London's sprawling markets are fantastic for shopping and finding items you wouldn't see anywhere else. From vintage clothing to hand-carved wooden toys, food and antiques, you can easily spend the day and evening exploring everything they have to offer and finding something to decorate your home with. The markets are also a huge part of London's history; some have been in business since the 1800s.
If you're moving to London, you should definitely pay a visit to some of its markets. Take a look at some of London's best markets.
If you're a fan of the decorative and the unusual, you'll love Alfies Antiques Market. With 75 specialist dealers over 5 floors, you will be spoiled for choice. Make your way to the top floor and you will see some incredible views of London.
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Address: 13-25 Church Street
St John's Wood
If you're a foodie, the Borough Market is the place for you, offering a huge selection of fresh, organic produce from the UK and abroad, including fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and condiments. Make a day of it and browse the stalls, and enjoy the street food for lunch.
Opening times: Monday – Thursday 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday 08:00 – 17:00
Address: Borough High Street
One of London's most famous markets, Camden is separated into Camden Lock Market and Camden Stables Market. They are both open seven days a week, selling everything from clothes to jewellery and antiques.
The market is extremely popular with tourists, so expect to see a lot of Union Jack memorabilia.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Closed Christmas Day
54 - 56 Chalk Farm Road
Camden Lock Place
Greenwich Market attracts people from all walk of life, including tourists, locals and people from all over London. The market is creative and diverse, and you can expect something different each day.
On Wednesdays, there are fruit and vegetable stalls, while Thursdays are for antiques, and on the weekend there are craft stores. You can also enjoy classical music performances by students from the Trinity College of Music.
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays 10:00 – 17:30
Address: Greenwich High Road
Portobello Road has been a market since the 1800s but gained popularity for its antiques during the 1950s. Often considered one of the must see destinations in Europe, today, there are numerous stalls offering everything from food to vintage and designer clothes. If you plan on visiting, keep in mind that Saturdays are the busiest days.
Opening times: Monday – Wednesday 09:00 – 18:00
Thursday 09:00 – 13:00
Friday – Saturday 09:00 – 19:00
Address: Portobello Road
72 Tavistock Road
Before 2009, Granville Arcade was an abandoned retail space left in disrepair. After a regeneration project in 2009, it was transformed into Brixton Market, where its visitors can find anything from French vintage shops to restaurants suiting all tastes and preferences.
Opening times: Shops Monday – Sunday 08:00 – 19:00
Market row 08:00 – 23:30
Address: Brixton Village, 10-11, 8LB, Coldharbour Ln, London SW9
Along with its unique shops, restaurants, street performers and jewellery stalls, Covent Garden's impressive architecture alone makes it a ‘must-see' on your list of places to visit in London. On Mondays, antiques are on display, and on Tuesday through Friday, you can browse general clothes and household goods. On Saturday and Sunday, there are more craft stalls for tourists to enjoy.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Address: The Apple Market
This market is in a Victorian Hall built in 1876, still standing in fantastic condition. Old Spitalfields Market sells everything from designer brands to independent boutiques and hand crafted wooden toys, as well as diverse cuisines.
Opening times: Hours vary, but they are usually 11:00 – 19:00
Address: Brushfield Street
If you have green fingers, Columbia Road Flowers is for you – anything from bulbs to trees are available here. Located in London's East End, this market is lined with 60 independent shops, mini art galleries, vintage clothes and garden shops. If you need a break, enjoy any of the restaurants and cafes there too.
Opening times: Sunday 08:00 – 15:00
Address: Columbia Road
Located near London Bridge Station, Maltby Street Market is every food lover's heaven, offering a fantastic range of street food and drinks, from New York sandwiches to gin cocktails.
Opening times: Saturday 09:00 – 16:00
Sunday 11:00 – 16:00
Address: Maltby Street
If you are moving to London, visiting any these markets will be the perfect way to spend your days and evenings. You will no doubt find something perfect to decorate your new home that no one else has. No two markets are the same, so make it a challenge to visit as many as you can!
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