There are so many great things to see and do in London that it can often be daunting trying to decide on how to spend a limited amount of time.
One of the most exciting things to do while you’re in London is visit some of the fantastic shopping markets that are dotted around the city. From antiques, to food, to fashion; London has it all!
The Hip Market – Camden Markets, open 7 days a week
The Camden Markets in the North of London are the hippest shopping markets in the city. Packed to the brim with gift-shops, clothing, antiques, food stalls and all manner of bric-a-brac, this place is heaving on weekends so try to visit on a weekday.
Don’t miss the Stables Market section (built in what used to be a horse hospital, complete with shops inside horse-stalls) and Cyberdog; a shop full of neon-raver gear. The giant robots standing sentinel at the doors are amazing!
The Antiques Market – Portobello Road, antiques market is only open on Saturdays
You’ve seen Hugh Grant wandering through the fresh food section in the film “Notting Hill”; the markets on Portobello Road are THE place to go for all manner of antiques and collectibles.
From ancient sewing machines, to silverware, to furniture; this market is a fascinating treasure trove. Keep an eye out for the blue door from Hugh’s house in the film, and stop off for a sweet treat at the original Hummingbird Bakery, famous for it’s cupcakes!
The Foodies Market – Borough Market, open Wednesday – Saturday
If you’re hungry, head to Borough market! A short stroll along the Thames from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, this market situated underneath London Bridge is a foodies delight.
Bursting with delicacies from around the world you can wander for hours as you sample cheeses, oysters, cakes, pheasant, Turkish Delight, olives, asparagus or rhubarb from Yorkshire…you name it, Borough Market probably has it!
What are some of your favorite markets in London? Leave your comments below!