Markets and London go hand in hand together. Their history together is as long as a piece of string. London holds some of the best and weirdest markets in the country; anything from food and antiques to fashion and crafts they have it all. See our favourite markets to visit in London and what you can get there…
Camden Lock Market
Camden Lock market is probably one of the most famous markets in London. With its quirky and alternative feel you can pretty much get anything from here. With multiple options for food (including rolled ice cream!!), art, fashion and antiques it really is a eclectic mix. Camden Lock market is also home to the Amy Winehouse statue, which was erected after her death, and the Cereal Killer Cafe, where you can create your own way of eating the basic breakfast.
The history of Sitalfields market goes back to 1666, traders had begun operating beyond the city gates, and in 1682 King Charles II granted John Balch a Royal Charter giving him the right to hold a market on Thursdays and Saturdays in or near Spital Square. There are different types of market during the week depending what you are looking for (Spitalfields Traders Market, Spitalfields Arts Market and the Market Street shops). Alice’s favourite is the Antiques market, held on a Thursday, where you can find some beautiful and weird treasures. Spitalfields is also surrounded by independent shops and cafes- the food options here are so good! Definitely a great market to have a stroll around and the shops in the local area aren’t bad either.
Brick Lane Food Market
Brick Lane Food market is something we didn’t know a lot about at all until we were suggested to have a look. one of our favourite subjects is food, so this market was like heaven on earth! The busy streets full of Londoners and very few tourists, which is kind of refreshing, are filled with food and drink stalls (with fashion stalls in some of the buildings).The market is held on a Sunday morning (down Brick Lane obviously) and its a great way to spend strolling the streets eating some amazing street food.
Borough Market has been around in some form or another for around 1000 years (whatttttt?) It is basically the ultimate food market, so you foodies better check this one out. Including stalls selling cheese, chocolate, fish, pastries, spices and oils- whatever food you are looking for… we’re pretty sure you can find it here. Open Monday-Saturday- with Monday and Tuesday having a limited market.
Portobello Road Market
Portobello Road Market is open Monday- Saturday with a range of things to see depending where on the road you are and what day you go on (see the website for specifics). Known as the worlds largest antiques market its perfect to find those little gems that you can’t find anywhere else; and to top it all off the beautifully coloured streets of Notting Hill.
Can you recommend any markets in London that we have missed?