Navigating London’s Best Markets – Tips and Tricks

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London has some of the best markets in the world, and there is quite literally a market for everything you could want in almost every part of the city. From fabulous food markets, to fun fashion options (both vintage to modern), art and music to antique markets that resemble a jumble sale, there’s bound to be one you’ll love.

With so many famous markets to explore, It’s a good thing visitors have great access to London Hotels Deals and Special Offers, meaning you can have a fairly thrifty trip, too.

Navigating your way through them all might be a bit impossible (and very confusing!) so we’ve put together a guide of tips and tricks to help you choose the best one for you, with some hints for getting the most out of your time at each one.

What Markets are in London?

As mentioned, there are countless markets in London. In fact, there are too many to list! With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the biggest and most popular…

Which London Market is Best?

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  • Borough Market – World famous, and it’s easy to see why. Situated right next to the Shard and London Bridge, this market is a true foodie paradise.
  • Brick Lane Market – Head to East London for authentic Asian food (the best in the city), and intriguing treasures from across the city and further afield.
  • Alfie’s Antique Market – In the market for some intriguing, one-of-a-kind antiques? Then look no further than this quirky little market.
  • Portobello Road Market – One of London’s oldest markets, this Notting Hill favourite is a must for those in West London (with handy links to the Piccadilly West End Hotel Spa, too).
  • Camden Lock Market – A favourite with rockers, goths, punks and tourists alike, this is a must-visit for music fans thanks to its strong musical heritage.
  • Old Spitalfields Market – Jam-packed with cutting edge fashion (new and preloved) this is a must visit for those looking to take home some London garms.
  • Greenwich Market – Head south east for this market brimming with beautiful bric-a-brac, and it’s also getting a reputation for its growing foodie options, too.
  • Broadway Market – An east London mecca for artisanal food, ingredients, books, art and more, surrounded by bustling and fun pubs.
  • Covent Garden Market – Another firm tourist favourite in one of London’s most iconic surroundings, offering everything from antiques to art.
  • Southbank Centre Market – For those who love their markets with a view, what could be better than perusing art, books and more as you saunter along the Thames?
  • Maltby Street Market – Hungry in London? Look no further than this haven for foodies located near London Bridge. This market offers everything from big eats to snacks, perfect for after a Themed Afternoon Tea in London.
  • Columbia Road Flower Market – It does what it says on the tin – pick up stunning bouquets of flowers each Saturday (and try to make them last until the next weekend!).

What is the Most Famous Market in London?

Again, this will generally depend on who you ask and what area of London you’re in – us Londoners can be very proud and territorial!

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But generally, if you can only visit one, Camden’s market is a pretty safe choice for a guaranteed good time. Camden Town is famous for its market, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors every weekend — making it one of London’s most visited attractions. It’s the ideal place to shop for fun and quirky gifts, clothing, jewellery, art, home decorations, food… and more! Be prepared to work your way through the crowds to take home something truly unique, and enjoy a well-earned pint in one of Camden’s great pubs.

However, if you’re looking for something nearer the west part of the city, perhaps opt for the likes of Borough Market, or Portobello Road Market, both easily accessed from The Piccadilly Hotel.

What is Spitafields Market Famous For?

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For a truly authentic London market experience, it doesn’t get much better than Spitalfields, which takes its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary’s Spittel that was founded in 1197.

Lying in the heart of the East End, it is an area known for its strong sense of community spirit and stealth. It was in a field next to the priory where the now famous market first started in the 13th century.

Today, you can find everything you’d want from a fun shopping trip to London, from tasty treats to something to sip on, art, clothing, music and more.

What Markets are on Today in London?

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If you’re lucky enough to have a good few days of exploring in London and you want to get to as many markets as possible, it may be a good idea to do some research before you set off, as some markets are only open on specific days.

A lot of the city’s markets are open every day of the week (including the Inverness Street Market, the Portobello Market, the Covent Garden Market, and the Covent Garden Apple Market), although certain markets may have main antique trading days on Saturdays, while others may be closed on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday. Check out the market’s website or social media pages before you leave to be sure.

How Expensive are Markets in London?

London markets are regarded as one of the best places to bag a bargain, especially in comparison to the city’s fairly pricey shops, bars and restaurants. Again, it will depend which market you go to, but generally the main ones listed above will be a bit more expensive than the smaller, lesser-known ones (with tourists at least, anyway), and the ones south of the river tend to be a bit more pricey, too.

Markets in London’s more touristy neighbourhoods tend to be the most expensive (including Notting Hill’s Portobello Road Market and the Covent Garden Market) but that’s not say that you still can’t find a great deal on an item when shopping around. Don’t be afraid to haggle for a good price, though it’s worth remembering this is how the vendors make a living, so ensure you offer a fair price.

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