East London Market Tour.
East London is home to three famous markets that you can pay a visit to on a Sunday.
Columbia Road Flower Market is held on one tiny street in Bethnal Green which erupts early morning with flowers, foliage, three for a fiver deals and some fantastic vintage finds.
Spitalfields Market is smack bang in the middle of a very historically significant industrial area for Irish and Huguenot silk weavers that was established in the 17th century. This used to be a fantastic place to find authentic vintage, antiques, handcrafts and unique random finds but unfortunately it’s had a development makeover and the soul of the place has been eroded with chain stores replacing the vast majority of owner operator businesses. You can still find some great deals and excellent stalls but unfortunately the surrounds are now polished within an inch of their life and the grit has gone.
An organisation that’s looking to ensure that independent businesses are not lost in the East London landscape is the @east_end_trades_guild
- a co-operative of small independent traders working together in the interests of all proprietor-owned-and-run-businesses in the East End. We interviewed Krissie Nicholson from the guild for our new podcast and had a fascinating chat about how independent businesses can survive and thrive in the age of gentrification and how “together we are stronger”. They’re fundraising at the moment to produce an updated version of their fantastic map of all the independent businesses in the East End that are part of the guild and if you’d like to contribute, please click the link in our bio to donate.
Our final stop was a rainy but delightful Brick Lane that hasn’t lost its eclectic mix of Indian restaurants, vintage stores, hardware and bric a brac shops, markets and beigel bakeries. Don’t miss out on a salt beef with mustard if you’re heading up the street to Columbia Rd!
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