After you’ve taken your tour of London, the next best way to experience London life is to check out the markets. Whether you’re a buyer or a browser, having a relaxed Sunday stroll around one of London’s top markets is sure to be an interesting way to while away the hours. Throw in some great food and live entertainment, and you’ll have a day to remember.
London is well known for its variety of markets and has one to suit every taste. Whether you seek antiques, books, local produce, vintage clothes, street food or flowers, you’re bound to find something to pique your interest.
With that in mind, here’s our roundup of the top 9 Sunday markets in London to whet your appetite for your next trip to the capital.
1. Old Spitalfields Market
This is a great one to visit if you’re a family, with lots to keep you entertained. Food and drink vendors, entertainment and regular events make it a very lively place, while the undercover market and surrounding glass-fronted shops offer everything from designer clothes to handmade soap.
2. Flat Iron Square
This place is a very cool scene, mixing unique food and drinks vendors with a live music and entertainment space, and a fascinating flea market. It’s a great spot with a relaxed, artistic atmosphere.
3. Portobello Road Market
After becoming famous in the 1950s, Portobello Road Market is now the world’s largest antiques market. It contains well over 1,000 stalls, including furniture and homewares galore.
4. The Southbank Markets
With one of the best street food offerings in London and a unique market devoted to secondhand literature, this place is sure to be an interesting – and tasty – visit.
5. Camden Market
If you’re after something slightly alternative, this is the place to go. It’s particularly well known for vintage clothing, bohemian jewellery, and amazing global street food.
6. Columbia Road Flower Market
Not just a sight for the eyes, this world-famous flower market is a full-on feast for the senses. It’s only open on Sundays so it’s always busy. Head there early morning for freshness, or later in the afternoon if you’re looking for some cheeky deals!
7. Greenwich Market
Why not head to Greenwich in South London for a market that’s all about arts and crafts, fashion and design. With over 120 stalls, there’s designer jewellery, handcrafted homewares and unique clothing on offer, as well as a delightful continental food court.
8. Covent Garden Market
With three different markets alongside traditional shop fronts and the occasional street performer, Covent Garden Market is a true Aladdin’s Cave. Allow plenty of time to explore.
9. Northcote Road Antiques Market
If it’s antiques you’re after, this is a great market with collectables to suit every budget. Furniture, art, jewellery and homewares are all on offer in a covered space that’s been running for over 30 years.
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