When planning you London itinerary, I imagine most people include things like Tower Bridge, Tower Castle, London Eye, and many attraction but what most fail to include are famous London markets that are worth exploring. Not just for the food but for the ambiance, hustle and bustle, Ok, maybe mostly for the food! So which one of the many markets in London should you visit? Well London has hundreds of markets.
Almost every area in London has its own market so we will focus on those offering something unique to London visitors. We have both indoor and outdoor markets in London, perfect when the weather is wet or dry….
The Best Markets In London
Whether you are looking for the best street food markets in London, cool and exciting weekend markets we have it all. Markets not only offering food but clothes, accessories, and souvenirs to take back home with you. London also has many tours that take you through some of the markets. So, let’s get into it.
The market’s history dates back to 1000 years and is run by a charitable trust to benefit the community. It is located in Southwark St, London. It was a wholesale market previously, but now it offers sustainable food production, social connection over foods and drinks, and many short supply chains. It has a great range of food and drinking items from Britain and other places.
There are also cafes, restaurants and pubs around the market too. This is one of the busiest markets in central London, particularly on Saturdays and Friday evenings. The food is amazing here and offers a variety of cuisines so be sure not to miss out when visiting London. I have shared more on eating at Borough Market here. You can get to Borough Market through Monument tube station or London Bridge Station.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Saturday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sunday – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It is a street market located on Electric Avenue, South London. It is rebranded as the ‘Brixton Village.’ Buyers can find various food products and goods, especially the produce from Africa and Caribbean countries. The London Borough of Lambeth manages the market. From lip-smacking burgers to seafood, street-style Mexican food, and French spot Champagne, you can find everything here.
You can buy jewelry, clothes, homeware products, fashion costumes, music-related items, etc. The nearest tube station to the market is Brixton station, an 2-minutes walk from the market.
Opening Time: Monday to Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Camden market has more than 1,000 unique food and drinks stalls, shops, cafes, and bars. From food products to creative art selling products and fashion products, you can find everything here.
You can buy handcrafted products, bohemian and hippie looks, tea products, customized clothes, fashion products, leather bags and accessories, wax-based colognes, etc. It is located at Camden Lock Place, London. The nearest tube stations are Chalk Farm and Camden Town, on the Northern Line. While exploring the area dont forget to grab a boat ride tour and visit Little Venice which I have covered on the blog.
Opening Time: Monday to Sunday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The market is famous for its unique collection of collectibles and antiques. It is one of the busiest markets in London. It is also the most famous street market in the world, where you can find eateries, vintage clothing markets, jewelry, fresh produce, delectable street food, freshly baked products, and much more.
The market is located at Portobello Road, and its shops stretch to Golborne Road. Exploring the market is one of the must-dos on the list of things to do in Notting Hill. The nearest tube stations are Notting Hill Gate and Westbourne Park.
Opening Time: Monday to Wednesday – 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. | Thursday – 09:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. | Friday & Saturday – 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Sunday – closed
Brick Lane Market
You can find great food and breweries from bustling street markets to Brick Lane restaurants. The Old Truman Brewery is famous for its buttermilk chicken strips. You can buy accessories, and jewelry, taste the finest culinary delights, buy vintage clothes, antiques, etc. The street art represented here is by different immigrant communities.
Brick Lane Market is not to be missed out on a list of cool things to do in Shoreditch. The market is located at Brick Lane, London. The nearest tube stations are Aldgate East and Liverpool Street, which are both an 11-minute or 12-minutes walk away, respectively. You can also get here via Shoreditch station.
Opening Time: Sunday only – 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
Whether a foodie or a shopaholic, there is everything for everyone at Spitalfields. You can buy fashion clothes, vintage art, original artwork, unique gifts, etc. The gourmet street food trucks at the market sell fresh gourmet food.
You can visit famous restaurants and cafes at the Spitalfields like Humble Crumble, Sud Italia, Hawksmoor, Pizza Union, etc. This is among East London Markets not to be missed. It is located at 56 Brushfield Street, London. The nearest tube station is Liverpool Street Station. Also near Spitalfields Market is Backyard Market which is worth checking out while in the area.
Opening Time: Monday to Friday – 08:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday – 09:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Columbia Road Market
This is the most famous of our weekend markets in London and a must-visit. It is also known as Columbia Road Flower Market and is located at Columbia Road, London. Majorly the market is known for its flowers and picture-perfect plants. You will find quality plants and flowers here. You can shop for premium quality herbs too.
Other things you can find at Columbia Road Market are cupcake shops, art galleries, antique shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, etc. The nearest tube station is Old Street Tube Station on the Northern Line, which is a 17-minute walk away.
Opening Time: Sunday only – 08:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.
Alfie’s Antique Market
There are more than 100 dealers present in the market, dealing in remarkable antiques, including furniture, paintings, ceramics, vintage clothing, glassware, etc. The market is located on Church Street at Lisson Grove in London. The deco-style buildings are a major attraction here.
For the last 40 years, the market has attracted interior designers to celebs to its genuine collection of antiques. Alfayez market here sells middle eastern antiques and art pieces. You can get here via Marylebone Station. If you are into antiques, I would also recommend checking out the Bermondsey antique market.
Opening Time: Tuesday to Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
The market is located in the Greenwich town center, close to major bus routes and train stations. You can find versatile things here like delis, cades, bakeries, antiques, beauty, and grooming, market food, handicrafts, pet shops, fashion and lifestyle, beauty products, etc. The market is known for brownies, hot sauce, churros, homemade rum cakes, flavored coffee, etc.
A few shops sell unique headwear, fashion jewelry, interior décor antiques, belts, purses, vintage clothes, etc. You can find additional inspiration in my post for cool things to do in Greenwich while exploring the market. The nearest station is Cutty Sark which is on the DLR but there are plenty of buses around the market if you are coming via Canary Wharf, North Greenwich or even Maze Hill.
Opening Time: Monday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays – 10:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
Southbank Centre Food Market
London for Sunday food markets? This is one not to miss. If you are a foodaholic, this market is the right choice. It offers the choicest foods and drinks to its visitors. Get the best bang for your bucks as you munch on gluten-free caramel brownies, Choco fruit, fresh crepes, Korean BBQ dishes, Pad Thai, famous food from Thailand, home-cooked Japanese bowl, Classic duck confit, Indian cuisines, vegan food, and much more.
You can try the finest tea cups, coffee, hot chocolate, brownies, fresh juices, beer, sparkling wine, etc. Check the latest events at the Food Market here. The market is located at Southbank Center, Belvedere Road, London. I have cover this market and more in my post on amazing things to do in London in the Summer. The nearest tube stations are in Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Waterloo, City, and Jubilee lines) and Embankment (Circle and District Lines).
Opening Time: Friday – 12:00 noon to 09:00 p.m. | Saturday – 11:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. | Sunday, Bank Holidays, and Mondays – 12 noon to 06:00 p.m.
Covent Garden Market
You can find an indoor market and an outdoor farmer’s market at Covent Garden Market. The markets host variety of events and cultural festivals for visitors. You can buy handicrafts, artisan-made décor products, pet balms, bath bombs, muscle balms, natural skin care products using natural ingredients, recycled products, etc. Go for grocery shopping fresh fruits and vegetables.
Visit fine-dining cafes and restaurants, and enjoy the finest cheese products. This market is located at Covent Garden Market Bridge, King Street, London. The nearest tube station is Covent Garden.
Opening Time: Monday to Saturday – 08:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. | Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.
Map of Best Markets In London
So there you have it! Which one of these markets is on your list of London attractions not to miss for your trip?
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