One of the fascinating and fantastic things to experience when travelling to London is street markets. At first glance it seems like an unusual addition to the London scene, but street markets have been a vital part of the London world for centuries. Many of the more well-known markets have been running as long as four hundred years.Taking the time out to visit one of London’s excellent street markets should be a part of any trip to this fair city. So check out some London hotel deals and find somewhere to stay near a market; you don’t want to have to walk too far with all the goods you buy.
Travelling to Portobello Market from London’s West End, where most tourists stay, is easy. Just catch the Central Line (Red Line on the Tube map) from Oxford Circus or Marble Arch and hop off at Notting Hill Gate; you can even walk if you are staying in the Paddington or Kensington areas. Portobello Market stretches along the length of Portobello Road and offers a great selection of antique wares.
It is a testament to how great Camden Market is that even though it draws massive crowds of tourists, it is still highly popular among locals. From clothes to trinkets, there is nothing you can’t find in the sprawling warren that is the Camden Market. When you get tired, grab a bite at the food market (only open for some of the year) and a freshly squeezed orange juice and take a rest besides the canal. The market sees an eclectic mix of people and styles which make it just as much fun to people watch as it is to shop in.
Reggae beats pump through the stalls in Brixton Market, London’s exceptional Caribbean street market. It features incredible street food that includes goat curry, beans and rice, cassava and ginger beer. Be sure to check it out when it takes over Brixton Station Road every Saturday.
Hackney’s Broadway Market
Hackney’s Broadway Market is rich in the quirky history that is typical of the region. For instance, Fred Cooke, founder of the F. Cooke shop that remains there to this day, started selling jellied eels there in 1900. It is a great place for vintage dresses, lingerie, and classic East London pie and mash. The stylish market is a short walk from Montcalm London City and other hotels in the Old Street area.
Leather Lane Market
Despite its name, this four hundred year old market is not known for its leather (and indeed you won’t find any leather there at all). The market was actually named for the local merchant Le Vrune lane and is primarily renowned for its exceptional food.
For crafts and a slightly more orderly market environment, be sure to check out Greenwich Market. It is a great place to stop when visiting the Greenwich maritime museums and Royal Observatory, with a vibrant atmosphere and a truly fantastic selection of unique curios. There is also some excellent food to be had in the area, well worth making a day of it.