Markets and Street Life, London
That's actually one of the more famous markets as its located in Covent Garden.
Lots of Antques, old jewels and lots of other gaggets.
You can definetly haggle there, dont accept the prices as they tell you.
Mondays: Antiques: 5:00am - 6:00pm
General Market : Tuesday - Friday: 9:30am-6:00pm.
Weekends: Saturday and Sunday: Crafts 9:00am-6:00pm
Queensway is one of the streets in London which are buzzing with life with lots of shops and bars and the oldest department store in London, Whiteley shopping center (see my tip).
Queensway is in Bayswater so all the surrounding streets are crowded with hotels and guesthouses. I once stayed in Pembridge Palace hotel, which is one block from Queensway (see my tip).
There is an inside market in Queensway, Queensway market, which is quite interesting, I have added photos on the market here. It has got many small stores and even a corridor called Psychic Mew where you can talk to mediums and get tarot and rune readings.
There are not many places in London where you can buy fake brand-names like Dior and Chanel etc. but in this market there is a store which sells only fake brand-name clothes. What I found interesting is that there were so many Russians there and some of the store signs were written in Russian as well. There is a Russian café there and a Mediterranean café, a Brazilian shop, an Afro-market and Arabic stores, so this indoor-market is quite international.
There is almost everything in there, a hairdresser, food-store, jewellers, Internet, electronic repair, a computer market, antique etc. etc. So this makes for an interesting visit and I always check it out when in London.
Borough Market is London's oldest surviving market, having occupied its present site near London Bridge for the past 250 years. It is also London's principal foodie market, a place to go for the best farm (and mostly organic) produce from across Britain as well as specialist European foods. It is home to 160 traders, from fishmongers to fruit farmers to artisan bakers. If you're passionate about good food, this is a good place to spend a couple of hours. There are a number of cafes within the Market if you get peckish.
Borough Market is only open for retail sales on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays - and is particularly busy on Saturdays. Admission is free.
There are numerous street entertainers in London, and as the title of the tip suggests, they vary greatly in skill. The chap in the picture was actually remarkably good. As well as looking pretty striking, he was also playing some very accomplished jazz guitar.
If you see one you like, you can throw them a few coins in the box or hat, although there is no compulsion to do so.
The two best areas to find entertainers of this type (although ordinary buskers are everywhere) are Covent Garden and the Southbank. I know for a fact that the Covent Garden ones are all licensed and have to through an audition process so they are pretty talented.
Naturally enough, summer is better than winter to see them, and they seem more numerous at the weekend.
Good hunting, hope you find one you like.
I've been to the following markets:
1. Borough Market (Food, on Thu., Fri. and Sat.), see in my Restaurant tips
2. Camden Market, no need to add more
3. Frogs and cabbage Market (2° hand): this was my favourite! It is a cute but very little market with a lot of 2° hand and vintage clothes, bags and shoes. Moreover, you can find some food street vendors. It is near Reagent Park and Madame Tussaud.
With Petticoat Lane and Brick Lane nearby, the market on Whitechapel Road attracts less tourists. To dive into a subculture of London, this is an interesting place. That’s the place where many Londoners with ethnic background brom the Indian subcontinent or the Arab countries come to get food and household items. The goods itself are not as interesting – it’s the atmosphere. Without exagerating, I can say that I have seen there more people wearing traditional clothes than in Dubai. You can also get a view on the scene in one of the curry or Kebab houses while enjoying a meal.
The market is open from 8 am to 6 pm from Monday to Saturday.
Borough Market is a lively and market full of produce, cheeses, meat, seafood, nuts and dried fruits, flowers and specialty items like jams and mustards. It is a great place to go to even if you don't have a shopping list. The sights, sounds, smells of things for sale, along with the people watching, make for an interesting visit.
Sellers are happy to tell you about their specialties, where they come from and what to look for. Free samples at many places too. We found some wonderful cheeses to take with us for a picnic lunch, and good hearty bread also .
The Market consists of different parts: Crown Square, The Green Market, The Jubilee Market
as well as many shops and restaurants surrounding the Market in Stoney Street, Park Street and Bedale Street.
London is a collection of neighborhoods and former villages grown together through history. We came upon the delightful streets of Shepherd Market simply because it was so close to our hotel. I went looking for a cheap and cheerful place to eat and encountered a good variety of restaurants (some rather high end), pubs, small eateries and some rather exclusive retailers. Among the restaurants there is a Spanish Tapas place, more than one Mediterranean types, and one unusual Mexican/Polish (never seen that before!) place. The pubs were crowded during after work hours, with young professionals spilling onto the street (yes, a common sight in London), but it quieted down in the evening.
So if you want to explore a small neighborhood close to the center of things, but in quiet sidestreets, this could be a good option for you.
A wonderful food market under vaulted iron railway arches by London Bridge station.
Open Fridays aprox 12 noon - 6pm and Saturday 9am -4pm.
This is *the* place for fine organic food. Some of the vegetable stalls have very reasonably priced produce, although this is mainly the luxury end of the market. Shop around a bit and you'll be able to find some bargains. There is also lots of free sampling going on!
I was surprised when I first came here: it is much more like a French or Spanish market than anything in the London I know.
Great for breads, preserves, meat, vegetables, cheese. There's a lovely Spanish deli; a stall selling ostrich meat (take home an ostrich burger?); juice stalls displaying what appears to be grass juice (something horribly healthy no doubt!), and some first class Bakers - I particularly recommend the Chelsea buns.
Lots of little cafes in and around the market - try the one with the barbeque and paella pan outside, along the railings of Southwark cathedral - and a couple of pricy restaurants like 'Roast'.
Nearby, as a respite from shopping, you'll find the wonderful C16th coaching inn (pictured). This is 'the George', 77 Borough High St (it is a little set back from the street in a tiny cobbled alley). The inn was on a coaching route to Canterbury and boasts that Shakespeare and Dickens drank here. It once had 3 galleries, but only the spendid one in my photo remains. And, voted into the top 40 of the 'Beer in the evening' website is the nearby Market Porter
Also nearby - Southwark cathedral, the Golden Hind (the boat in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world), riverside walks, the ruins of Winchester Hall.
Come one come all, this is the place to get your meat and enjoy a nice of fresh meat at your hotel room or place of residence for the long stayers of London, but at the Smithfield Markets you get variety and that's one outta love about about it. I remember exactly asking for directions, two different guys said the exact same thing to me and Dennis respectively, "Farringdon tube is sure to get you there mate", it was awesome and we loved it and enjoyed some fantastic meat!!!
Love Borough Market but don't love the crowds - perhaps Broadway Market is for you! Broadway Market is a farmers market located between Bethnal Green and Hackney, just south of London Fields. It is open from 9am-5pm every Saturday.
Ok, it is tiny compared to Borough, with no where near the selection of goods, but it is growing on a weekly basis and soon they hope to have 120 stalls each week. Even so, we were pleasantly surprised with the selection of goods available, recognising some of the vendors from Borough, and discovering some new ones as well. We found it a lot easier to browse and shop here as there was room to move.
The shops lining the street are also worth a browse. Perhaps you a feeling peckish and have a hankering for a some hot jellied eel, or need to buy a gift, or want to relax in one of the small cafes and watch the market activity.
Broadway Market has a great community feel to it and I know we will venture back again soon - looking forward to seeing it grow and prosper.
Leadenhall Market goes back to the 14th century, but the covered market passage which hosts stands with fresh food , fish, cheese and meat (from Monday to Friday) was built in the late 19th century. Unfortunately I only saw it on weekends when this area is pretty dead. It was also used as a film location for the Harry Potter movies (the area near Diagon Alley and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron - see my Harry Potter - London tips for further infos).
A huge assortment of Afro-Caribbean foods - in fact, this is the largest market of its kind in the whole of Europe. Also sold are spices, potions & lotions, incense, clothes and a huge array of fish.
Market days are Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 8am - 6pm and Weds 8am - 3pm
Great place to go if you want to explore the markets is the Petticoat Lane/ Brick Lane area. Petticoat lane is a cheaper market - great for souvenirs and other cheap and interesting junk. Spitalfields is more expensive, but you can find some nice hand-made clothes/purses/jewelry etc. Also, great food. Speaking of which, Brick Lane is known for its Indian food (actually mostly Bangladeshi, but most people don't know the difference), and on Sunday there's a food market in the area as well. Have fun shopping!
…is one of the oldest surviving marrkets in Britain. It focuses on cheap clothing – some are bad far eastern imitations, but some are a real bargain. Some other items are also sold, for example household articles or CDs. Many vendors are of foreign origin, creating a multi-ethnical atmosphere on the market. This is also reflected on food stalls, where you can get quite everything from jellied eels and hot dogs to halal and kosher food. The market gained a large popularity among tourists during the last few years, so that also London souvenir stalls can be found on this markets. All in all, it’s a place I would recommend to get a small East London experience.
The best time to visit is on Sunday morning, when it reaches its largest size. If you are in a market mood, also visit some nearby markets like Columbia Road Flower Market or Brick Lane Market. Those markets are just a short walk away. For opening times, please check the webpage below.