8 of The Best Street Markets in London

  • 01 of 09

    The Best of London's Street Markets

    Flower stand in Columbia Road flower market
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    London has many famous shopping streets that are worth visiting, whether you're in the market for antique collectibles or a gourmet lunch. Find out about the pick of the bunch here, including Camden Market and Portobello Road Market.

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  • 02 of 09

    Camden Market

    Camden Market
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    Camden is world famous for its market which attracts more than 100,000 visitors every weekend making it one of London's top attractions. Camden is the place to shop for funky clothes and original gifts from independent designers. Camden High Street is lined with shops including plenty of shoe stores.

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  • 03 of 09

    Portobello Road Market

    Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill
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    Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill is one of the most famous street markets in the world. The Saturday antique market is the most popular but there is a street market six days a week. Portobello Road itself is a long, narrow street which stretches over two miles.

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  • 04 of 09

    Borough Market

    Borough Market
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    London's Borough market occupies a vast space under a Victorian-style warehouse roof, just south of London Bridge. The market is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with Saturday being busiest after 11 am. It's a foodie hotspot so don't eat before visiting!

    Borough Market is closed on Sundays so head to the Rosewood Slow Food & Living Market in Holborn which is a real treat.

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  • 05 of 09

    Greenwich Market

    Greenwich Market
    ••• Memorabilia on sale at Greenwich Market, London. Credit: Doug McKinlay / Getty Images

    Greenwich Market is open seven days a week and is one of London's best markets for arts and crafts, unique gifts, and rare antiques and collectibles. Avoid the weekend if you want to visit with children in buggies. It's much quieter Monday to Thursday so you'll have more space to fit into the local cafes and restaurants. The Coach and Horses is a local favorite; its seating area actually forms part of the market. The food market features an impressive array of food stalls. Highlights include homemade dim sum from La-Mian, vegan cakes from Ruby's of London and southern sandwiches from Pig Dogs and Brisket.

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  • 06 of 09

    Brick Lane Market

    Brick Lane on a Sunday
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    Brick Lane Market opens on Sunday mornings. It dates back to the Jewish community migration and sells everything from furniture to fruit and has become a cool place to hang out for the day. This part of London's east end has become trendy over the last few years and has a vibrant nightlife too.

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  • 07 of 09

    Old Spitalfields Market

    Spitalfields Market, London
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    Old Spitalfields Market dates back to 1638 when King Charles gave a license for "flesh, fowl, and roots" to be sold in what was then known as Spittle Fields. It's now a seriously cool place to shop. The market is surrounded by independent shops selling hand-made craft, fashion, and gifts. The market is busiest on Sundays but is open Monday to Friday too. The shops around the market open 7 days a week.

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  • 08 of 09

    Petticoat Lane Market

    Petticoat Lane Market
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    Petticoat Lane was established over 400 years ago by the French Huguenots who sold petticoats and lace in the area. The prudish Victorians changed the name of the lane and market to avoid referring to woman's underclothes! Although the street was renamed Middlesex Street in the early 1800s it is still known as Petticoat Lane Market.

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  • 09 of 09

    Columbia Road Flower Market

    Columbia Road Flower Market, London
    ••• Columbia Road Flower Market, London. Credit: Eurasia Press / Getty Images

    Every Sunday between 8 am and 2 pm you can find over 50 market stalls and 30 shops selling flowers, and gardening supplies along this narrow cobbled street. It's a truly colorful experience.