Saturday markets in London
A full list of markets which peddle their wares on a Saturday
Get down to a good day's shopping at London's Saturday markets, which can provide you with everything from locally-sourced vegan meals to vintage fur jackets. If you need a little respite from the trials of Oxford Street, Cabbages and Frocks is a delightfully serene affair, and if you're more interested in being seen than buying stuff, head east and spend a few hours floating around Broadway Market and Netil Market.
Good for: furniture, antiques
Alfie’s is packed to the rafters with handsome twentieth-century home decor, hosting more than 100 dealers in vintage furniture and fashion, art, accessories, books, maps and more. Dodo Posters do 1920s and ’30s ads.
- 13-25 Church Street, NW8 8DT
Good for: fruit and veg, lunch
This small, buzzy street market, in a sometimes sleazy area, is one of London’s oldest. These days its home to several good street food stalls so makes a great lunch venue on a sunny day.
- Berwick Street, Rupert Street, W1
- Critics choice
Good for: food, lunch
London’s oldest market – dating back to the 13th century – is also the busiest, and most popular for gourmet goodies. Here, traders satisfy the city’s insatiable appetite for beautifully displayed organic fruit and veg, cakes, bread, olive oil, fish, meat and booze.
- Southwark Street, SE1
Good for: food, cafés
Compared to the culinary homogeneity of Borough market et al, Brixton is a sensory fiesta. The air is thick with the sizzle of jerk chicken stalls, tinny reggae riddims and yam-based price disputes while the multi-coloured hues of exotic fish displays glimmer like a whiffy rainbow.
- Electric Avenue, Pope's Road, Brixton Station Road, SW9 8JX
Good for: food
If it’s Saturday, then it must be Hackney’s Broadway Market, at least as far as east London’s fashionably attired food-lovers are concerned. Many of the congregate on the market, picking up well-priced fresh fruit and veg, artisan cheeses, rare-breed meat, luscious cakes and indulging in top-notch snacking options from an array of hot food stalls.
- Broadway Market, E8 4PH
Good for: food, clothing
Held in the attractive cobbled yard of St Marylebone parish church, this market was started by food-loving fashionista Angela Cash. The Saturday crowd is drawn to a host of fashion retailers as well as mouthwatering grub.
- St Marylebone Parish Church Grounds, (Marylebone High Street), NW1 5LT
Good for: clothes, accessories, souvenirs
Camden’s sprawling collection of markets offers a real smörgåsbord of street culture. Wander past loitering goths and punks to join the throng of tourists, locals and random celebs fighting it out at the vast and varied selection of shops and stalls. Saturdays are not for the faint-hearted – crowds craving lava lamps, skull rings, fashion, interiors, music and vintage swarm about.
- Camden High St, (junction with Buck St), NW1 8NJ
Good for: antiques, gifts
Although something of a London institution, Covent Garden Market is too commercial and generally too crowded to provide a particularly characterful retail experience. However, the colonnaded 19th-century building is impressive, and occasionally some of the performers and entertainers can even be worth watching.
- Between King Street & Henrietta Street, WC2E 8RF
Good for: fruit and veg
If the bellowing, clattering traders selling a good mix of fruit, veg and tat aren’t Albert Square enough for you, then the frequent presence of a real life ‘EastEnders’ actor on the street might be – it’s not unusual to see locals Martin Fowler or Cindy Beale here picking their way through the apples and pears (“TWO PAND A PAAAAND”). Chapel Market has no airs and graces despite the Islington area that surrounds it having shot up in desirability over the past decade.
- Chapel St, N1
Good for: food, vintage
Most of Deptford Market is your standard south/east London fare: three-pack pants, timber wolf fleeces, Duracells and lighters. Halfway down its length, though, is a distended gut of impacted crap, presided over by two tennis umpires up stepladders who take money, dispense change and guard against pilfering.
- Douglas Way, Deptford High Street, SE8 3PQ
Good for: antiques and collectibles
There are plenty of stalls selling bric-a-brac, second-hand clothes, ethnic ornaments, CDs, crafts and jewellery galore at Greenwich Market.
- Off College Approach, SE10 9HZ
Good for: fruit and veg, accessories
A street market since Victorian times, there’s some quality veg, women’s clothes, decent jewellery and vintage shops.
- Lower Marsh, Westminster Bridge Rd to Baylis Rd, SE1 7AB
Good for: antiques
Decent fruit and veg, flowers, ceramics, vintage clothes, plus the Antiques Market (No 155A; 020 7228 6850) and some excellent independent shops.
- Northcote Road, SW11 6QB
Good for: food, gifts, lunch
While Broadway Market is clogged with whippet-walkers, busking indie bands and buggies, Netil Market (just a few steps away from the main drag) is an altogether more sedate affair. The small collection of stalls (usually about 15) offer a microcosm of Broadway Market with espresso coffee, gourmet baked goods, bric-a-brac, crafts and even a rotisserie.
- 11-25 Westgate St, E8 3RL
Good for: household goods
If the promenade of trendies at the nearby Spitalfields Market gets a little overbearing, head a few streets south to the famously salt-of-the-earth Petticoat Lane Market. Wares range from knocked-down toiletries to knocked-off designer clothing: batteries, cleaning products, fabrics, luggage, toys and everything in between are hawked at bargain prices while the area’s multicultural heritage shines through.
- Middlesex St, Glousten St, Toynbee St, Wentworth St, Bell Lane, Cobb St, , Leyden St, Strype St, E1 7EX
Good for: food, antiques
Portobello is actually several markets rolled into one, all penned in by Notting Hill Gate tube at one end and Ladbroke Grove tube at the other. The stalls start with antiques; further up are the grocers; and emerging designer and vintage threads are found under the Westway. Saturdays are manically busy so head out early, especially if you’re serious about buying antiques.
- Portobello Road, W11 1LU
Good for: food, household goods
Often overlooked in favour of its bigger, goth-tinged neighbours, Queen’s Crescent is one of Camden’s oldest markets, and within walking distance of Parliament Hill Fields and Primrose Hill.
- Queen's Crescent (Grafton Road to Malden Road), NW5 4HH
Good for: food
Everything from domestic and exotic fruit and veg, fish and meat to cheap clothes, household goods, toys, bric-a-brac and fabrics from Africa and India.
- Ridley Road (off Kingsland High Street), E8 2NP
Good for: food, haberdashery
While Shepherd’s Bush Market is just a hop and a skip away from Europe’s largest urban shopping centre at Westfield, it’s a world apart in every other sense. At this gritty, multicultural market you’ll find a fantastic range of ethnic foodstuffs (Indian, Caribbean, African and Polish). You’ll also see vivid print fabrics, goatskin rugs, saris, home furnishings, electronic equipment, CDs and DVDs.
- East side of railway viaduct, between Uxbridge Road & Goldhawk Road, W12 7JA
Good for: gifts, clothing
A multimillion-pound redevelopment project is currently in the midst of transforming what was the highlight of Camden's sprawling markets, Stables Market. The once boho Stables may soon become something a little more sterile, but for now you can still find vintage threads alongside crafts, antiques and the sprawling, re-housed Proud gallery and bar.
- Chalk Farm Rd, (opposite junction with Hartland Rd), NW1 8AH
Good for: food
A cross between a traditional market and a visit to India: fresh produce, spices and sari fabrics. The poultry and horse markets have now closed, after 300 years of trade.
- High Street (opp North Rd), Southall, UB1 3DG
Situated behind Croydon High Street and a row of nightclubs, kebab shops and the lights of Grant's Entertainment Centre is a small patch of Croydon that's fascinatingly timeless.
- Surrey Street, Croydon, CR0 1RJ
Tufnell Park was transformed more than five years ago by the arrival of the delicatessen Flavours on Campdale Road in what had previously been a foodie desert.
- Tufnell Park Rd, N7
Good for: food, household goods
Stretching between Vallance Road and Cambridge Heath Road, lively Whitechapel Market has every type of speciality Asian ingredient and spice you’ll ever need.
- Whitechapel Rd (Vallance Rd to Cambridge Heath Rd), E1 1DT
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