You won’t have any issues finding a market in London, whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or handmade gems. From iconic markets to hidden sports, the capital is full of places to find all sorts of items. And we’ve put together a selection of markets for you to explore. So read on and find out where the best markets in London are located.
The most famous food market in London first started serving customers in 1014. More than a thousand years later and Borough Market is still going strong, providing a foodie’s paradise with meats, fish, fruit and veg, freshly-cooked bread, cakes and a range of delicious treats. You can also stop by to sample street food stalls and spend some time in the communal dining space. If you’re feeling peckish in London, get yourself down to Borough Market asap.
Covent Garden Market
Covent Garden is full of buzz with its classy bars, boutique shopping, stylish restaurants and grand piazza. That piazza is also the home to a central London shopping market and architectural masterpiece. You’ll find everything from perfume boutiques to homeware stores and restaurants and cafes where you can grab a bite at Covent Garden Market.
It’s all about the vintage items at the market along Portobello Road, whether you’re after jewellery or clothes. Portobello Road is famed for its antique market, plus pre-loved gems from designers like Chanel and Burberry. Located near the famous King’s Road and Notting Hill, it’s easy to see why there’s so much flair and style on Portobello Road. This is where you go for a taste of the chic life.
Old Spitalfields Market
The City isn't a place you would typically associate with market, but you can find a gem in every type of London neighbourhood. And the City is home to Old Spitalfields Market ,which is open seven days a week and features stalls selling everything from contemporary to vintage clothes. You can also expect to find bespoke children’s toys, items for the home and artisan food products. If you’re after antiques, head here on a Thursday when the Antiques Market takes place between 8pm and 5pm.
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane’s market has everything from trashy junk items to sought-after gems spread across several streets. From second-hand furniture to vintage clothing and footwear, it’s a mixed bag here that’s well worth a visit. Plus, it’s located in one of London’s most vibrant areas and is full of funky vibes. Head here on a Sunday for the Sunday Upmarket, which features more than 200 stalls.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Over in East London’s Mile End is where you’ll find Columbia Road Flower Market. It runs every Sunday morning and is an explosion of colours thanks to pretty flower arrangements and charming boutiques set in the 19th-century shop fronts. Stop by to take a few snaps for your Instagram account or buy a flower arrangment for your home.
The SE10 postcode of Greenwich is a historic neighbourhood in South London with plenty of maritime history and one of the eight Royal Parks. It’s also where you will find Greenwich Market, a World Heritage Site set in an 18th-century indoor market. Here you can discover stalls selling everything from clothes to jewellery and second-hand furniture to general bric-a brac. There are street food stalls, too. So work up an appetite browsing the market gems before sampling something delectable.
Get yourself down to Hackney to experience Broadway Market, where you can mix it with farmers while tasting some seriously good local produce. There are also artists and craftspeople who display their stuff at Broadway Market and sell a range of items such as furniture, lighting and great food.
Camden is one of the most visited neighbourhoods in London, and its market plays a major role in the area's appeal. It’s visited by millions each year but still manages to keep its independent spirit – there are no chain stores here. Instead, it’s independent traders selling everything from handmade gems to vegan dishes. Oh, and there’s kinky club and fetish wear on sale, just in case you’re after something a little different.
Brixton Village and Market Row
Visit the indoor markets in Brixton and sample an eclectic taste of cuisines, including Jamaica and European fusions, Mexican food, Portuguese dishes and more. The arcades also have independent outlets selling clothing, jewellery, homeware, art, antiques and more. And it’s all set to the backdrop of one of the UK’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
Victoria Park Market
Another Hackney gem, the Victoria Park Market takes place every Sunday and features seasonal produce, organic meat, fresh fish and baked bread. There’s also places to stop by for a quick beer. You’ll need to quench your thirst after all that shopping.
Quite possibly one of London’s oldest markets, Petticoat Lane is the place to go if you want to experience the charm of the old East End. This historic market has Chinese silks, high-street excess stock, Royal Family memorabilia, smart leather, and just about anything else you can think of.
The best markets in London
We did say you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a market in London, and we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface. The options on our list are some of the best around, though, and they’re a great starting place if you want to discover a range of gems in London.