Top 5 markets in London that are a must to visit
Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Borough Market is one of the oldest and largest markets in London- serving the area of Southwark for 1,000 years! An exceptionally popular spot for people looking to taste the freshest, highest quality food from local producers, Borough Market offers a smorgasbord of options for all palates. Taste handmade cheese, fresh cured meats, handmade bread, delicate baked goods, and more- all amidst the hustle and bustle of the beautiful halls of the area. Be prepared to leave laden with goodies and filled with samples- with stallholders often producing the items themselves, you are more than likely to become ensconced in conversation regarding the varieties of cheese you are sampling. This is one market dedicated to food; you aren’t likely to spy any bric-a-brac or art stalls here, so prepare accordingly! Borough Market is always busy, filled with locals in search of goodies, crowds of tourists, and hordes of foodies- surely a mark that this is one London spot not to be missed.
Get there: Head to London Bridge station, serviced by both National Rail, and the Jubilee and Northern Underground lines. From here it is just a short, well-marked walk to the markets- follow the crowds! Alternatively, choose a bus route that will take you to either London Bridge, or Borough Market stops
Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF
Arguably one of London’s most famous markets, Camden is a top destination for tourists, locals, foodies, and bargain hunters alike. Centred on Camden Lock, more than 1000 shops and stalls offering food, clothing, art, furnishings, and more bustle every day with people looking to find their latest gem. Some of the most popular food trends are available on offer at Camden- think haloumi fries, varieties of mac and cheese, smashed avocado, and fancy coffees. Pair this with a delicious sangria or Camden Brewery beer, and wander the lanes of the market, through the horse stables- where you can find bargains aplenty. If you are looking for bric-a-brac, quirky art pieces, and interesting décor pieces, this is your place. Camden Market remains one of the coolest London destinations; where you will find incredibly diversity, amazing outfits, and vibrant people. With a tribute to former Camden resident Amy Winehouse in the centre of the market, you are also likely to hear excellent live tunes throughout your visit. Join the crowds of locals and tourists who come together almost daily to enjoy its delights- you’ll be glad you did!
Get there: The closest station is Camden Town, serviced by the Northern Line- head out of the station and walk down the main road towards the market, which will allow you to enjoy some extra sights on the way! If you want to avoid crowds a little, take the Northern Line to Chalk Farm or Camden Road. Alternatively, a number of bus routes service the area.
Brick Ln, London E1 6QR
With roots going back to the 17th century, Brick Lane market remains a popular Sunday destination for Londoners to explore its half-food, half-flea delights. Situated in hip East London, Brick Lane market is made up of a collection of smaller markets spanning the area around Brick Lane and beyond. Often filled with young Londoners in search of antiques, bric-a-brac, and second-hand wares, Brick Lane is also the place to be to find delicious food from all over the world. In an area famous as the place to be for some of London’s most artistic, trendy residents, this market plays host to a plethora of options. Spend a day getting lost among the stalls- picking up bargain second-hand items, or bespoke, artisan gifts- before refuelling at any of the varied food stalls. Here, you can find anything you want- from yakisoba to Ethiopian curries, poutine to roast pork, Mexican to cupcakes and everything in between. Come prepared to try a number of free samples before you decide on your option- i.e. don’t eat before you arrive! Brick Lane Market is an ideal spot to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon; but don’t write the area off on any other days of the week- you’ll always be able to find a bargain, spot some trends, and eat some delicious food.
Get there: Brick Lane Market is just a five minute walk from Shoreditch High Street Overground station. If you are more a fan of the Underground, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street will see you reach the market in a walk less than ten minutes. Alternatively, many bus routes service the area.
Portobello Road, London, W11
Portobello Road Market is the largest antiques market in the world- featuring over 1,000 dealers selling all kinds of antiques and collectibles. Made up of a number of smaller markets stretching along Portobello Road, locals and tourists flock to the area every day except Sunday, to pick up antiques and interesting collectibles. The most popular stretch of the market is centred around Notting Hill, where half a mile of antique vendors collect to sell their wares. Further down the road, you will find food, and fashion- and don’t forget to look inside the fantastic shops lining the street as well! Always busy, particularly on Saturdays, your best bet to find a treasure is to head there during the working week- or if you’re feeling brave, check out the Saturday crowds! The market is placed amidst beautiful neighbourhoods, perfect for a leisurely stroll when you feel you want to escape the locals and tourists hunting for their antique bargains. Make sure not to miss the produce and food section of the market- where you will be able to sate the appetite you work up making your way down the length of the stalls. A London institution that is worth the visit just for bragging rights!
Get there: The closest Underground station is Ladbroke Grove- take the Circle or Hammersmith and City lines and arrive just a four minute walk from the market. If you’d like to see Notting Hill, take the Central, Circle or District Lines to Notting Hill Gate, which will bring you to a point just a five minute walk from the southern end of the market.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
A Sunday-only market, Columbia Road is perhaps London’s most visually pleasing market destination. Head here after a brunch, or a browse at Brick Lane market to bask in the glory of endless bunches of beautiful flowers. A classic destination for Londoners looking to brighten up their homes and gardens, here you will find cut flowers, potted plants, herbs, bulbs, succulents, and more- all being hawked by the stallholders. A bustling and lively market, here you can enjoy the sights and sounds of stallholders shouting their deals- and snatch up a bargain. Top tip- head to the market after 2pm and before 3pm to enjoy cut-price flowers and plants. Surrounding the market itself are more than 60 independent shops and cafes, where you can take a break and enjoy the spoils of your bargain-hunted flowers.
Get there: The closest Underground station for this market is Old Street- take the Northern Line, and you will have just a short walk to the market. Otherwise, catch the Overground to either Shoreditch High Street or the Central Line to Bethnal Green and enjoy a short stroll through the neighbourhoods of East London.