Most people who head to London for some retail shopping head to the bright lights of Oxford Street. With over 300 shops including designer outlets and well-known high street brands you won’t be disappointed. But if you’re looking for something a little different, why not head out to some of the famous markets which are situated around London.
If you’re unsure of where and when to go, here’s a brief low down of 4 of the best markets to visit.
Situated in the trendy district of Notting Hill, Portobello Market is one of London’s most iconic and trendy markets. It’s barrows, bars and famous blue doors are recognised around the world from films such as Paddington Bear, Notting Hill and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It is famously known for its half-mile long antiques market which is reportedly the largest in the world. The main market day is Saturday, where the street comes alive with literally over a 1,000 traders as they display their goods. The market is split into sections which you can find out more about by visiting the website – http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/. Not only will you have a great day sifting through the different stalls, but you may even find yourself up close and personal with celebrities. Visit on a Friday to avoid the busy Saturday crowds.
Camden Market is the fourth most popular tourist attraction in London and attracts approximately 250,000 visitors a week. The main trading day is Sunday, but Saturday is also a popular day to visit. Sunday can be very bust so before you get swept along with the hustle and bustle make sure you plan ahead. The Camden Lock Market end is the arts and crafts section where you’ll find scarves, shoes, jewellery and much more. There are also some wonderful street food stalls with plenty of choice. There’s also an indoor area where you’ll find touristy gifts but don’t be put off as there are still stalls selling vintage items. Head to the website for more information: https://www.camdenmarket.com/
Old Spitalfields Market
Located in the East End of London, Spitalfields Market is open 7 days a week. It is a completely covered market and has been trading as a market for over 350 years. The market has many independent traders who showcase unique goods from cutting edge fashion to artisan food. Saturday is ‘Saturday Style Market’ where you’ll find original clothing, accessories, homeware and ethical goods all inspired by 88 independent designers. There’s quirky boutique’s and less traditional market stalls so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy wondering through the stalls and shops. You can find out more about opening times and a guide to market by visiting their website – https://oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/. There are plenty of places for you to enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat but if you’re looking for something a little extra special to finish off your shopping spree, head to Bishopsgate where you’ll find restaurants with live music to really make it a day to remember.