London is full of markets from those specialising in the sale of flowers to those dedicated to filling The Capital with spices and then there are the myriad of markets for hipsters looking to add to their vinyl collections and fashionistas looking to add to their wardrobe, or for that perfect piece of wow factor furniture to complete the home. Suffice to say, whatever you are looking to find, there is a London market that no doubt has it. Then, here is a lo-down of 10 of London’s best markets to get scouring.
1. Brick Lane Market
A weekly outdoor market located (you guessed it) in the hip locale of Brick Lane and Shoreditch, Brick Lane Market specialises in selling an eclectic and exciting mix of affordable books, clothing and vintage fare.
To learn more, head over to the Official Brick Lane Market website, as not all of its stalls are situated in one place, doing so before heading over will ensure you don’t miss out on all this East End market has to offer.
2. Spitalfields Market
Second perhaps only to Camden Market and Camden’s Loch Market, Spitalfields Market is both one of the most famous and as well popular markets in the whole of London.
More accurately (these days) called Old Spitalfields Market, those shopping here come for the wealth of retro and vintage clothing and fashion pieces on offer as well as to sample some of the Victorian Market’s well loved restaurants and boutique stores.
Head over to the Old Spitalfields Market Website to discover more.
3. Camden Market
Camden Market and Camden Lock Market are two entirely separate market, though the two are often confused or spoken of in combination; Camden Market is situated further up the high street toward Camden Tube Station whilst the more famous Lock Market is found further down Camden High Street and towards Chalk Farm Tube Station. That said, both are within easy walking distance of Camden Tube Station and well worth the brief stroll.
Selling just about everything under the sun from banana fritters to leather bound journals, handbags to chow mein and candles to futuristic clubwear, as well as being home to the enigmatic Stables Market, explore the Camden Market website to find out more.
4. Netil Market
Never heard of Netil Market? You are forgiven; Netil Market is not one of London’s best known of even amongst its locals. Yet it should be, and here is why.
Open seven days a week, Netil Market is a relatively new addition to The Capital and can be found adjacent to London Fields in Hackney. The mantra of the market is: Eat Work Art. Fortunately its stall holders do all the hard work leaving its visitors to enjoy the market’s wealth of handmade art, homemade grub and wine and beers from just about every corner of the globe.
To learn more, give the Netil Market website a visit.
5. Portobello Road Market
Notting Hill’s Portobello Market has for many years now been one of the top ten tourist attractions in London (as reported via the Movie Locations website) thanks in small way to it having featured as one of the major film locations in the Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts 1999 rom com, Notting Hill.
Whilst visitors to Portobello Market are unlikely to discover either Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts there, what they can expect to discover is ‘one of the most exciting street markets in the world’ as the Portobello Market website attests.
6. Greenwich Market
Those looking for a treasure trove of jewellery, arts and crafts, embroidery and photography related wares in London will already no doubt be familiar and as well lovers of Greenwich Market.
Established back in 1737, Greenwich Market really is a glittering goldmine for artists, creative types and those who love to get crafty.
To find out how to get there and what days the market is on, pay the Greenwich market London website a visit.
7. Borough Market
Borough Market is located beside London Bridge and is one of not only London’s, but Britain’s most famous and frequented food markets.
To discover why and get a taste of the the rich abundance of fresh produce and food stuffs you can expect to find and discover there as well as a wealth of recipes ideal for making the most of the produce sold via the Borough Market, head over to the Borough Market website.
8. Covent Garden Market
Covent Garden Market is as popular amongst Londoners and those living in and around Central London as it is with the tourists.
Situated in the centre of Covent Garden and littered with stalls selling handmade, homemade and professionally made jewellery, art, food, crafts and all things in between and studded with shops and some of London’s best buskers, it is no wonder Covent Garden Market is busy and bustling all year round.
Visit the Covent Garden Market website for more information, including about its diverse mix of busking talent.
9. Petticoat Lane Market
Despite the fact that Tower Hamlet’s Petticoat Lane Market dates back all the way to the 17th century, it is surprising how many of London’s fashion savvy shoppers and shoe lovers are missing out simply because they have no idea what or where Petticoat Lane Market is.
One of the most exciting, unique and as well most thrifty and affordable places to buy clothes and shoes in East London, Petticoat Lane Market is also the ideal place to grab a bargain on clubwear as well as somewhere customers can happily haggle on prices to get a great bargain.
Open every Sunday between 9am and 3pm, pop over to the London Town website to learn more about where to find and how to get to Petticoat Market as well as what to expect once you get there.
10. Brixton Market
Brixton Market all but smashes the misconception that London’s best markets are all in zones one or two; a community market with a strong community following and atmosphere, Brixton Market runs six days a week (closing for Sundays) along Station Road and sells a medley of local produce, fruit, veg and cuisine from all over the world.
Each Saturday things get a little more eclectic and rotate weekly, with each third Saturday of the month dedicated to vintage and boutique fashion. To learn what other treats Saturdays have in store and more about the market itself, head over to the Brixton Market Website.
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