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Ten of the best London Markets

12 May 2014 Caspar Read time: 4 min
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The best London Markets

The markets in London are definitely some of the best markets in the world. You can find the best fresh food and produce, to valuable antiques and quirky brick-a-brack.

Borough Market


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If you think of yourself as a foodie, or care deeply about the origins of your ingredients, you'll feel right at home in Borough Market, where the traders have a deep passion for where the food and drink comes from.

Chefs, restaurateurs and all those with a passion for 'grub' frequent this market with recipe samples on offer and traders willing to 'talk food’ to customers at all times. It’s easy to plan your visit thanks to the interactive map on the official site. A must visit for all the foodies and bakers of London.

8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL
Underground: London Bridge

Broadway Market


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Broadway Market, in the East End offers up as much quality produce as it does young, fashionable types chasing antique boutiques and vintage clothing. This market is first and foremost a specialist food market that had struggled in the early nineties but now thrives with around 80 stalls offering up cheeses, meats, cake, fish, and preserves along with the essential fruit and veg any market should offer. If you're a cake fan then Broadway Market will satisfy, while there’s plenty of cafes and bars nearby.

Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH
Overground: Cambridge Heath

Portobello Market


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One of London’s most loved, and most colourful markets is Portobello, boasting over 2000 stalls spread across a long stretch in Notting Hill. Notting Hill’s colourful property sets the perfect background for the popular antiques and bric-a-brac stalls which provide the main attraction of the market. The market emerged when property boomed in Notting Hill and Paddington in the Victorian era where the market stalls were perfectly placed for the affluent residents of the local area.

Portobello Market, Portobello Road, London, W11 2DY
Underground: Ladbroke Grove/Notting Hill

Old Spitalfields Market


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You’ll find this gem of a London Market in the heart of Spitalfields, between the cobbled streets of Brick Lane and Bishopsgate. The indoor market features boutique fashion stalls, lifestyle stalls and design stalls alongside some great coffee shops, restaurants and bars. The market was built in 1876 and is one of the few surviving Victorian market halls left in the big smoke.

16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW
Overground: Shoreditch High Street

Greenwich Market

Adored by London and Greenwich, Greenwich Market boasts a busy, vibrant atmosphere populated by local residents and the Maritime areas sightseers. The atmosphere goes hand-in-hand with the variety of stalls on offer, ran by artsy and talented people with craft stalls and bric-a-brac sales offering unique hand-made finds. Vintage clothing - check. Antiques - check. World foods - check! Greenwich Market has it all, and with Greenwich’s World Heritage status providing the background, it’s a must visit for tourists and residents alike.

5b Greenwich Market, London, SE10 9HZ
Overground: DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich

Columbia Road Flower Market


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If you like getting green fingers and love a bit of pottering about the garden then this is the best market in London’s concrete jungle for you! Columbia Road is unique in that it is made up of sixty independent shops from vintage clothes, art galleries and antique boutiques to delis, cake shops and garden shops! On Sundays Columbia Road is transformed into a proverbial forest where the streets are lined with everything from small plants to full on trees on sale, with plants imported from all over the world.

Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG
Overground: Hoxton Overground

Brick Lane Market


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This traditional flea market is spread across quite a large area in London’s Brick Lane area and really does offer up a little bit of everything! Home accessories, bric-a-brac, antiques, vintage clothing and much, much more are all available. If you can get into a David Dickinson sort-of mind-set then you’re sure to get your hands on a bargain. You can make a real day of it and choices for lunch aren’t short with the food market in the Boiler House Hall offering many world foods including vegan food in The Rootmaster.

Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6PU
Underground: Aldgate East

Real Food Market

Held every Friday to Sunday, the Real Food Market boasts some of the best talent and produce London has to offer when it comes to the city’s street food scene. You won’t find any old Tom, Dick or ‘arry here as every single trader is carefully selected based on their commitment to sustainability ethics and talents in producing the best quality food and drink. The Real Food Market champions local, independent producers and traders with the best quality foods available at great value for money.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London
Overground: London Waterloo East

Camden Market


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Arguably London’s most famous market, and certainly its most unique, Camden Town Market is set across a number of adjoining large retail outlets on cobbled streets with fascinating tunnels and archways where you can easily get lost. Happily lost, mind you. You’ll find many stalls selling t-shirts and band-related paraphernalia but once you get past those it’s like entering Aladdin’s Cave, you might even find a lamp and a rug, though blue genies and flight aren’t guaranteed! There’s world food stalls galore, antiques, clothing - both vintage and modern and so much more, all in the market that runs alongside Regent’s Canal.

Camden High Street, London, NW1 8NH
Underground: Camden Town

Petticoat Lane Market

Petticoat Lane Market is London’s number one market when it comes to clothing and it lies near a host of east London markets. In a somewhat confusing twist, Petticoat Lane isn’t the name of the street where the market is located (which is actually Wentworth Street), the name comes from a fable that goes, “they would steal your petticoat at one end of the market and sell it back to you at the other!” The market specialises in leather goods and end of the line merchandise.

Petticoat Lane Market, Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF
Underground: Aldgate or Aldgate East

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