With many of London’s shopping areas quickly becoming standardised it is well worth breaking it up by visiting one of London’s many markets.
Camden Market – Nearest Tube Camden Town.
Stalls ranging from craft and hobby to hippie chique, heavy metal to giftware. There are several large vintage clothing and memorabilia stores as well as numerous fresh food stalls offering wares from across the globe. Although thieves operate in the whole of London, Camden does seem to attract more than it’s fair share, probably due to the younger age of it’s visitors, but if care is taken it is a joy to visit. Operates daily 9am-5pm
Spitafields Market – Nearest Tube Liverpool Street
Off the beaten track of many of London’s visitors is the historical Spitafields Market in the heart of the City of London, the financial district. From Fair Trade to vintage shoes to designer furniture in a stunning setting and surrounded by trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. It can get VERY busy on Sunday’s and during lunch times during the week when the local city workers descend on it to pick up something to eat. Worth visiting Leadenhall Market while you are there. Operates Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-7pm
Portobello Market – Nearest Tube Notting Hill
More famous for it’s rows of Antique stalls Portobello Road has seen a revival in the past 15 years, helped along by the film Notting Hill, which has convinced many visitors to make that little extra effort to drag themselves away from the centre to this quieter and more laid back part of town. Due to this resurgence along side the traditional antique stalls have sprung up trendy cafes, fashion stores and bistro pubs and bars.
After the hussle and bussle of Oxford Street it is well worth taking a breather! Official Portobello Market Site
Petticoat Lane Market – Nearest Tube Aldgate East
Greenwich Market – Nearest Tube North Greenwich (Although easier by River Cruise, DLR or Greenwich Railway Station)