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
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.
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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281 Portobello Road Arcade
Find new and established designers here, showcased minutes away from the rowdy markets of Portobello Road. Loved by the likes of Rihanna and The Weeknd, London's Trapstar offers bold, graphic prints on hoodies and trackie bottoms, as well as badass bombers and leather jackets. Pop to What Katie Did to get something sexy to go under your threads with their range of delicate, faux-vintage lingerie. Top it all off with lifestyle accessories from Danaqa, which sources its jewellery, bags, scarves and more from lady-led businesses in developing countries.
Venue says: “A unique shopping destination on London's famous Portobello Road. Independent boutiques, fashion, jewellry, art, and so much more.”