London markets are a fascinating source of entertainment for all shopping lovers and bargain hunters. London is a shopping paradise but if you want to discover unique pieces you need to head to one (or ten) of its multiple markets. You can get everything you can imagine, from different foods of the world, art, and antiques to vintage clothing or second hand relics.
There are lots of exciting markets in London, some are in specific buildings while others take the streets on certain days of the week. Have you checked them all? This London blogger is going to list some of the most popular and kinky ones so keep reading and use this article as a guide!
There are more than 200 stalls in Camden Market, which is located in Camden Town (You can get there on the underground by taking the Northern Line). This market was originally known as Buck Street Market and you can find a great variety of items, there are artisans who sell their creative handmade jewellery, unique clothes and home decor. There is also a big food area where you can try delicatessens from all around the world.
This market is in a beautiful setting by Regent’s Canal, where you can see small boats coming and going, ducks and other animals. Additionally it has a lot of restaurants and shops all around so the entertainment offer there is huge! You can visit Camden Market on Monday to Sunday and the opening times are 9.30am to 6pm. Tip: to see something different look out for the Cyberdog store, the Amy Winehouse statue and the Cereal Killer Cafe!
Covent Garden Market
Nested in the heart of the West End, Covent Garden Market is well known for its luxury fashion and beauty stores, from Chanel to Tom Ford and including other big names like the Apple store. Once home to the world-famous vegetable and fruit market, Covent Garden’s Apple Market supports market traders who offer a range of handmade crafts and goods throughout the week.
From Tuesday to Sunday, the Apple Market is filled with jewellery, watercolours, beautiful crafts and prints and every Monday, you’ll find one-off antiques and collectables. Besides the proper market, there are also award-winning restaurants and theatres in the area. Covent Garden Market is even more beautiful in Spring and Summer, when its terraces are full of life and get live performances!
Equally visited by the suits of the City and the hipsters from Shoreditch, Spitafields Market has something to offer for everyone. You will find from vintage clothing, arts and crafts to fashion pieces, restaurants of repute and jewellery. This mixture gives Spitafields market a unique atmosphere and the gastronomic offer is a delight as there are chain restaurants but also fresh food stalls tempting you with cuisines from around the worlds including deli-style dishes, artisan breads and plenty of organic and fair trade products.
If you are looking for antiques then Thursday is your day to go! And Friday is the good choice if what you want is to embark on a clothing hunt. Plus there are plenty of hairdressers and styling parlours to complete your look! This is a covered market so no need to check the weather or bring an umbrella. And here’s a tip, if you go make sure you visit Konditor & Cook, their pastries and cakes are amazing!
Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road Market is one of London’s best known markets. Its fame has grown internationally for being in such a beautiful location: Notting Hill. This neighbourhood has been seen in screens worldwide as it’s been part of the set for movies like Paddington or the film that took its name, Notting Hill (with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant). Though you can get a bit of everything from food to gifts and vintage clothing, the antique market is one of the finest in London. Get there on the underground by stopping at Notting Hill Gate (on the Central Line).
All foodies heads up! This market has some of the most amazing food I have ever tried! It is located right next to London Bridge (Get off the underground at London Bridge Station, on the Northern and Jubilee lines) and it’s London’s oldest food market established in 1885, it has been a key landmark of Southwark for 1,000 years!
You might have seen it on the Bridget Jones’ movies as Bridget herself lives in an apartment right on top of the market, which is located under the bridges that hold train tracks. This market is always buzzing with tourists and locals alike, everybody loves the organic fruits and vegetables, and the amazing food trucks. Borough Market also hosts some of the city’s best restaurants!
Leadenhall Market is a beautiful Victorian market in the City of London. Under the elegant Victorian roof there are various stalls selling flowers, cheese, meat and other fresh food. This market consists of shops, pubs and restaurants. It is where Diagon Alley scenes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were shot. Leadenhall Market is one of London’s hidden pearls and is owned and commanded by the City of London Corporation since 1411.
Columbia Road Flower Market
On Sundays the street becomes an oasis of flowers and foliage. Everything from tulips to palm trees are up for grabs. The air is intense with the scent of flowers which are either grown by the sellers or imported from around the world! Small art galleries sit next to cupcake shops, vintage clothes stores and antique shops. There are also great pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area. The market is open on Sundays from 8 am until 3 pm no matter the weather. Columbia Road is in the East End, on the edge of the City with Shoreditch to the west and Brick Lane and Spitafields Market nearby.
No matter what you are looking for, London markets are a great source of inspiration and entertainment. You can get almost everything and enjoy a cheerful ambience that will change your mood. The above mentioned markets are amongst the biggest and most famous but there are also a lot of small specialised markets worth visiting! I highly recommend you to visit them, whether you are a shopping lover, a foodie or a tourist, there is something for everyone!