London has so many great markets that it tends to be overwhelming. They are so varied in offerings that it is almost necessary to visit all of them to get the full experience. Although the crowds and the sheer amount of stuff being sold can sometimes be maddening, they do offer a great deal of items at prices that are far cheaper than what you would pay at a traditional store. For that reason alone, they are definitely worth the trip. Also, if you are a slacker or procrastinator and have yet to buy a Father’s Day gift, the markets are a great place to find that perfect and unique present for dear old Dad. Here are a few of my favorites:
Borough Market is located near London Bridge and is easily reachable by public transport. The main draw here is the wide variety of food vendors. They sell (and hand out samples) of foods from all over the world. From chocolatiers to cheese mongers and bakeries, the market has something for everyone.
Thursday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Brick Lane market is located in East London and offers shoppers an incredibly diverse selection of goods. Here, you will find everything from vintage military jackets and sunglasses, to handmade jewellery and t-shirts. Also, there is a huge selection of cheaply priced international foods available in the food halls around the market. While you’re there, check out the street art, including works by Banksy and D*Face, that is scattered around Brick Lane.
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Portobello Market runs through the heart of Notting Hill in West London. The main draw here is the extensive selection of antiques, as well as high quality fruits and vegetables. It is worth making the trip for the food alone. The quality of produce available is leaps and bounds better than what you will find in the grocery store, and it is sold for a fraction of the price. The market gets a bit crowded, buy if you can handle the hustle and bustle, you will find some great deals.
Monday – Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM