Borough Market **
If you are a food lover, go here! It will be heaven! One of the largest and oldest food markets in London selling a large variety of gourmet foods from all over the world. It is split into 2 parts selling savory breads, cheeses, meats, sauces & spreads, produce, juices and desserts. Definitely come here hungry because you will sample a variety of amazing homemade food. Then venture to the lunch stands to buy an ethnically delicious meal. The lunch stands cover all cuisines- Italian, Indian, Caribbean, Asian, Mediterranean, to much much more. My favorite lunch spots are Soul Food (Carribean), La Tua Pasta (Itallian), Kappacasein (gourmet grilled cheese). Also sample the pesto spread at Borough Olives, soo good. Open Wednesday through Saturday, but beware it does get pretty busy.
Notable museums/attractions nearby: Design Museum, Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, Tower of London
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane is famous for its multicultural and diverse atmosphere located in East London, near Shoreditch, A great market for vintage and antique lovers. Almost anything can be found here from rare antiquities and vintage clothing to much more. Also a great street if you're looking for ethnic street food. Open Sundays 8am-2pm.
Notable eateries: Beigel Bake, Dark Sugars Chocolates
Camden Lock Market **
London's original arts and crafts market filled with a vibrant collective of independent shops, market stalls, ethnic street food, arts and crafts, fashion, textiles, jewelry, and much more. Originally a timber yard, but now taken over by young artists to sell their creative works. Open everyday.
Columbia Road Flower Market
London's primary flower market devoted to selling plants, flowers, and garden equipment at reasonable prices. Located on the East End, near Shoreditch, Brick Lane, and Spitalfields. This outdoor street market has a friendly atmosphere with over 60 independent shops, including small art galleries, cupcake shops, vintage clothing stores, and garden & antique shops. Open Sundays 8am-3pm.
Old Spitalfields Market
Located in the heart of Spitalfields, the market is a great indoor market and retail attraction for all offering an impressive display of art, fashion, gifts, antiques, and food outlets via its market stalls. Unique boutiques and healthy restaurants surround the market. Built in 1876 as a Victorian Market Hall, Old Spitalfields Market is one of the oldest markets in London. Open everyday.
Stores include: All-Saints, but mostly original boutiques and vintage stores
My favorite eateries: Chop'd, Hummingbird Bakery, Leon, Pilpel, Wagamama
Notable museums/attractions: Alternative Street Art Tour, Brick Lane Market
Portobello Road Market
Located in the lively area of Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market is a mile-long street with a vibrant collection of different stalls selling vintage clothing, rare antiques, quirky gifts, books, and organic food. Main market days are Friday and Saturday, with a smaller market running Monday to Thursday.
Stores include: All-Saints, Anya Hindmarch, Helmut Lang, James Perse, Joseph, The Kooples, Maje, Sandro
My favorite eateries: Beach Blanket Babylon, Churchill Arms, Hummingbird Bakery, The Ledbury, Ottolenghi, Recipease, Rosso Pomodoro, Snowflake
Notable museums/attractions: Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising, Portobello Road Market