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 Apple
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.
Small market on the South Bank next to the OXO building, selling mostly jewellery 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.
This gourmet food lovers paradise sells delicious street food, cheeses, artisan bakery goods and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Open: Wednesday to Saturday
Columbia Road Flower
A fabulous flower market in the Old East End which is full of wonderful colours and smells.
Set amongst pretty pastel coloured houses in fashionable Notting Hill, this market is a treasure trove for beautiful antiques and trendy fashion stalls.
A city centre market which sells all kinds of gourmet ingredients and fine wines.
Open: Monday to Friday
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.
A trendy and vibrant market which is surrounded by a host of independent boutiques and restaurants.
Try gourmet street food at Leather Lane Market, including fresh burritos from Joel Henderson's Daddy Donkey, artisan drinks and home-made cakes at Department of Coffee and Social Affairs and Prufrock Coffee.
Open: Monday to Friday
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 would be delighted to give suggestions and further information on London markets.