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Three marvellous London fashion markets

The best market spots for bagging an unexpected bargain in London


Time Out reader Sarah Richards has lived in east London for 20 years and has her own market stall selling handmade bags. Here she spills her shopping secrets and talks us through her favourite London markets. Feeling inspired? Make a beeline for one of the capital's best fashion markets, or check out the tasty offerings at the capital's food markets and bargains at London's best car-boots sales.

Three of London's best fashion markets

Things to do, Literary events

Old Spitalfields Market


Open seven days a week. this market has a real variety of stalls. There is a record fair on the first and third Friday of the month, where punters can stock up on rare vinyl. Every third Saturday the market is taken over by vintage fairs and a designer-maker market. It's under cover so you can shop whatever weather London has in store. This summer I gorged on gelato and drank a few too many mojitos.

Mon-Wed 10am-5pm; Thu, Sun 9am-5pm; Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 11am-5pm.

Shopping, Vintage shops

Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road

Start at Goldborne Road for bric-a-brac, then veer right on to Portobello Green Market. You'll find a great selection of vintage fashions - get there before 9am on Fridays for the best picks. Carry on down the main stretch for new fashion and accessories, plus some excellent produce stalls.

Mon-Wed 9am-6pm; Thu 9am-1pm; Fri-Sat 9am-7pm.


Roman Road Market

Known to locals as 'The Roman,' it used to be famous for selling designer gear at very cheap prices. Although these bargains are now few and far between, you can still find some great high-street buys! There are nice fashion, jewellery, beauty, household, and fruit and veg stalls too. You can't beat walking down 'The Roman' on a chilly day, keeping warm by eating a bag of chips from the Saucy Kipper while listening to the shouts of the stallholders. 

Tue, Thu 10am-4pm; Sat 9am-5pm.

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