There’s nothing like spending a weekend morning strolling through a market to pick up whatever you fancy cooking that evening. London has some of the best foodie markets. On top of that, the city is filled with other variety markets which I personally think no other city in the world can rival. If you’re looking for the next one to visit, here are my favourites:
Borough Market – foodie paradise. Grab farm to table goodies, as well as grab and eat delicacies as you browse the rest. Plenty of pubs around for a drink while you wander too. What else could you need?
8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL / 020 7407 1002
Rosewood’s Sunday Slow Food & Living Market – a compact but completely photogenic and perfect little market. Set against the majestic Rosewood Hotel in their main courtyard, it’s what I think of when I think “European local market”…
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN / 020 7781 8888
Maltby Street / Ropewalk Market – neighboring Borough market in nearby Southwark, this place is small and tucked away. It has the well known St. John’s bakery, along with a really cool furniture / home decor store called Lassco, which is guaranteed to catch the eye.
41 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA
Portobello Road Market – everything from antiques to collectibles. Some of it looks like it may have come from your grandmother’s house, but repurposed and refreshed, you can grab something that will pack character for your home.
Portobello Road, London, W10 5TA / 020 7727 7684
Marylebone Farmer’s Market – Sundays only farmer’s market located in the heart of Marylebone.
Cramer Street Car Park, Cramer St, London W1U 4EW / 020 7833 0338
Spitalfields Market – A large covered market in the East of London full of anything and everything you can think of, including lots of food trucks with some of London’s best!
Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW / 020 7375 2963
Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch – usually packed with eateries and some of the usual suspects selling t-shirts and touristy items. However, the Truman Brewery also frequently hosts visiting crafts and similar markets, like the Renegade Craft Fair. These are fantastic displays of independent design! It’s a great place to see multiple markets at once.
91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL
Columbia Road Flower Market – absolutely stunning, especially on a sunny day. This is a busy but plentiful flower market and the prices are unbelievable – go here if you want to deck out your place like a greenhouse! Everything is beautiful and the road also has other home goods and art shops around, as well as some vintage sellers. It’s so much more than just a flower market… I love it!
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
Greenwich Market – a wonderful local market with quite a lot going on usually. Shops and independent traders with unique goods on offer. Tons of delicious eateries!
Greenwich Market, 5b Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ / 020 8269 5096
Soutbank Centre Market – very small but active, usually filled with foodie vendors. Nice stop over for a snack when strolling along the South Bank of the Thames!
Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX / 020 7960 4200
Jubilee Market at Covent Garden – mostly touristy but a beautiful central and lively location. A must do as you simply cannot miss Covent Garden itself as a visitor or even if you live in London!
1 Tavistock St, London WC2E 8BD / 020 7379 4242
Camden Lock – grungy and cool, Camden Lock is a mix of all kinds of bizarre and eclectic goods, along with some cool food stalls as well. The entire area has decent restaurants, so certainly worth a look. Camden Lock (amongst other Camden markets) follows a canal path, so it’s a nice setting too.
56 Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF / 020 3763 9900
West Hampstead Farmers Market – small and local, you could discover some independent sellers of farm to table foods.
Iverson Rd, London NW6 1XF / 020 7833 0338
Swiss Cottage Market -similar to the West Hampstead Farmers market, except located in Swiss Cottage and a bit smaller. Again, local, local, local. This one is Wednesdays only though!
Eton Ave, London NW3 3EP
Smithfield Market – one for the earlybirds (starts at 2AM!)and definitely not for vegetarians. Quality wholesale meat market – but they sell small enough amounts for you to cater your next dinner party. Restaurants buy from here
Buyers Walk, City of London, EC1A 9PS
Billingsgate -further East and located in Canary Wharf, Billingsgate is another early wholesale market, except its for fish. Restaurants buy here too and its the same recommendation as Smithfield – get there early!