Have a trip planned to London or already call the city home? Then I’m sure one of these iconic markets held in the capital city will hold your interest. Below I have handpicked the five best markets in London that I enjoyed the most.
I wasn’t going to put these in any particular order but the fact that I have mentioned this as my number one is no coincidence. This was my favourite of the best markets in London. I’m a huge foodie (IG @backpackandfork) and I remember the first time I went to this market I made a huge error and decided to sit down and get some pizza from a restaurant before visiting. Don’t get me wrong the pizza was tasty and a nice place but as soon as I arrived at the market, I had instant regret and knew I had just made a costly error.
This market simply put, has it all. Food stalls have dish specialties from all across the world just waiting to tease your taste buds. You really need to take the time to walk through and check out all your options before rushing in, although in saying that, the more you look the more confused and unsure you actually become. I’ve been to this market numerous times now and each time I consume far too much food with absolutely no feeling of guilt whatsoever.
Aside from the food, if you can manage to drag yourself away, this market also has plenty of other stalls and areas to explore, most famously the ones that are located in the old horse stables. There are all sorts of things to be found in this area ranging from amazing artwork, second-hand vintage stalls, high-end fashion, spices, cakes and everything else you could possibly think of, to be honest.
They even have local brews (beers) to try while listening to some live music. It really is a great spot to head for a look and should be on everyone’s list to check out while in London. It is a worthy number one on my list of best markets in London.
You will find this market at Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF, UK. It is best to catch the underground tube on the Northern line (black line) and get off at the stop called Camden.
This one is best to explore on a Sunday although it is technically open all week. I had a mixed set of trips to this market but that is sort of half its charm, you just never know what to expect or what you might find here and is one of the reasons it makes my list of best markets in London. The market dominated by second-hand furniture, clothes and general market bric-a-brac. If you hunt hard enough or are lucky on the day to find something that generally interests, you then there is a good chance you will walk away smiling knowing you have found a great bargain.
Food-wise here it’s also a little hit and miss with what you might find. The first day I come here I found lots of food stands inside a hall building and all the food looked fantastic. The variety was extremely broad and again the decision was pretty tough to finalise. The second time I was looking forward to heading back to the same place and found that instead of food this time the hall had extra clothing and artwork stalls. Needless to say, I was a little guttered when I first saw the change.
That day I still managed to enjoy a curry from one of the Bangladesh curry houses in the area to take away. I sat down in an open square area and enjoyed the curry while watching some live street performances and music. Even though it wasn’t the same as the first visit to this market I appreciated it just as much and it certainly showed that each weekend you can expect something different from Brick Lane.
You will find this market at 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR, UK. The best public transport depends on where you are coming from in London but there are buses as well as overground rail stations and underground tube stops close by. The Liverpool and Whitechapel underground stops are the closest.
This little gem is all about the food and is probably the most well-known of the five best markets in London which means it gets busy with plenty of local Londoner’s and tourists alike. It is located very close to the River Thames and in turn very close to inner London. Lots of locals go here of a lunchtime during work for the most amazing of lunches. I’m just thankful I didn’t work anywhere close enough to make that a reality for me otherwise my bank account would have been going down and my waist size heading in the other direction very quickly.
Ok back to the market itself, like I mentioned this place is all about the food. There are stalls cooking up the freshest of ingredients in loads of varying dishes. Curries, seafood, salads, wraps/sandwiches, Asian, pasta, desserts of cakes and slices, fruit smoothies the list is endless. Some of the stalls are trying to tempt you by handing out little sample tastes of their cooking, my suggestion is to take them up on this and then decide.
Also, be sure to check out the cheeses on offer which again usually have lots of little samples in the front to try. The market not only has food stalls with food ready to eat though, they also have the freshest of produce for customers to take home and prepare themselves or to make a little hamper of wine, cheeses, meats, dips and bread or crackers and enjoy in one of London’s parks or next to the River Thames. As long as the British sun is actually deciding to show itself, this is the perfect way for many guys out there to rack up those much sought after brownie points.
To find this market is pretty easy. It is located at 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK. There are numerous buses that will run by here as well as the London Bridge tube stop. Walking along the Thames River and finding this market is also possible and provides a nice walk if the weather is kind to you.
This is an indoor market that has been running for an extremely long time and is the only market in London to be held on a world heritage site. The market runs every day but is usually best from Wednesday through to Sunday because the number of stalls in attendance is generally at its highest.
The types of stalls you can expect to find here are quite varied. They include jewellery, antiques, fashion, bric-a-brac, art and craft plus my favourite, food. If you do decide to have a feed of tucker before, after or in the middle of checking out this market try and position yourself within earshot of the classical music that will most likely be playing. This is performed by the nearby Trinity College of Music.
To find the
Columbia Road Flower Market
No prizes given for what this market specialises in, the name says it all. It is open every Sunday including Easter Sunday regardless of what the English weather is dishing up. It is a great place to wander through the transformed street and check out all sorts of different flowers, cacti and trees.
The smell, as you walk through the stalls, is something else and worth visiting on its own. The flowers are either grown locally by the stallholders or flown in from around the world and all sorts of varieties are on offer. There are also some artwork shops and galleries to look through as well as some fashion, jewellery, vintage, homeware and the food stalls.
Columbia Road Flower Market address is Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK. Hop on a bus or overground train and stop at Hoxton station or if the underground is your best mode of transport then grab the central line to Bethnal Green stop and walk a few blocks.
If you are in the UK’s capital city, then do take the chance to look at one of these best markets in London at the very least. They offer a great few hours of entertainment and chances are you will find some great food as well. If you want to see what else London or the UK has to offer, skim your eyes over any of these past blogs. I spent 2 years on and off there so feel free to ask me for some advice in the comments section below.
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