London is a treasure trove of markets, small and large. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a whole host of marketplaces just waiting to be discovered. Read on to discover some of the hidden gems I think are worth a peek whenever you are staying in London with Superbreak.
Sunday UpMarket – The Old Truman Brewery
Entrances on Brick Lane, Hanbury Street & Ely’s Yard
Described as one of London’s most exciting and imaginative markets, Sunday UpMarket offers more than 140 stalls retailing bespoke and exclusive products. Whether you love fashion and accessories, are interested in music and crafts or can’t resist a foodie treat, this market is the place to be.
Located at The Old Truman Brewery, Sunday UpMarket was created with up-and-coming artists and designers in mind. Connecting direct with customers to sell their products, I think it’s a great way to discover one-off items and culinary delights from all over the world.
Exmouth Market – Between Farringdon Road and St John Street, Clerkenwell
Monday to Friday, 12pm-3pm
A once run-down area in London, Exmouth Market is now one of the most desirable hot spots for gastronomic delights. With its stylish and relaxed vibe, perusing the daily market is a real pleasure.
Open in the early afternoon, there’s plenty of street food on offer to suit everyone’s taste. Whether you want an al fresco-style lunch or are simply searching for inspiration, you can definitely find an extensive mix of specialist foods from around the globe.
Alfies Antique Market – Church Street, Marylebone
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm
Whether you’re an antique collector or an interior enthusiast, Alfies Antique Market is the ideal place to hunt down vintage goods from years gone by. I recommend spending time browsing through an assortment of collectable and one-off items while taking in the unique and infectious atmosphere.
Specialist dealers are always on hand with their knowledge and experience to guide you through the maze of hidden gems helping you find something truly amazing.
As London’s largest indoor market, Alfies Antique Market is the ultimate place for wonderfully eccentric vintage collectables and 20th Century design.
Brixton Makers Market – Brixton Station Road
Every 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10am-5pm
If, like me, you’re a sucker for beautifully crafted gifts and one-of-a-kind trinkets, then you will love Brixton Makers Market. Every 2nd second Saturday of the month, you can discover local handmade arts, crafts, fashion and furniture to suit a range of styles and budgets.
With its ever increasing popularity, Brixton and South London are pushing ahead as one of the best areas for budding creative entrepreneurs and craftspeople, ready to share their unique collection of gifts and products.
From quirky cards and hand-crafted jewellery to innovative paintings and recycled furniture, the hours can easily slip away when exploring this diverse market.
Shepherd’s Bush Market – Goldhawk Road
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 9.30am-5pm; Thursday, 9.30am-1.30pm
When looking for ethnic and exotic foods, sometimes the local supermarket just won’t cut it. Step into Shepherd’s Bush Market for a multicultural experience of Indian, Caribbean, African and Polish food products.
A local favourite of mine, the market offers a fantastic selection of vegetable stalls, butchers and fishmongers, as well as a range of fascinating delicacies like yams, cassava, okra and breadfruit.
If you’re in the market for clothing or home furnishings, then you can also find vibrant textile goods, cultural fashion pieces and appealing accessories at real bargain prices!
Do you know of any secret markets in London? We’d love to hear from you!