There’s no more colourful way to shop in London than by sampling its many markets. For those that take food seriously, all corners of the capital boast their own farmers’ markets, bringing locally grown produce to the table, while specialised markets like Columbia Road’s famous flower market packs a Victorian cobbled street with bargain blooms every Sunday.
As well as these more fashionable fairs, the capital has stubbornly retained many of its authentic ‘Albert Square’ style markets, selling no nonsense fruit and veg, bric-à-brac and cheap clothing. Here’s our comprehensive guide to the capital’s food, fashion and furniture markets.
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From weird and wonderful international cuisines, to great value seasonal produce sold by the pound, London’s best food markets offer variety and colour by the basketful. There is no more enjoyable way to shop than stall-hopping at one of these foodie fairs. Here are the best ones to tuck into.
Give food miles the green finger by shopping for your Sunday lunch at one of London’s best farmers’ markets. They’re a foodie heaven of organic bakeries, local handmade jams and edible flowers, and there’s even freshly prepared grub for you to refuel along the way.
Every week sees a new carpark or playground re-purposed into a new neighbourhood market. But how to find your latest local? Consult our guide to the newbies setting up stall with foodie fairs, vintage fashion fleas and bric-a-brac markets offering plenty of shopping and snacking inspiration. Also check out our guides to London's best food markets, London's best farmers' markets and London's best fashion markets.
There’s nothing like the thrill of a good fashion find, and one of the best places in London to hunt one down is at a fashion market. The capital has an abundance of vintage fairs, new designer showcases and street seconds stalls. Unearth some unique antiques midweek in the east and explore the vintage fashion world of the north with our pick of London’s best fashion markets. Love musty-smelling fashion? Check out our guides to London's best thrift stores and London's best charity shops.