The most colourful and heart-warming way to shop in London is by trying and tasting its open markets. A treasure trove of goods waiting to be explored, London sells everything from junk to gems. You can spend your time browsing books, checking out antiques, picking fashionable clothes or trying unique curios. For anyone eager to enjoy the most authentic flavours of the city, here’s a comprehensive guide to the city’s best open markets.
Camden Lock Market
Boasting of a whopping 10 million visitors every year, Camden Market is one of London’s most famous attractions. The market started as an assortment of craft stalls on the Regent’s Canal in Camden Town and now stretches from Camden Town tube station to Chalk Farm tube station. Acknowledged for the quality of the products and the impeccable services on offer, Camden Lock Market offers everything from clothes and bags to ornaments, candles and decorative items. A day here is incomplete without treating your taste buds with some unequaled street food from all across the world.
Portobello Road Market
A market since the 1800s, Portobello Road Market gained popularity for its unique range of antiques in the 1950s. With vintage fashion stalls, designer clothes and retro memorabilia the market is packed with people with a taste. Open on Friday and Saturday, this market is in high gear on Saturdays. Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove are the nearest tube stations. If you are willing to spend some time here, expect to witness some exclusive and original pieces of art.
Brick Lane Market
The market spreads across various streets, all in the Brick Lane area in East London. The fact that you get both trash and trinkets here is what makes it one of the most popular markets. The market houses stalls selling antiques, cheap leather clothes, shoes, bric-a-brack along with a wonderful range of vintage collections and creative goods by young designers. You also get second-hand products at Brick Lane Market. Needless to say, the market pulls fashion-savvy visitors. You will certainly get ample chances to display your bargaining skills at this market. Chances are you will come across a designer product with hefty discounts on it! And once you are done shopping, pat your back and treat yourself to the special curry. Visit Brick Lane Market on a Sunday for a delightful shopping experience! Aldgate East is the nearest tube station to the market.
Home to fashion, food and music stalls, the Spitalfields Market has its origin since the 17th century. The best day to visit the market is Saturday as you can experience the Spitalfields Saturday Style Market. Not only do you find accessories and clothes here but you also get to enjoy the entertainment performances and live music taking place. Thursdays bring to you unparalleled antiques and Fridays some independent-label styles. The market is tucked in the heart of Spitalfields between Bishopsgate and Brick Lane. You can check out Shoreditch to find out some amazing eateries after a shopping spree. Liverpool Street is the closest tube station to the market.
Petticoat Lane Market
Indeed, it isn’t attractive and is chaotic but the history of Petticoat Lane Market dates back to the 1750s. The market is a smart choice for cheap items and suits those shopping on an edgy budget. You can find high-street supplies, leatherware, luggage, batteries, polyester items, cleaning products at some unbeatable prices. So if the boulevard of styles and trends gets too much, head south to the Petticoat Lane Market for a budget-friendly shopping experience. The closest tube station is Aldgate East.
That’s an ideal Saturday destination for a food-loving hipster! With a focus on food, books, vintage clothing, baked goods, spices, cakes and arty knick-knacks, this one is a ten-on-ten. The rustic charm of this market is an add-on. Visitors can join their visit to this market with a trip to the close by Pringle outlet stores. So soak up the vibe and unwind as you check out some amazing items and enjoy a freshly grilled burger, of course with a coffee from Ca Phe VN. Hackney Central is the closest overground station to reach this place.
Southbank Book Market
London’s bouquiniste, Southbank Book Market is positioned under the Waterloo Bridge and continues along the iconic river Thames. The market is stocked with prints, maps and second-hand books including the classics and the contemporary. Delightful place to browse, it is open every day from 11 am to 7 pm. Waterloo is the tube station closest to the market.