London’s best markets
29 July 2021
Finally we’re able to get out and about a bit more, and there’s more opportunity to explore all the weird and wonderful things London has to offer! London’s markets offer a huge range of things to spend that student loan or your hard-earned cash on, so read our top picks.
Borough market is located just next to London Bridge, and has a wide range of stalls ranging from spices, cheese, fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and specialist produce from all around the world. And if it’s something to eat straight away you’re after, Borough Market has you covered. From Argentine empanadas to Taiwanese bao, Spanish tortilla, Mexican tacos de pastor, Singaporean laksa, Dorset oysters, Jamaican jerk – I could go on – there’s something for everyone here! Find out more.
Maltby Street Market
Described by some as a smaller, calmer version of Borough Market, Maltby Street Market has a great range of street food traders as well as a range of concessions, including a Spanish bodega, wine bar, barbershop, florist and local produce stores. Open everyday including weekends! Find out more.
Seven Dials Market
This food market in the heart of Covent Garden has 11 ‘micro-restaurants’, including the world’s first cheese conveyor belt. The perfect place to stop by if you’re nearby after a spot of shopping, sightseeing, or a theatre trip. Find out more.
Brick Lane has a range of traders selling all sorts of things from vintage clothes and antiques to jewellery, art, and more. Amble down the whole length of the road to take in the smells of curry houses and take some pics for the ‘gram.
Make sure you don’t leave Brick Lane before you buy a bagel – filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese or salt beef (or grab half a dozen to take home!). There are two shops at the top of the market (choose carefully: once you’ve made your allegiance, you can’t change!). Find out more.
Columbia Road Market
Every Sunday from 8am to 2pm, traders bring fresh cut flowers and indoor and outdoor plants for you to amble amongst. It’s an amazing sight with brilliant colours and interesting plants on offer – make sure you take some home with you to brighten up your room. Find out more.
Out east in Hackney, Netil Market is a great spot for some tacos, bao, falafel and pitta, along with some tasty coffee and beautiful ceramics, with it’s best offerings on a Saturday. You can even check out the nearby Broadway market on Saturdays, lounge in London Fields and pop by one of Hackney’s many sourdough bakeries nearby. Find out more.
Greenwich Market is home to lots of traders, and yep, you guessed with – with food, antiques, and fashion! Open 7 days a week, this market has plenty to keep you entertained – and since you’re in the area, make sure you pop over to Greenwich Park for some amazing views of the city. Find out more.
Herne Hill Market
Herne Hill Market is a small, locals affair taking place every Sunday. They focus on locally produced foods and arts and crafts made within 100 miles of the market, which takes place in South London. With more than 50 traders, this award-winning market is a great place to while away a few hours on a Sunday, and to pick up some super fresh produce to cook at home. Find out more.
The huge Mercato Metropolitano is right next to Elephant and Castle, with 40 vendors, community projects and even a microbrewery. The marketplace is a hub for foods from across the world, and events make this a great place to spend time with friends. It’s an impressive building inside a disused paper factory! Find out more.
Over in West London, Portobello Market claims to be the best known street market in the world. They recommend you visit on a Saturday to get the full experience complete with street stalls and open shops, filled to the brim with antiques, vintage fashion, and even lots of food vendors. Find out more.
Brixton Village and Market Row
Right in the heart of Brixton, these markets combined have over 140 businesses, many of which are small and independent, and many of whom have been trading there for over 20 years. Whether you want to buy the ingredients for you next meal, materials for crafts, meeting friends or even listening to live music, there’s something for you. There is a real buzz and the markets represent Brixton’s local communities, with roots across Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Find out more.
There are three Boxparks in London: Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley. They bring together food, drinks and entertainment in a pretty amazing assortment of shipping containers. Whether it’s a night out with friends you’re after, or some shopping, there’s an amazing array of traders waiting for you. Find out more.