There really isn’t a more exciting and eccentric way to shop in the city than by sampling the multitude of markets. If you’re big on food, just about every corner of the capital boasts a farmer’s market. From fashionable fare to unique foodie finds, there is something for everyone on London’s streets. Here are our top picks.
This outdoor art market is the perfect place to find all sorts of sketches, sculptures, and handmade jewellery.
This is one of the oldest and biggest markets in London. The covered food market can be found just under the railway station on Borough High Street, and the Saturday farmer’s market is particularly popular for its organic produce, jams, and delicious cheeses and bread.
Open on Saturdays from 8:30 am – 5 pm, this smaller market is a hit for its antiques and bric-a-brac. Browse the multitude of stamps, coins, and medals, while checking out some of the niche items on offer, too. This market is a collector’s paradise.
Petticoat Lane in Aldgate is open Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2:30 pm and Sundays from 9 am – 2 pm. You’ll find more than a thousand stalls spread over Wentworth and Middlesex Streets and the surrounding lanes. This East End market is a cloth shoppers delight, complete with a plethora of fabrics, rugs, stylish jewellery, bed linen, toasters, and everything in between.
There’s no doubt you’ve heard of this one. The market is open on Saturdays from 8 am – 5 pm and you can sift through ample supplies of clothing, jewellery, and antiques. There are loads of food stalls selling fresh bread, cheeses, fruit, and vegetables. This is one of London’s trendiest markets.
Open on Sundays from 8 am – 2 pm, the market is just as much a London institution as it is a market. You’ll find just about anything at Brick Lane, from clothes and leather to furniture, and all sorts of bric-a-brac. You’ll also find loads of restaurants vying for your trade and a few trendy bars.
Open Monday through Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm, Camden Market is a mixture of crafts, jewellery, ethnic arts, and second-hand clothing. There are loads of food stalls offering delicious fares such as crepes, Thai noodles, and falafel. Head inside the market hall for pricier antiques and handmade goodies, but if you’re after cheap and cheerful wears, try The Stables Market which is just under the railway arches.
You’ll find the market below street level on Chancery Lane. There is a fabulous collection of silverware from cutlery and jewellery to candelabras.