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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We Built This City
London souvenir shops have never been cool. They’re usually the home of sharp-elbowed tourists, barging their way through aisles of wind-up London buses, unofficial royal memorabilia and Lil’ Wayne vests. Until now... We Built This City is the kind of gift shop you're happy to take your cousins to when they come to visit. After a successful stint in a pop-up venue, it's returned to Carnaby for the long haul, selling a selection of curated pieces from London artists inspired by the city around them. Red, white and blue are banned. Artists regularly drop in for live sessions, and you'll find art and design workshops in store, too. East London artist Camille Walala has even given the shop a super cool graphic look both inside and out. Put down the Kate and Wills tea towel, drop the Harry Styles mask and give We Built This City a go.
Venue says: “London-inspired gifts, souvenirs and artwork curated by 250+ artists, designers and makers. Find us at 56b Carnaby Street and online.”