Markets seem to offer the community spirit we need right now. They’re eclectic, jovial spaces filled with sumptuous things we don’t really need but we really really want. The good news is, you can justify your desires with the knowledge that your cash will be going towards helping small businesses. Win-win.
Food, clothes, jewellery, records, you name it – a London Market’s got it. Here are our top picks:
Portobello Road market
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Located in the heart of gorgeous Notting Hill, Portobello Road is one of the world’s largest antique markets – selling not only adorable antiques and collectables, but also vintage clothing, records, jewellery, delectable international street food and more. Open from 9am-7pm on a Saturday, you’re bound to pick up some gems.
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Borough market is London’s oldest food market, brimming with mouth-watering cheeses, cured meats and fresh fish. The market also practices what it preaches, it has totally eradicated single use plastic and is run by a charitable trust. If you’re a fan of fish, we’d recommend visiting Richard Haward’s Oyster stall, run by 7th generation oystermen, the oysters are unbeatable. You can find the opening times here.
Herne Hill market
A local neighbourhood market in South London, Herne Hill market is the perfect spot to spend your Sunday. Expect locally produced foods, arts & crafts, handmade jewellery, clothing and vinyls. Situated on Railton Road, right next to Brockwell park, you could stop in the park on your way home to admire beautiful views across London. It’s open every Sunday 10am-4pm.
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Camden market is by far one of the most vibrant, eclectic markets going in London. With over 1,000 unique shops, stalls, bars and cafes, plus the stunning Camden lock, you’d be silly not to make a day of it. It also has an open-air cinema running until the 30th September. Check it out here.
Columbia Road flower market
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Visiting Columbia Road flower market is the closest you’ll get these days to transporting yourself back to that iconic market scene in Oliver. The air is thick with the smell of flowers and there are barrow boys chanting “Everythin’ for a fiver?” It really doesn’t get much better than this. Stroll on down this Sunday from 8pm to 2pm to get your hands on everything from sunflowers to 10-foot-tall banana trees.
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