Market Mania - London's Top Markets
London is justifiably proud of its markets, most of which date back to medieval 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.
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!
Open: 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
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
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.
Spitalfields Market - A trendy and vibrant market
which is surrounded by a host of independent boutiques and
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!