This week’s top five takes a deep dive in to the many markets in London. All over the city there are gems waiting to be found; whether it be antiques, flowers or clothes. Don’t hold back your bartering skills!
Alfies Antique Market
13-25 Church Street
Nearest tube: Marylebone
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Alfies antique market is London’s biggest antiques arcade, spanning over four floors and across 35,000 square feet. Housed in an Egyptian-style art-deco building, it was founded over 40 years ago by Bennie Gray of Gray’s Antiques Market in Mayfair. The market is home to roughly 100 dealers selling everything from vintage jewellery and retro clothing, to 20th century homeware and decorations. There is a rooftop kitchen and café where you can enjoy afternoon tea or a pop up brunch with panoramic views over the rooftops of Marylebone. We love how the surrounding shops on Church Street also specialize in 20th century antiques, collectables and high-end art decorations too!
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Berwick Street Market
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Open Monday to Saturday from 8am-6pm
Located in the heart of Soho, Berwick Street Market is one of London’s oldest markets dating back to the eighteenth century. Traditionally the market sold fruit and veg which still remain today along with cheeses, cakes, artisan bread and fresh flowers. Within the 20 or so stalls there is also trendy street food on offer; Freebird Burritos, The Jerk Drum’s Caribbean food and Wow Shees’s Egyptian pittas are sure favourites. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 8am until 6pm and is at it’s busiest at lunchtimes with hungry workers keen to try out the amazing dishes and produce on offer.
Image: Maltby Street
Maltby Street Market
41 Maltby Street
Nearest Tube: Bermondsey
Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm
Relatively new on the market scene, Maltby opened in 2010 and has quickly become a popular weekend destination. Nestled under the Victorian rail arches of the Ropewalk (the brainchild of the creative minds of LASSCO Ropewalk), there are roughly 30 artisan food start ups and star drink traders. Amongst the huge variety on offer there is craft beer from Hiver Beers, mouth watering gourmet brownies from Bad Brownies and award winning hot gourmet sub sandwiches from Sub Cult. Or for something healthier stop by Bumpin’ Rinds who use the freshest produce for their juices.
Image: Time Out
Columbia Road Flower Market
Every Sunday from 8am – 3pm.
Nearest Tube: Hoxton/Shoreditch (Overground)
This market is truly a flower-lover’s dream which overflows Columbia Road in East London every Sunday. The street is lined by market traders who sell flowers, houseplants, bulbs, herbs and shrubs.
The market is extremely popular with both locals and tourists, with midday being one of the busiest times. Our top tip is to visit the market when it’s winding down at around 2-3pm as the traders reduce their prices so don’t be afraid to barter! There’s a number of independent restaurants and delis behind the stalls, for you to refresh after a busy day of buying.
Image: Time Out
Image: Time Out
Old Spitalfields Market
16 Horner Square
Open seven days a week, this iconic market is one of east London’s busiest shopping hubs. Under one giant roof there are numerous permanent boutiques and salons with big brands such as Dr Martens and Chanel. Towards the centre of the market is where you will find traders who sell clothing, arts and crafts and there is always a gem to be found! For music lovers, the first and third Friday of each month sees the vinyl market and for antique fans Thursdays is the weekly antiques market featuring vintage maps, books and collectables from around 80 stalls.
Will you be heading to any of these Markets this Summer? Let us know in the comments!