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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Perched between Angel and Highbury & Islington stations, this neat little Italian cosmetics store is easy to reach and easy to browse. An affordable (not budget, but not outrageous either) range of soaps, candles, creams and more are smartly stacked on shelves and chunky, wooden islands that you wouldn't look out of place in a farmhouse kitchen. Having started life as a herbalist shop in the northern Italian city of Lodi in 1978, L'Erbolario specialise in more than simply beauty products. Visitors will also find pet shampoos and perfumes here, as well as wardrobe scents and something called 'baby foam'.