Thursday markets in London

Browse antiques in peace or pick up fresh groceries at London's Thursday markets

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Thursday is a great day to call in on Spitalfields Market, which hosts a weekly antiques and vintage market that's normally quiet and pleasant to browse. There is a wide choice of daily fruit and veg markets across the capital too – with wares sold by bellowing traders and offering great value.

Alfie's Antique Market

Good for: 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.

  1. 13-25 Church Street, NW8 8DT
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Berwick Street Market

Good for: food, lunch
This small, buzzy street market, in a sometimes sleazy area, is one of London’s oldest. On weekdays it hosts a great selection of street food stalls over the lunchtime rush hour.

  1. Berwick Street, Rupert Street, W1
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Brixton Market

Good for: food
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.

  1. Electric Avenue, Pope's Road, Brixton Station Road, SW9 8JX
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Borough Market

Good for: food, lunch
London’s oldest market – dating back to the thirteenth century – is also the busiest, and the most popular for gourmet goodies. Traders satisfy the city’s insatiable appetite for artisan cheeses and ham from acorn-fed pigs. If food is your thing, then Borough, with its abundance of beautifully displayed organic fruit and veg, cakes, bread, olive oil, fish, meat and booze, is the place to go.

  1. Southwark St, SE1 1TL
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Camden Market

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.

  1. Camden High St, (junction with Buck St), NW1 8NJ
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Chapel Street Market

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.

  1. Chapel St, N1
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Covent Garden Market

Good for: food, crafts
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.

  1. Between King Street & Henrietta Street, WC2E 8RF
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Greenwich Market

Good for: antiques, food
There are plenty of stalls selling bric-a-brac, second-hand clothes, ethnic ornaments, CDs, crafts and jewellery galore at Greenwich Market. Thursday is best time for unearthing unusual finds and provides a selection of stalls dealing in antique jewellery, vintage clothes, old books, music and collectibles – the Calneva Vintage stall with its cool 1950s and ’60s homewares, ceramics, lamps, handbags and compacts is just one such example.

  1. Off College Approach, SE10 9HZ
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Leather Lane

Good for: food, lunch
Popular, upbeat lunchtime market selling cut-price clothing and household items, plus flowers, gifts, fruit and veg and excellent street food.

  1. Greville St and Clerkenwell Rd, EC1N 7RG
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Lower Marsh Market

Good for: food, clothes, jewellery
A street market since Victorian times, there’s some quality veg, women’s clothes, decent jewellery and vintage shops.

  1. Lower Marsh, Westminster Bridge Rd to Baylis Rd, SE1 7AB
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Northcote Road Market

Good for: food, antiques
Decent fruit and veg, flowers, ceramics, vintage clothes, plus the Antiques Market (No 155A; 020 7228 6850) and some excellent independent shops.

  1. Northcote Road, SW11 6QB
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Old Spitalfields Market

Good for: antiques
Though not everyone is a fan of the recent redevelopment of Spitalfields (particularly those pushed out by the rising rents), the market has been afforded a new lease of life. The East End stalwart now comprises the refurbished 1887 covered market and the adjacent modern shopping precinct.

  1. Brushfield St, E1 6DT
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Portobello Road Market

Good for: antiques, clothes
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.

  1. Portobello Road, W11 1LU
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Petticoat Lane Market

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. 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.

  1. Middlesex St, Glousten St, Toynbee St, Wentworth St, Bell Lane, Cobb St, , Leyden St, Strype St, E1 7EX
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Queen's Crescent Market

Good for: food
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.

  1. Queen's Crescent (Grafton Road to Malden Road), NW5 4HH
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Ridley Road Market

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.

  1. Ridley Road (off Kingsland High Street), E8 2NP
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Shepherd's Bush Market

Good for: food, household goods
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).

  1. East side of railway viaduct, between Uxbridge Road & Goldhawk Road, W12 7JA
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Smithfield Market

Good for: meat
Smithfield Market (also known as London Central Market) provides a colourful link to an age when the quality of British beef was a symbol of national virility and good humour.

  1. Charterhouse St, EC1A 9PQ
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Stables Market

Good for: clothing, gifts
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.

  1. Chalk Farm Rd, (opposite junction with Hartland Rd), NW1 8AH
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Walthamstow Market

Good for: food
This is the longest market in Europe, with loads of fruit-and-veg stalls, a good selection of Asian and Caribbean products, fabric, flowers and more.

  1. 192 High Street, E17 7JH
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Whitechapel Market

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.

  1. Whitechapel Rd (Vallance Rd to Cambridge Heath Rd), E1 1DT
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Whitecross Street

Good for: food, lunch
Whitecross Street Market started in 2007 as a monthly operation, but fast turned into a weekly event with its own slick website and Facebook group. An energetic collection of food stalls appears every Thursday and Friday, such as Luardo's, purveyor of Latin American street food and Mario and Carol's Italian food stall.

  1. Whitecross St, EC1
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sally lees
sally lees

What about Leadenhall Market in the City of London. A very small market but with some beautiful stuff!