Other Markets, London
The market is huge- covering the hard standing area of Kempton Park Racecourse.
No gee-gees today!
There are numerous stalls selling snacks, teas and coffees, etc. The smell of frying onions and burgers pervades the whole area---lovely!
What to buy: This market sells everything, from shoes, clothes, to vegetables and fruit, flowers, plants, tools and household items as well as toiletries...etc., etc.
What to pay: I spent just £11.00 today and came home with, apples,(2lbs.), peppers,(4 large) a laundry basket, a duck,(6lbs.) onions,(3lbs.)!Oh- and a tray of 12 viola plants-(£3.00) winter flowering!
In the middle of the village is the Greenwich Market which is a fascinating collection of jewelry, antiques, collectables, clothing, arts and crafts, etc. We enjoyed browsing through and I even bought a few old coins. Nice place to find a souviner that is not one of 10 million alike. It is open Thursday-Sunday until 5:30 p.m. Opens at 7:30 on Thursday and Friday and 9:30 on Saturday & Sunday. There are cafes, shops etc. adjacent, most of which are open daily. A recent addition is the food market whi ch is open Wed-Sun and has a wonderful selection of fresh breads, cheeses, meats, pastries, etc. Great place to pick up stuff for a picnic.
This tip is aimed at those who are spending some time in South East London, or living locally, particularly if on a tight budget. There are great markets in London for tourists just here for a week or so, such as Columbia Road flower market, Borough, Camden or Portobello: this is more of a place for doing a weekly shop.
Lewisham is primarily a fruit & vegetable market (nothing really special in the clothes line). The stalls set up each weekday at 8.30am, with the stall holders chatting, singing and laughing. Queues build up at the best stalls - look out for this. I've been given great tips on cooking unfamilar foods while waiting in queues!
Some of the stalls sell very cheap products in 'scoops' but be wary - quality is variable. My favourite stall is the one pictured which is very frendly and sells great quality products aimed at Lewisham's diverse community: you can pick out what you want here, unlike some stalls where the best stuff is on display but not for sale.
There are a couple of takeaway stalls at the market: a donut stall down - also a German hot-dog stand near the clock tower. Opposite the market is a traditional 'eel pie and mash' cafe and a great fabric shop called 'rolls & reams'.
From time to time a group of French people set up here, selling fabulous cheeses, sausages & other deli products.
Shops nearby: TFC (Turkish Food Centre) further on down the High Street - past the Central Library but before the swimming baths - sells a good range of vegetables and really great bread, pastries, borek, plus halva, nuts, olives, pulses, ayran, hummus, yoghurt, tinned specialities. Delicious.
In the other direction, in Lewis Grove, just off the High Street, you'll find a really good, long-established Italian deli 'Gennaro': ham, cheese, pasta, sweets - really excellent. Further on round into Lee High Road you'll find more unusual food shops - I particularly recommend a new(ish) Polish supermarket, a little Sri Lankan shop and a smart chinese minimarket.
Whitechapel market is a popular and busy Asian street market where you can buy all kinds of fruit, veg, clothing, fish and electrical goods. This is such a strong Asian community, you could easily feel like you are no longer in Europe whilst visiting this area of London.
The majority of residents and market stall owners here are Muslim, so respect that and be careful taking photos - some may not like it and it will cause offence.
What to buy: Almost anything here, particularly handbags and shoes
What to pay: It's not expensive
The Brixton Market is a cosmopolitan treat made up of reggae music, slick Muslim preachers, halal meat, fruits and vegetables.
Also found are wigs, homeopathic root cures, goat meat and rare records
Fun for people watching and that neon wig you want to surprise your lover with!
What to pay: Bargain, bargain, bargain
I was looking for a different market than Portobello Road to head to on a Saturday morning, I had thought about the Roman Road Market but it was a little bit further than I wanted to go so someone suggested Church Street Market. A reduced size market is open Monday-Friday, full market on Saturday.
This is a market more for Londoners than visitors, lots of people selling fish, fruits and veggies, cheap clothes. The website lists antiques but we didn't see any, perhaps they were inside a store. Most of the patrons and vendors seemed to be from around the immediate area of Edgware Road and Paddington, lots of different nationalites, felt like being in a non English speaking country more than England. We witnessed an argument between a "proper" English lady and an immigrant, the "proper" English lady was yelling something to the effect of you are not from here, I am a real Londoner, why don't you go home?
I wouldn't recommend this market for a 1st timer coming to London but if you find yourself near Edgware Road on a Saturday morning, it's worth a stroll through as it's not very long.
What to buy: We didn't buy much, a rugby tshirt for a nephew, a travelcard holder for my husband and although he said he was going to eat healthy that day, my husband picked up an Indian chicken masala pita sandwich, just couldn't resist the smell!
Full of yummy mummies, you're more likely to get ran over by a pram than anything else down here.
Heaps of organic vegetable stalls, fresh juice, coffee, a huge selection of breads and pastries, smoked fish, a Dutch cheese stand, greeting cards, childrens clothes, books and retro clothes.
The street on anyother day of the week is quite dead, a few cafes and a bar with outside seating, a few interiors shops, but it comes alive on a Saturday morning.
I bought a handmade card for a friend who was pregnant £3.99, a muffin (chocolate and cherry) for £1 and a coffee for around £1.75.
You can also have a lovely walk along Regants Canal too. Though watch out for cyclists.
Every Saturday 09.00 - 17.00
What to buy: Shops that line the road-
If you fancy a bit of something different visit the pie and mash shop R Cooke & Sons
Pop in to The Dove, famous for its Belgium beer and food
The Little Georgia a Russian restaurant and café
Famous Argentinan steak house- Buen Ayre
The Cat and Mutton a recently refurbished gastro-pub
There's quite a few galleries too.
The website link is a good site, lots on the local history, listings of all the shops, cafes, bars, galleries.
This small shop is located deep in the heart of the rabbit warren that is Camden Market.
If you are looking for an Egyptian Hooka (and who isn't ?) then this is your shop. The 'bubble pipes' line the walls of the shop, but they also sell handcrafted Papyrus, Perfume Bottles,Brass Pyramids, Grape Lamps, Stone Statues, Ornaments, Mother of Pearl inlaid boxes, Jewellery, Silver, and more (as they always say)
The friendly owner, Ashraf Sayed, is proud of his shop and is always willing to have a chat.
What to buy: hubba bubba
I have been to Merton Abbey Market a few times. It is not in Central London, but in Greater Lonon, in the Merton Borough. A tube ride on the Northern Line to Collierswood station will get you there easily.
They hold Abbeyfest Events where they have live music, lots of food on offer, comedy and theatre.
They have various little restaurants where one can have a meal or have a coffee.
There is a super pub there too, right on the banks of the river! (check out my tip for The William Morris public house under London restaurants).
What to buy: You can buy all kinds of things here, from childrens books and toys, to art and crafts, to fishing items, artworks and paintings, gem stones and rocks and fossils, to clothing and hats.
I have bought a lovely handcrafted frame here before and I had my eye on their stain glass mirror too... but dont really have room for it at home, so didnt get it.
Prices are not at all bad, considering they are handcrafted too.
What to pay: Items are not that expensive, considering they are hand crafted. I have a good look though when I come here, to find bargains! :)
Tesco will be one of the best things that ever happened to you in London. You can get very good deals on pre-made sandwiches and other food and drinks. Food and beer were drastically cheaper at the market, and Tesco is the market in particular that I ran into a few times.
What to buy: I would buy sandwiches and beer here, and if it's a nice day, have a picnic lunch out in the park overlooking the mall. You should arrive early in the day, as the selection will be depleted later in the day, and the good food will all be gone.
What to pay: I believe it was around £ 2 for a sandwich and about £ 3 for a 4-pack of beer, but that's just approximate costs. Whatever it is, it will be much less expensive at a market than it will be if you go to a pub or restaurant.
If you are looking for something unique and fun go to Camden Market. The market is open everyday, on weekends more stalls/ stores are open. You buy anything here from CD's, clothes, shoes to that spikey dog collar you always wanted! They have some of the best secondhand goods here for a good price! It is a bit of a trip to get out to Camden but well worth it!
What to buy: Vintage clothing, handbags and shoes, CD's for 5 pounds, antiques
For more than three centuries, Covent Garden was London's central market for produce and flowers. Now very expensive antique and crafts stores, restaurants and health food stores have taken over the area. There is plenty of street entertainment also to keep shopper amused.
In the gardens central piazza there is the Apple Market and the Jubilee Market.
In the old Victorian times, Covent Garden was famous for its 'gin palaces' and being immoral and disreputable.
Set in the heart of the West End, in a historic, listed building, Grays gives the chance to meander among some truly beautiful, weird and diverse objects. Many dealers offer jewellery, collectibles, ceramics, fashion accessories etc.......great opportunity to pick up a little piece of British history or culture.
What to buy: browse and see what takes your fancy.....
This is an indoor market made up of a maze of 100's of dealers who selling anything from 20th century cult furniture to vintage handbags to iconic clothing -if you're looking for something to compliment your own eclectic style, good chance you'll find it here!
This place always provides fun & smiles & sometimes hearty laughter (see other photos of my friend & myself a few years down the line!! The main market hall has many small high street outlets, but the local craft is much more interesting. You can find lots of special local crafts in the covered market. Come and be entertained by the street performers, watch talented fiddle players in the market place, or if the weather turns to rain or cruel winds, like it did on our visit, go people watch in one of the pubs = all good fun
What to buy: Everything from food & drink to warm hats & scarf to local craft & prints & postcards
What to pay: What you can afford - somethings are really cheap & some expensive