Camden Town is a tube stop on the Northern underground line in the London borough of Camden. It's famous all over the world, but what makes it so interesting and popular among tourists? Camden boasts one of the most colorful markets where you can find most anything but, more than that, the objects tend to be original and affordable. Another popular thing in Camden are the people who move there like the punks, hippies, goths and all the other "urban tribes" imaginable. To eat in the area, there are some streets are exclusively food stalls, where you can find Chinese, Indian, Japanese food and more ...it's funny, the price changes by the hour of the day. It is unfortunate that in 2008 a fire burnt some of the streets, but it's well worth going nonetheless. No one can say they've been to London if they haven't visited Camden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
An excellent place to walk and watch the colorful spectacle, especially in summer. With fewer people than Portobello and Camden, it's one of the few markets in London that's accessible to tourists but isn't too crowded. A must for those who are tired of the typical London known worldwide. Liverpool Street station and Hoxton are also good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This market is one of those hidden gems found away from the main tourist areas in London. It is worth a visit, as it's a great place to spend a morning, and if you don't find what you're looking for, the much more popular Greenwich Market is just a stone throw away. There are all mixtures of vendors here...butchers, fishmongers, a Jamaican store, sellers of cushions and soft furnishings, etc. And then halfway down the market you'll find even more exciting goods on offer. Perfect antique furniture on sale for just 3 pounds, pianos, porcelain toys, jewelry, clothes, books, records...before moving on, I recommend stopping in Deptford High Street for a traditional English breakfast (sausages with bacon, fried tomatoes, mashed potatoes and beans). A great way to end your trip.
Did you know you can spend a whole Saturday or Sunday like the people of London, shopping the markets and flea markets? For many people in this spectacular city, eating delicious, cheap food, and finding little treasures (new or used) is an art. If you are not from London, or do not know the city well enough, grab a map, wander the areas where the markets are set up and get ready to walk. One option, if you start early, is to start by Brick Lane Market; from there go to Columbia Road and visit the Flower Market, then continue to Broadway Market, where you can buy some treats and eat them on the lawn of a quiet park that is meters away from the stands. If you prefer to sit at a table, continue walking down Broadway Market Road and you'll find several restaurants: Georgian cuisine at "Little Georgia", French cuisine at "La Bouche" and there's a traditional English pub called "The Dove" that has a great atmosphere with exquisite dishes.
In the district of Covent Garden there is a market called "Apple Market" that is worth visiting if only for a few minutes. This outdoor market has a classic London style, and sells antiques and various curiosities. It is a beautiful place and there are always musicians out there playing and lots of people who gather around them to hear. A good area to go for a walk!
The Maltby Street Market (also known as the Ropewalk) is one of London’s newer street markets located in a quiet area along the train tracks about a 15-minute walk from the Tower of London. Maltby Street runs along an elevated railway built on a sort of raised platform supported by large arches traditionally used for storage or as trade shops. Today, the space beneath these arches is home to pop-up eateries, craft providers, and street food vendors hawking everything from gourmet Scotch eggs to craft beer (and even craft mead!) and cured Spanish ham. It’s not the biggest food market in London by a long shot, but it’s also not the most crowded and the recycled railway arches give it a really cool DIY feel.
Some of the best stands to check out are African Volcano, which serves Mozambique-style piri-piri chicken and a selection of classics like burgers; Little Bird Gin, a local gin distillery which makes some mean Bloody Mary's; the Phatbreads artisan bakery; Maltby & Greek serving products straight from the Eastern Mediterranean; Market Gourmet for oysters and champagne; and finally Tosnells London Mead for a truly eye-opening glass of craft mead.
The market is open from 9:00am – 4:00pm on Saturdays and 11:00am – 4:00pm on Sundays. I couldn’t recommend it more!