For those who don’t know London well, the traditional street markets are a real must. Entry is free of charge and they often provide more entertainment that some of London’s more traditional tourist attractions. Definitely worth a visit!
Each one of London’s street markets has something unique and irresistible: whether it’s the cultural diversity of people, the value-for-money products on offer or just the simple, down-to-earth street market environment. They are the true hidden gems in such a diverse and cosmopolitan metropolis like London.
Here’s a little more about each of these must-visit markets:
The world-famous Portobello Road can be found in the notorious neighbourhood of Notting Hill. The Saturday market, which dominates the entire street, offers visitors a little bit of everything: clothes, sundries, antiques, and world foods. You can even get Brazilian pastéis (pastry pockets filled with cheese or meat). Whilst popular with tourists, it is also a regular haunt for Londoners, given the market’s range and variety.
One of the better known in the capital, Borough Market is entirely dedicated to top-quality food and drink. The market has a certain authenticity to it – simple, but quaint – and hungry patrons are welcome to weave through the sea of stalls sampling what’s on offer – fish, cheese, beer and other delicacies.
Located in the bohemian neighbourhood of Camden, running along Regent’s Canal, the market is a mecca for crafts, clothes (hipster to vintage), quirky design, accessories, Indian and Chinese cuisine and classic English beers. According to estimates, approximately 100,000 people – tourists and Londoners alike – frequent the market each weekend.
Located in the heart of the city, the area is famous for the most authentic Indian food in town – perhaps the best in the West! It is also well-known for specialist Jewish shops. In addition to food, Brick Lane Market is a must for those who enjoy art exhibitions, antique shops and accessories. It’s paradise for those who like an alternative approach to shopping.