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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North One Garden Centre
Enjoying a string of awards since opening in the late 1990s, North One Garden Centre has grown from a small backyard independent to a boutique-style gardener's essential with an array of shrubs and indoor plants. The North One team knows their urban clientele well and the site is dressed like an interiors magazine, with garden design furniture and chic accessories (it's a gnome-free zone). But for all its designer's eye, it's hugely practical too with a good range of solid tools, Franchi heirlooms seeds, and friendly and knowledgeble service. They can also deliver, too. In 2011 the North One team opened West Six, another garden centre in, um, W6.
Venue says: “N1 is a life enhancing garden centre in the heart of London, created out of passion and expertise.”