Good for: food
On a sunny day, there is no more enoyable market in London – barbecues, grilling everything from juicy sausages from The Giggly Pig, or coconut milk-basted Mozambican chicken from stallholder Zambeziana, will be in full swing, with much of the neighbourhood congregating on the makeshift eating areas (wooden garden furniture, lawn chairs).
Good for: clothing, accessories
Though Brick Lane Market is an entity (and attraction) in itself, the banner has grown to encompass a motley array of markets in and around the East End hotspot. Brick Lane Market proper is where to head for tools, household goods and bargain fruit and veg sold by the bowl.
Good for: food, gifts
If you're after a picturesque shopping experience amidst Camden's sprawling collection of markets, head straight to the pleasant, waterside Camden Lock. Here you’ll find everything from corsets and children’s clothes to Japanese tableware and multicultural food stalls - and a lovely view of the barges travelling along the canal.
Good for: clothing, 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.
Good for: food
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”).
Good for: food, vintage, clothing
Clapton’s Chatsworth Road sure is old. In the ’30s it had up to 200 stalls peddling their wares up to five days a week. More than 40 stalls selling gourmet foods, vintage bric-a-brac, crafts, cakes and preserves, clothing, jewellery – and more than its fair share of hipsters.
Good for: flowers
One of London’s most visually appealing markets, Columbia Road overflows with bucketfuls of beautiful flowers every Sunday. There are bulbs, herbs, shrubs and bedding plants too. Alongside the Sunday market you’ll find a host of independent galleries and shops selling pottery, perfume and the like.
Good for: food
Part of the recent regeneration of Marylebone High Street under the auspices of landlord Howard de Walden Estates, Marylebone Farmers' Market is a relative newbie, running in a car park since June 2003. Sunday morning sees Marylebone mums and Waitrose types who aim to get their weekly shop done before a posh coffee and croissant on the nearby high street.
Good for: clothing, 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. Note, however, that the stalls are actually located in and around Middlesex Street – the Victorians deeming the road’s original name a touch too saucy.