I am personally of the opinion that weekends were made for markets. There’s nothing quite like a slow sunday morning walking around the streets of London and treating yourself to some of the most amazing food the city has to offer. Here’s a round up of the most popular markets in London, including opening times and the best ways to get there.
Perhaps the most famous market in London, Camden market has it all, from jewellery to records to vintage clothing to food. There’s a fair amount of seating available, and its location by the canal makes it perfect for a sunny day. Some of my favourite stalls at Camden Market are Young Vegans (they do the best pie and mash), Oli Baba’s (the halloumi fries you’ve seen all over instagram) and Naked Dough (for cookie dough of all varieties). It’s open every day from 10am so go in the week if you want to miss the crowds. However, not all the stalls are open all week, so for the most variety, head there on Friday, Saturday or Sunday!
Camden Lock Place, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF
Open: 10am-6pm every day
Nearest Tube Station: Camden Town
Portobello Road Market
This is the perfect place for picking up some Paella before exploring the colourful houses of Notting Hill. Portobello Road is predominantly an antiques and crafts market, however there are a number of great food vendors there and I love the area so much that I had to include it! It’s also a great place to pick up some fresh fruit and veg. Although it is open during the week, I enjoy visiting the market on a Saturday when the most stalls are open and the atmosphere is buzzing!
306 Portobello Road, London W10 5TA
Open: 8am-6:30pm Monday-Saturday
Nearest Tube Station: Ladbroke Grove or Notting Hill Gate
Southbank Centre Market
My boyfriend Rory conveniently used to live right next door to this market, so there was always a good excuse to grab some delicious street food! Southbank Centre Market is open Friday-Monday at varying times, so check the Southbank Centre Website here for details. There’s a great selection on offer including delicious pad thai, curries, shrimp & sweet treats. This is the perfect place to visit on a sunny day. Pick up some food and walk along the river taking in the beautiful city.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
Open: Varying Times on Friday-Monday
Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo, Embankment, or Temple
A foodie’s paradise, Borough Market is a firm favourite amongst Londoners and tourists alike. Located next to London Bridge, it’s full of amazing fresh produce including fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats. But you can also pick up some amazing hot food to enjoy on the spot, including street food from almost every country you can think of. Enjoy fresh pasta, Jamaican Jerk, Spanish tapas or fresh oysters! Check the Borough Market Website for opening times.
Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
Open: Varying Times Monday-Saturday
Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge
Broadway Market in Hackney is a global melting pot of deliciousness. It’s home to variety of different cuisines, meaning you’re bound to find something you like. A personal favourite is Biff’s Jack Shack, who do amazing friend Jackfruit Burgers. This Market is only open on Saturdays from 9-5.
Broadway Market, London Fields, London E8 4PH
Open 9am-5pm every Saturday
Nearest Tube Station: Bethnall Green or London Fields
A little further out of the city but well worth a visit, Greenwich market is open Tuesday-Sunday but again is best visited at the weekend to get the biggest variety of stalls. From churros to empanadas, Thai to Ethiopian, the selection of food on offer is top-notch. Whilst you’re in Greenwich, check out the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum.
Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE109HZ
Open: 10am-5:30pm Tuesday- Sunday
Nearest Tube Station: Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich DLR Station
Maltby Street Market
Maltby is a much smaller market than a lot of the others I’ve mentioned. Brownies, smoothies and epic cheese toasties are all available at this small but sweet little market. It’s also a little harder to get to as the closest tube station (London Bridge) is a 15-20 minutes walk. Whilst it wouldn’t be top of my list to visit, it’s definitely a great place to grab some food if you’re in the area.
37 Maltby Street, London SE1 3PA
Open: 12pm-2:30pm Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday
Nearest Tube Station: London Bridge
Vegan Nights at the Old Truman Brewery
Vegan Nights is a bit of a bonus market. It only happens once every couple of months and you have to buy tickets beforehand but boy is it worth it! The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch is filled with around 40 amazing plant-based vendors. There’s so much variety and it’s hard to go wrong! You can check when the next Vegan Nights event is by checking the Vegan Nights website.