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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This famous market has been around for quite a while, with its history stretching all the way back to 1737. What the original stallholders would make of today's mix of record stores, fashion shops, contemporary art galleries, tattoo studios and spas is anyone's guess. They'd probably be okay with the antiques, though. The market is open throughout the week, with many of the venues open every day but some sellers operating on specific days. Shops include Rush Hair, The Flood Gallery, Beadoir Jewellery, Beauty and the Bib, Oliver Bonas and Waterstone's. Restaurants include Bill's, Champagne + Fromage, Cafe Rouge, Sticks 'n' Sushi, GBK and Bianco 43.
Venue says: “4-day Meet the Makers 26-29 May. Artists, designer makers, woodturners, jewellers & sculptors workshops! Park It in the Market Thurs 25 May.”