The Best Markets to Visit in London

The Best Markets to Visit in London


If you love vintage shopping, quirky antiques, preloved books and delicious world food then you’ll love our guide to t
he Best Markets to Visit in London! With everything from Camden cool to Portobello vintage, check out our shop til you drop list…

 

The Best Markets to Visit in London

The Best Markets to Visit in London

From designer goods and vintage clothes to organic food and antiques – London has a wealth of markets to visit with lots of choice of things to buy. Try Spitalfields market by Liverpool Street for trendy clothes and handcrafted goods, or Brick Lane for vintage clothes and vinyl records (and a food market on Sundays). Head to Camden for alternative clothes and music, or enjoy the food stalls on the canal. There’s also great food from around the world at Borough Market  – and of course you have to visit Covent Garden market also! Portabello Market is still famous for antiques and bric a brac – there are so many to explore!

The Best Markets to Visit in London

Camden


The Best Markets to Visit in London

If you’re trying to fit in a lot of markets in a short time then you can visit famous Covent Garden Market and Spitalfields any days. Sundays head east early to the flower-filled streets of Columbia Road then nearby Brick Lane Market for food from around the world, music and fashion with London’s hipsters. Saturdays head west to world famous Portobello Market for vintage clothes and antiques or alternative Camden Lock. Weekends are the best times to visit Greenwich Market, whereas week days are a good time to find a preloved book on South Bank.

The Best Markets to Visit in London

Borough Market

 

Taste the Delicious food and drink at Borough Market

Borough Market is one of the best food markets in London to try local and organic produce – and you can do exactly that without buying it all. There’s amazing cheeses, charcuterie, and kind of jams or preserves, delicatessen produce, the usual fruit and vegetable stalls, plus you can try all the produce while enjoying a glass of organic wine or champagne. What’s not to love? From here you can visit Southwark Cathedral next door for free, or walk along the river from London Bridge to either Tower Bridge or the other direction to the Millennium Bridge.

 

The Best Markets to Visit in London

Covent Garden cakes

 

Check out the arts and crafts at Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is an historic Arts & Crafts Market, which includes a covered market as well as some smaller markets around with everything from vinyl records to 50’s dressed. This covered market is set in a World Heritage site and still has many independent stalls and shops with vintage and design items, as well as plenty of delicious food stalls, jewellery, handicrafts and traditional pubs. It’s only a few meters from the River Thames and The Queen’s House, Maritime Museum and Naval College, so well worth a visit to the south side of the river! Transport is on the Docklands Light Railway or the overland train from central London.

 

The Best Markets to Visit in London

Vinyls for sale in Brick Lane

 

Sunday Market Strolling in East London

Explore the trendy East London markets with Columbia Road Flower Market, Spitalfields MarketPetticoat Lane Market and Brick Lane Market.

Columbia Road is famous for the heavenly scented plants and flower selection on offer from very early in the morning. The sites are colourful, as are the market traders! You’ll hear some local East Enders selling their wares with very persuasive sales techniques, and by lunch time most of the flowers are heavily discounted – you’ll end up buying more than you think!

Spitalfields Market is run everyday of the week now and has a mixture of everything from fashion and food to modern art and handicrafts. A lot of famous fashion brands started off as stalls here, and there is still a tradition of young designers from local fashion schools selling their latest designs. You’ll also find plenty of great places to eat and drink around the covered market, along with boutique shops and high end brands.

For vintage clothes heaven head to nearby Brick Lane Market where you’ll find food from all around the world along with great music, vintage items an start up stalls selling on trend designer ware and clothes. Petticoat Lane Market is more of a jumble sale on the street, and Petticoat Lane doesn’t actually exist anymore so look for Middlesex Street! The market is known for clothes and leather goods around Aldgate East, then it becomes more of anything goes and bric-a-brac. The market is held in and around Middlesex Street on Sundays from 9am to 3pm. There are smaller versions on other days. clothes and bric a brac market with clearance of old items – worth a look if you’re a hoarder!

The Best Markets to Visit in London

Borough Market

Portabello Market

Famous Portabello Market (on Portabello Road) has been running since the swinging 60s and is now a London landmark. It also can boast to be the world’s largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling all kinds of collectible items. If you’re here for a bargain you may well find one – but arrive early as there are plenty of professional antique dealers shopping here too. It’s also a great way to explore the neighbourhood of trendy Notting Hill and have some great food – even if you’re not here to buy the antiques! Don’t forget it’s closed Sunday!

 

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