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Thursday markets in London

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

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

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.

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Lisson Grove

Berwick Street Market

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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Oxford Street

Brixton Market

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.

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Borough Market

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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South Bank

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.

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Camden Town

Chapel Street Market

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

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.

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Covent Garden

Greenwich Market

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.

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Lower Marsh Market

Good for: food, clothes, jewellery
A street market since Victorian times, there’s some quality veg, women’s clothes, decent jewellery and vintage shops.

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sally lees
sally lees

What about Leadenhall Market in the City of London. A very small market but with some beautiful stuff!