Best Open Markets in London

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. Continue reading


Let’s face it: running across London to finish Christmas shopping in this arctic climate may not be the cosiest activity on your to-do-list this winter, but regardless it is often a necessary evil. Pushing past crowds on Oxford Street, shoving yourself through the corridors Westfield shopping centre or trying to maximise your shopping accomplishments in one of the major department stores like Selfridges can easily turn into a living nightmare, making Christmas season in London not at all resemble anything like the movie “Love, Actually”.

However, there are few ways to make the holiday season more relaxed, laid-back and interesting. As a general rule-of-thumb, good company will always help to shed the load and inspire out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to shopping for that certain someone, who already has everything (or nothing at all). Visiting a less touristy area may also go a long way in reserving your energies while getting all preparations ready for the holiday. So grab a few friends, make a plan to spend the day together and check out some of our recommendations to turn Christmas season more into more of a silly season, far away from the bright Christmas lights of Regent Street and other crowded hotspots. Continue reading