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The best flea markets in London

Need an old doll’s head or a vintage suitcase? Here’s our pick of the best flea, antiques and junk markets in London

Chris Waywell
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Chris Waywell
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London is positively bursting with markets: you can go to Borough Market for food and Columbia Road for flowers; but where do you go when you’re looking for something you didn’t even realise you wanted? To the humble flea, of course! To help you on your hunt for secondhand gems, we’ve selected the best junk and antiques markets in London. Whether you’re looking for antique furniture, shiny silverware, vintage accessories or just enjoy having a good old rummage through other people’s cast-off tat, here’s our pick of London’s best flea markets and secondhand fairs to spend your weekends wandering around. Time to get your barter on. 

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London’s best flea markets

Alfies Antique Market
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  • Lisson Grove

Housed in a huge art deco building, Alfies Antique Market has been one of London’s top spots for collectors, celebs and bargain hunters for more than 40 years. Everything is carefully curated, and this is reflected in the prices, but if you’re serious about picking up a beautiful one-of-a-kind gem, this huge antiques arcade is hard to beat.

Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. More details here.

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  • Bermondsey

You’ll find china, silver and glassware shimmering in the morning light at Bermondsey Antiques Market. Early birds will be rewarded with bargains and first dibs on jewellery, eighteenth-century Italian paintings and old French maps. The way Londoners shop has changed drastically since the market’s inception in 1855, but a rummage through the dusty offerings here still feels like you’ve wandered into a Dickens novel (something you really don’t get at Westfield). 

Every Friday, 6am-2pm. Check in advance here

 

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Brick Lane UpMarket
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  • Brick Lane

Though Brick Lane Market boasts a variety of markets, the biggest draw by far is the weekend UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery. You’ll find a buzzing crowd of arty students, bona-fide East End locals and hip attention-seekers riffling through vintage stalls, quirky crafts by up-and-coming designers, and stacks of old vinyl. 

Saturdays 11am-5.30pm; Sundays 10am-5pm. Check in advance here.

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  • Clapton

Clapton’s Chatsworth Road Market sure is old. In the ’30s it had 200 stalls peddling their wares five days a week. After the war, the market dwindled and finally petered out in 1990 leaving Chatsworth Road bereft. Chatsworth returned regularly in 2010, thanks to a campaign from locals and traders. Now you’ll find more than 40 stalls selling ethically sourced garb from India, natural knitting wool, vintage clothes and accessories alongside stalls showcasing the work of local designers, plus gourmet food, cakes and preserves – and more than its fair share of hipsters. 

Sun 11am-4pm. More details here.

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  • Covent Garden

The charming covered market hall located beside Covent Garden’s famous Piazza is open every day for a variety of stalls. Mondays from 5am-5pm are devoted to antiques and collectables. Browsers will find an eclectic array of knick-knacks, including porcelain plates, old coins, art deco figurines and legend ‘John the Hat’, who has flogged steel and silver cutlery here for more than 20 years. 

Mon 5am-5pm (antiques and collectables). More details here

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  • Deptford

Deptford Market on the High Street is a regular street market (pants, rugs, fruit and veg), with a side arm of proper dead-nan junk attached. On Douglas Way by the Albany, there’s a sprawling, messy mass of stallholders peddling everything under the sun. Sorting through half-used tins of talcum powder and broken electronics makes finding the treasure even more rewarding, but (generally) don’t attempt to barter for it. Prices are dirt cheap and traders have no time for punters they think are taking the piss.

Every Wed, Fri and Sat, 9am-5.30pm. More details here.

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Flea at Vinegar Yard
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This weekly vintage and makers market in Vinegar Yard SE1, brings heaps of antiques, clothing, homeware, books, bikes and cameras. It’s is less about old junk and more about careful curation. With its colourful display of eclectic goods, you’ll definitely end up leaving with something. It just probably won't be what you came for.

Sat and Sun 11am-5pm. More details here.

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  • Greenwich

Greenwich’s long-established covered market boasts daily arts and craft stalls, with a few decent food traders too. Antiques and collectables dealers join them on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, trading in jewellery, vintage clothes, old books, 1950s and ’60s ceramics, lamps, cameras and more. There are also vintage stalls at the weekends at the foot of Crooms Hill and beside Greenwich Picturehouse cinema.

Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-5.30pm. More details here.

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Hackney Flea Market
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  • Stoke Newington

Set in the busy heart of Stoke Newington’s Church Street, Hackney Flea Market offers an eclectic range of items including jewellery, vintage fabrics, mid-mod furniture, old maps and kitchenalia. Homemade delicacies are on hand throughout the day, as well as DJs, to keep sugar levels and spirits high. The organisers also run Peckham Salvage Yard, one of London’s largest outdoors weekend markets, where you can get your hands on vintage threads, twee ceramics, atomic-age electricals and antique luggage. 

Check here for future dates. 

Kingsland Market
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Opened in 1880 as a ‘waste’ market for people to trade unwanted goods, this Hackney hotspot was once the place to go for secondhand stuff, but by 2015 trading had dwindled to just one stall. The new market runs weekly on Saturdays. In keeping with 138 years of tradition, there are stalls selling secondhand bargains, vintage goods and collectables, antiques, and also the occasional ‘waste’ trader. Long live Kingsland Market!

Sat, 9am-5pm. More details here.

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North London Vintage Market
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  • Muswell Hill

A small market with a stellar stall line-up focusing mainly on items for the home. Look out for quirky pieces such as tea sets from the ’30s, coat hooks from the ’50s and printed curtains from the ’60s. Kitchen finds aside, there’s also vintage clothing on sale for those who can’t live without a retro fashion fix – items range from brooches and petticoats to tea dresses and handbags.

Check here for future dates. 

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  • Spitalfields

Though not everyone is a fan of the redevelopment of Spitalfields (particularly those pushed out by the rising rents), the market has had a new lease of life. The East End stalwart now comprises the refurbished 1887 covered market and the adjacent modern shopping precinct. Every Thursday there’s a good antiques market with Victoriana, mid-mod classics and ’60s/’70s/’80s homeware kitsch. There’s also the Vinyl Market on the first and third Fridays of the month, with everything from obscure ’60s psychedelia to ’90s New York hip hop.

Thu, 8am-5pm. More details here

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  • Portobello Road

Best known for antiques and collectables, Portobello Road is actually several markets rolled into one: antiques start at the Notting Hill end; further up are food stalls; under the Westway and along the walkway to Ladbroke Grove are emerging designer and vintage clothes on Fridays (marginally less busy) and Saturdays (invariably manic). 

Mon-Wed 9am-6pm, Thu 9am-1pm, Fri 9am-7pm (antiques), Sat 9am-7pm (antiques). More details here.

Sunbury Antiques Market
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  • Surrey

For those willing to travel OUTSIDE LONDON, this bi-monthly market is well worth a trek. A hotspot for professional prop buyers, it’s also great for average joes looking for anything-but-average homeware. It attracts European traders too, so you don’t have to cross the Channel for your French farmhouse furniture. A second location at Sandown Park Racecourse means double the vintage joy. Get there early (6.30am!) for the pick of the litter.

Check here for future dates. 

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  • Walthamstow

Whatever your heart desires, you’ll find it in this rabbit warren of a building in Walthamstow. There are food stalls, beauty shops, jewellery makers and more at Wood Street. What it’s absolutely best at, though, is old stuff: vintage clothes, antique homeware, retro toys. There’s even a football-memorabilia shop. Best of all? It’s all under cover, so makes for the perfect rainy day out.

Tue-Sat and first Sun of the month, 10am-5.30pm. More details here.

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