There are few things quite as delightful as a market and equally few things that appeal to such a broad range of people. The selection of treasures available for perusal at a market far surpasses anything you might find in your average high street shop. The whole experience of shopping in a market is far more personal and intimate than wandering through another soulless department store filled with over-priced brands. Markets have history and every vendor has a story, that’s what makes them unparalleled in charm. Below are some of our all-time favourite London markets so that you too can immerse yourself in the wonderful world of trinkets and tasties.
Berwick Street Market
Berwick Street Market is the most obvious place to start when talking about markets in Central London. This gorgeous explosion of sound and colour provides a striking contrast to the otherwise fairly ordered streets of Soho and that’s why we love it. It regularly provides inquisitive visitors with exotic fabrics, delicious treats and a whole host of other bits and bobs. A dream come true for the Central London bargain hunter.
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Jubilee Market is open every day of the week and peddles a phenomenal number of different things, from arts and crafts to clothes to antiques. You name it, they have it (probably). This is the perfect place to kill a few hours and the sheer volume of potential purchases inside should keep even the biggest shop-a-phobe happy.
Covent Garden Market
Covent Garden Market
Not the traditional bustling market filled with energetic vendors hawking random trinkets. Covent Garden Market is the most up-market market you’re going to find in Central London but despite the Mulberry bags and Barbour jackets there are some hidden gems in this world-famous shopping venue that will make you do a double take. Hidden within the complex are leather-bound journals, homemade jewellery and handcrafted candles. There are also a few food joints to refuel after all your shopping!
Small but sweet, this tiny little room hosts a handful of different pop up food stalls and is incredibly popular with those who work in its vicinity. Feast on culinary delights from Ethiopia, Portugal, Italy and more or enjoy some paleo treats and raw food salads depending on which day you choose to go. The selection is limited but more than enough to fulfil all of your foodie needs.
With St James’s Church as a backdrop, the Piccadilly Market already sets itself apart from others just on sheer beauty alone. Yet, once you delve into the heart of the stalls the experience becomes even better. Many of the traders have brought in goods and wares from far off lands, while others are whipping up gourmet nibbles fresh from their own garden or farm. This is definitely a market worth visiting, if only for the scenery.
Street Food Union
Sambal Shiok at Street Food Union
This market is all about serving up the freshest, most delicious food to peckish lunch-goers in the capital. Opening hours are 11-3:30pm Wednesday- Saturday so your browsing times are somewhat limited. Nevertheless, if you can find the time in your day to pay Rupert Street a visit, it will certainly be worth your while. Burgers, paella and poutine are just some of the many wonders awaiting your consumption.
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Main Image Credit: Covent Garden Market courtesy of The Classy Traveler
Image Credit: Berwick Street Market courtesy of The Insider
Image Credit: Startisans courtesy of Timeout
Image Credit: Sambal Shiok at Street Food Union courtesy of Street Food Union