The best fashion markets in London
From thrifty vintage finds to wise buys from new fashion labels – shun the high street in favour of a unique shopping haul from one of London’s best clothing markets
Fri May 2 2014
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.
The best weekend fashion markets
Held in the cobbled yard of St Marylebone Parish Church, this market was started by food-loving fashionista Angela Cash.
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 at the vast and varied selection of shops and stalls.
The market that spawned Sir Alan Sugar’s business success via a shampoo stall is back. Over 50 percent of traders live in the surrounding postcode areas, making the market a truly local affair.
Dusty Fingers, formerly a Tuesday evening market at the beautiful Clapton Round Chapel, is now a regular event on Sundays in the church. Entrance is £1.
Fashion Sunday is a new event celebrating upcoming, independent fashion design talent. It aims to give independent talent the opportunity to reach their audiences without coughing up huge figures for physical retail space.
Weekends see Greenwich Market packed with international tourists enjoying arts, craft and food stalls. Head over in the week to unearth unusual finds when the antiques and collectible dealers dominate.
Lower Marsh Market is rapidly expanding, after starting as a weekday foodie strip to service the Waterloo community with street eats for office workers.
Netil Market's small collection of stalls (usually about 15) offer a microcosm of Broadway Market. It’s the brainchild of a local creative community which has focused on giving space to local designers.
A small market with a stellar stall line-up focusing mainly on items for the home, there is also vintage clothing on sale for those who can’t live without a retro fashion fix.
Think Spitalfields is just for Sunday? Think again, as the market debuts Style Saturdays – a new weekly event dedicated to fashion stalls.
Vying for attention in the market heavy Brick Lane, though frankly the biggest draw by far, is the Sunday UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery.
Village Green is a young weekly Sunday market in the heart of Hackney. Its smattering of stalls include an array of hangover-worthy food and twee vendors selling everything from pickles to prints.