London boasts a large range of markets offering antiques, irresistible tasty foods and arts and crafts. Markets are a fun activity for Sunday mornings and a great way to see parts of London at the weekends. London is covered in markets of all shapes and sizes offering different goods and wears.
Camden Lock Market and Camden in general is the punk capital of north London. Camden market offers a wide variety of cool t-shirts and clothes, which are often made by the stall owners. The lock is a great place to get a feel for London as it boasts the canal and lots of interesting places to pick up cheap foods.
The food stalls inside lock market pretty much cover every food imaginable from doughnuts and curries to Mexican and Thai. There are lots of bars in the area, which make the market a great place to visit at night too.
Local shops are mainly catered towards punk clothes and alternative items like tattoos and piercing, but there are also a large amount of high street shops. Therefore Camden has it pretty much covered for everyone, there’s even the world famous cyber dog shop for all the ravers!
Portobello Road Market is something of an eye opener for anyone like me who’s always a little skint. Located in Notting Hill, West London, the market caters to a rather higher class of clientele – think oysters and dress jewellery. The market also boasts a fantastic setting of decadent surrounding houses some fancy fashion shops and stalls.
Portobello also features a large fruit and veg market when you hit Elgin Crescent and Talbot Road, offering some amazing fresh food which includes fresh fish and the odd French pastry. The best deals can be had at the end of the day when perishables are fenced off cheap.
The market is a must see for fashion lovers as there are lots of vintage stands and high class boutiques selling off Chelsea’s cast offs. The market is a gold-mine for high brand vintage items and is an ideal place to spot some real surprises.
Camden Passage Market is a smaller market located behind Upper Street, which is less than five minutes away from Angel tube station. The market consists of various stalls and hidden away shops selling antique trinkets and silverware.
Camden Passage is a firm favourite amongst antiques dealers and traders, so if you get there early enough and get to know the right people I’m sure there’s a bargain to be had. The shops boast some real diamond finds including oriental prints and old school dress jewellery.
The Passage is also a good introduction to the whole Angel area, which features many high street shops and chains mixed in with the odd independent cinema (Screen on the Green) and some nice bars and pubs. The passage in particular hosts a wide variety of smaller shops and boutiques including a Mexican bistro, a breakfast bar and Sadie Frosts own shop.
Borough Market is a well known fresh market held under the arches of a railway bridge. The market is a firm advocate of sustainable organic produce, and as such much of the products at the market can be eaten guilt free. The market is also well situated as a starting point for a long riverside walk.
The market is a good place to pick up the finest fresh produce and a wide variety of meat and fish items. The stalls also cover every fruit and vegetable imaginable, most of which is extremely fresh and organic in nature.
Borough Market is ideal as a stop off to show the in-laws or pick up some tasty eats. The market is one of London’s larger markets and is a good place to sit in and eat local produce or pick up some fresh ingredients for something later in the day.
Covent Garden is centrally located in London and a firm favourite amongst tourists and visitors to the capital. The market offers a unique feel and atmosphere which contrasts heavily to it’s other market contemporaries.
This market also comes alive at night with trendy restaurants and bars and is a good starting point for a night out in central London. You can bar crawl your way south through the city ending up by the Thames.
This market is mainly made up of food stalls, ideal for expensive lunches or to pick up a office lunch of jacket potato or sandwiches. The surrounding area also features some unique London sites such as the performers and mines and also the Godiva chocolate shop offering the worlds most acclaimed chocolate!
Islington Farmers Market is a smaller and lesser known London market which again is a good introduction to North London. The Farmers Market is run every Sunday morning, although it only has a few stalls can be a good starting point for a walk to Upper Street and down to Angel tube station.
The market offers a wide range of freshly produced farmers produce. Its also an ideal spot to pick up some fresh ingredients for a Sunday roast. The market is seasonal and as such can often feature an influx of particular items.
The meat and cheeses on the market are extremely high quality and organic, but due to the increased work costs and effort during production are noticeably more expensive than supermarket alternatives, but worth the extra cash in my book.
Spitalfields Market is home to a higher class of food treats and some interesting fashion items and t-shirt stalls. The market runs every weekend and an antiques market is open on Thursdays.
Spitalfields is located in Jack the Ripper territory of East End London and the surrounding architecture and pubs give that fact away – in particular the famous Ten Bells pub on the corner of Commercial Street and Fournier Street.
The market showcases some excellent cakes and treats such as giant boxes of olives and fresh oysters which can be purchased in single portions. The market is bright and vibrant and would suit a trip with the family or when friends are visiting.
Columbia Flower Market opens early on a Sunday morning (around 8am till 2pm) and offers some real bargains for flower lovers. Arrive early to pick up the best bunches and late for cheap items.
The market is a welcome wake up call on a Sunday morning full of vibrant colours and smells. Although it is often crowded, its still fun to listen to the traders shouting out their best deals of the week as you stroll down the street.
The shops that line the street cater for Sunday revellers by offering bagels, croissants and coffee. The flower market is an ideal starting point for a stroll into Brick Lane and the surrounding areas of Shoreditch and Hoxton.
Brick Lane Market is a firm favorite of mine because it suits all typesof people, you can pick up everything imaginable in one place from dodgy bikes and cheap cigarettes to discount bulk food items.
The market also continues when you find the ‘Sunday Up Market’ just off Brick Lane towards the Truman Brewery. Here you can pick up some cheap food, fashion tees and even more vintage clothing.
Brick Lane is more about the area than the market as people pretty much sell things along the entire street. The food behind Café 1001 is fantastic and offers a wide range including hot roast and Japanese Bento.
Billingsgate Fish Market offers the largest selection of fish in United Kingdom which arrives fresh every day to ensure the best quality. The market is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 5 and 8.30 in the morning.
This one isn’t really a tourist attraction due to it’s early operating hours, however it does offer some amazing choice in fish so if youre after something special for a recipe then this could be the plaice!
The closet tube station is Canary Wharf on the Jubilee line but it could be best to arrange a taxi, bus or car because of the early morning hours.