As a diverse city with a lot of international influence, London is home to a number of street markets, each of which offers something special in its food, style and location. Dive into the local street market scene by visiting these three authentic London spots.
Located in Southwark, Borough Market will become (if it isn’t already) your one-stop-shop for all foods healthy, delicious, and affordable. Sounds like a dream, right? Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London. The market is currently celebrating one thousand years in Southwark. Yep, that’s one thousand years and it's still going strong.… and boy does it live up to its history! Upon entry, you will encounter vendors selling fruits, cheeses, wines, meats, freshly squeezed OJ and more, in a grocery style area. The hidden gem, though, is further back where stalls of vendors sell incredible hot meals. Some favorites include grilled cheese, sausage burgers, vegetarian falafel, authentic pad Thai, and the most delicious desserts on the block.
8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Open weekdays: 10am- 5pm; Fridays 10am- 6pm; Saturdays 8am- 5pm.
Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time, and then some, when visiting Camden Market, because you simply won't ever want to leave. The set up of the market is inspired by the horse stalls that once functioned in Camden Lock centuries ago, which contributes to the market’s funky atmosphere. You will find traditional British food vendors and retailers mixed in with incredible vintage shops, a micro-distillery, a racy souvenir shop, an antique book shop, and an element of goth culture. Head all the way back and you will find encounter the heavenly food options from around the world. The food stands are just as unique as the market is, with clever names like “Shrimp Up Your Life” and “Cupcakes and Shhht.” Camden Market is also one of the most highly visited tourist destinations in all of London, so you know you’re in for a treat.
56 Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF
Open daily: 10am- 6pm
Portobello Road Market
In the heart of Notting Hill and Chelsea, you’ll find this quaint street market tucked away. Although you might not buy as much at Portobello Market as you would at the other markets, as this is truly an antique and trinket market, strolling through and admiring all that this market has to offer is the perfect way to spend a Saturday. The Portobello Road Market is famous for its one-of-a-kind collection of treasures, including antique tea sets, army gear, first-edition novels from many of England’s greatest, including Shakespeare himself, as well as fur coats and old-school polaroid cameras. Not to mention, the market is situated among the most beautiful colored suburban houses in all of London… some extra sightseeing along the way!
192A Portobello Rd, London, United Kingdom W11 1LA