This fine example of a Victorian market hall (once the East End's wholesale fruit and vegetable market), now restored to its original splendor, is at the center of the area's gentrified revival. The original building is now largely occupied by shops, with traders' stalls in the courtyard. A modern shopping precinct under a Norman Foster–designed glass canopy adjoins the old building, home to a large number of independent traders' stalls. Wares range from crafts, vintage
and new clothing, handmade rugs, and jewelry, to hand-carved toy trains, unique baby clothes, rare vinyl, and cakes, though you may have to wade through a certain number of stalls selling cheap imports to find the good stuff. Thursday is particularly good for antiques, Friday for fashion, art, and a bi-weekly record fair. And, from Spanish tapas to Thai satays, the food outlets (mostly small, upscale chains but some independent stallholders as well) offer cuisines from around the world.
16 Horner Sq., Brushfield St., London, E1 6EW, England