Let’s be honest, we all like a good bargain, and there’s plenty to find in the markets of London.
Despite its title as of one of the world’s most expensive cities, you can find some great buys — you just need to know where to look.
If you’re visiting London soon and are in need of a good shopping splurge, these 4 markets will not disappoint.
When planning a visit to Camden Market, be prepared for crowds, plenty of crowds. The market is extremely popular with many tourists and locals alike.
There’s 2 venues to the market: one when you come out of Camden Town tube station and turn right; and another a few minutes down the road.
From clothes to jewellery, shoes and art, there’s something for every taste. I’m particularly keen on the retro stores selling second-hand clothing and old records.
Truth be told, it’s musty inside, but the nostalgic feel really takes you back. That, plus there’s many bargains waiting to be bought!
Camden Market is open 7 days a week, including public holidays from 10am to 6pm. If it’s not obvious, it’s closed on Christmas Day!
Leather Lane Market
Leather Lane Market takes place from Monday to Friday from around 10am to 2pm. The market is around a 2-minute walk from Farringdon and Chancery Lane tube stations.
In many ways it’s how a traditional London market should be: no-frills, and with a mishmash of things on offer.
Leather Lane is also filled with many food stalls, cafes and restaurants that are popular with the local office workers. You’ll definitely be able to get a bargain here, plus a taste of London’s diverse community.
From the traditional to the more modern-day market, you can find Spitalfields in London’s East End. There’s nothing about this market that I don’t love: it’s vibrant, interesting and you can make a whole day of it.
The indoor market is surrounded by many bars and restaurants, meaning there’s no need to stray too far from the shopping.
Stalls sell everything from arts and crafts to independent clothing brands that you can’t find on the high street. It’s totally worth visiting, plus nearby sights including Brick Lane is just around the corner.
Spitalfields is open 7 days a week: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturdays, 11am to 5pm; and Sundays, 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).
If you fancy visiting a market that sits within a World Heritage site, then Greenwich Market is for you. The market is open 7 days a week, including public holidays from 10am to 5.30pm.
Greenwich is south of the river, and home to the famous Greenwich Meridian Time. The market is also indoors and includes boutique shops, designer brands and more.
What’s more, there’s a very good food market where you can take your meal outside and sit in one of the local parks or green spaces.
If you prefer a table setting, check out one of the many gastro pubs, restaurants, cafes and wine bars that are within walking distance.