Top 10 Markets in London

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There are many markets in London. When going on a trip to the British capital you should visit at least one or two of them. Especially Camden Market and Portobello Road Market are one of the top tourist attractions in London for quite some time. Most of these street markets offer a wide range of products like art, fashion or antiques. Moreover, delicious street food, which can be found at almost all markets, is today a popular alternative to expensive restaurants.

Top 10 Markets in London

1. Old Spitalfields Market London

Markets in London - Old Spitalfields Market

My favorite market is the Old Spitalfields Market. The Victorian market hall is completely roofed and hence a nice place when the weather is bad. The market offers many different products like art, fashion, jewelry, accessories, records, toys, antiques and of course delicious street food. The last time I been there, my favorite food stalls were a cute cupcake car and a pulled pork burger stand.

Additionally to the stalls there are some nice restaurants and shops inside the hall. My favorite shop is called Source. It sells beautiful gifts and souvenirs.

From Liverpool Street Station it´s just a short walk to Old Spitalfields Market. Although Liverpool Street is some tube stopps away from the famous tourist attractions like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or Hyde Park (e.g. 9 stops to Westminster), you should not miss this market and the East End in general because it is an amazing neighborhood.

General Information Old Spitalfields Market London

Opening hours: Daily approx. 10 am - 5 pm

Neighborhood: East End / Shoreditch

Address: 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW

Closest Tube Station: Liverpool Street Station

What to buy: Art, fashion, jewelry, accessories, records, toys, antiques

2. Brick Lane Market Shoreditch

Not far away from Old Spitalfields Market is another nice street market, Brick Lane Market. It´s the perfect location for vintage and street food lovers because there are countless fashion stalls as well as international food stalls. In my opinion this market offers the best street food in London. 

The best time to visit the market is Sunday morning. Then the whole Brick Lane is full of street stalls. Furthermore, there are several halls with even more stalls. Be prepared that it´s super crowded and just enjoy the unique atmosphere.

Additionally you have the chance to discover street art from artists all over the world in Shoreditch. Just walk around a little bit and explore the streets around the market as well.

General Information Brick Lane Market

Opening hours: Saturday 11 am - 6 pm and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Neighborhood: East End / Shoreditch

Address: Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

Closest StationLiverpool Street, Algate East, Shoreditch High Street (Overground)

What to buy: Street food, vintage fashion, accessoires, art

3. Stables Market Camden

Top markets London -Stables Market Camden

Actually the famous Camden Market consists of three different markets: Camden Buck Street Market, Camden Lock Market and Stables Market. The Camden Buck Street Market at Camden High Street can be missed out in my opinion. It just offers the same, cheap bulk goods at the approx. 200 stalls. In contrast the approx. 700 shops and stalls of Stables Market are well worth seeing. They offer fashion, antiques and second hand goods. Most stalls are roofed and located in former stables. 

General Information Stables Market Camden

Opening hours: Daily 10 am - 7 pm

Neighborhood: North London / Camden

Address: Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH

Closest Tube Station: Camden Town or Chalk farm

What to buy: Fashion, furnishing, antiques and second hand goods

4. Camden Lock Market

Top markets London - Camden Lock Market

Camden Lock Market is located at Regents Canal close to Camden Town Station. Just walk from this station to the North along the colorful Camden High Street. There are many shops that sell cloth, shoes, accessories, souvenirs and a lot more.

Then you will arrive at Camden Market. The first part of the market offers above all art and design. The following part is well known for delicious street food. Directly next to the Camden Lock Market is the Stables Market. 

Please note: if the Tube station Camden Town is very crowded, it will be closed and you can only exit the station. Then walk to the south to Mornington Crescent Station or to the north to Chalk Farm Station to take the tube.

General Information Camden Lock Market

Opening hours: Daily 10 am - 7 pm

Neighborhood: North London / Camden

Address: Camden Lock Place London, NW1 8AF

Closest Tube Station: Camden Town

What to buy: Street food, art, design

5. Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill

Top markets London - Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill

Portobello Road Market is additionally to Camden Market probably the most famous market in London. On Saturdays one of the largest antique markets worldwide takes place at Portobello Road. 

From Monday to Friday you can explore the street stalls at Portobello Road as well. On these days the focus is more on fashion and clothing, bric-a-brac, fruit and vegetables and street food than on antiques. 

On Sundays Notting Hill is well worth visiting, too. Although there are no market stalls, the shops and cafes at Portobello Road are open all day. Moreover, you have the chance to look at the colorful Victorian city houses in a calm atmosphere. 

General Information Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday approx. 9 am - 6.30 pm; Thursday 8 am - 1 pm (depends on the season and weather)

Opening hours antique market: Saturday approx. 9 am - 7 pm

Neighborhood: Notting Hill

Address: Portobello Road, London W11 1LA

Closest Tube Station: Notting Hill Gate 

What do buy: Antiques (especially on Saturdays), art, vegetables and fruits, street food, fashion, second hand goods, accessories, toys

6. Borough Market London

Top markets London - Borough Market

Tourists love to visit the oldest farmer´s market in London because of the delicious street food and the unique atmosphere. Some tourist may also come here because this market was one of many Harry Potter film locations. Locals like to buy their groceries here. Most of the more than 100 stalls are roofed and sell all kind of food like fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, cheese or sweets. Moreover, there are many nice restaurants and cafés which offer for example great coffee or the traditional British dish fish and chips.

General Information Borough Market London

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm (Not all stalls are open on Monday and Tuesday); Friday 10 am - 6 pm

Neighborhood: South London / Close to London Bridge

Address: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

Closest Tube Station: London Bridge

What to buy: Groceries, street food

7. Covent Garden Market London

Top markets London - Covent Garden Market

The neighborhood Covent Garden is very popular with tourists. It is always something going on here. During the day many street artist like magicians, musicians or acrobats entertain tourists at the main square, the so called Piazza. In the middle of this square is a beautiful market hall with some stalls but also cafés, restaurants and boutiques inside. The Apple Market, a craft market, is part of the Covent Garden Market and offers hand-made art and design.

General Information Covent Garden Market London

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Neighborhood: Westend

Address: 21 The Market, London WC2E 8RD

Closest Tube Station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square 

What to buy: Groceries, jewelry, accessories, fashion, art and craft

8. Greenwich Market London

Top markets London - Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is the only market in London which is located within a UNESCO world heritage site. Also this market is completely roofed and offers a wide range of goods: art, crafts, fashion, accessories, jewelry, beauty products and street food.

When visiting Greenwich Market also check out the neighborhood; for example Greenwich Park. Here runs the zero meridian and you have a great view over London. Also not far away from the Market is Greenwich Pier, where you can find the maritime museum and the entrance to a pedestrian tunnel, which runs under the Thames to the other side of the river.

General Information Greenwich Market London

Opening hours: Daily 10 am - 5.30 pm

Neighborhood: South London / Greenwich

Address: 5B Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ

Closest Station: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich (DLR) / The Tube station North Greenwich (Jubilee Line) can be reached via bus (129 / 188) from the bus stop National Maritime Museum 

What to buy: Art, craft, fashion, accessoires, beauty products, street food

9.Leadenhall Market London

Top markets London - Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is not a classical market because inside the beautiful passage aren´t any street stalls but small shops and restaurant. Nevertheless, the gorgeous building is well worth visiting. The shops are well known for delicacies like meat, cheese or wine but also Harry Potter fans like to come here because some of the movie scenes of Diagon Alley were shot here.

General Information Leadenhall Market London

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 am -18 pm 

Harry Potter fans can visit any time because the passage is always open. Don´t miss the optician in the Bulls Head Passage because this was used as the entrance of the Leaky Cauldron.

Neighborhood: North of London Bridge

Address: Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT

Closest Tube Station: Monument

What to buy: Groceries, delicacies, wine

10. Columbia Road Flower Market London

London´s most famous flower market is only open on Sundays. Then you can buy all kind of flowers and plants at Columbia Road. Although as a tourist you are probably not interested in buying a bouquet or a plant, it is great to see the colorful beautiful stalls.

General Information Columbia Road Flower Market London

Opening hours: Sunday 8 am - 2 pm

Neighborhood: East London / Shoreditch

Address: Columbia Road, London E2 7RG

Closest Station: Hoxton (Overground); Bethnal Green (Central Line); Queensbridge Road (Bus 28, 48, 55)

What to buy: Flowers, plants

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Kommentare: 9
  • #1

    Megan (Mittwoch, 21 Februar 2018 20:11)

    I LOVE markets when I travel - or, really, anytime. Been to London, but didn't visit Leadenhall, which I must change. And the Flower markets are always great with a camera. Thanks for the list!

  • #2

    C-Ludik (Donnerstag, 22 Februar 2018 14:20)

    I didn't know that there are so many markets in London ! I've only visited the Covent Garden Market & the Camden Market during my London trip few years ago. It’s great to see so many alternatives to the usual suspects on London itineraries ! It gives me an excuse for a return visit :-)

  • #3

    Kareemah (Donnerstag, 22 Februar 2018 14:25)

    There is just so much to do and see in London! I doubt the residents ever get bored of their city.
    Great list you put together. I particularly liked the Nottinghill market and the Leadenhall Market London. Hope to visit one day :)

  • #4

    ARI (Donnerstag, 22 Februar 2018 15:56)

    Such a great list. The sad thing is that every time I've been in London I have missed the markets. I need to make it a point to actually see SHOREDITCH especially which came highly recommended to me. Nottinghill is one of my favorite parts of London, but again, there weren't any markets on the day I visited.

  • #5

    Joy Generoso (Donnerstag, 22 Februar 2018 19:51)

    Would definitely love to visit all these markets and check out some of their offerings. Food tripping is my first agenda if I'll go there. :-)

  • #6

    Eve (Donnerstag, 22 Februar 2018 23:39)

    I just love Camden Market. Every time I'm in London I go there. However, I should try some of those you listed above next time.

  • #7

    Umiko Buhl (Freitag, 23 Februar 2018 06:02)

    I have no idea London has these many markets. I've never been to London but I heard about Covent Garden. Probably because it's a touristic area. Of course I would visit Borough Market when I get a chance to visit London. I want to see the Harry Potter film location there.

  • #8

    Madhu (Freitag, 23 Februar 2018 08:43)

    Exploring markets is always my agenda during my trips. It's interesting to know that London has so many markets to explore. Saving the post for later

  • #9

    Amrita Sen (Samstag, 24 Februar 2018 11:12)

    That is a good list of markets in London. Just reminded me of the number of markets back home. Will keep this in mind whenever I am at London