Over the past few years London has been taken by market storm – from street food stalls to vintage pop ups, they are quickly become the way to while away your weekend. The problem is, there are so many to choose from, and trust us when we say that some are better than others…so we’ve compiled a small list of what we think are the best just to make your decisions this weekend much easier (as well as sneaking one weekday one in there – because we’re naughty like that).
1. Broadway Market
Broadway market not only has around 80 stalls of cheese, meat, fish, bread, preserves, cakes and much more (all to the highest
quality and value), but also a variety of vintage clothing and independent boutiques, attracting food and fashion lovers from all around London. Health products, pottery, fair-trade coffee and much, much more are also on offer, and with the Netil Market just nearby we’d suggest you come armed with cash and cotton bags (plastic one’s are not allowed).
East London, Hackney, E8 4PH
2. Alfie’s Antique Market
Hosting more than a 100 dealers in vintage furniture, maps, books, art, accessories and more, Alfie’s Antique Market is one of London’s most popular Saturday spots (it’s not open on Sundays, but is every other day of the week too!) – particularly as it also offers a wonderful little roof terrace cafe boasting panoramic views of London. Alfie’s is the largest indoor antiques market in the city, and most certainly lives up to all its expectations. Don’t let its ‘dealer’ status put you off either – all are welcome and you’ll no doubt learn a thing or two while you’re there.
13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, NW8 8DT
3. Portobello Road Market
From London’s largest indoor antiques market, to the world’s largest antiques market, period. Visitors flock from all over the world to discover Portobello Road Market’s vast selection of antiques – with thousands of dealers selling every kind of collectable and antique imaginable. Situated in the heart of Notting Hill, there is something for everyone (including numerous cake shops to re-fuel and have a well deserved sit-down in). Saturday is its most popular day – so while it is a wonderful way of spending your weekend, visit on a Friday if you are looking for a quiet browse.
Portobello Road, W10 5TA
4. Maltby Street Market
Open on Saturdays from 9am-4pm and on Sundays from 11am-4pm, Maltby Street market is not so much a market market, per se, but the food stalls at this place make it an unmissable weekend venture. A low-key version of Borough Market (which is nearby if you still fancy a visit alongside Bermondsey Square Farmers’ Market), Maltby Street houses some of London’s best purveyors of food and drink with a combination of under-arch shops, stalls, pop-up bars and eateries.
Maltby Street, Southwark, Bermondsey, SE1 3PA