Don’t know the best London Street Markets to visit? Read here to find out
Markets on the streets of London are a living, breathing aspect of the city’s heritage. They are an essential element of the city’s fabric, and each market has its personality. Markets have supplied a source of affordable (and occasionally premium) vegetables and merchandise for London residents for hundreds of years. They continue to battle against the pandemic and continue to strive by implementing procedures that allow them to continue to trade—methods such as designated walkways and market traders going for Covid testing regularly.
Every weekend, London’s streets come alive, with dozens of London markets springing up all over the city. Some even appear on weekdays, which is ideal if you’re visiting or looking for something to do during your lunch break. London markets are lovely shopping destinations from food to flowers, modern art to antiques, and clothes to trinkets. Here is a list of the best London Markets you should visit and the reasons why.
Come hungry to Borough Market near London Bridge, where you’ll find a gourmet’s heaven. Stacks of fresh and organic fruit, as well as condiments, baked goods, and delectable street cuisine, may be found here. Take specialty ingredients home with you, get a nice lunch, or dine at one of the many restaurants.
Columbia Road Market
This weekly flower market is an East End gem located just off Shoreditch’s main thoroughfare. The picturesque cobbled street is packed with traders selling bulbs, herbs, shrubs, bedding plants, and bucketfuls of cut flowers every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (roughly). Around 60 unique independent stores and cafés flank the stalls, many of which are only open on weekends. So arrive super-early for the best flower choices or while the market is winding down for a good deal. It used to be packed every weekend, but now there’s more room set out for wandering punters.
What is commonly referred to as Camden Market is a grouping of five marketplaces located between Camden Town and Chalk Farm in Camden. Explore them all; even the tiniest ones, such as Inverness Street Market, have their own charms. If you only have time to visit one or two markets, make it to the nearby Camden Lock and Camden Stables Markets. The Lock Market combines independent makers with a modest waterside street food market, while the Stables Market offers more alternative choices. On a Saturday, they’re all packed, so avoid them unless you want to fight the crowd.
Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road in Notting Hill is a true haven for fans of vintage fashion. It is perhaps best known for its famed antique market. You’re likely to find something amid the infinite stalls of products that span the entire length of the road and beyond, whether it’s secondhand Chanel, pre-loved Burberry, or wacky party jewels.
Hackney Flea Market
The Hackney Flea Market takes place in Abney Hall practically every Saturday. Expect to find everything from collectibles to vintage memorabilia to a plethora of antiques, as well as some dubious-looking VCRs that you may never want. It’s a veritable treasure trove of stalls to peruse and one of London’s best markets, Flea Markets, to be precise.
Greenwich Market, one of England’s most historic markets, first opened in 1737 and relocated a few years later to its current location in the center of Greenwich, directly across the road from the principal maritime museums and sites. This easy-to-navigate and entertaining market experience – it specializes in arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, and an eclectic range of food stalls – is located in what can only be described as an uncovered plaza and is bordered by more permanent businesses and food outlets. In South East London, Greenwich is a lovely riverside neighborhood with a long maritime heritage.
Berwick Street Market
Berwick Street is one of London’s oldest markets, dating back to 1778. It is also one of the city’s most popular food destinations and an essential part of Soho’s DNA. So when its future was threatened in 2016, a massive petition was launched to defend it from privatization. Thankfully, the petition was successful, and it is now a true gastronomic destination, perfect for fulfilling those midday hunger pangs. We recommend stopping by Continental Bread for some delectable pastries, as well as The Jerk Drum for some genuinely delicious free-range jerk chicken, jerk pork, goat curry, and great sides.
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