As the city turns down the summer heat, we’re less inclined to spend our weekends and evenings racing to the nearest beer garden to soak up the sun. Now we’re excited to drag out our cosy knits from under our beds and stroll around London in the crisp autumnal air. And what lovelier place to do it than in the atmospheric and charismatic street markets dotted around the capital? Whether you’re searching to buy something unique or just want to munch away on a freshly made ‘sushi burger’ (check out No. 4 on our list), these street markets all offer something different and wonderful.
For one day only, the adorable and unassuming Kinnerton Street, located in the heart of Belgravia, is bringing Londoners a unique day of shopping, eating and all-round atmospheric fun. Well known for its fantastic selection of independent boutiques and Michelin star restaurants, Kinnerton Street flaunts picturesque courtyards and mews and will have you completely fooled that you’re not moments from the busy London streets.
On 1 October, the Kinnerton Street Market will showcase some of the best food, fashion and independent retailers the area has to offer. There will be stalls from Neigh Ltd, Hush Hush Chefs and Mosimann’s for some mouthwatering foodie offerings, as well Mosimann’s, Grace Belgravia, The Alfred Tennyson, Belgravia Interior Boutique and more to kerb your hunger for shopping. What better way to start October than exploring one of London’s most idyllic streets, while perusing the stalls and nibbling your way through the day?
For more information and to see a fall line up of stalls, visit the Grosvenor website.
2. Berwick Street Market
As one of London’s oldest and most central markets, Berwick Street Market has come a long way since its humble beginnings selling fruit & veg. It’s now a foodie hub of Soho and is open every day of the week (apart from Sunday) from 8am – 6pm. (Do check the website though, as some stalls are only open on certain days). While you feast upon tasty treats from Freebird Burritos and RaviOllie, you can also peruse the antiques, leather goods and blossoming bouquets at the flower stalls.
Berwick St, London W1F 0PH
3. Camden Passage Market
Camden Passage, with its independent boutiques and cafes, is a lovely place to explore any day of the week, but the main market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Within Camden Passage there a numerous market areas selling a variety of vintage and retro clothes, antiques and collectables, jewellery, second hand books and endless quirky items. If you’re looking for something unique or just want to peruse some pretty things, then look no further than this quaint backstreet of Islington.
London N1 8EA
4. Chatsworth Road Market
Every Sunday between 11am – 4pm, this Hackey street is brought to life by a market that has a stall for pretty much everything, including delicious food to go, organic fruit and veg, a fresh fishmongers as well as a quirky mixture of boutique traders selling little knick knacks, gifts and accessories (perfect if you need some unique gift ideas). It’s everything you’d expect from Hackney; the stalls are refreshingly independent and the whole area emanates a strong community feel. It only re-opened in 2010 after the community campaigned to bring the historical market back. The food is enough to draw people from the most western London locations – you’re completely spoilt for choice. There’s Vietnamese buns, traditional hot, freshly baked pies and even ‘sushi burgers’ from the Sticky Bundits.
5. Columbia Road Flower Market
There isn’t a sweeter smelling market in town than the Columbia Road Flower Market. Once a pathway for sheep to be driven down on their way to the slaughterhouses at Smithfield (not a particularly pleasant thought), it’s now a vision of bright colour and blooming life. And its not just the flowers that bring life to this street, the stall owners bring an equal amount of joy to the market. After taking in the colour and scent of the flora, pop into the cafe at Jones Dairy (open Friday-Sunday) for some home-baked treats.
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG