4 fabulous markets in London
Whether you’re just browsing to get inspired, searching for a unique souvenir or hunting for a bargain, you’ll find something at one of London’s markets. With amazing markets in every part of the city, there’s no excuse to miss this classic London experience!
The huge, famous Portobello Market centres on and around Portobello Road in Notting Hill. It’s popular with both locals and tourists and always draws a bustling crowd. Of course, it’s most well known for its antiques and you’ll see some amazing items here. But you’ll also find fashion, second hand items and food stalls. In fact, there’s so much to see that you can get absorbed for hours.
The market is open all week, but go on Saturdays for the best range of stalls. Or, if you prefer less crowded browsing, get there early (it opens at 9 am) or try Fridays instead.
Busy, diverse and alternative, this is actually a cluster of markets easy to reach from Camden Town tube. Here you’ll find a huge range of shops and food stalls. Whether it’s art, fashion, street food, vinyl or jewellery, or just the perfect photo opportunity, you can find it here. So, it’s no wonder that Londoners love this place.
It’s open every day, from 10 am. Go early to avoid crowds, or hang around and enjoy their special events.
Head over to Shoreditch for a taste of one of London’s hippest scenes. Because Brick Lane Market always draws a cool crowd. At the top end of Brick Lane you’ll find bric-a-brac and second hand items. Alternatively, around the Old Truman Brewery you’ll find fashion, jewellery, vintage clothing and loads of sumptuous street food offerings. And all of this in one of London’s great locations for street art.
Visit on Sunday for the full experience. To get there easily, head to Shoreditch overground station.
Tucked away in south London’s Elephant and Castle area is the Mercato Metropolitano, a hidden gem for foodies. Brought to London from an original project in Milan, it hosts traders cooking up a range of delicious international cuisines, as well as a micro-brewery. As a bonus, there’s covered seating, so you can enjoy it even when the English summer weather isn’t at its best…
They also host music events and other pop-ups, so check their calendar to see what’s on.