|London street markets are famous all over the world. We’ve gathered some of the best gems London has to offer.
Article by Fashion Fix Daily guest writer Rebecca Dickson.
Street Markets are everywhere in London, from foodie paradise to a vintage connoisseurs heaven, there is something for everyone.
Broadway market is one of my absolute favourite spots. Open all year, it really thrives in spring and summer. When the sun is shining, there is nothing better than grabbing a Deeney’s toastie (cheese, caramalised onions and haggis. It’s the sandwich you didn’t know you needed!) and sitting on the grass at London Fields which is a minutes’ walk. It has a real "east end" feel to the place with food stalls, antiques, vintage clothes, jewellery and more. There is also some cute little shops and boutiques and shops to browse if you don’t want the hustle and bustle of the market.
Maltby Street Market
If you are a beer connoisseur then the Bermondsey Beer Mile is something you definitely want to try. You can make your way along all of the breweries, having a beer at each place. Whether that excites you or not, it’s worth going round the corner to the next street to Maltby Street Market! You’ll find lots of cool food stalls like Bad Brownie. As you wander through you will find Bluebird Gin to sip on a cocktail and St Johns Bread and Wine, known for their menu but especially for their bacon sandwich – it’s a real must! If antiques and furniture is your bag then Lassco is full of everything you can think of, even brass door handles!
At one point, Old Spitalfields Market was a huge market hall filled with only stalls. Now it’s been transformed into a mix of stalls, restaurants, street food and shops. You’ll be able to browse through the retro clothes at Collectif, as well as a sturdy pair of shoes from Doc Martens. If beauty is your thing then check out Deciem and The Ordinary. When it comes to food there’s lots to choose from. A highlight is Bleeker St Burger!
Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market is a London institution. It’s been going for years with a incredibly authentic "east end" vibe. Got a tenner? You’ll be able to pick up enough flowers to make a beautiful bunch that will last for ages. Get your phone out for all of the photo ops. You’ll hear Market traders shouting and making jokes as well as music from street performers. There is a great selection of shops to pop in to as you go along too. The old fashioned Sweet shop Suck and Chew feels like you have walked into the 1950s. Any pop culture fans should head for a drink at The Royal Oak pub; you might recognise it from a few scenes with Tom Hardy in Legend!
Borough Market has so much going for it. There’s great produce, delicious street food as well as a great selection of pubs. If you don’t fancy grabbing something substantial then it’s perfect for wandering around and trying all of the tasters of cheese! It’s also ideal for film lovers. The door of The Globe pub was used as Bridget’s front door in Bridget Jone’s Diary and The Market Porter was used as The Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter!
Portobello Road Antique Market
Portobello Road is known for its antique market. You can browse through the stalls, grab some antique bargains and take pictures of the bright and colourful houses on every street.
I’ve only just scratched the surface with markets in London but if someone asks me I always suggest these same ones every time!