Shopping paradise with everything from designer clothing to high street shopping, the London markets are definitely the real heartbeat of the capital. Why spend the day at a stuffy department store when you can walk around, browse through tons of goodies, eat a delicious treat from a street vendor and feel like a local? Flowers, art, vintage clothing and antiques, there is no limit to the variety of treasures you can find at the endless amount of markets scattered throughout the city.
We chose the very best London markets for you to check out on your next London adventure!
Situated beneath the railway on Borough High Street and running parallel to the River Thames, the Borough Market is dedicated to gourmet food. There is a huge range of delicious products on display and sellers arrive from all corners of the country to display everything from meats to vegetables, cakes to fine cheese. Our tip of the day? Come with an empty stomach!
When is the Borough market open? Monday to Saturday.
Another of the best markets in London can be found at Brick Lane in the east of town. Located in Tower Hamlets, this market has a fun, vibrant atmosphere, street art and live street shows. It is the place to go if you are young (or young at heart, of course). You can find funky clothes, second hand furniture or old collectible magazines. Shop enough to work out an appetite so you can rest in one of the authentic restaurants and cafes in the market. Don’t miss out on the well known “Rib Man” who offers up a delicious selection of ribs, meaty rolls and tortilla wraps, yummy!
When is the BrickLane market open? Every Sunday 10am – 5pm
Not far from Brick Lane is this beautiful flower market, which is next to the wealthy borough of Shoreditch. This is one of the nicest places to take a stroll on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, enjoying the scent of the flowers as they blossom and admiring the collage of colors. There are also many stalls, shops and enthusiastic sellers with a huge range of garden supplies, home decor, cafes and restaurants.
When is Columba Market open? Sunday only 8am – 3pm
Close to Chalk Farm road is arguably one of the most famous markets in London – the Camden Lock Market (aka Camden Market). This market is said to be the city’s cultural epicenter, which boasts a flamboyant collection of designer wear, artists, and many other independent stalls.
While the majority of shoppers in Camden are locals, this only heightens the experience for tourists, and it is a great opportunity to gain a personal insight into the daily life of Londoners.
When is Camden Lock market open? Monday – Sunday
The most unique market in regards to design is definitely Covent Garden. It houses several smaller markets such as the Apple Market and the Jubilee.
As with some of the markets on this list, there is a wide selection of local handmade crafts,with everything from jewelry to leather handbags, hand- knitted clothing to handmade soaps. Each of them operate on specific days except for the Apple and “East Colonnade” markets which are open daily.
When is the Covent Garden market open? Everyday The market focuses on antiques each Monday and arts/crafts on the weekends.
One of the smaller markets in London, Maltby Market is a particularly nice option for foodies and anyone looking for a more local encounter. Although small in stature, the market is bursting with energy and has an excellent range of foods to sample with deli sandwiches, pastry stalls and even some delicious freshly made cocktails.
When is the Maltby Market open? Weekends only, Saturday and Sunday.
This isn’t the place to go in search of souvenirs but this fish market offers visitors a unique glimpse into how life might have looked like several hundred years ago.
One of London’s longest running markets, it was once the largest it the world. The real excitement at Billingsgate Market, is the chance to see the fishmongers in action as they make their case to buyers, with their fresh catch of the day.
The only downside is the early morning hours which the market is open. That being said, this adds to the fun of going in the first place!
When is the Bllingsgate Market open? Tuesday – Saturday 4am – 9.30am
The Brixton Market is a wonderful celebration of hard working immigrants and local entrepreneurs, where you will find local produce, Indian cuisine and second hand clothing.
It is quite a large place which has now grown into a collection of many smaller markets. The nice part about this is that each market has it’s own flavor; some dedicated to Caribbean food, others to affordable electrical items.
When is Brixton Market open? Monday – Saturday, 10am until late (Except for Wednesday when it closes at 1pm)
Stoke Newington Farmers Market was the first of it’s kind in London, and still holds the same popularity it always had. A nice fact about the market is that it was initially established to allow the residents in Hackney to purchase local produce, which in turn brought much welcomed business to the nearby small businesses. In this colorful market, you will find all sorts of fresh organic or wild products, with salads and vegetables adding to the large selection of farm meats. Bring a basket and start roaming through the stalls!
When is Stoke Newington Market open? Every Saturday 10am – 2.30pm
Broadway could probably be described as the hipster market of the list. The young and trendy crowd like to hang out in this cool market on Saturdays, sampling the cakes and catching up with friends.
Naturally, as you would expect with a hipster crowd , there are many vintage stalls with modified clothing and unique boutique stalls. This newfound popularity has come as music to the ears of the sellers in the area, as the market has not always prospered in recent times. It is much smaller than almost all of the markets on this list, but perfect for anyone looking for a more youthful or trendy atmosphere to spend the afternoon., Broadway Market is a great place to include on any London itinerary. Put on your best outfit, this is where the cool kids hang.
When is Broadway Market open? Monday – Friday 4pm until midnight, Saturday/Sunday 10am until midnight.