Trudy rounds up the best markets in London to visit so that those backpacking through can get out there and enjoy the markets too!
London is fantastic. It’s a lively, exciting, vibrant city brimming with things to do and places to go.
When visiting London I think it’s always best to choose a couple of things you really want to do and make sure you get them done, otherwise you will get caught up in the whirlwind of opportunities and you may walk away not having done something that was always on your London to-do list.
Markets are one of my favourite ways of truly getting to know a city so during my four visits during the last year and a half I always tried to get to a market and cram in a bit of browsing and photo-taking.
Address: Portobello Road, 72 Tavistock Road, London, W11 1AN
Opening Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 8:00AM- 6.30PM
Thursday 8:00AM – 1:00PM
Notting Hill may be teeming with tourists but I still love it. The history around here is amazing (Abbey Road is just around the corner) and the colours, cute little terrace houses and bustling markets really bring it to life.
If you are looking for gorgeous little cafes, beautiful old prints and some fantastic vintage markets make sure you hit up Portobello Road Markets and the surrounding area.
Address: Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AF
Opening Times: Every Day 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Camden Lock is the heart of these sprawling and busy markets, filled with vintage clothing, bizarre specialty stores, ethnic wares and mouthwatering food.
Make sure you visit Chin Chin Brew Bar for some amazing liquid nitrogen ice cream – it’s awesome to watch it being made and the unique flavours are so good!
Address: Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG
Opening Times: Sunday 8:00AM – 1:00PM
I only visited Columbia Road Flower Market on my last visit to London in early December. I was staying with a friend and really wanted to see the Rob Ryan store so we went for a Sunday outing to Columbia Road.
It doesn’t take long to walk around the market but hearing all the stall holders yell out “Bunch of roses for a 5er!” is so much fun.
Ryantown is of course a must do for all art lovers and make sure you duck into Cake Hole for a cupcake and some vintage crockery browsing. It’s funny the stuff that Mum and I used to pick up at the local country op shops when I was a kid now go for big bucks in London…
Address: Borough High Street, Borough, London, SE1 9DE
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Thursday 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Friday 12:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
You want something to eat after all that vintage and flower shopping? It’s time for Borough.
One of my besties lives just up the road from these markets so I visited several times when I stayed with her and she had to go to work.
Remember, don’t drop in on a Sunday, as the market is closed (which seems silly for a food market but that’s the way it is).
Been to any good markets in London lately? What are your favourites?