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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Couverture & The Garbstore
Husband and wife team Emily Dyson and Ian Paley opened Couverture & The Garbstore in March 2008; Emily’s Couverture shop was previously housed in Chelsea, while the Garbstore was a wholesale operation with a cult international fanbase. Upstairs in this fabulously renovated townhouse Couverture stocks clothes, accessories, jewellery, homewares, furniture and the odd vintage knick-knack. Garbstore, on the lower level, is the first stand-alone shop stocking Paley’s vintage-inspired label for men; every item is made using old-school techniques from the 1940s and ’50s (some of the garments, for instance, feature three-hole buttons that have to be hand-sewn on to the item). The shop also stocks footwear from Pistolero, womenswear from Humanoid and sweatshirts from Blue Blue Japan. Plus both shops stock exclusive label collaborations, such as the run of Garbstore X Reebok trainers. As featured in the 100 best shops in London
Venue says: “Sale now on - up to 40% off in store and online. When it comes to shops, Couverture & The Garbstore remains Notting Hill's best kept secret.”