New Spitalfields is one of Europe’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesale markets. People have been trading there since Roman times but, since the market’s move from its historic site in the capital to the deep east-end of London, it’s not just the produce that has changed.
New Spitalfields has become a microcosm of London itself, with every nationality and creed represented under one giant roof covering 32 acres. For many, this market is a refuge for immigrants fleeing a troubled past. Some traders are thriving in this new environment and are making a fortune, while some of the more traditional English traders are struggling to keep up with the competition.