Check out my quick guide to the top 5 Markets in London
This famous market in classy Notting Hill boasts of the world’s largest antiques market, as well as numerous bric-a-brac stalls and yummy organic, and international food stalls. It started life as small country lane with a few traders serving the local farming community. In the late 1800s there was a housing boom in the area, and with it the market expanded to the vibrant bustling market we see today. Its fame has even spread as far as Hollywood, and it’s featured in numerous films, most famously Nottting Hill. It is a favourite of tourists and celebrities who visit to shop at its many stalls and watch its talented live musicians on every corner.
Quirky fact: George Orwell live at 22 Portobello Road in the 1920s, whilst researching his book Down and Out in Paris and London. His house is today marked by a Blue Plaque
Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate or Ladbroke Grove Station
If its food you’re after a visit to the culinary heaven that is Borough Market is a must! There has been a food market here since the 1300s. Today it is a great place to visit and sample every kind of food you can imagine, and you are guaranteed to get fresh quality food. Its not just a tourist attraction but this market serves many award winning London restaurants and chefs including Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey
Quirky fact: The rounded Victorian Globe pub in Borough Market was the setting of Bridget Jones home, in the famous movie.
Nearest station: London Bridge or Borough
Probably the most famous market in London, Covent Garden is a beautiful covered market. You will mainly find arts and crafts, and artistic souvenir items here but at any time of the day its well worth a visit for its vibrant atmosphere. There is plenty to see and do there. There is always a street performer to entertain you, there is also the impressive London transport museum or of a evening you can attend a performance at the Royal Opera House. Or you can just sit back and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many piazza cafes.
Quirky fact: London’s frist female public toilet was situated on near by Bedford Street in the 1850s. The guys toilet was located a few miles down the road at Fleet Street.
Nearest Station: Covent Garden or Charring Cross
For culture, check out the very alternative Camden Market. A short walk from Camden Station, Camden Lock Markets nestled on the side of the Regents Canals is well worth a visit. Once inside be sure to venture deep into the market and loose yourself in the old Stables. The twisty turny lanes of The Stables are reminiscent of a Moroccan souk. Look out (or rather you can’t miss) the incredible, incredibly large, horse sculptures dotted around. Be sure also to get something to eat here or across the road (opposite Camden Lock Market entrance), where you can grab a bite and sit at your leisure on an old moped, over looking the canals.
Quirky Fact: Be sure to check out he Hawley Arms pub just the other side of the railway bridge. This pub was the famous hang out Amy Winehouse, as well as playing impromptu gigs, she was known to occasionally get behind the bar and pull pints for punters.
Nearest Station: Camden Town or Chalk Farm
For all things quirky combined with a great day out, head over the beautiful Greenwich and Greenwich Market. This quaint market sells bespoke items among other things hand crafted jewellery, gifts beauty products, and even stylish gift foods. Aside from the market it is worth exploring historic Greenwich check out the restored Cutty Sark, or wander around the stunning historic Royal Naval College, or head up the hill to the Greenwich Observatory to enjoy stunning views of the city. A day out to Greenwich is an absolute must for any visitor or resident of London.
Quirky fact: check out the Thames Foot Tunnel. Is the last remaining Victorian pedestrian tunnel left under the Thames. This eerie damp tunnel was opened in 1902. Entrance just next to the Cutty Sark.
Nearest Station: Greenwich Cutty Sark or Greenwich