Londoners love a good market, and if you’re visiting the city this summer, there’s no better way to embrace the local culture than by heading to a weekend market to enjoy this tradition first hand. From antiques to food, fashion and much more besides, London’s market scene is unrivalled – here are our top suggestions and favourite spots for some weekend bargain hunting during your stay…
Brick Lane Market
This popular London market is always a great place to visit, but it is at the weekend that it truly comes to life, with Sundays offering everything from arts and crafts to the very best in London’s vintage fashion scene. Brick Lane is the ideal venue for stocking up on unique gifts for family and friends back home, or finding a few distinctive mementos of your trip while staying at luxury suites in London.
With 135 stalls on offer, Broadway Market was once a London mainstay, before relaunching in 2004, bigger and better than ever before. This is the place to go for dedicated foodies staying at San Domenico House, situated between London Fields and Regent’s Canal. Head here to sample some of the city’s finest street cuisine all in one place.
Old Spitalfields Market
While this market is open seven days a week, weekends are the busiest and most exciting time to visit, with colourful market stalls covering everything from fashion to food. You’ll also find more high-end fare here, with plenty of shops which surround the market providing everything a discerning London shopper could possible ask for. The market itself is also quite beautiful, with iron arches which cry out for amateur photographers and social media updates while you visit the San Domenico House Hotel.
Portobello Road Market
One of the most famous markets in the city, you’ll find essentially everything here – though it is antiques which provide the bulk of the offerings. If you get tired of shopping, then you can also explore Notting Hill – a vibrant and distinctive part of London. Saturday is the best time to enjoy Portobello Road Market, providing the most impressive range of stalls and items. If you’re not a big fan of crowds, arrive early or later in the day, though be aware that it always tends to be quite a bustling attraction!
Columbia Road Flower Market
For lovers of floristry or simply those keen to see one of the most unique markets in the city, a trip to Columbia Road Market is an absolute must. Without doubt the most beautiful market in London, this is a weekend market with real summertime appeal – and if you head here during the end of trading hours, you’ll be sure to grab a bargain! It gets pretty busy during the middle of the day, so for those who would love to get a few photos of the stunning floral arrangements and flowers on display, its best to arrive early. The surrounding area has much to recommend it too, as Columbia Road is filled with independent retailers selling local goods.