London boasts plenty of high street shops, but for an authentic shopping experience you’ll want to hit the marketplace. There are loads of markets to choose from, from food markets to antiques and craft fairs, so there is bound to be something that caters to your tastes. Even if you don’t buy anything, London’s markets are full of life and character, so you can just browse, soak up the atmosphere and still have a great day out.
Perhaps London’s most renowned market, Borough Market offers an eclectic range of stalls selling the best of British and international produce. You could easily spend most of the day simply wandering around sampling delicious meats, cheeses and rare treats from around the world. It’s also open six days a week, all year round!
Open: Wed-Thurs, 10am-5pm. Fri, 10am-6pm. Sat, 8am-5pm
Selvedge Spring Fair 2015
You’ll be lucky to catch the Selvedge Spring Fair, as this touring market is in London for one day only! With over 90 stands dedicated to fine textiles, trinkets and arts and crafts, sold by the talented designers and makers that made them, this arty market is well worth the visit. The fair is also conveniently situated right near transport links and is only a short journey away from the Victoria and Albert Museum; perfect for art enthusiasts.
25th April, 11am-5pm: £5 day ticket
Chatsworth Road Market
Chatsworth Road Market is a classic London locals market; a place to meet people and socialise as you shop. Legend has it that this is the market where British TV icon and business mogul Sir Alan Sugar first cut his teeth in the business world selling shampoo from his stall. The market itself has a real medley of stalls, selling everything from vintage clothing and accessories to handmade baked goods and fresh cooked street food, and is also on a high street full of interesting, independently owned shops.
Every Sunday, 11am-4pm
Bermondsey Square Antiques Market
Bermondsey Square is full of characters; it’s the kind of market where you’re likely to see both a Cockney gent and an upper-class, ageing expert flogging their wares on the same street. The distinctively bustling market is famous for its selection of antiques stalls, where you will mostly find antique silverware, teapots, decorative boxes and jewellery. The dedicated merchants open their stalls every Friday at 6am, no matter what the weather is like.
Every Friday, 6am-12pm