Ignore that hangover and make your way to one of London’s best weekend markets, each Saturday and Sunday.
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.
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.
Victoria Park Market
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, Salt Shed, and Casa Cannoli, to name just a few.
Sundays, 10am-4pm. Victoria Park, E2 9JW. Nearest station is Cambridge Heath.
Brick Lane Market
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.
Columbia Road Flower Market
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.
Open Sundays from 8am to 3pm. Find it at Columbia Road, E2 7RG. Nearest station is Cambridge Heath.
Old Spitalfields Market
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.
West London markets
Portobello Road Market
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.
Cabbages and Frocks
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 Marylobe 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.
Alfie’s Antique Market
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. 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.
Parsons Green Farmer’s Market
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 Parsons Green, with organic veg, fresh baked sourdough loafs, and some of the tastiest apples in London on offer here.
Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Thomas’ Academy, New Kings Road, SW6 4LR. Nearest stations are Parsons Green and Putney Bridge.
North London markets
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 KERB’s fearsome array of street food in easy reach, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all sorted.
Alexandra Palace Farmer’s Market
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.
Sundays, 10am to 3pm. Find it at Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY. Nearest station is Wood Green.
Kings Cross is the home to this fab food and crafts market, which now runs across the whole weekend. The big news here is that Bread Ahead have a stall, so you can get your hands on those mouthwatering doughnuts. They pair perfectly with 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
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 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.
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.
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.
Herne Hill Market
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.
Flea at Flat Iron Square
London Bridge is your stop for a very vintage addition to our weekend markets list. Clothes, furniture, books, and vinyls are all on offer, making it terribly easy to leave with things you don’t need (but really rather wanted).
Saturdays 11am-6pm, Sundays 10am-5pm. Find it at 68 Union Street, SE1 1TD. Nearest station is London Bridge.
Maltby Street Market
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, and Fatties Bakery’s infamous marshmallow-topped hot chocolates.
Saturdays from 9am-4pm, Sundays from 11am-4pm. Find it at Ropewalk, 41 Maltby Street, SE1 3PA. Nearest station is Bermondsey.
Southbank Centre Food Market
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 perhaps 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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