London's Oldest Local Markets

reaLondon coordinates a choice of two days

Sunday Local Markets theme day begins with a stroll through London's prettiest flower and craft market in Columbia Road where Londoners' feed their gardening obsession. Then we drive a few minutes south to Brick Lane Market where we can grab a bagel on the go at London's busiest 24 hour kosher Beigal Bake café as we trace the influence of London's multicultural history of this area. These East London streets have been home to waves of Jewish, Huguenot and much later Bangladeshi immigrants for over 400 years.

We continue our tour with a walk to Petticoat Lane Market - the heart of London's cockney culture. Here bargain price fashion and leather clothes attract the local community rather than trap the tourists. For lunch, we pick one of the excellent Curry restaurants lining the nearby streets and sample a tempting array of dishes to any taste you order or Nearby the Old Spitalfields covered market has been revived to offer browsing through hundreds of antiques, crafts, antique clothing and furnishings shops and stalls until 4 o'clock closing time.

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