8 Must Visit Markets in London
1. Camden Market
Camden lock is perhaps London’s most renowned market for vintage lovers. It opens 7 days a week and features over 1,000 places to shop, eat, and drink. Start your day off browsing through the many stalls selling handmade jewellery, artwork, vintage fashion, and souvenirs. Then treat yourself to lunch at one of the delicious budget-friendly food stalls, serving food from cuisines all over the world.
In the afternoon, be sure to stock up on some rare vinyls from one of the record stalls, before heading to the Hawley Arms to settle down with a nice drink and some good music for the perfect end to the day.
Nearest Tube Station: Camden Town
Open: Monday to Sunday 10am-8pm
2. Portobello Market:
Portobello Market, made famous by the 1999 rom-com ‘Notting Hill’ starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, takes place on Portobello Road and is packed full with stalls spanning from Westbourne Grove, all the way up to and along Golbourne Road.
The market is in full swing every Friday and Saturday, specialising in vintage fashion, antiques, handmade artwork, and souvenirs. Although, it’s essential to get here early as all of the best stock is snapped up fast! And of course we cannot forget the many brilliant food stalls that the market offers, serving hot food choices from all around the world such as curry, paella, fish and chips, and countless more.
Portobello Road Market
Nearest Tube Station: Notting Hill Gate/Ladbroke Grove
Open: Monday to Saturday 8am-7pm
3. Covent Garden Market:
Once home to the world-famous fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden’s Apple Market continues to support market traders, offering a range of unique handmade
arts and crafts all throughout the week. From Tuesday to Sunday, the market is filled with a variety of handmade jewellery and art, and on Mondays, antiques and collectables.
Located on the eastern side of Covent Garden’s market is Colonnade Market. This district specialises in handmade soaps, sweet treats, and jewellery.
Covent Garden Market
Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden
Open: Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm
4. Brick Lane Vintage Market:
Brick Lane Vintage Market is located right in the heart of Shoreditch. This is a trendy and eccentric area filled with creative young people and some of the best street art in London. Open Monday through Sunday in Truman Brewery, the market features dozens of boutiques selling clothes and accessories from the 1920s to the 90s. This market is any vintage lover's dream.
As well as clothing, you can also pick up rare vinyl records, before grabbing a bite to eat in one of the many stylish bars and restaurants that Shoreditch has to offer. Be sure to head to Big Chill Brick Lane for a Chuck burger and try out some of their happy hour deals, running from 4-7pm every Monday to Friday.
Brick Lane Vintage Market
Nearest Tube Station: Aldgate East
Open: Monday to Friday 11am-6:30pm
5. Borough Market
Located right in the heart of London, Borough Market is one of the UK’s best-known street food markets. It is located right next to London Bridge station making it easily accessible by public transport. Extraordinarily, this foodie paradise has been running for over 1,000 years, making it London’s oldest market. The market is open seven days a week packed full with vendors serving hot street food and stalls selling heaps of fresh produce.
Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge
Open: Monday to Friday 10am-5pm
6. Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market must be one of the prettiest markets in London. Every Sunday the streets are flooded with stunning flower displays. From 8am to 3pm, market vendors line up in the narrow streets selling flowers, houseplants, herbs, and shrubs. The market is very popular with tourists and locals so get there early to avoid the midday rush!
After you’ve finished your shopping, head down one of the market’s side streets to find a selection of brilliant cafés, restaurants, vintage shops, and little galleries.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Nearest Tube Station: Bethnal Green
Open: Sundays 8am-2pm
7. Southbank Book Market
If you are a book lover there is no better place to find a second-hand gem than Southbank’s book market. Hidden underneath Waterloo Bridge you will find this haven selling books ranging from classic tales to modern fiction.
Southbank Book Market
Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 11:30am-7pm
8. Seven Dials Market
Opened in 2019, Seven Dials market is the west end’s only indoor food market. It opens 7 days a week and is situated just beside Neals Yard in Covent Garden. However, this was not the market’s first opening. It was originally named ‘Thomas Neals Warehouse’ and served as a factory storing cucumbers and bananas in the 19th Century.
Because of this, the market is split into two sections; ‘cucumber alley’, and ‘banana warehouse’. Cucumber alley holds the smaller market stalls selling drinks and desserts, whereas banana warehouse hosts hot street food vendors selling everything from Indian curries, to cheese and wine on a conveyor belt. The building retains all of its original brick and cast iron features, while pop art on the walls adds a more modern touch.
Seven Dials Market
Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden
Open: Wednesday to Saturday 11am-11pm
Monday to Tuesday 11am-10pm