The Borough Market is one of London's busiest and most-well known street markets and meeting point for locally-conscious restaurateurs, local foodies, and hordes of hungry tourists. Located near the London Tower and Borough metro stops, the Borough Market is a sprawling open-air marketplace that seems to offer the best-of-the-best of national and international foodstuffs - Italian salumerias, Turkish olive bars, English cheese vendors, French gourmet providers, Spanish charcuterie stands...you name it. One of the nice things about Borough Market (for visitors at least) is that it's very tourist-friendly; the vendors are obviously used to visitors and take it in good cheer without any of the mean glares that photo-happy tourists might find in some of the more traditional continental markets.
The area immediately surrounding the market is also home to dozens of restaurants and pubs serving market-fresh cuisine and around midday the market fills up with street food vendors hawking everything from traditional English steak and Stilton pies to Egyptian koshari.
I'd suggest getting there around 11:30 to peruse the market at your leisure for and hour or so before grabbing some to-go grubs and having your lunch in the beautiful gardens of the Southwark Cathedral.
Leadenhall Market is a covered market in the heart of the City. What most impressed me about the place was the wonderful Victorian building covered with wrought iron and glass from 1881, which transports you to another era.
This place is worth the visit. Of course, if you enjoy walking around the building without being overwhelmed by people, it's better to go on a weekend, though all the shops and pubs will be closed.
This is an old London market known as Spitalfields or Old Spitalfields. It is now in the neighborhood of the City, between skyscrapers of multinational corporations and bank headquarters. It is covered, which is good news as when we went there it was raining so we were grateful for the roof over our heads. This is in an area of East London, known for being a bit more bohemian and relaxed than the stricter parts of Westminster and neighborhoods like Kensington. The market has always been very busy since 1638, the year of its creation by Royal Decree of Charles I. The type of stalls depends on the day of the week. Monday and Tuesday is general, Wednesday is fine products and books, Thursday antiques, and Friday fashion and art objects. Saturday is a rest day, and on Sunday there's a bit of everything. Every day, there are plenty of restaurants around.
The Oxford covered market in the historic city centre. It is more than a market with temporary stalls, here they are like real stores which are on covered streets. The market is north of the High Street and it has an entrance from Cornmarket too. It opened in 1774 and it remains a very dynamic city. While the food, fruit, vegetables, meat and fish stalls have all declined, and only represent half of the stores, more stores have been developed. There are gourmet products, gift shops, some bakeries, like this one which sells homemade cookies which is incredibly successful and has one of the longest lines in the market, even though the cookies cost about 3 euros each! There are some restaurants but space is limited, in general they serve things to take away and have a couple of tables beside the stall. Saturday is the busiest day, but as I said, most of these stores have glass walls as it is not a traditional open market. On Sunday the market is closed. It's one of the must-see places in the city.
In Belfast city there is St. George's Market, which is a very eclectic and classic market in the city center and with a lot of variety where you can buy all kinds of products, both new and used. As a plus, it's ideal for ethnic food and "take away" lovers. In some places, it's possible to sample the products.
The Woking market takes place every Thursday for people that are in England. The market covers an almost rectangular space, with all positions in fixed structures. This means that every week we see the same vendors, which can be a good thing because they know our tastes and we are familiar with their products and the quality of their products ... Although it may be negative in the long run, as the choice may not be so great. The market isn't very big, but the variety of items on display is great. There are fruit and vegetable stalls, book stalls, second hand stalls with mobile phone housings and other trinkets ..., fast food outlets, food for animals, jewelry, stationery, etc.. As usual the fruit stand is the most popular, although I must say it had good prices: it is typical in this area to sell baskets of fruit with about five pieces of fruit per basket and only 1 pound per basket. The market is about 300 meters from the train station in Woking, very central. If you come by car, it is helpful to know that if you come from the South, you will enter by turning right.
Shop Taj is in Brighton. It's a food store and the products are mainly Asian, however it also features items from around the world, from Scandinavia to Israel. It's in front of the Royal Palace. You'll find many varieties of fruit, much of it from abroad such as figs, passion fruit, pineapples, mangoes and papayas. There are also many convenience products that are imported. Cans, bags and boxes of soups, sauces and ingredients abound on the shelves. The bakery section is fairly comprehensive, as it offers a variety of loaves of the four cardinal points. Confidence is a clean supermarket and a friendly team of staff.
The Leeds market is in the city centre. And it is worth a visit. To start with, because you pass by and because the building was already worth it. It's beautiful. But also inside you can enjoy a real typical British market. To me it made me think of Covent Garden in London: stalls of all types (greengrocers, fishmongers, butchers, gift shops), lots people, a lot of bustle. Very authentic. Also, nearby you can go shopping with major stores and the Victoria galleries, and just a tad down is the Corn Exchange, one of the best known buildings in the city.
Located in the city center of Inverness, along Beauty Firth on the east coast of the Scottish Highlands, the Victorian market was built in 1870 but was destroyed by fire in 1889 (apparently because of the gas that was used by the town to light the stores). It was rebuilt immediately, with new access from Church Street to enable the addition of a large covered market hall. Here you'll find fresh local produce, while in the gallery there are shops. A small model train runs continuously above your heads in the market!
This is little market can be found on Columbia Street. To find it you can take the bus 243 from Waterloo station northward or if you get off the metro at Old Street, it's about a 10 minute walk. The Columbia Road market is an outdoor market, closed off to traffic where you can buy flowers, shrubs and plants. The market takes place every Sunday and starts early around 7 am, but closes early too; At about 1 pm people start to fold the seats and around 2pm hardly anyone is left. The market attracts many bohemian people from the neighborhoods of East London, but there are a few foreigners too. It use to be an industrial area but it has been renovated with more trendy shops; There are antiques shops, traditional bakeries, generally healthy stores and just stores that appeal to visitors of the flower market. The market is one of the oldest in London. It's been in existence since 1869. Before it was a huge covered market with 400 stands, but now is much smaller.
Grainger Market is an indoor market in the renovated area of Grainger Street, an area that was completely built from scratch during the industrial revolution. It also has wider streets and classical buildings made of stone, replacing wooden medieval houses. The market is covered and replaces the markets we had in Grey Street, and were unhygienic. It's a historical monument but still used, of course the prices are significantly cheaper than in supermarkets. The reason is that supermarkets do the same prices throughout the country, in London, a very expensive city and Scotland, cheaper. So here is a cheap Region where better to buy local products. Grainger is still a lively place with more than 250 businesses, and some have been managed by the same family since the market opened. It is also the oldest store of Marks & Spencer's that is still open, the Penny Bazaar, operating since 1895!
Bigg Market is a street in central Newcastle. In this part of the city, streets are still crooked, winding alleys, medieval houses, unlike the Grainger neighborhood, which is an example of modern urbanization, as they did in most modern European cities during the industrial revolution, destroying and re-building airer, cleaner and more modern areas. Bigg Market is filled with pubs, small restaurants and bars that stay open late, ie until 2am latest because the limit for english pubs, is 11 pm, and the English begin to drink very early on, and at twelve o'clock they are ready to go to sleep. It is one of the liveliest districts of the city, even though the new Quayside neighborhood next to the river makes for tough competition in recent years. There is also a market open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The old covered market stands in the center of Cardiff among the new malls and shopping centers. The market is spread over two floors and offers a wide range of products ranging from vegetables and fresh fish to decorative items and knick-knacks to bars and restaurants. There are also more unusual shops such as the record store that sells new and collectible items, and even an old-style barber shop!
Nestled on the beautiful market square, just a few meters from the main entrance of the famous King's College, Cambridge, the City Market is well worth visiting. It includes everything from excellent fresh fruit and vegetables, to second hand CDs, T shirts and other souvenirs, jewelry and even traditional pastries. A nice place to pass a bit of time.
Nestled in the beautiful and romantic All Saints Gardens, in the heart of Trinity Street and facing the main entrance of the famous Trinity College, the Art & Craft Market shouldn't be missed during your trip to Cambridge. Here you can find artisans selling entirely handmade goods in a very nice setting. Prices are reasonable, and the products are excellent. A great place to go gift shopping!
In the heart of one of the largest parks in London, a Christmas spectacular is held over the year, with crafts, food stalls from all over the world, and a Christmas fair with rides like a big wheel. The prices are quite high, but it's worth a visit for the festive atmosphere!