Markets in London

Flowers, food and antiques can all be found among London's fabulous European market scene. Our recommendations to London's top ten markets will have your suitcases filled with treasures but maybe not necessarily bargains. Market shopping is sort of shopping experience, allowing for a taste of local London life and people watching.

London's famous Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill is usually jammed packed with visitors and locals alike. Most people veer off onto Westbourne Grove after maneuvering the crowds for a peek at the pricey antique stalls. Keep going. The market continues through a section of produce, breads and ethnic cuisine then fashion and finishes with a flea market.

Gourmet food lovers should head directly to Borough Market at the end of the Southbank near London Bridge. Open Thursday through Sunday, deal making happens near closing time.

While taking flowers home is impractical, strolling the Columbia Road Market on a Sunday is worth the time for the photos you'll take home. The caf├ęs are equally noteworthy. More End End shopping awaits at the Spitalfields Market, known for budding London fashion designers. The ethnic markets on Brick Lane and Petticoat Lane are a mishmash of household items, bikes, spices, food and shoes.

Apple Market, the covered market in Covent Garden, is not included in our list of top ten London markets. If in the area though, browse through the handmade crafts and photography.

Give bargaining a polite try in London's markets, although do not expect more than a 10% to 20% reduction in most places.

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Borough Market

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8 Southwark Street

London's gourmet food market... read more

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Portobello Road Market

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Portobello Road

London's most famous market... read more

Old Spitalfields Market

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Commercial Street
Spitalfields

Indoor market for the fashion conscious... read more

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Camden Market

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Camden High Street

The largest (and probably most hip) street market in Britain... read more

Columbia Road

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Columbia Road

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Brick Lane Market

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Brick Lane

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Greenwich Market

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Greenwich High Road
Greenwich

Several markets rolled into one... read more

Bermondsey Square Antiques Market

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Long Lane
Bermondsey Square

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Berwick Street Market

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Berwick Street, Rupert Street
Soho

Fresh Fruits and vegetables surprise in Soho...
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Piccadilly Market at St. James's Church

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197 Piccadilly
Westminster

True City Market... read more
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