatoes, through to artisan kebabs, German Bratwurst, Eastern European breads and sweets from all over the world. The fruit and vegetable market is a little pricy but the quality and variety on offer makes it well worthwhile. Just outside of the market is the world-renowned Monmouth coffee, but if you fancy a slightly stiffer drink then try the excellent Market Porter Pub right next door. It’s a 30 minute walk from Tune Liverpool Street, but worth it as the walk takes you through some of East London’s most stunning scenery. Be sure to take a peak inside the bewildering beauty of the Victorian covered Leadenhall Market, before heading past the Monument to the Great Fire of London and over London Bridge, which itself command excellent views of Tower Bridge and the Shard.
Tune Hotel Liverpool Street is located right by Liverpool Street station which runs a fast rail connection to London Stansted airport with its many popular low-cost flight connections.