Snap up a bargain at the London markets
When visiting London, you should never leave without a trip to some of the many markets scattered around the city. Sit with a coffee in Covent Garden to watch the street artists, dip into another culture with the food market at Spitalfields, or seek out studs and spikes at one of the punk stalls in Camden. Whatever your preferences, there’ll be something to suit you. Remember to head out early since by lunchtime many of the markets will be packed with people. Check out our ‘pick of the bunch’ London markets below.
Snap up a bargain at Portobello Market
Tourists visiting London during the coming weeks may wish to consider paying a visit to Portobello Market. Located in the west of the capital, the market stretches for approximately two miles, dissecting the Notting Hill area made famous by the film of the same name – it is one of the most famous street markets in the world! You may have seen the market in its full glory on films such as Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Notting Hill or heard the Dire Straits sing ‘Portobello Belle’, a song heavily related to the road and market stalls.
A wide variety of goods ranging from fruit and vegetables to antiques, and from fashionable clothing to second-hand gems, are available from the various stalls, with Saturday being the ideal day for shoppers hoping to pick up a bargain to pay a visit.
Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gage
‘Bargains galore’ at Brick Lane Market
Shoppers hoping to pick up a bargain during their stay in London may wish to pay a visit to the city’s Brick Lane Market, which takes place every Sunday in the East End of the capital. A wide range of products are always on sale, ranging from second-hand CDs and DVDs to clothes and furniture.
The market is a haven for young people hoping to find bargain retro and Art Deco items, however those thinking of attending will have to prepare for an early start, as it opens at 08:00 GMT and closes around 14:00 GMT.
Every September, Brick Lane plays host to the Bangla Town International Curry Festival, which takes place over a two-week period and coincides with the Brick Lane Music Festival.
Nearest Tube: Aldgate East
Food aplenty available at Borough Market
Visitors to London looking to sample the culinary treats the capital has to offer may wish to visit Borough Market, home to a wide variety of specialist foods.
According to its official website, the market, which is located on the south bank of the Thames, has occupied its current site for 250 years and sells a range of goods, with mouth watering meat, freshly caught fish, home grown vegetables, juicy fruit and much more available to purchase that will excite your palate.
Split into four areas, shoppers are advised to get there early and bring a strong bag to carry their purchases. Trust us – you will end up buying something!
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Ignore the “cloned” high street and head to Spitalfields
Tourists in London who wish to “escape the cloned high street” and discover some hidden gems are advised by to head down to Spitalfields.
Located towards the cool and cultural east end of London, the market offers everything from fashion and arts to interiors and property. The International Food Village has an abundance of restaurants and bars where visitors can eat, hang out or just enjoy a drink in the busy and atmospheric surroundings of London.
Our top tip – a popular shop near to Old Spitalfields Market is Beyond Retro. Located on Cheshire Street, this large store has a massive array of vintage clothing and accessories which may be well worth taking the time to rummage around in.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street Station
Camden Town Market
When visiting London it is probably inevitable that some shopping will be on the agenda. Instead of hitting the usual high street haunts, exploring some of the city’s markets and secretive side streets could prove to be a far more interesting retail experience for tourists.
Camden has five indoor and outdoor markets, each with a different feel to it. Open seven days a week, everything from traditional and contemporary jewellery to clothes and gifts are on sale, along with food and home furnishings such as mirrors, paintings and prints. Many guests have come back to Generator London with large smiles on their face and visiting Camden market. Camden is also home to the Roundhouse and the Electric Ballroom, two of the most popular music venues in London. Take a look at a Camden day out blog from one of our London hostel guests.
Nearest Tube: Camden Town.