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Thursday markets in London

Browse antiques in peace or pick up fresh groceries at London's Thursday markets

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Thursday is a great day to call in on Spitalfields Market, which hosts a weekly antiques and vintage market that's normally quiet and pleasant to browse. There is a wide choice of daily fruit and veg markets across the capital too – with wares sold by bellowing traders and offering great value.

 

Alfie's Antique Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Lisson Grove
Good for: antiques
Alfie’s is packed to the rafters with handsome twentieth-century home decor, hosting more than 100 dealers in vintage furniture and fashion, art, accessories, books, maps and more. Dodo Posters do 1920s and ’30s ads.

Berwick Street Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Oxford Street
Good for: food, lunch
This small, buzzy street market, in a sometimes sleazy area, is one of London’s oldest. On weekdays it hosts a great selection of street food stalls over the lunchtime rush hour.
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Brixton Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Brixton
Good for: food
Compared to the culinary homogeneity of Borough market et al, Brixton is a sensory fiesta. The air is thick with the sizzle of jerk chicken stalls, tinny reggae riddims and yam-based price disputes while the multi-coloured hues of exotic fish displays glimmer like a whiffy rainbow.

Borough Market

Things to do Borough
Good for: food, lunch
London’s oldest market – dating back to the thirteenth century – is also the busiest, and the most popular for gourmet goodies. Traders satisfy the city’s insatiable appetite for artisan cheeses and ham from acorn-fed pigs. If food is your thing, then Borough, with its abundance of beautifully displayed organic fruit and veg, cakes, bread, olive oil, fish, meat and booze, is the place to go.
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Camden Market

Shopping Street vendors Camden Market
Good for: clothing, souvenirs
Camden’s sprawling collection of markets offers a real smörgåsbord of street culture. Wander past loitering goths and punks to join the throng of tourists, locals and random celebs fighting it out at the vast and varied selection of shops and stalls.

Chapel Street Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Islington
Good for: food
If the bellowing, clattering traders selling a good mix of fruit, veg and tat aren't Albert Square enough for you, then the frequent presence of a real life 'EastEnders' actor on the street might be.
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Covent Garden Market

Shopping Lifestyle Covent Garden
Good for: food, crafts
Although something of a London institution, Covent Garden Market is too commercial and generally too crowded to provide a particularly characterful retail experience. However, the colonnaded 19th-century building is impressive, and occasionally some of the performers and entertainers can even be worth watching.

Greenwich Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Greenwich
Good for: antiques, food
There are plenty of stalls selling bric-a-brac, second-hand clothes, ethnic ornaments, CDs, crafts and jewellery galore at Greenwich Market. Thursday is best time for unearthing unusual finds and provides a selection of stalls dealing in antique jewellery, vintage clothes, old books, music and collectibles – the Calneva Vintage stall with its cool 1950s and ’60s homewares, ceramics, lamps, handbags and compacts is just one such example.
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Leather Lane

Good for: food, lunch
Popular, upbeat lunchtime market selling cut-price clothing and household items, plus flowers, gifts, fruit and veg and excellent street food.

Lower Marsh Market

Shopping Street vendors Waterloo
Good for: food, clothes, jewellery
A street market since Victorian times, there’s some quality veg, women’s clothes, decent jewellery and vintage shops.
See our full London markets calendar

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Farmer's Markets

The freshest ingredients make the most delicious dishes, and you'll find the very best food at London's farmer's markets

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Thrift stores

Cheaper than vintage, better stocked than charity shops, thrift stores are the best place to grab some second-hand gems

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