Guide to London’s Street Markets

17 Jul 2018
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You’ve heard they’re amazing, seen the pictures and want to get a taste of these hidden gems. We hear you. Sometimes, visiting London’s Street Markets can be a bit overwhelming if you just don’t know where to begin. They’re each full to the brim with their own character and goods. We’ve taken the difficult part of planning out for you and have rounded up our favourites.

Portobello Road

It’s been here since the 1800s and is one of the oldest markets in London. It’s in full swing on Saturdays but you can soak up the amazing atmosphere there any day from Monday – Saturday. It’s famous for antiques but now you find handmade items, food, vintage clothes and bric-a-brac.

Opening times:
Monday – Wednesday: 09:00 – 18:00
Thursday: 09:00 – 13:00
Friday & Saturday: 09:00 – 19:00

Camden

Camden is the place to be. With over 100 stalls and shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice perusing here. You can find cool one-offs, designer clothes, workshops, pieces of art and furnishings, alongside good bars, cafés and restaurants too.

Opening times:
Camden Lock is open seven days a week, every day, apart from Christmas Day

Old Spitalfields Market

Explore this brilliant covered market in East London. You’ll find a bit of everything, from smaller boutiques and handmade clothes, to designer brands and cutting edge fashion. It’s brilliant for jewellery, artwork and food too. Thursday is antique day, on Friday’s you’ll spot the best clothes and art, while weekends have a bit of everything.

Opening times:
Restaurants open daily – hours vary.
Shops open daily – hours varying but generally 11.00 – 19.00

Brick Lane

The best spot to find both junk and gems. What true street markets are all about right? This East London street market spreads across several streets and is perfect for picking up bric-a-brac, vintage clothes, second hand furniture, shoes and one-off finds. You can also find a colour selection of exotic spices and beautiful saris.

Opening times:
Sundays, 10am-5pm

Borough Market

A foodies paradise. For any food lover, there really is no better spot. It’s near London Bridge and is full to the brim of fresh and organic produce, baked treats and street food. You’ll find every cheese worth tasting and more bread than you can shake a French stick at. Try amazing seafood, salt beef bagels and dreamy street food. There’s lots of bars and restaurants in the surrounding area too.

Opening times:
Open for lunch:
Monday – Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:00
Full Market:
Wednesday – Thursday: 10:00 – 17:00
Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 08:00 – 17:00
Sunday: closed

Columbia Road Flowers

The clue is in the name but this really is a must see for any flower lover, or just anyone appreciating things of fine beauty and scents. It’s a must visit for super fragrant blooms and colourful displays. You can pick up plants, bulbs, shrubs, trees and gorgeous cut flowers.

Opening times:
Sunday 08:00 – 15:00
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