This is a charming city, a city that's hard to get tired of because it offers you of all the best of culture, tastes and amenities, tailored to each personality. I recommend the Portobello Market on the Piccadilly underground line (blue) at the Notting Hill stop, Saturdays and Sundays, to take advantage of visiting one of the more "chik" areas in London. There's a flea market with antiques, clothes, food, etc.. It is advisable to go early, since during the weekend thousands of people go and it's quite large. This first photo: Portobello Road.
From Friday to Sunday, Portobello Green Market complements the already famous antique market in Portobello Road. At the bottom of the street, you'll find this market, best summed up by a single word: Vintage! Indeed, the market has over 800 stalls, all richer than each other: thrift and old clothes, old leather bags, jewelry of all kinds, accessories galore ... and many young designers come here to get started in their career. The prices are a little high, but there's a wealth of choices available.
Within the famous Camden Market, there is another really spectacular market, The Stables. They are old stables from the city dating back to 1854. In this market you can find a variety of shops, like in the rest of Camden Town, but set in horse stables. It's complimented by tons of animal statues. Everything is well preserved, which makes this a really picturesque place, essential for any visit to London.
On our visit to Camden Town Market instead of taking the subway we walked along the canals from "Regent's Park". It is a very pleasant walk of just twenty minutes that leads to the center of the market (we got lucky and it did not rain ...)
The Back Market is a small flea market where you find a little of everything. It is located in Brick Lane, famous for all Indian restaurants have. Inside, the most creative people in London try to recycle everyday objects to give them a new life instead of throwing them away. This always existed in London, but has been given an extra push by the crisis. The objects seemed very nice, but most are quite expensive. For example there is a girl who makes small portfolios with one of these plastic bags they give you on the subway with your card. Covered with newspaper articles, little details .. they look great. Another makes shirts, or design objects of the 30s ... good decorating ideas.
If you go to London you must visit this market that has nothing to envy the legendary Camden market. It's an alternative market with many works of street art along the way. It can be easily reached from Liverpool Street Station. You can eat very cheaply (£ 3/person approx.) at places there throughout the market, in addition to varied food from Thai to "Spanish".
This market is south of the city, in the famous district of Brixton. The weekends are crowded but weekdays are a good time to visit. The market has many Jamaican and Caribbean trends. This quarter, the Brixton, is more authentic, less superficial and very interesting.
Every Tuesday, from 10:00 to 18:00, this small "antique" market takes place in the vicinity of Piccadilly Circus, next to St. James church. They offer crafts and interesting things like: coins, old cameras, jewellery, handmade figures, etc. There is also another market Wednesday through Saturday in the same location (11:00 to 18:00) that specialises in crafts.
The Waterloo Bridge book market is an interesting market for second-hand books. It is situated on the east bank of the Thames, right next to the National Theatre, under Waterloo Bridge. There is everything from novels, essays on politics to comics. They also have a section for maps which should not be missed..
Inverness Street Market is a small market in Camden Town, part of which is known as Camden Market. There are food stalls from around the world such as Mexican and Italian all at a good price. There are also fruit stalls and little shops for souvenirs, such as t-shirts with slogans like "I love London" and keychains shaped like a red telephone box.
I consider this business as one of the absolute gems of this city. It sold memories and collectibles from the 1920s to the 1970s. Thousands of old magazines, ceramics, accessories for bars and cocktails, antique radios, antique phones, perfumes, other hygiene items, vintage clothing and accessories for women and men. Everything is amazing and is in perfect condition. Warning: it's very difficult to leave empty-handed.
Enter Speedie and go back 60 years. This business is located in a quirky 50s room and everything, absolutely everything is in perfect order. You are welcome to spend a few hours chatting, with you taking your own 'Speedie' or sit and read on a chair between mannequins and televisions showing program from that time. This is a journey and here you can buy souvenirs.
The Southbank Book Fair is a real treat to find on the south bank of the River Thames. It runs daily under Waterloo Bridge; you'll find long tables full of used books, old maps and illustrations. One of the cheapest places to buy old books, and you can pick up some really interesting and unusual purchases here.
In the courtyard of St James' Church in the Piccadilly area of London, there's a very nice crafts market to visit for a little while. This market is decorated with English flags and has stalls selling food (especially sweets!) and souvenirs of all kinds. There are a few meters between the stalls so you won't feel too claustrophobic, and prices are good so it's a nice place to stop to take some pictures and buy some presents.