London is truly a melting pot of different cultures, ethnicities, skills, tastes, and so much more. This can be seen in the variety of stalls and shops that can be found in London’s best markets. From arts and crafts to culinary excellence, textiles galore to handmade jewellery, here is what the top markets of London have to offer.
Borough Market | 8 Southwark St, London, SE1 1TL
Borough Market is a celebration of food from every corner of Britain and the rest of the world, and even includes a gorgeous spot to sit and dine al fresco with food from one of more-than-twenty of their restaurants.
This market has been at its current location since 1756, close to the famous London Bridge and the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Since then, Borough Market has evolved its ethos, focussing on sustainability and the planet.
Spitalfields Market | 56 Brushfield St, London, E1 6AA
In the heart of the East End, traders have been operating on the site where the market stands since 1666. Not too far away stands the landmark Truman’s Brewery, which was opened soon after in 1669, though the Market really blossomed in the Victorian era.
Spitalfields and the East End have always boasted a strong sense of community and a vibrant mix of many ethnicities and cultures. This is shown in the wide variety of eclectic stalls that Spitalfields Market has to offer, located less than a 10-minute walk away from Dorsett Hotel, City.
Camden Market | 54-56 Camden Lock Pl, London, NW1 8AF
Camden Market has been notorious for its diverse community and creativity since way back in 1974. Starting with 16 stalls of arts and crafts, Camden Market now boasts over one-thousand unique shops, stalls, bars, and cafes.
The highlight of Camden Market is its unconventionality, and its legendary influence in the London music scene. In fact, the beloved Dingwalls and the Roundhouse are often credited as helping to bring rock and punk to London.
Shepherd’s Bush Market | London, W12 8DF
Though there are a wide variety of stalls for you to browse at Shepherd’s Bush Market, the market is dominated by fabrics and textiles. The quality and variety of their textiles are so revered, that they have been used for costumes in the Harry Potter film franchise and on Strictly Come Dancing.
From poplin to taffeta, chiffon, voile, Dutch wax cloth, and brocades, Shepherd’s Bush Market has become a haven for London’s fashion students and clothes designers alike.
Greenwich Market | London, SE10 9HZ
Greenwich Market has been open to the public on its current site in the ancient village of Greenwich since 1737, when its 60 stallholders consisted of over 30 butchers, 1 grocer, 1 baker, and 1 hatter.
Over the years, Greenwich Market has seen many rises and falls in its history. Its most recent revival bloomed in popularity with the arts and crafts industry, which is where its current interests lay.
Covent Garden | 14 James St, London, WC2E 8BU
Covent Garden was once home to a world-famous fruit and vegetable market, which is marked by the Apple Market, filled with handmade jewellery, artwork, antiques, and collectibles.
As well as the Apple Market, Covent Garden also plays host to the East Colonnade Market, the Jubilee Market, and countless covered shops.