There’s nothing like a market to get you in the mood for Spring.
I have spent many a weekend over the past few years checking out the London markets. Here are 5 of my favourites:
- When? Sundays
- Where? Walkable from Bethnall Green or Old Street St (map here)
This is possibly my favourite market in London. I always recommend it to people who visit the city.
As you can see from the feature image for this blog, it’s full of bright colours. Whatever the season – Christmas, spring, summer, it’ll be a feast for your eyes.
And there’s lots of really cutesy stores round the edge so once you’ve walked through the market through the middle, you can explore those too. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the Cafes.
The buskers also add a great atmosphere.
While you’re in the area, you may as well walk over to Spitafields Market in Shoreditch afterwards. The market itself feels less authentic but there are great stores round the edge.
- When? Every day except Sunday. Check timings here.
- Where? Near London bridge Station
The Mother of London markets. If Colombia road is a feast for the eyes, Borough is a feast for the senses.
Food, glorious food, everywhere.
You can buy cooked food, you can buy fresh food, you can buy dried food, pickled food, baked food. You get the idea.
And Cider. Hot Cider in particular, yum! Though if it’s summer, maybe go for the Pimms and lemonade instead!
- When? Saturday. Check timings here.
- Where? Notting Hill, also walkable from Ladbroke Grove & Westbourne Park.
I paused before adding Portobello Road.
Don’t get me wrong: I love it. It’s a classic. But it’s very crowded.
Still, it’s the place to go if you’re interested in antiques.
And if you’re in the area you might as well check out some of the shops on Westbourne Grove.
If the weather is nice you could also mosey over to Holland Park afterwards to catch some sun.
- When? Every day except Sunday
- Where? Angel
Not in Camden, despite the name. More antiques, but think vintage rather than antiques road show.
Great if you’re looking for a fancy dress outfit a la 1920s, a quirky present for a friend, or just want a bit of a wander.
I’d combine it with brunch at the Blue Legume (Book!) and then a walk along the canal towards Haggerston.
- When? Sundays, 10am – 2pm.
- Where? Not actually on Chiswick high street, but by the River. Instructions on how to get there can be found here.
The reason I recommend Chiswick as it’s you can combine with a walk along the Thames to Hammersmith which is really great.
You could finish off at a riverside pub (eg the Old Ship) then hop on the tube at Hammersmith.
The map below shows the location of all these markets.
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