Markets have always been an important part of London. Dating back to the days when London was under Roman control, markets have been central to daily life in London. People come to these markets to do all their shopping, whether it be clothing, art, antiques, or food. In London there are countless options of markets to spend your day at, and it may be overwhelming at times, that's why below we will break down some of London’s best and most memorable markets.
Right next to London Bridge you will find one of the largest food markets in the whole city. Borough Market is the oldest market in all of London, and has over 100 vendors selling all kinds of food. At Borough Market you are all but guaranteed to find some great food that you would love.
Covent Garden Market
Inside the famous Main Piazza of Covent Garden you can find the Covent Garden Market. Covent Garden is the center for all shopping in London, so having a large market there makes all the sense. What makes Covent Garden Market unique is all of the street performers that you will be able to see while shopping at the market.
Maltby Street Market
Under the London Bridge, every weekend, you will find a vast array of cuisine from all around the world. This market has more than 30 vendors at a time, so you will be sure to find something you like.
Columbia Road Flower Market
If you are ever in London and want to see some beautiful flowers, plants, or shrubs, Columbia Road Flower Market should be your go to place. Here you can pick up all the gardening equipment that you could possibly ever need, along with your fresh batch of flowers. Pro tip: arrive early for the best selection of flowers.
Brick Lane Market
If you love all things vintage, including thrifting and reselling old clothes, Brick Lane Market is the place for you. There's over 200 stalls selling everything from second hand furniture, vintage clothes, shoes, and many more.
If you are in the East End of London, Spitalfields is a great place to visit. Here vendors sell everything from clothes and art to spices and food. This market got its name from the fields surrounding the local hospital (or spital for short).
Brixton Village and Market Row
Brixton is one of the most diverse areas in all of London. The Brixton Village and Market Row does a great job of showing off the African and Caribbean culture that is rooted in the history of this neighborhood.
This eighteenth century market is a relic of a previous time in London’s past. If you are ever visiting Greenwich, you should check out the markets and browse through all the vendors selling everything from jewelry, clothes, second-hand furniture, and even some delicious food.
As a tour guide and a lover of London, I will be writing a series of interesting stories about London; tales I have heard, places I have visited, tasty food I have eaten and delicious drinks I have enjoyed. Watch out for this every week or so.