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Although famously historic, London’s markets are far from old-fashioned. They’re bustling homes to almost everything from local flavours to international cuisine. Vintage and vegan to books, food and flowers. Celebrate a diversity that spans local to global and see where London’s iconic spots merge old and new in what’s been a century in the making.  

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A market to suit every choice

Whether you’re into vintage clobber or antique items, bespoke Converse or a British-grown Goan curry, you’ll find everything you never knew you needed, and some more. Check out the best foods, or try something completely new at one of London’s many markets. Make a day of it, make a night of it, or even make a weekend of it. All you need is some money - and a big appetite.

5 every-day markets for everyone

Don’t worry if you won’t make London on a weekend - these five havens of street food, bargain hunters’ spots and original retailers’ rails are open seven days a week. From sustainable food at Mercato Metropolitano to the alternative fashion at Camden Market, there is something for every one, every day of the week. 

Weekend markets to feast and forage  

Every weekend, London’s streets explode with the bustle of markets dedicated to all things delicious, artisan, bespoke, hand made, vintage and antique. Stop by for the blooming explosions of colour and smell at Columbia Road Flower Market, or hang out with the hipsters at Broadway Market, dine out at Maltby Street Market or attempt all five of The Truman Markets on trendy Brick Lane. Whatever you decide, bring big eyes, energy and an empty stomach.  
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Broadway Market

Hang out with the cool kids at Hackney’s Saturday Broadway Market. Arguably the ‘hippest’ market in town, it welcomes up to 130 stalls each weekend selling everything from fabulously fresh produce to vintage threads, blooming flowers and artisan coffee. Although there are no stalls on weekdays, Broadway Market is a lace with deserved kudos and just hanging out there is an enjoyable pastime any day of the week to enjoy its chic boutiques, original restaurants and a seriously robust coffee culture.    

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden has luxury shopping boutiques housed under the iconic Piazza, but come Tuesdays and Sundays you can shop for everything from hand-crafted jewellery to hand-made t-shirts at the Apple Market. Monday’s Jubilee Market is an antique collector’s haven with vintage tins and one-off pieces, and you can also explore handmade soap and handbags of the East Colonnade Market any day of the week.

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Brick Lane Market

East End’s Brick Lane is a melting place of curry houses, cafes, with places to read, drink and dance tucked along its side-streets. You’ll also found a collection of no fewer than five markets known as The Truman Markets, held in the former Truman Brewery.  Although Brick Lane Vintage Market is open daily, every weekend you can catch arts and crafts at the Backyard Market, antiques at The Tea Rooms and independent fashion from Rinse. Sunday’s UpMarket is the star of the show, explore its eclectic street food hall packed with artisan and vintage gems.  

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Greenwich Market

Just an eight-minute train ride (or a leisurely riverboat ride) south of the river, you’ll find Greenwich Market. Depending on which day you visit, you could be picking up one-off hand-crafted gifts or bespoke bunting at the Arts & Crafts Market. Take home some treasures from its Antiques & Collectables Market or refuel at the many vibrant food stalls before exploring the historic and pretty Royal Borough of Greenwich. 

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Maltby Street Market

Set among the 19th-century railway arches of Ropewalk, south-east London, you’ll find the foodie’s weekend Maltby Street Market. Seen as a lesser known alternative to the buzzing Borough Garden, it’s no less rewarding with more than 50 artisans serving mouth-watering nosh from La Pepia the Venezuelan street kitchen to dumplings from Gyoza Guys. Indulge in home-grown British beef at The Beefsteaks or behave yourself with a Bumpin’ Rinds fresh juice, whatever you’re into, come armed with a curious palate and an empty stomach.

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Columbia Road Flower Market

Every Sunday, East London’s Columbia Road comes alive with the big, bountiful blooms, from the exotic to the local, fragrant foliage lines the streets of the Columbia Road Flower Market. Immerse your senses in colour and scent, and even if you go empty-handed you’ll never be disappointed you came. Spilling into side streets, you’ll find lots of local businesses from delis to vintage shops, antiques to local boozers, it’s a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Portobello Road Market

Arguably the world’s largest antique market, Notting Hill’s Portobello Road Market is a London institution. Visit on a weekend to get the best of it all from Fridays offering of vintage stalls, antiques and bric-a-brac to Saturday’s full-swing market of more than 1,500 stalls. Enjoy the hunt and the haggling.