Museums, landmarks and parks abound in London, but markets are high on our must-visit list, too. This capital city’s vibrant street bazaars offer something for every traveler. Here are three of our favorite places to shop the stalls.
1. Borough Market
Go for: The incredible food selection. There are over 100 different stalls filled with both British and international treats. You’ll find everything from fish to fruit and poultry to pastries.
Where it is: The city’s Southwark neighborhood, near London Bridge. The culinary market has existed in some form since traders began congregating in the area during the 13th century.
When to visit: The dining area, restaurants, pubs and cafes are open on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10am to 5pm. The full market is open every Wednesday through Saturday. Check out the Borough Market website for details around daily opening times.
2. Portobello Road Market
Go for: Antiques, clothing, food, household items and even secondhand goods. Different stretches have stalls dedicated to each of these categories, and you’ll also find plenty of stores and restaurants lining the streets of Portobello Road.
Where it is: Notting Hill, a charming neighborhood in west London. Hop off at the Ladbroke Grove or Notting Hill Gate Tube stop—it’s an easy walk from either.
When to visit: Swing by this outdoor market any day except Sunday. Fridays and Saturdays are busiest, as the main antiques section of the market is open from 9am to 7pm. You can also visit between 9am and 6pm Monday through Wednesday, and until 1pm on Thursdays.
3. Camden Market
Go for: The atmosphere and huge variety of goods. Whether you’re on the hunt for for global cuisine or fashion, music and art, you’ll find something unique here.
Where it is: Take the Tube to the Camden Town stop and you can’t miss it. This bustling area near Regent’s Park is actually comprised of three different markets: Camden Lock, Camden Stables and Union Street.
When to visit: The market is generally open every day between 10am and 6pm, although certain stalls and shops may keep slightly different hours. Visit the website for more details about the section you’d be most interested in exploring.
Have you been to any of these markets in London? Do you have any other favorites to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!