Old Spitalfields Market

Top choice market in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

Image by Will Jones Lonely Planet

Traders have been hawking their wares here since 1638, and it's still one of London's best markets. Sundays are the biggest days, but Thursdays are good for antiques, and crates of vinyl take over every other Friday. The market upped its foodie credentials with the Kitchens, 10 food counters that are the perfect anecdote to the mostly bland chain restaurants on the market's periphery.

Big names from East London's street-food scene have taken up residence: don't miss the bao from Yum Bun, Burmese noodles from Lahpet or shengjianbao (pan-fried soup dumplings) from Dumpling Shack.