Shopping in East London
|| East London seems to
have something of a split personality when it comes
to places to lighten your wallet, with £100 notes
being equally as welcome as small change – as
long as you choose where to spend them appropriately!
For somewhere to maximise the impact of your small change,
try one of the East End’s multifaceted markets where you’ll probably leave carrying more bags
than you would expect.
Markets dominate east London’s shopping related
offerings with more than eight in the area, however the
three most well known are; Spitalfields [map], Petticoat Lane [map] and Brick Lane [map].
If you want trendy chic from your market experience
then Spitalfields [map] is the place to go.
Located in a glass topped Victorian building on Commercial
Street, Spitalfields market hosts a multitude of stalls
where up-and-coming fashion designers sell their creations,
beautifully handcrafted merchandise is on offer, and
on a Sunday, where fresh organic food is available to
buy. Spitalfields is nearby Liverpool Street tube station
and open everyday except Saturday.
Close to Spitalfields is Petticoat Lane [map] market
but don’t look for the street name as it doesn’t
really exist. This market is over 100 years old and developed
from a pig market to an area where second-hand petticoats
were sold (hence the name!). These days the market goes
ahead every day (except Saturdays) in Middlesex Street,
Wentworth Street and the surrounding offshoots, however
Sunday is considered to be the best day to go. On Sundays
the market bustles with over 1000 stalls selling discounted
clothes, Asian fabrics, household items, leather goods
Locals love Brick Lane [map] market because
on a Sunday morning it’s a one-stop shop for all
your needs from food to furniture. And when the shopping
is done you can get a bite to eat with the money you
have left at one of the curry houses, or the legendary
24-hour bagel bakery. If you want to go, head to Liverpool
Street or Whitechapel tube station on a Sunday, the
market opens at around 8:00am and finishes at 2:00pm.
Also worth a mention is East London’s 900-year-old Billingsgate Fish Market [map]. Here you’ll
find a huge variety of fish and seafood sold by friendly
market characters with plenty of cockney banter from
5.30 in the morning.
Although the East End markets cannot be beaten for the
spendthrifts and bargain hunters, the area does have
places where you can spend it like Beckham.
The Laden Showroom [map],
E1, is where edgy young fashion designers create celebrity
craved couture. Victoria Beckham, Denise Van Outen and
several other actors and pop pretenders have all gone
here to get attention grabbing fashion.
Men with the means can be dressed by the man who has suited
Tom Cruise, Harvey Keitel, David Beckham and Jarvis Cocker
at Timothy Everest’s [map] E1 fashion house. Located in a Georgian house on Elder
Street the inside has a distinct men’s club feel
to it, and you too can be one of the boys if you have
£1000 to spend.
If you prefer your fashion with a retro edge then you
could venture to Rokit [map] on Brick Lane. Their eclectic range of vintage clothing
includes collectables, customised clothes and accessories
which have been coveted by many and have been used by
fashion photographers for glossy magazine shoots. They
also have stores in Camden and Brighton.
For those who aren’t totally ashamed of their wardrobe
and would quite like to keep the collection they’ve
built up over the years, there’s Junky Styling
[map] also on Brick Lane. Here you can have ‘wardrobe
surgery’ where your clothes can be revamped into
contemporary but unique fashion statements.
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