A Sampling Of The Best Markets In London

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.
 

Portobello Market in Notting Hill

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

Best Markets In London - Portobello

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.

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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.
 

Camden Markets

Address: Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AF
Opening Times: Every Day 10:00AM – 6:00PM

camden lock

Camden Lock is the heart of these sprawling and busy markets, filled with vintage clothing, bizarre specialty stores, ethnic wares and mouthwatering food.

camden market 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!

camden liquid nitrogen ice cream

camden ice cream
 

Columbia Road Flower Market

Address: Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG
Opening Times: Sunday 8:00AM – 1:00PM

Columbia road flower market

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.

columbia road flower markets

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

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…

cake hole
 

Borough Market

Address: Borough High Street, Borough, London, SE1 9DE
Opening Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Thursday 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Friday 12:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday Closed

Burough markets

You want something to eat after all that vintage and flower shopping? It’s time for Borough.

Borough vegetables

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.

meringues at borough market

A steaming hot coffee and a blueberry tart for breakfast? Yes please. There may have also been several cups of cider consumed. It was Christmas time after all!

Borough food

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?

9 Responses to “A Sampling Of The Best Markets In London”

  1. Miruna says:

    Markets are always first on my list, wherever I go. I love the colors, the flavors and the vibe in these places. Definitely, one of the best ways to experience the true taste of a city. Lovely photos!

  2. Stephen S. says:

    Much love for Camdem market. Camdem also has some great bars, like one they converted from an old horse stable. I had a wild night there (err.. I think). Cool place to check out if your still in London. Good work with the drawing pad!

    • Trudy says:

      haha yeh I think we have been there! We have seen such messy things happen in Camden. Unfortunately we won’t be in London again for awhile but it was awesome!

  3. To really enjoy Borough Market on a Saturday you need to get there early. It’s become so popular that it’s rammed by midday and not the chilled & relaxed experience it was say 5 to 10 years ago.

    It’s well worth the effort of getting there earlier – you get to see all of the stalls, goods on offer, free samples and great vibe without having to fight your way through a mass of people.

  4. Maris King says:

    Sounds like you are having so much fun in the markets of London and that seems very nice. By the way I love those apples actually.

  5. Kaitlin says:

    Camden market was one cool market place, it was a huge mixture of culture and fashion (although I never got to see the liquid nitrogen ice cream)

  6. David says:

    Theres a nice little market in Greenwich, not sure if you’ve checked it out or if it still exist (was a few years ago). Anyway, seeing your images makes me feel slightly jealous, here in Malaga we have fresh food markets (ingredients) but very few markets where food is prepared and ready to sell. Anyway, thanks for the share, nice photos too.

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