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Spitalfields Market: hub of creativity or hipster High Street?

Spitalfields Market: hub of creativity or hipster High Street?

Business, Culture, Fashion, Uncategorized
Are the independent designers who attracted visitors to Old Spitalfields Market now under threat from high rents and increasing High Street-like homogenisation?   ChanChan London-based women's wear designer Photo: Caroline Paul Back in the 1990s, London’s Old Spitalfields Market was mostly empty, used as a sports hall some evenings and on Sundays housing 400 food and crafts stalls. Now, it’s a ‘must visit’ destination in tourist guidebooks. But at what cost? “Rents have gone sky high. I’m not sure how much longer I can keep doing this, I’m thinking of selling online,” said a market stallholder who wished to remain anonymous. "It's so sad, London used to be a hotbed of creativity, but it's becoming too expensive to have a stall here. Rents go up every year. Just look at what's