Strolling through markets is a fun recreational activity that so many people enjoy, and London is home to an array of fantastic and eclectic market precincts. Many of the best are within easy reach, either on foot, by bus, or on the Tube from your serviced apartments London.
Choosing the top London markets is no easy task, as different markets will appeal to different people’s tastes. Here are just a few of the best London markets that are well worth a leisurely visit...
Portobello Road Market
Possibly London’s most famous market with tourists, this London institution is crammed full of vintage fashion stalls, antique dealers, and retro memorabilia. A stroll from Notting Hill Station, this vast marketplace is best visited on Friday mornings when it is not so busy.
Camden Lock Market
Take a leisurely canal boat ride to Camden Lock to explore the marketplace in Camden Town. Established in 1972, this original arts and crafts market was a haven for local artisans, and is open every day except Christmas. Shops selling an array of goods exist alongside cafes and multicultural street food vendors. After dark it is home to comedy and musical performers.
Columbia Road Flower Market
This market is a feast for the senses, overflowing with beautiful blooms by the bucketload. Open every Sunday, you will find blooms, bulbs, herbs, shrubs and plants for flower beds, as well as galleries and shops that sell products such as perfume and ceramics. Catch the Tube to Old Street for closest underground access.
Brick Lane Market
10 minutes on tube from Presidential Marylebone Aparthotels London, this sprawling marketplace near the Aldgate East and Liverpool Street Tube Stations, is reminiscent of the Old Spitalfields Market in its heyday: ramshackle, noisy, and bordering on sensory overload. Come here to find fresh produce, Jewish bagel stalls, Indian saris, vintage jewellery, retro Art Deco furniture and eclectic bric-a-brac.
Petticoat Lane Market
This world-famous Sunday market specialises in clothing and bric-a-brac. Located on and around Middlesex Street, it harks back to the no longer existent Petticoat Lane (the name was changed in 1846). You will find more than one thousand stalls; the Old Spitalfields Market is nearby and this offers goods of better quality. The Old Spitalfields Market was refurbished in 2003, replacing the 1887 covered market and today it has the atmosphere of a modern mall.
The Borough Market in the vicinity of London Bridge, and nestled between Winchester Walk, Borough High Street, Bedale Street and Stoney Street, is a haven for food lovers of all kinds. This dazzling market offers hard to find ingredients as well as fresh produce and gourmands’ delights. 10 minutes tube ride from your Marylebone serviced apartments, this is London’s oldest food market. Come with an empty stomach and full pockets!
Covent Garden Market
This is another London institution, located in Covent Garden’s Piazza that dates from the 1800’s. The Apple Market sells British crafts, leather goods, curios, and jewellery. The East Colonnade Market sells sweets, soaps, handbags, knitted clothing, art and homewares. The Jubilee Market changes its wares on a daily basis; Mondays are antiques, while the rest of the week is household goods and clothing. Weekends are dedicated to arts and crafts.
There are many, many more London markets to explore; those mentioned above are simply a starting point. So set out from your Central London serviced apartments and make it a magical mystery tour – who knows what you will discover?!