London has so many fantastic markets, many of which date back hundreds of years. Although markets are places people go to shop, they are an excellent (and free!) places to stroll around and get a feel for real London away from the high street brand name shops. They're also excellent places to pick up arts, crafts, clothing and affordably tasty treats. In this post we are listing our top ten London markets.
London's top ten markets
1. Portobello Road Market:
Portobello Road Market is located in London's fashionable Notting Hill. It is the world's largest antiques market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible. It's a great day out and you never know what you will find! portobelloroad.co.uk
2. Spitalfields Market:
Old Spitalfields Market is a covered market in Spitalfields, London. There has been a market on the site for over 350 years. After a recent renovation, the market is looking better than ever with a fantastic array of market stalls as well as permanent shops and wonderful places to eat. Spitalfields is sandwiched between The City of London on one side (London's financial district with landmarks such as the 'Gherkin' skyscraper) and trendy Brick Lane on the other side. It's also just a short walk to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. This eclectic location makes it a fantastic place to visit. The market is open every day but the are comes alive every Sunday. wspitalfields.co.uk
3. Camden Lock Market:
Camden Lock Market comprises stalls and shops selling everything from vintage clothing to hand-made jewellery and artwork to gifts, music and food from around the world. camdenmarket.com
4. Borough Market:
A foodies paradise! Borough Market is located next to London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral and just a short stroll from London's tallest building, The Shard. This gourmet food market consists of up to more than 100 stalls selling the best ingredients as well as a wide variety of stores selling every imaginable tasty treat. boroughmarket.org.uk
5. Leadenhall Market:
Located in the heart of London's financial district and just around the corner from iconic buildings such as the inside-out Lloyd's Building and the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe). Leadenhall Market is not the biggest but is set in a beautiful Victorian building and is well worth a visit. Leadenhall Market
6. Brick Lane Market:
The best day to visit Brick Lane market is on Sundays, though the shops and restaurants are open every day. On Sundays the streets are lined with people selling crafts, fashion, second-hand goods and so much tasty and affordably food from all over the world. There are also street performers to enhance the vibrant, lively atmosphere. visitbricklane.org
7. Columbia Road Flower Market:
Located in trendy East London, Columbia Road is one of London's most visually appealing markets, overflowing with bucketfuls of beautiful flowers every Sunday. Just a short stroll from Brick Lane and Spitalfields Markets. columbiaroad.info
8. Greenwich Market:
Longtime, indoor market with up to 120 stalls for antiques, art & other goods, plus take-out bites. Located in Greenwhich in South East London and next to the beautiful Greenwich park and just a short stroll from Blackheath, one of London's secret gems. Nearby you'll also find the Greenwich Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory Greenwich (home of Greenwich Mean Time). greenwichmarketlondon.com
9. Covent Garden Market:
There are three markets located in Covent Garden's 19th century Piazza, each offering a wide range of craft, gifts and more. Located in the heart of the West End and just a short stroll to London's theatre land and many of London's iconic sights. coventgarden.london
10. Southbank Centre Market:
Located in London's iconic Southbank Cultural district, the Southbank Centre Market includes a second hand book market and a fantastic food market. No visit to London is complete without strolling along London's Southbank and taking in views of the river and the Houses of Parliament. southbankcentre.co.uk/visit/shopping/markets
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