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Old Spitalfields Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

1. London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into Shoreditch, London's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Brick Lane, Old Spitalfields market, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of London. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

London: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

2. London: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

Join the ultimate cultural journey in London’s East End as you take a guided tour of the famous Sunday Markets. Try food samples from international cuisine vendors and get a chance to learn Cockney Rhyming slang. Experience not simply a ‘food tour’ but a journey around the world and understanding and celebration of how the most multicultural area of the most cosmopolitan city came to be. Taste Indian samosas, local oysters with a glass of Bubbly, Ghanian chocolate, and Jewish “Beigels or Bagels” (depends on which side of the world you are in).  No visit to the East End would be complete without some Cockney banter, so you’ll learn a bit o’ rhyming slang when it’s time to rest your ‘plates of meat’.

Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

3. Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

When you book this tour, the supplier will be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Your outing will start at Spitalfields Market, one of the area’s oldest markets over 350-years-old. Here, you will wander around the eclectic mix of retail and restaurant stalls to explore over two stories of this gorgeous stone edifice, which is like a hipster version of Covent Garden. Your local will meet you at the market, where you will stop for a coffee at a cafe that many locals swear serves the best coffee in town. Here, your local will have some time to get to know you and what you are eager to experience. They will fit their insider knowledge of the area to your individual needs. The tour is unscripted so even though you will book an initial timeline, the day might evolve in different directions to ensure that you experience Shoreditch your way.  Wander off to Brick Lane, which is the most visited narrow lane in East London. Londoner’s argue it has some of the world’s best Indian food, outside of India, but there are quirky cafes, record shops, vintage shops, market stalls and more. There is much to discover here, on a street that is as rich in history as it is in cuisine. Along the way you’ll make tangents exploring warehouse conversions of vintage shops and outposts of trendy clothing designers. If you are up for lunch, you could stop at a buzzy restaurant serving a range of wonderfully tasty Indian street food dishes.  After this, you can explore the two-level bespoke shipping containers where artists and creative designers exhibit and sell their work. There are also restaurants and bars with several terraces to eat, drink and look out over the urban sights. Finally, head to Old Street via Hoxton, known for its vibrant nightlife. Your local will lead you past some of the trendiest bars and rooftop gardens. Wander down side streets to view some great street art and uncover hidden gems such as a motorcycle cafe within the fabric of the community. After a thorough exploration of Old Street, your local will leave you with tips on where to head next, and places to see during the rest of your trip.

Banksy &Beyond London ultimate Street Art Experience & lunch

4. Banksy &Beyond London ultimate Street Art Experience & lunch

This is a unique opportunity for lovers of art & culture to get an immersive tour through different spectrums of the Street Art industry in London. You will experience firsthand the ever-changing landscape of Street Art influenced by its culture and society. Artists include ZABOU, ROA, HNRX, Wozerski, ANTE Ltd, DREPH, MR CENZ, Aka Jimmy C, Daniel Blackwood, Ed Hicks, Martin Ron, Otto Schade, STIK, Butterfly Man, Gums and Tongue, Otto Schade, Tom Gerrard, Jim Vision, Ryan Roadkill, David Speed, FAN, Nathan Bowen, Sr X, Ciaonelius and many more. You will remain immersed in the theme at lunch with Street Art food carefully selected from the famous market area of London’s East End where the artists themselves would frequent.

London: Historic Spitalfields Walk

5. London: Historic Spitalfields Walk

You will begin your guided walking tour in front of Liverpool Street Station right at the edge of Spitalfields. Your expert Blue Badge Tour Guide will take you on a circular route through this incredible area that bathes in 'old time feel' - with the City of London skyscrapers towering over it. You will hear fascinating stories of immigration and learn why it was that Protestants, Jews, Catholics and Muslims ended up here and how they left their mark. The route takes you past the old Huguenot houses that once housed attic workshops for silk weaving, churches, synagogues and mosques as well as an old Jewish soup kitchen that was in use until the 1990s. Of course, London's East End is also famous for its street art of which there will be plenty to see. Your tour will conveniently end just around the corner from Old Spitalfields Market where you can indulge in a variety of lunch offers.

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What people are saying about Old Spitalfields Market

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,337 reviews

Our tour in shoreditch with Chris was absolutely amazing. Very interesting and He adapted the walk to our needs. It has been a wonderful experience for the 5 of us. Highly recommended.

Anthony was great and delightful! Very knowledgeable about the city of London. He showed me great places from the graffiti art, to the markets. Great guy! 10/10

Chris was an excellent guide. He was full of knowledge and kind, we really enjoyed the tour, walking with him was interesting and fun

Friendly guide who was very knowledgable about the local area. His love for street art was apparent. Highlight of the weekend

Chris adapted to our expectations and we thank him for that. Laetitia