With its shops selling some of the rarest collectibles and fashion fads, the markets of London offer some great deals one can fetch in the British capital. With the food stalls and live music scenes around, the atmosphere is lively, making the markets worth a visit, even if one does not plan on shopping.
One of the largest antiques’ market in the world, the Portobello Market is also London’s oldest street market. Located in the popular district of Notting Hill, the market popped up in the 1940s at a much smaller scale than what it is now. With over 1,000 dealers selling rare collectibles, leather products, hand crafted shoes, etc. the market is thronged by tourists and locals alike. One can find here some rare British antiques but also items of fashion and clothing, foods and fruits, and bric-a-brac. Accessible all days except Sundays, it can be also visited for experiencing a local music scene.
Brick Lane Market
Spread across several streets, Brick Lane Market is popular amongst budget shoppers looking for products ranging from fashion clothing, accessories to food and even furniture. There also shops selling spices and saris! The market is open on Sundays, which is actually said to be the best day to visit the place.
Located in Camden town, Camden Market is actually spread across various streets. One of the most popular visitor attractions in London, the Camden Lock Market is a hub for goods of arts and crafts while the Camden High Street is where one can head for tee-shirts and touristy items. The market streets around the town not only sell items of fashion and local food, but there are also boutique cafes and restaurants. All the street markets in the town are open throughout the week.
Also called the Hackney Market because of its location in south Hackney, the Broadway Market is a major tourist attraction. It is also a magnet for students who find the prices reasonable to shop here. Other than having stalls of fashion and accessories, the market has many grocery vendors. It is also known for its street food offerings.
On scrounging, one can find some of the rarest of collectibles here than they can find in any other market in London. Located in the historic town of Greenwich and the near the river Thames, the market is also a snap from history. The indoor market dates back to the eighteenth century. More than a hundred stalls sell junk jewellery, second hand furniture, hand crafted goodies and other trinkets. In between or post shopping, one can choose to eat from the abut 50 local cafes, bakeries or other food joints and then may be head to central London, on a boat, via the Thames.