Market Mania - London's Top Markets
London is justifiably proud of its markets, most of which date back to mediaeval times. Many of London's best are right on One Aldwych's doorstep and make a great day out. From London's oldest market, Borough Market, which is seeing a revival as a foodie haven with its organic produce market, to the eclectic retail wonders of Covent Garden's Apple Market.
Covent Garden Market - Within the iconic Piazza lies the Apple Market which sells hand-made crafts that make perfect gifts. Jubilee Market is on the south side of the Piazza and has an eclectic range of stalls. Open: everyday.
Covent Garden's Real Food Market - Stock up on tasty cheeses, top-notch charcuterie and much more from the many stallholders in this fantastic market. Open: Thursday
Gabriel's Wharf - Small market on the South Bank next to the OXO building, selling mostly jewelry and ethnic nick-nacks. It's a nice walk along the river from One Aldwych hotel. You can hire bicycles just outside the hotel too! Mainly Weekends 10:00-18:00, some stalls keep shop hours.
Borough Market - This gourmet food lovers paradise sells delicious street food, cheeses, artisan bakery goods and fresh fruit and vegetables. Open: Thursday to Saturday
Columbia Road Flower Market - A fabulous flower market in the Old East End which is full of wonderful colours and smells. Open: Sunday
Portobello Road Market - Set amongst pretty pastel coloured houses in fashionable Notting Hill, this market is a treasure trove for beautiful antiques and trendy fashion stalls. Open: Saturday
Leadenhall Market - A city centre market which sells all kinds of gourmet ingredients and fine wines. Open: Monday to Friday
Camden Market - This market is in the hub of London's 'alternative' scene and a great experience for all who visit. Street vendors sell food from all corners of the world which is best enjoyed beside the lock watching the world go by. Open: everyday
Spitalfields Market - A trendy and vibrant market which is surrounded by a host of independent boutiques and restaurants. Open: Sunday
Leather Lane Market - Try gourmet street food at
Leather Lane Market, including fresh burritos from Joel Henderson's
Daddy Donkey and artisan drinks and home-made cakes at Department
of Coffee and Social Affairs and Prufrock Coffee.
Open: Monday to Friday
Greenwich Market - At this market you'll find fruit and veg on Wednesday, antiques on Thursday and a mix of craft and fashion by hip new designers at the weekend. Handy for the scenic splendour of Greenwich Park, it's one of the most buzzing markets in London.
Our Concierge is delighted to give suggestions and further information on London markets as well as plenty of other top shopping tips!