Top 3 London Markets You Must Check Out

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Today I’m sharing the top 3 London markets you must check out (in my opinion). If you’re planning a trip to London, make sure to add these to your bucket list or itinerary!

Camden Market, one of my top 3 London Markets you must check out.

My Top 3 London Markets

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22 love a good London market. We have so many, making it almost impossible to narrow down my favourites. Heading out to a market on a sunny Saturday with friends is pretty much my ideal way to spend a weekend… especially if vintage clothes, secondhand books, vinyl records or plants are involved!

I’ve lived in London since 2014, in several different boroughs, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to explore the markets. I haven’t visited every single London market, but I’ve been to most of them. Anyway, here are my top 3 London markets at the moment!

1. Borough Market

Borough Market Food Stalls in London.

Borough Market is food heaven. It’s right by London Bridge, and usually very busy but for a good reason: you can get pretty much any food you fancy for lunch!

Borough is one of London’s historic markets – it’s been open since the 1700s. Borough Market is actually the largest food and drink market in the UK, where you can find everything from locally sourced vegetables to exotic spices and artisanal delicacies.

Whenever my Grandad is in town we tend to get a quick lunch here before venturing to the Tate Modern down the road, or further into central London for art galleries galore.

Borough Market, London.

If you decide to visit Borough Market, make sure to check out the Old Operating Theatre Museum too! It’s right by the market, and such an interesting place to see.

2. Camden Market

Camden Market, one of my Top 3 London Markets.
The shopfronts in Camden are unique and artistic.

Whenever someone I know is visiting London, I always recommend Camden Market. It really is a must-see!

Camden is the king of markets with over 800 shops and stalls. You can find everything from fashion to food, antiques and souvenirs. Camden Market really has it all, so you will not leave disappointed. No wonder it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe!

As a big fan of vintage clothes, vinyl records, and anything ~edgy~, whenever I’m in need of a new outfit I head down to Camden. There’s music, colours, cool people wearing amazing fashion, and I love watching the canal boats.

If you’re vegan, I’d thoroughly recommend visiting Cookies & Scream: their milkshakes are to die for. I’ve written about my top 10 London vegan restaurants, feel free to check out that blog post for more foodie options.

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I love spending time by the canals in Camden.

3. Spitalfields Market

Spitalfields Market is one I’ve recently been checking out since moving to East London.

It’s right in E1 by Liverpool Street station, so it’s walking distance from my workplace on Tower Hill. Very convenient!

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My flatmate and I have had many lunches at Old Spitalfields Market (the original East End market opened in the 1800’s!) – it’s open 7 days a week.

On Thursdays, they have a famous antique market, which I’ll definitely take my Grandad to at some point. Spitalfields Market also has stalls of vintage clothes on Saturdays from 88 independent designers. As it’s down the road from Brick Lane in Shoreditch, it’s perfect for a weekend fashion trip!

Daffodils at London Borough Market. One of the top 3 London markets you must check out.

That concludes my top 3 markets in London you need to check out! Portobello Road deserves a notable mention due to the picturesque location of Notting Hill, and I totally need to check out Columbia Road’s Flower Market.

If you’ve visited London (or live here), let me know your top 3 London markets!

All the best,

- Emily

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