The best markets in London to visit

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London has more than 80 street markets: food, street food, antiques, flea markets, flowers, vintage clothing. Some are mainly frequented by tourists (Camden Market, Portobello), others by Londoners (Borough Market, Columbia Road Market). Visiting a market is an activity to do, alone or with the family, to find antiques, discover a neighborhood and its inhabitants or even taste culinary specialties!



What are the most beautiful markets in London? Here is all the useful and practical information to choose your market according to your areas of interest.


Alfies Antique Market: the largest covered market in London

What do we find: Lovers of flea markets and antiques, this market is for you! Alfies Antique Market is a London bargain hunter's paradise, just like Parisians with the St Ouen flea market! There are furnishings and decor from the 19th and 20th century but also curiosities and old school crockery ...


When the weather is nice, don't miss the rooftop terrace of the Rooftop Kitchen restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the London skyline.


To see in the district: Regent's Park and the famous Lord's Cricket Ground

Business hours : Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 18:00 p.m.

Best time to go: All the time !!

Official site

Métro : Marylebone Station, Bakerloo Line

Bus : 6, 13, 16, 82, 98, 139, 189, 274, 332, 414

Borough Market: London's oldest food market



What do we find: A Borough Market, there is a wide choice of exceptional products: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, fish, meat ... You can do your shopping with Londoners or have a quick lunch thanks to the many take-away stands and thus discover the street food . Like me, you will undoubtedly be seduced by this world cuisine.

To see in the district: Borough Market is located in the upscale Soutthwalk district. Strolling around the market is very pleasant. You can discover typical pubs or even trendy ready-to-wear stores (Sandro, Paul Smith

My little advice: in the morning visit one of the monuments near the market (shard, Tower bridge, Tower of London) then lunch at Borough Market and finish with a shopping spree!

Business hours : Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m., Friday 12:00 p.m. - 18:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m.

Best time to go: Borough market is very busy. Prefer a weekday at the opening or after 13 p.m. to have a little less crowds.

Official site

Tube: London Bridge

Bus : 17, 501, 521, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 133, 149, 343, 381

Brick Lane Market: an authentic and popular market


What do we find : In Brick Lane everything is sold: DVDs, furniture, jewelry, food, vintage clothes, decoration, antiques… in short, there is really everything and very cheap so impossible to come back empty-handed!
Brick Lane is a crossroads frequented by many communities, Londoners and tourists.

I advise you to have lunch there to taste the world cuisine (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Arabic… and many others !!) colorful and spicy.

To see in the district: Brick Lane is also renowned for street art. Stroll around the neighborhood to discover the many graffiti.

Business hours : Saturday 11 a.m.-00 p.m. and Sunday 18 a.m.-00 p.m.

Best time to go: Undoubtedly on Sunday morning to discover the atmosphere!

Official site

Metro: Aldgate East

Bus : 8, 26, 35, 43, 47, 48, 67, 78, 149

Camden Market: London's largest flea market

What do we find : Located at Camden Town, Camden Market is a super flea market where you can find street food, clothes, jewelry, decoration and crafts. There is something for all tastes and all budgets. Do not miss the beautifully restored old stables (Stables Market). This is where you will find the prettiest decoration stands and unusual objects.

To see in the district: street-art and the house ofAmy Winehouse.

Business hours : every day from 10 a.m. to 00 p.m. Not all stores are open on weekdays. More entertainment on weekends.

Best time to go: Weekdays to avoid the crowds, weekends for the atmosphere.

Official site

Tube: Camden Town or Chalk Farm

Bus : 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274

Columbia Road Flower Market: a colorful flower market!

What do we find : Columbia is a colorful market with beautiful cut flowers, green plants and garden accessories. This market is a real pleasure for the eyes and the nose!

In addition, the market is lined with independent stores, each one more beautiful than the next, including clothing stores, antiques, delicatessens, cafes and restaurants.

To see in the district: Victoria park

 

Business hours : Sunday 8:30 am - 15:00 pm

Best time to go: from 09:00 am

Official site

Métro : Old Street Station, Bethnal Green

Bus : 8, 26, 48, 55, 388

Greenwich Market: the craft market

What do we find : It's the weekend that Greenwich Market is in full swing, with 120 open stands where handcrafted products (candles, jewelry), clothing, antiques, flea markets, decoration, collectibles, old posters, souvenirs ... There are always a small souvenir to bring back from Greenwich market pretty and cheap !

To see in the district: the boat Cutty Sark

Business hours : Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 00:17 p.m.

Best time to go: Saturday and Sunday morning.

Official site

Metro: Cutty Sark

Bus: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386


Old Spitalfields Market: a Victorian covered market

What do we find : Located in the East End, Old Spitafields Market is home to restaurants, pubs, street food stalls and fashion stores. In the center of the covered market, many ephemeral stands offer clothes, souvenirs, photos of artists but also jewelry or vintage objects. Londoners frequent this market for its friendliness and moderate prices.

To see in the district: Brick Lane Market and street art.

Business hours : The market is open every day of the week, but the main market days are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Best time to go: lunch on Thursday or Friday to take advantage of all the stands without the crowds on the weekend.

Official site

Métro : Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High ?Street, Aldgate East

Bus : 8, 25, 35, 42, 47, 48, 67, 78, 135, 149, 205, 242, 308, 344

Portobello Road Market: the largest antique market in the world

What do we find : In the heart of the very chic district of Notting Hill, Portobello Road is a beautiful antique market frequented mainly by tourists. There are more than 1000 stands ofantiques, jewelry stores, old medals… and also a fruit and vegetable market! Given the reputation of the place, the prices are high. However, there are also souvenir or clothing shops where you can have a little treat.

To see in the district: Victorian architecture and the colorful facades of the houses.

Business hours : the antique market on Saturday 8 am-00pm.

Best time to go: To avoid the crowds I recommend that you arrive before 10am.

Official site

Métro : Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove

Bus: 7,12, 23, 27, 28, 31, 52, 70, 94, 328, 452
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