London has some fantastic markets, selling everything from food, to clothing to antiques and bric-a-brac… Research them before you visit as many of them specialise. It is also worth checking out what days they are open as some are not open every day or sell particular goods on specific days.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Borough Market has existed in some form or other for around 1000 years and is a paradise for foodies! You can buy food – both cooked and raw – from over 100 stalls at this friendly and bustling market under the arches just next to London Bridge.
This big Sunday market sells pretty much everything you could want – antiques, clothing, food – and is one of London’s best markets for just browsing round.
Covent Garden is aimed squarely at the tourist market, selling decorative goods, prints, jewellery and clothing. It is still worth a visit though as there are some beautiful items for sale and the street performers around the market are fantastic. So, when you have done your shopping, head to one of the outdoor cafes and enjoy the fabulous free entertainment.
Camden Market has probably had its heyday, let’s be honest, but it is still a very fun place to go and wander around. The quirky, original art and fashion of years ago has largely disappeared but the atmosphere is lively and colourful and there are still some decent items to spend your money on. Stop and have a drink while you’re there and watch the world go by. But be warned, this market gets VERY crowded at the weekend…
Old Spitalfields is a large and vibrant market selling a great selection of unique goods. If you like antiques and retro, make sure you visit on a Thursday. There are also plenty of great eating places here for when you have had enough of shopping!
Leadenhall Market is in a lovely building but is a bit on the pricey side, mainly due to its location and therefore its clientele (it’s in the heart of the City). One of its biggest draws though is not what it is selling but the fact that it was used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!
These are a few of the markets that I enjoy visiting, but there are plenty more for you to check out when you are next in London…