Markets in London

(13 Posts)
FullOfChoc Fri 22-May-15 14:38:43

Can anyone tell me about good markets to go to from central London?

We are staying a Friday night so ideally a Saturday market. I've recently been to Covent garden market which was interesting but very geared up for tourists.

YesThisIsMe Fri 22-May-15 14:46:20

Borough Market is fantastically interesting for food, but very very crowded.
Portobello Road has antiques and collectibles, not cheap and again very crowded.

Camden and Spitalfields markets are slightly less sanitised and touristy than Covent Garden

There are loads more depending on what you're looking for - have a look here

FullOfChoc Mon 01-Jun-15 14:52:36

That's fabulous, thank you very much.

caramelgirl Mon 01-Jun-15 14:54:23

Or stay over 'til Sunday and go to the lovely lovely Columbia Road market. Flowers and nice shops and good coffee and bakery. Really special

dinkystinky Mon 01-Jun-15 14:54:47

Borough is awesome if you're into food.

CactusAnnie Mon 01-Jun-15 14:56:09

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FullOfChoc Mon 01-Jun-15 20:49:29

Thank you all - I appreciate the help and it's making me very excited about the trip!

CactusAnnie, because the touristy ones are so expensive ! I'm hoping for a bargain ;-)

Surely nowhere could be more touristy than Covent Garden? Please tell me it can't!

Hobbes8 Mon 01-Jun-15 20:51:55

Columbia road is lovely. Very busy, but not touristy in the way covent garden is. Close to spitalfields as well.

I don't know it, but Greenwich market is supposed to be good. I loved Camden lock as a teen, but it's probably heading towards covent garden on the touristy scale these days.

Hobbes8 Mon 01-Jun-15 20:56:50

What sort of thing were you hoping to buy? Some of the markets are quite specialised.

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Mon 01-Jun-15 21:02:00

Greenwich market is very nice and I love Columbia Rd

caramelgirl Tue 02-Jun-15 19:05:31

I think Greenwich market is like a small under cover, slightly smarter Portabello Road.
So, I was thinking today, as I walked past Greenwich market site, that I would prefer to go to Portabello for more out there shopping, but Greenwich for nice gifts. This may also be based on my proximity and slight boredom with Greenwich vs exotic west London! But if it is sunny Greenwich park wins for a post market picnic location.

FullOfChoc Tue 02-Jun-15 21:44:15

Hobbes, I think my friends will be after clothes and shoes mostly. A bit of a variety would be good though.

I want to go to them all now!

Bambambini Sun 05-Jul-15 14:46:16

Second Borough Market. Found it recently by accident and it is fantastic. Great food, street food is fab, has a great vibe with bars and restaurants round about. Camden is also good fun.

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