No trip to London would be complete without a visit to the markets in London. The colorful, bright market stalls are a highlight and together with the smell of freshly baked pastries and various spices create a great atmosphere. You can really find everything here, from food from all over the world to flowers, fashion, and antiques.
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The best markets in London
Borough MarketFood Market in BanksideOur highlightAdd to myTravel added
Of all the food markets in London (there are so many!), this is perhaps the most beautiful: Borough Market.It is considered one of the oldest food markets in the city (with 1000 years of history) and is located in the district of Southwark on the south bank of the Thames, near Tower Bridge and The Shard. You’ll find something for everyone at the total of over 160 stalls. Guaranteed.This is where many locals go at lunchtime, so you get a good feel for how the city ticks. In addition, the market is a super option for a rainy day (yes, there should be such in London), as it is almost completely covered. In addition, the market offers a super selection of good cafés, restaurants, and bars. If you visit only one food market in London, then let it be this one!
Columbia Road Flower MarketMarket in Bethnal GreenAdd to myTravel added
The Columbia Road Flower Market is one of the biggest and oldest attractions in Bethnal Green. Since 1866, florists have transformed the tranquil street into a green garden for a few hours each week.
Anyone who loves flowers should definitely pay a visit to the most important flower market in London, the Columbia Road Flower Market. The entire market is a sea of blossoms, intensely scented with fresh flowers and dazzling in colours.
Covent Garden MarketMarket in Covent GardenAdd to myTravel added
Covent Garden Market is located in the heart of central London. On the former fruit and vegetable market there is to buy today beside food, jewelry and clothes. Here is also a craft market – the Apple Market.
In the large market hall is a hustle and bustle, but also around the market entertain street artists to the visitors. You should definitely pay a visit to Covent Garden Market. Not only one of the most traditional, but also one of the most beautiful markets in London.
Camden MarketMarket in Camden TownOur highlightAdd to myTravel added
Camden is a unique district of London in the north of the city. The district is one of the most important cultural centers of London. But the best thing about Camden for me are the many markets, the Camden Markets. The atmosphere is something very special, musicians, artists, tourists in one place. From clothes and jewelry to records, furniture and delicious food – strong>There is simply everything to buy at the countless stalls. In total, there are six markets that are connected with each other and together form the huge Camden Market. Especially on weekends, it is incredibly crowded here. You should rather avoid that and stop by between Monday and Thursday.
Portobello Road MarketMarket in Notting HillAdd to myTravel added
The Portobello Road Market stretches over two kilometers and is thus the largest antiques market in the world. From jewelry, furniture and clothes to food and flowers there is a huge selection here and also great second-hand items at fair prices you can buy here. In total, there are over 100 different stores & stalls here.
Along the street are also many small great cafés and restaurants – a great way to strengthen a little bit and eat and drink a little something. By the way: Not only at market times, Portobello Road exudes a very special atmosphere.
Towards evening, a walk between the colorful house facades in the famous Notting Hill is also worthwhile.
Old Spitalfields MarketMarket in SpitalfieldsAdd to myTravel added
Old Spitalfields Market is one of the oldest markets in London and is located just a few meters from Liverpool Street. It is a covered market in central London, which has been open to the public for more than 350 years. The Spitalfields Market is one of the most popular London markets, because it has something to offer for every taste.
Vintage meets contemporary fashion. Indeed, in addition to all the stalls, vintage stores and craft stores, there are many stores of well-known brands and pop-up boutiques on the outside of the facade. There’s always something going on at Spitalfields!
This makes it not only a wonderful place to go shopping, but a place to meet friends, eat and drink together.
Brick Lane MarketMarket in SpitalfieldsAdd to myTravel added
Brick Lane offers a world of opportunity with beautiful cafes, unique boutiques, the best thrift stores, great restaurants and much more. In popular parlance, the Sunday street market is known as Brick Lane Market. But in reality, there are different markets with different products. The Vintage Market of Brick Lane is located in the basement of the old Truman Brewery and offers handmade unique items, like denim jackets with modern lettering.
The Backyard Market is located directly across the street from the Truman Brewery. Here you’ll find the best treasures made by local artisans. Jewelry, clothing, art, original souvenirs… Absolutely everything you can imagine. And then there’s the Sunday Up Market (mainly for food), the Boiler House Food Hall, where you can find really good food and not to forget the Brick Lane Tea Rooms, here you’ll dive into the world of glassware, antique furniture, classic literature and retro art. As you can see, Brick Lane is huge and hosts many markets.
Alfies Antique MarketMarket in MaryleboneAdd to myTravel added
Alfies Antique Market is London’s largest indoor market for antiques, vintage fashion and 20th century designs.
Visitors will find a wide selection of unusual antiques, clothing, and many unique decorative pieces offered for sale by 75 specialized vendors. For more than 40 years, Alfies Antique Market has attracted a wide variety of customers to the shops spread over five floors. The chic ambience not only attracts collectors and design lovers, but also draws more and more celebrity visitors.
We particularly like the Roof Top Kitchen on the roof of the building. The café offers you a large sun terrace with a great panoramic view over the rooftops of London. The menu includes both brunch and lunch dishes at reasonable prices. Also recommended are the delicious cakes and pies – strong>ideal to take a little break from the hustle and bustle of the market.
Broadway MarketMarket in HackneyAdd to myTravel added
Broadway Market is located in a small shopping street in East London’s Hackney. Originally, a drover’s route ran along here until 1890, when the first market stall was opened. Since then, Broadway Market grew into a mecca of taste and cultural impressions. Now there’s a great selection of independent stalls, retail stores, restaurants, cafés and, of course, pubs.
From fresh food, street food and fashion to paintings and handicrafts, everything can be found here. The actual market is only open on Saturdays between 09.00 and 17.00 clock, however, a visit is also worthwhile during the week, as the established sales stores, restaurants, and pubs are worth seeing alone.
Greenwich MarketMarket in GreenwichAdd to myTravel added
The Greenwich Market has existed since 1700 and is located in the middle of historic Greenwich, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The Greenwich Market impresses especially with its wide range of products on offer. There is not only jewelry, photographs, and various art objects to purchase, but also fresh fruits & vegetables, as well as other foods. Furthermore, there are of course all kinds of food stalls that offer international dishes and on Thursdays and Fridays regularly join antique dealers who expand the range of vintage fashion, jewelry, and curiosities.
In the immediate vicinity of the market, by the way, the Trinity College of Music has settled, and their students regularly test their skills at the market, which usually brings a pleasant background music to the market action.
Tips and tricks for the best markets in London
While every market is different, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you make the most of your visit.
- Although it may seem unbelievable, most booths have a card reader. I definitely recommend you always ask before you buy to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
- If you really want to go shopping, I recommend coming early in the morning, especially for markets that only happen once a day. Then the stalls are not so crowded and you can browse at your leisure. If you just want to stroll around or have lunch, lunchtime is completely fine.
- If you do not know exactly what to choose, I recommend you to walk around the market. It happens that several stalls offer the same product at different prices, and you can save a few pounds by looking around more closely.
- These London markets are open both in winter and summer. With a good coat, there’s no excuse not to visit a flea market on your next trip to London. Plus, between November and December, there are the Christmas markets, which are also well worth a visit.
- Be careful of photos! Some vendors, especially the creative ones, can be upset if you photograph their products directly. In these cases, they usually have a sign asking you not to take photos of their booth. Just inquire before you take your photo, so you don’t get in trouble.
- If you have any doubts, don’t be afraid to talk to the vendors. Most of the time they are very friendly, and it’s always good to get to know the locals’ point of view.
Frequently asked questions about the markets in London
What is the name of the most famous market in London?
The most famous market in London is Covent Garden! Here you can meet the locals while shopping, sample delicacies from the stalls, buy rare teas or vintage fashion.
What is the must-see market in London?
For me, Portobello Road Market is an experience over and over again. You can wander for hours through the alleys and find unique treasures. If you want to enjoy authentic London, Portobello is the place to be!
When is market in Notting Hill?
Portobello Road Market has its opening hours between 09:00 – 18:00 on Monday to Wednesday, 09:00 – 13:00 on Thursday and 09:00 – 19:00 on Friday to Saturday.
When is Camden Market open?
While the streets of Camden Market are accessible all day, stalls open their doors from 10:30am to 6:00pm every day. In the time you can store as you are funny!
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