After demolishing those burgers, we had to walk it off somehow, at least a little bit… which worked out well, since we were right inside Old Spitalfields Market. Neither of us had been there before – isn’t it shocking how many local hotspots you realise you haven’t made it to when you live in a busy city? – so it was nice to have a wander around and see what it was like.
Firstly, the market is great because a) it’s open 7 days a week, and b) it’s covered, so you won’t be disappointed even if the British weather lets you down at no notice. Although we went for Bleecker St. Burger as our pick that day, there are plenty of other food stalls and indoor restaurants to choose from to curb your hunger – the full list can be seen here. If I hadn’t been so stuffed, I would have hunted down a sweet treat or two (those Lola’s Cupcakes maybe?) – just know that if you do visit, you won’t leave hungry.
As for the other stalls, it reminded me a lot of Portobello (the clothing end) & Camden markets, without the massive crowds and general clutter. It loses a bit of atmosphere because of that, but it means there is a lot less bustling around and it’s much more compact, too. I also like that they have actual shops all around the market as well – I managed not to do any shopping damage that day, but I actually think it’s a great place to go if you want to do your retail therapy outside of the typical central places.
Oh, and I apologise for the creepy Pinocchio… hopefully it won’t give you nightmares.
The market is just a short walk away from Liverpool Street station, and is clearly a popular place to visit – so next time you’re in the city (or if you’re a fellow Londoner but have not been there yet), it’s one to put on your list. I can imagine going back there when it’s warmer (sometime this year please, weather gods?) and tucking in to some delicious food on those benches with a little shopping session afterwards.
I do love London, a lot.