Ignore that hangover and make your way to one of London’s best weekend markets.
Have late nights and endless shots stolen too many of your weekends? You’ve been missing out on some brilliant, bounteous weekend markets in London: flower markets, farmer’s markets, vintage markets and more besides. Take a look below and get out there!
East London markets
Foodie heaven in 135 stalls. Since being relaunched in 2004, Broadway Market has earned itself a reputation as possibly the most delicious of London’s Saturday markets. Snuggled in between Regent’s Canal and London Fields, you’ll want to wear something loose-fitting for a visit here.
Open Saturdays from 9am-5pm. Find it at Broadway Market, E8 4QJ. Nearest station is London Fields.
2. Netil Market
Just around the corner from Broadway Market, Netil Market is a quieter affair. Permanent traders are in residence all week in their village of shipping containers, but Saturday is market day, where vintage fashions, crafty stalls, and street food vendors come out to play.
Saturdays, 11am-6pm. Find it at 13-23 Westgate Street, E8 3RL. Nearest station is London Fields.
Combine the most beautiful park in East London, and a boatload of delicious food, and there you have Victoria Park’s excellent Sunday market. Fresh fruit and veg make it a super spot to cram in your five-a-day, but the less health-conscious amongst you can pick up goodies from Meltsmiths, Gyoza Guys, and A Pie Party, to name just a few.
Sundays, 10am-4pm. Victoria Park, E2 9JW. Nearest station is Cambridge Heath.
No way around it: Brick Lane is awesome. But on Sundays, this bustling street becomes a huge marketplace, where treasures wait around every corner. Vintage fashion, arts and crafts, and other oddities take over the Old Truman Brewery, whilst the nearby Boiler House becomes an international food venue. The Sunday Upmarket and Backyard Market are right next door, and both are sure to reveal hidden trinkets.
Sundays are best for a visit, open between 10am and 5pm. Find it at 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR. Nearest stations are Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street.
Blooming brilliant bouquets as far as the eye can see. Such is the scene you’ll find on Sundays out in the East End. Columbia Road is justifiably famous as the prettiest Sunday market in London, and you’ve got a decent chance of nabbing a bargain if you head along towards closing. Columbia Road is also composed entirely of independent shops, so every pound spent here supports hardworking local businesses. Read all about it here.
Open Sundays from 8am to 3pm. Find it at Columbia Road, E2 7RG. Nearest station is Cambridge Heath.
The OG of East London markets is actually open seven days a week, but weekends are the busiest and most colourful affairs. The usual suspects of food, fashion, and crafts are all present, and you’ll find higher-end eateries and shops surrounding the market. Naturally, the beautiful iron arches of Spitalfields are perfect for a cheeky “look where I am” ‘gram.
Open all week – Saturday hours are 10am-6pm, Sundays are 10am-5pm. Find it at 16 Horner Square, E1 6EW. Nearest station is Liverpool Street.
It’s not everyday that London gets a brand new market, which makes this one particularly special. Modelled on the party atmosphere of New York’s street markets, Oval Night Market sits against the backdrop of Cambridge Heath’s gasworks. With only four weekends in the diary this summer, it’s one of London’s rarest weekend markets – guess you’ll have to pencil a visit in then, won’t you? See more here.
Fridays 5-11pm (May 17th, June 21st, July 12th, August 9th), Saturdays 3-11pm (May 18th, June 22nd, July 13th, August 10th). Find it at The Oval, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DU
West London markets
We have it on good authority that everything and anything a chap can unload is sold here. Thought the world’s largest antique market takes centre stage, you’d be daft not to wander the length of Portobello Road and check out everything on offer. Towards Ladbroke Grove, you’ll find a more diverse range of stalls, as well as the Acklam Village food market, and if you’re ever tired of the market, Notting Hill’s famously colourful houses are tantalisingly close by.
Saturday is the best day to visit, but you can find full opening hours here. Find it on Portobello Road, W11. Nearest stations are Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove.
It may have an odd name, but this bespoke market is serious when it comes to food and fashion. Visitors to this little Saturday market in London’s centrally located Marylebone have might just find designer labels amongst the racks of clothes, so if you’re hunting down something fancy, Cabbages and Frocks comes highly recommended.
Saturdays, 11am to 5pm. Find it in the grounds of St Marylebone Parish Church, W1U 5BA. Nearest station is Baker Street.
Portobello Road has some serious competition in the antique game. Alfie’s is the largest indoor antiques market in town, where everything from furniture to maps can be found – in fact, there’s so much stuff they often wind up spilling out onto the pavement. They also have a very swish roof terrace cafe which offers simply splendid views back over London.
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm. 13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, NW8 8DT. Nearest station is Marylebone.
Not much food at West London’s weekend markets so far, but that’s about to change. Fresh produce is the name of the game in Ladbroke Grove, with organic veg, fresh baked sourdough loafs, and tasty deli options on offer in a pleasantly green playground. They hero a different ingredient each month, with asparagus and strawberries being the champions of May.
Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Thomas’ Academy, New Kings Road, SW6 4LR. Nearest stations are Parsons Green and Putney Bridge.
North London markets
12. Camden Market
You’ll need to dodge the tourists, but Camden Market is a powerhouse for a reason. Between the Lock and Stables markets, there’s enough browsing opportunities to fill up your whole day, and with a fearsome array of street food in easy reach, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all sorted.
Fresh air and even fresher food are what’s on offer during a Sunday market stroll around Ally Pally. There are thirty stalls in residence, selling fresh produce, jams and relishes, and the odd cheeky cake. Leave the Sainsburys shop for another week and support local producers instead, you know you want to. It’s not on every weekend, so keep an eye on their website for upcoming dates.
Sundays, 10am to 3pm. Find it at Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest station is Wood Green.
14. Canopy Market
Kings Cross is the home to this fab food and crafts market, which now runs across the whole weekend. Featuring delicious offerings from the likes of Casa Cannoli, Churros Garcia, and Little Bread Pedlar, you can stuff your face whilst enjoying live music on Friday nights.
Fridays, 11am to 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays, 11am to 6pm. Find it behind Granary Square, N1C 4LW. Nearest station is Kings Cross St Pancras.
South London markets
15. Greenwich Market
If you’re looking for weekend markets along the DLR, this is your stop. One of our top reasons to visit Greenwich, the market is a jack of all trades, offering food, fashion, arts and crafts, and jewellery. It’s famous as the only London market within a World Heritage site, but I know it better as the place I can never leave without buying cannoli first. No willpower…
Open all week, 10am-5:30pm. Find it at 5B Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ. Nearest station is Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich.
16. Brixton Market
Multicoloured and multicultural, Brixton Market is a must-see. Electric Avenue quickly fills up with eclectic market stalls, and if you rock all the way down it, you’ll hit Brixton Village, filled with restaurants and cafes spanning pretty much every cuisine imaginable. Seemingly always under threat from redevelopment, the area continues the fight with local spirit, community strength, and quietly brilliant food offerings.
Saturday is the best day to visit, but you can see individual opening times here. 16B Electric Avenue, Brixton, SW9 8JX. Nearest station is Brixton.
They aim for a village atmosphere at one of London’s cosier weekend markets, and they kinda nail it. Herne Hill Market is a mix of foodie stalls and crafty options, so you’ll have all bases covered with a wander around here.
Sundays, 10am-4pm. Find it on Railton Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0JN. Nearest station is Herne Hill.
London Bridge is your stop for a very vintage addition to our weekend markets list. Having recently made the arduous trek from Flat Iron Square over to Vinegar Yard, Flea brings clothes, furniture, books, and vinyls, making it terribly easy to leave with things you don’t need (but really rather wanted). Read all about it here.
Saturdays 11am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm. Find it at 68 Union Street, SE1 1TD. Nearest station is London Bridge.
One of London’s smallest yet mightiest weekend markets. Amongst the railway arches of Bermondsey, your stomach will go from empty to full just as quickly as your wallet goes the other way. Maltby Street’s Ropewalk is the setting for culinary brilliance, whether that be the street food vendors, or the cute cafes hidden in the arches. Highlights include Little Bird’s gin cafe, an outpost of cult favourite St John, and Sub Cult‘s dangerously delicious subs.
Saturdays from 9am-4pm, Sundays from 11am-4pm. Find it at Ropewalk, 41 Maltby Street, SE1 3PA. Nearest station is Bermondsey.
It took Phileas Fogg eighty days to get around the world, but it will only take you an afternoon here. From Greek souvlaki to Korean barbecue, with stops in Ethiopia and Mauritius, you’ll get a true taste of the globe here. Once you’re done, a stroll (or more accurately, a waddle) down the South Bank should begin to work it all off.
Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm, Sundays until 6pm. Find it behind Southbank Centre, on Belvedere Road, Lambeth, SE1 8XX. Nearest station is Waterloo.
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