One of the things which, in my opinion, make London really special is its amazing markets- no matter which area you’re in, there will always be one nearby. Although food markets are highly popular in here, you will always find plenty of other stalls offering gifts, vinyl records, vintage fashion and antique pieces, it’s just so much fun to browse through whatever they have! To visit every single market in the city would probably take a lifetime (plus, let’s be honest, some are much more worth it than others) but 10 is probably a decent amount to enjoy. Let me spoil you with some yummy pictures and a few suggestions of the best London markets to visit:
- Greenwich Market
There’s so much charm about the entire area and I feel the market had its significant contribution in that. You’ll find tonnes of totally different things there from clothes to music to antique tea cups but if you ask me, go for food- especially home-made cakes are hard to resist. Oh, and they have great coffee too!
- Brick Lane Markets
Now I’m saying ‘markets’ as there are quite a few on Brick Lane which are absolutely amazing. You can go to the BackYard Market for a lot of lovely hand-made gifts, the Vintage Market offers great clothing and music whereas different food stalls are best for international cuisine and sweet treats.
- Columbia Rd Flower Market
If you love plants, this place is not to be missed- you’ll be spoilt for choice! Expect wild crowds (unless you come super early) and prices to make you wonder whether it’s still London you’re in- some real bargains going on there!
- Camden Market
It’s not my favourite place in the world (perhaps because I used to live in the area and have a lot of bitter-sweet memories from that time) but if you’re a tourist, Camden Town is a must! All the markets around Camden are great for clothes, gifts and food from all over the world but obviously the most famous one is The Stable with beautiful sculptures of horses all over the place. If you’re around, make sure to visit Dr Martens flagstore (their collection of music memorabilia is out of this word!), find the Amy Winehouse sculpture and get a cardamon bun from The Flower Station Bakery!
- Maltby Street Market
This market is basically just one street so not worth the trip if you’re far away, but if in the area you should definitely give it a go. It’s mainly food of all sorts in quite a bubbly, quirky environment which is never a bad thing is it. Oh, and they have the St John bakery too so don’t forget to grab your sourdough loaf before they’re gone!
- Borough Market
I don’t think I need to introduce this one, the most popular food market in London. What to expect?- Great, fresh products from local farmers, high quality world food and hearty meals to get during your lunch break- simply amazing! It’s time to stock up on cakes, bread and fruit juices too as the choice is oh-so insanely endless! Plus there’s a wine shop nearby with pretty amazing takeaway Prosecco deals, how about that!
- Covent Garden Market
Once my favourite market, these days Covent garden is full of posh boutiques, pricey restaurants and cheesy stalls with tourist crap. It’s still worth visiting to listen to live music, watch street performers and take a few pictures. Especially during Christmas time is one of the prettiest areas in the city.
- Broadway Market
Another one-street place with lots of food, vintage fashion, jewellery, arts and crafts. The neighbourhood of London Fields makes it even more attractive on a warm, sunny day. When you’re around, don’t forget to grab your takeaway flat white from Climpson & Son’s and pop in the Bach to enjoy their toasted banana bread- it’s epic!
- Spitalfields Market
With hipster boutiques and concept stores all around, it’s one of my favourite markets to shop for gifts. What you can find there is mainly clothing but also vintage bits and pieces, posters and vinyls. Street food stalls and a wine bar nearby are quite useful, too!
- Brixton Village Market
It’s definitely a great place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, crispy bread and and exotic spices. There are a few concept nice stores and affordable restaurants around, too. For me, also a cup of coffee and banana bread from Federation is a must!
What are your favourite London markets?