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 cafés 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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