London is a city that’s proud of its markets and justifiably so, as the trade dates back to medieval times and is as vibrant and varied as the city itself. With around 83 major street markets in London you‘ll be spoilt for choice when shopping for anything and everything from antiques and exotic ingredients, to retro fashions and crafts.
London’s huge choice of emporiums and unique street markets will land you in shopping heaven. Therefore why not give your senses a treat and pop along to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of some of the capital city’s best offerings.
The markets themselves spin a tale of London’s history. As such, Borough Market is one of the oldest and due to its unspoilt Victorian architecture is a popular location with filmmakers; with various films shot here on a fairly frequent basis. On Saturdays there is a bustling farmer’s market where you can source good quality produce including an excellent selection of cheese and other delicacies, which could be enjoyed with a nice picnic in nearby Greenwich Park.
Brixton is another market you can find in the South of the city and is one of Europe’s biggest Caribbean food markets with somewhere in the region of 300 stalls. Search for exotic fruit and vegetables, specialist fish and meats, African spices and Caribbean baked goods.
Once you’re done with edibles you can continue your shopping spree as Brixton also houses an array of cut-price records and CDs, cosmetics and rails upon rails of clothing. Gabriel’s Wharf is another great south London market to visit if you’re looking for quirky clothes or made-to-measure garments, as it showcases up-and-coming fashion and jewellery designers.
North London also has its fair share of eclectic markets to explore; in particular Archway Market, which has a range of stalls that appear every Saturday. An organic and speciality food section offers an array of treats from organic fruits to free range salamis and Italian cheeses. Fishmongers, bakeries and delicatessens mean you can find pretty much anything you want.
Camden market is also found in north London and is undoubtedly one of the city’s top attractions. As it goes, you can buy virtually anything you can think of at Camden; clothing, music, antiques, ethnic arts and crafts, rugs, as well as food and drink.
Furthermore, the original Camden Lock market which lies next to the Grand Union Canal has three open yards surrounding the Victorian Market Hall where you’ll find vintage clothing, Middle Eastern textiles, hand-carved sculptures and Indian jewellery.
Staying on the north, Wembley is one of the largest Sunday markets around. Held right opposite Wembley Stadium the market has over 500 stalls with traders selling all sorts. You could easily wile away an afternoon here from having a browse through all that’s on offer.
East, West and Central areas all hold their own markets too, so when you’re searching for hotels in London you can remain flexible on location, as you’re never going to be far away from one of the capitals marvellous markets.
Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.