Being a lover of local produce, street food and community vibe, one of my favourite things to do when I am travelling to a new place is to check out the markets.
I went to London a few weeks ago, prior to heading to Iceland on a hiking trip (more on that later) and went to visit a few of it’s finest.
So, “lettuce in on the secret,” you say? (Ok, bad pun). Here a my top five, each with different drawcards. Just click on the titles for more information.
Where: 4.8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Opening Times: Mondays to Saturdays 10am-5pm (although there are only limited stalls that trade on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Highlights: The fresh produce and food products from local producers.
Where: Brick Lane, E1, London (East London)
Opening Times: 10am to 5pm, every Sunday
Highlights: The vintage fashion and unique art and design, but you can get some great street food and a great bearded hipster-brewed coffee.
Where: Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF, United Kingdom
Opening Times: 10am- 6pm daily, although weekends have all traders open (some traders stay open later)
Highlights: There is so much great street food to try! But, there is a myriad of fashion and other general items to check out as well, if buying gifts and local wares is more your thing.
Where: Columbia Road, in the East End, London (on the edge of Shoreditch)
Opening Times: 8am to approximately 3pm, every Sunday
Highlights: Obviously the flowers (and so many beautiful kinds)! However to keep you entertained, the street is also lined with boutique shops, cafes and street performers.
Where: 1 Tavistock St, London WC2E 8BD, London
MONDAYS (Antiques and Collectables) 5am-5pm
TUESDAY TO FRIDAY (General Market) 10:30am-7pm
WEEKEND (Arts & Crafts) 10am – 6pm
Highlights: Mondays are definitely a highlight for Bargain Hunt enthusiasts who can pick up a great antique at a good price. Of course the other days of the week have plenty to offer in the way of arts, crafts, souvenirs and other general items.