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London's bustling markets

Every time I go back to London, I immediately notice what I love most about this city: the markets. Whether they are primarily weekly markets with local delicacies or offer vintage clothing and antiques - it's the flair that I enjoy to the fullest. Although there is a hustle and bustle in the alleys, the atmosphere is wonderfully relaxed. You can watch the Cool Kids smoking on their window sills as they put the people walking by in drawers. You can stop at one of the market stalls, buy a coffee and listen to the musicians and see how they play their hearts out. Or you can try dishes from 3 different continents in just a few steps.

Things and stories

Next time you're going to London, why not avoid Oxford Street and stroll past the various market women instead of sprinting from shop to shop. It is worth it!
Yes, sure. I can't get past the fancy shops and have to go on a bargain hunt - that's why I'm a girl. But it is the things that I buy at the flea markets that are important to me later, because they are usually associated with a specific story, memory and journey.

FLEE MARKETS

BRICK LANE MARKET

The area around East London's Brick Lane was once considered an impoverished slum. Today it is a Mecca for hipsters and fashion lovers, absolutely urban and with a pronounced artistic atmosphere. It's a great place for a bargain hunt. In addition to market stalls, there are numerous galleries, cafes and restaurants with food from all over the world. Art and music festivals take place here all year round.
opening hours
Sunday 9: 00-17: 00.
Shops, galleries & restaurants: Monday-Sunday with varying opening times
address
Brick Lane, UK - London E1 5HA

PORTOBELLO MARKET

The world famous Portobello Market is home to the world's largest antique market. The market itself has been around since the 1800s, and in the 1950s it became famous for its extensive range of antiques. It's now a kind of exorbitantly large general store. You can find stalls selling everything from fruit and bread to ceramics, jewelry, silverware, vintage clothing and furniture. The main market days are Friday and Saturday. From Monday to Thursday there is a scaled-down version of the market with fruit and vegetable stalls, and a little further up the street there are various antique shops that are open all week.
opening hours
Monday-Wednesday & Friday 8: 00-18: 30, Thursday 8: 00-13: 00, Saturday 8: 00-18: 30
address
Portobello Road, 72 Tavistock Road, UK - London W11 1AN

SPITALFIELDS MARKET

Spitalfields Market has been around since 1638. Today, many young artists studying at the neighboring college of design sell their works of art. There is also a wide range of vintage clothing as well as modern clothing from up-and-coming young designers, as always a lot of music or jewelry.
opening hours
Monday-Friday 9: 00-17: 00, Saturday 11: 00-17: 00, Sunday 8: 00-17: 00.
Shops & restaurants have different opening times. Most shops are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bars & restaurants are open longer (23:00).
address
BrushfieldStreet, Spitalfields, UK - London E1 6EW

COVENT GARDEN

Covent Garden is a former fruit and vegetable market near a monastery. Nowadays you can also buy jewelry or clothing here. The market is a great showcase for British handicrafts. More than 200 registered artists offer their handicrafts.
opening hours
Tuesday-Sunday: 10: 00-18: 00
address
Covent Garden, UK - London WC2E 8R

CAMDEN MARKET

The famous Camden Market is made up of 5 smaller markets. There is clothing, food (of course), art and music here. Much of the market was destroyed by fire in 2008, but the most popular section, Camden Lock, is still open. There are many shopping opportunities in this square, but also live music and comedy clubs, cafes and bars. Originally the market was only open on Sundays, which is still the main day today, but especially the traders who have a permanent stand or small shop offer their goods all week.
opening hours
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Bars & restaurants are open until late
address
54-56Camden Lock Place, UK - London NW1 8AF

PETTICOAT LANE MARKET

The Petticoat Lane Market has been in operation since the 1750s when the Huguenots from France sold petticoats and lace here. Today there are over a thousand stalls on the market that specialize in clothing and housewares. Most of the market falls in the Tower Hamlets area with Middlesex Street.
opening hours
Monday-Friday: 10: 00-16: 30 & Sunday: 9: 00-14: 00
address
between Middlesex and Goulston Streets, UK - London

ALFIE’S ANTIQUE MARKET

Alfie Antiquesmarkt is a vibrant and lively market hall in a former department store for decorative and unusual antiques. The department store has always been an inspiring place for designers. It currently hosts hundreds of dealerships on five floors and offers a wide variety of antiques. The offer ranges from Art Deco pieces to silver, furniture, jewelry, paintings, ceramics and glass to vintage clothing.
opening hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 10: 00-18: 00
address
13-25Church Street, St John's Wood, UK - London NW8 8DT

FOOD MARKETS

BILLINGSGATE MARKET

If you live in an apartment with a kitchen during your stay in London, you should definitely plan a fish menu. You have to go shopping at England's largest inland fish market, the Billingsgate Market. Well, you have to get up early too.
Every year around 25,000 tons of fish and fish products are sold here. About 40% of this amount is imported from abroad. The market complex covers an area of ​​13 hectares. So a lot of fish.
opening hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 5: 00-8: 30
address
Trafalger Way, UK - London E14 5ST

SMITHFIELD MARKET

If you are a meat lover, check out Smithfield Market. This is the largest meat market in the UK. In the past there was only meat here, but now many other specialties such as cheese or imports from southern Europe are also offered.
opening hours
Monday-Friday from 3:00 a.m. until late in the morning.
However, it is advisable to arrive before 7:00 am.
address
225Central Markets, UK - London EC1A 9LH

MALTBY STREET

Maltby Street isn't really a street market. It's a collection of bakeries and wholesalers who have rented the halls under the railway arches. They have considered opening their doors to walk-in customers on Saturday mornings. The proximity to Borough Market is certainly a big advantage here. The market here is a great way to start the weekend. There is a large selection of different specialties. Be it fresh homemade cake or Jewish soul food.
opening hours
Saturday: 9: 00-14: 00 or sometimes later
address
Maltby Street, UK - Greater London SE1

BOROUGH MARKET

Just cancel breakfast in the café and visit Borough Market. The award-winning market is one of the oldest and largest in London. It dates back to the 13th century and is still on the same spot today, under and around the railway piers of London Bridge. It is a gourmet's paradise. There are local agricultural products of really top quality. Smoke rises from several grills or smokers everywhere. The most diverse flavors can even be smelled everywhere. The market is a mecca for food lovers and my wallet can only speak of luck that it lives so far away.
opening hours
Thursday: 11: 00-17: 00, Friday: 12: 00-18: 00, Saturday 8: 00-17: 00
Lunch Specials: Monday-Wednesday 10: 00-15: 00
address
8Southwark Street, UK - London SE1 1TL