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Brick Lane Market London, also known as The Truman Markets, isn’t just one market but five different markets weaved into one.
These markets are centred on Brick Lane in East London and boast a thriving Bangladesh community.
It’s best known for its eye-popping street art, culinary delights, vintage clothing, unique treasures, and independent shops.
You already know your girl loves East London. I’m there almost everyday day as my gym is in the area.
So, I thought I’ll make a Brick Lane Market guide for anyone wanting to fill their weekends bouncing from food stalls and love to haggle over vintage cameras. Ok, maybe that’s just me?
Essentially, Brick Lane is nestled in the very heart of what has been London’s cultural centre since the 1990s.
The market is loved for its bargains and bric-a-brac, with antiques, kitsch collectables, stunning fabrics, and gourmet dishes served at the street stalls.
Here you’ll find the Old Truman Brewery Market, which was once a beer factory and now is a creative hub for retailers, pop-up shops, and eateries.
Browse the stalls that line the beautiful narrow cobbled street. As you walk along, you’ll notice a vibey atmosphere and wafting spices that float through the air.
Let’s look at what to expect at the Brick Lane Market London and some unmissable attractions that you’ll love.
London Brick Lane Markets
An area that was once associated with poor slums and Jack the Ripper murder crimes is now a popular place with London’s edgy, artistic crowd.
London is in no short supply of high-end retailers and opulent boutiques. However, why not escape the standard tourist spots and instead explore the East End of London?
Take a street walking tour and explore this popular London Street and more. You’ll get to visit Brick Lane Market to find genuine pieces to take home.
You’ll also learn about historical events about the area as you explore Shoreditch and Brick Lane.
Take a look at some incredible things you can find in this bustling, diverse market. The market
runs on Sundays (and some on Saturdays), and depending on your interest, you’ve got a few Brick Lane Market options.
Brick Lane Market London has several indoor markets under its umbrella. These include Backyard Market, Sunday UpMarket, Boiler House, The Tea Rooms, and the Brick Lane Vintage Market. The Brick Lane Market opening times are Saturday 11am – 6pm, and Sunday 10am – 5pm.
Let’s take a look at each one and its top attractions.
Psst… if you’re in for an adventure, take a Jack the Ripper walking tour to learn about the mysteries of these unsolved serial crimes.
The Sunday UpMarket
Since 2004, the Sunday UpMarket in London has been drawing crowds to its 200 stalls. Brick Lane UpMarket provides a platform for emerging designers and culinary artists to sell their products.
Many visitors opt to take an exotic East End Food Tour to explore international and local cuisines and cultures.
It’s located in the Old Truman Brewery above the Brick Lane Vintage Market and offers various products, including food and baked goods, vintage and handmade clothing, music, organic foods, arts, and bric-a-brac.
You’ll find plenty of one-of-a-kind items here that are often produced by the stallholders, themselves.
Apart from fabulous retail brands, a highlight here is Sunday UpMarket food stalls.
There’s an eclectic mix of food stalls offering innovative Brick Lane street foods, fresh produce, desserts, and more.
You’ll find divine hand-rolled sushi, fried plantains, Spanish paellas, and international coffees to sample, among other treats.
The Brick Lane Sunday UpMarket is open every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Brick Lane Market Vintage- The Vintage Market
Trendy vintage style has taken the capital by storm, and the Brick Lane Market has become an increasingly popular spot for great finds.
Whether you’re a fashion enthusiast looking to update your style or on the hunt to find a perfect gift for a friend, you’ll find the perfect item here.
Browse the different stalls dotted throughout the Brick Lane Market. From authentic 90s sportswear to vibrant 60s shirts, and vintage staples like Levi’s ‘Mom’ jeans and Penny Lane coats, you’ll be spoiled with an array of fabulous items.
It’s a treasure trove for those looking for cool vintage records, accessories, and a collection of unique trinkets.
Here, the real trick is to give yourself a good couple of hours to explore and find your spoils.
The Vintage Market is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Tea Rooms
As the name implies, the Tea Rooms is a market that was named for its large selection of coffees, teas, and traditional baked goods. However, there’s much more to this indoor Brick Lane Market.
You’ll also find a collection of antiques, silk cushions, collectables, and handmade products.
The Vintage Emporium is the central part of the Tea Rooms and provides various vintage clothing, accessories, and homeware.
Tea Room Brick Lane opening hours are on Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Boiler House
The Boiler House is located at the Truman Brewery and serves as both the popular Brick Lane food hall and an iconic London historical landmark.
Here, you’ll find sustainably produced foods, drinks, and lifestyle goods.
Guests are welcomed to over 30 stalls of international cuisine, serving an incredible variety of dishes.
Take your pick and choose your desired dish, from Polish, Italian, Korean, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Asian, Japanese, etc. In summer, sit outside in the beer garden or take a seat inside around the lounge bar during chilly winters.
The Boiler House food hall is open every Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.
Psst…If you’re into exploring hidden landmarks and the medieval history of London life, take a bike tour to cycle around and discover the old East End docs, Brick Lane, and other famous areas.
The Backyard Market
The Backyard Market houses over 80 stalls in its bright and spacious warehouse, showcasing the best local arts and crafts.
Here you’ll come across young artists and designers showcasing their work. It offers a diverse mix of retail outlets such as cafes, boutiques, and different arts and crafts, from jewellery designs to wall art.
The Backyard Market also supplies good quality organic produce and meats.
The Brick Lane Backyard Market is open every Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
What to Expect at Brick Lane Market?
Now that we’ve taken a look into the different markets Brick Lane has to offer, let’s take a look at what you’ll find in and out of the stalls.
Brick Lane Shops
Who needs bustling Oxford Street when Brick lane shops have everything you need, right in front of you?
You’ll find a collection of independent vintage specialists selling jewellery, quirky bookstores, record shops, clothing outlets, and more.
Look out for Tatty Devine’s flagship jewellery store nestled at the north end of Brick Lane. Rokit 101 is another famous and long-standing vintage shop located along the shopping strip. It’s a popular place to rummage through unique looks and secondhand finds.
For a place that brings a mix of local and up-and-coming designers, head to Borderline. Here you’ll find a load of unique outfits to try on.
Arts & Crafts
Brick Lane and its surrounding streets provide the perfect place to snap a few pictures. The area is well known for being popular canvases for local street artists.
You’ll find some of the most stunning urban paintings in the city here.
Make your way to the huge Christian Nagel mushroom at 115B Brick Lane to take some beautiful pictures.
If you’re looking for a souvenir to take home with you, there are a number of stalls selling authentic artwork to buy. From classics to modern art, there are all kinds of treasures for your liking.
If you’re into antique furniture and decorating your home with tasteful pieces from amazing collections, the Brick Lane Market boasts an array of items.
You’ll find authentic wooden fixtures ranging from chairs to upholstery.
If you’re a collector, and you’re planning to visit the auction houses and galleries here in the capital, be sure to add Brick Lane to your London streets tour itinerary.
Brick Lane Food Market
Once you’ve worked up an appetite and you start to feel peckish, do not fret, you’ll find plenty of treats at London’s top food markets in Brick Lane to wolf down in delight.
Brick Lane accommodates around 40 street food vendors serving up an array of universal menus.
From Korean skewers to Ethiopian coffee and Injera bread, and classic British grub, you’ll find mouth-watering foods.
Bring out your inner brunching queen with you and grab a seat at some of the coolest brunch spots in Shoreditch or try out one of the Jewish bagel shops, including the Brick Lane Beigel Bake.
Named the ‘Curry Capital’ in 2012 and the hub for London’s Bangladesh community, you cannot come to Brick Lane without trying one of the curry restaurants. Try ‘The Monsoon’ for some delicious Indian specialities.
If you ever wonder how to get to Brick Lane Market by tube or what is the nearest tube to brick lane market?
I got you covered, the nearest tube station is Aldgate East and then a 10 minutes walk from there. Once you leave the station head northwest on Whitechapel Road and then turn left on to Osborn Street.
If you are not great with directions, you can download the citymapper app to guide you from the station to the Brick Lane Sunday markets.
However, I normally take the overground and the nearest overground to Brick Lane is Shoreditch High Street Station and then an 8 minutes walk from there.
You can also grab these buses 8, 26, 35, 43, 47, 48, 67, 78, 149 and 242 that pass the market.
A Footnote: Brick Lane London Market
Brick Lane Market in London is a bustling hub for incredible restaurants, independent galleries, festivals, and diverse culture.
And, of course, for its bargains and vintage clothing stalls that are dotted throughout this lovely lane. The Brick Lane Market is also one of the biggest Sunday Markets in London.
Now that we’ve covered the ins and outs of Brick Lane in London, what are your thoughts on the lane?
While you’re in the area, I’d highly recommend a London walking tour to tickle your fancy as you explore this fabulous city.
So, get up early, grab a bagel and your wallet and trawl the stalls for bargains and goodies.