London is a capital city that is renowned for its markets and market trading, there are markets dotted about all across the city, and no matter what you are looking for the chances are you will be able to pick it up at one of the many markets. Some people plan their trips to London around the market days, for people who love to browse and have a mooch this is heaven. Not only are the stalls inviting but the traders have traditional values and are not afraid to holler.
Some markets are well known, Portabella Road, Camden Market, Borough Market, Brick Lane Market and The Real Food Market, there are many more but for the purpose of this piece and the variety the 5 listed provide I’m going to detail them for you.
Portabella Road Market
This is arguably London’s most famous market, it is the one that has featured in many films over the years, including Notting Hill, there are more than 1000 traders here, and people from all over the world attends here to see the antiques, to pick up some brick a brick or to browse until their eyes can’t take any more. This market runs from Monday to Wednesday 09.00 – 18.00, Thursday 09.00 – 13.00 and Friday and Saturday 09.00 – 19.00.
Camden Markey is a very upbeat place, there are over 700 stalls here for you to lose yourself in, and depending on the month, or the season it is adapted here to keep things fresh, you will always be able to find a theme whether it be Spring, Easter, Halloween or Christmas, there are a wide variety of goods available from retro to current, modern vs traditional and more. You can get just about anything from here including food, and for markets goers, it is open 7 days a week.
This market is one of the largest and most popular food markets in London, it is open for lunch only on Monday and Tuesday 10.00 – 17.00. The full market is open Wednesday – Thursday 10.00 – 17.00 Friday 10.00 – 18.00 and Saturdays 08.00 – 17.00. If you want to try something different, a different cuisine or dish then you make a trip to Borough Market.
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane Market offers a wide range of markets in a small area of the capital, there is something different on each day, you are able to visit the vintage market, the back door markets, the Sunday market and so much more. Each stall has different trading days and times, it is as though there are several mini markets put together here, either way it is a very popular choice that many shoppers love to come to and to find something different and something tasty.
The Real Food Market
This has to be one of the most selective food markets in the capital, the traders here are not just allowed to come and trade, they have to be selected and only if they offer you real food produce and real beverage are they allowed to trade here. There are over 40 traders that currently sell their own produce of foods and meats. This market runs weekends only; Friday 12.00 – 20.00 Saturday 11.00 – 20.00 and Sunday 12.00 – 18.00.
If you are hoping to plan a trip surrounding the markets then you should see what offers are available for Montcalm Brewery Hotel London, there are many deals especially mid week offers that will benefit you for a market trip to London. If you want an up to date calendar of the markets, days and times to be more specific about your trip then you should check the details on timeout,com. If you are hoping to travel with children I would suggest that you do so with caution, if you are traveling at a seasonal time the markets can get a little hectic and busy, if you are hoping to travel alone or with company then you will have an amazing time browsing the many different stalls and markets. There are over 120 markets in total dotted about the capital city, some have up to 1000 stalls, there is so much here for you to see and choose from. Some of the oriental and Indian food markets are the most colourful and happy markets in the city, for a taste of something different book your London trip today.