London is renowned for having an endless number of markets. While living in London, eating at the food markets was one of my favorite ways to explore different areas of the city (which is probably why I gained a million pounds, but it was completely worth it). Aside from the delicacies at the food markets, there were also a variety of other different markets! Check out my list below for a guide to my favorite markets in London:
In my opinion, the Borough market is the most notorious food market in London. Opened Monday-Saturday (with limited options on Mondays and Tuesdays) there are over 100 stalls selling a variety of different cuisines to try. Whether you fancy trying the unusual items at the market (like kangaroo or emu burgers) or would rather appease your sweet tooth, Borough Market has options for everyone. Must Try: The grilled cheese! Whenever I spoke with someone that had been to Borough Market before, that was always their recommendation. Of course I had to try it, and it delivered! The long line you'll find speaks for itself.
SOUTHBANK CENTRE MARKET
While not the most notorious, Southbank Centre Market holds a special place in my heart. While living in London, I lived less than 500 feet from this market and ate almost every meal here on the days that it was open (which thankfully for my budget, was only Friday-Sunday). As embarrassing as it is to admit, I think I tried something from every one of the 40 vendors while living here and I truly believe that you cannot go wrong with whatever you choose.
One of London's hidden secrets, the Victorian styled Leadenhall Market offers a variety of food stalls, restaurants, and pubs; however, food isn't the reason for Leadenhall being popular. Leadenhall Market was the set for the Diagon Alley scenes in the first Harry Potter movie, making it a fun stop for fans.
There are actually three different markets that can be found within Covent Garden: The Apple Market, the East Colonnade Market, and the Jubilee Market, each of which specializes in something different from the other. Covent Garden itself is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth stopping in to walk around a wander through each market for an hour or so.
OLD SPITALFIELDS MARKET
Another Victorian market, Old Spitalfields Market offers numerous fashion stalls with items that range from vintage to up-and-coming designs. Shop til you drop through the stalls and then treat yourself to lunch at one of the local vendors or well-known chain restaurants that border the market. My roommate and I opted to eat upstairs at one of the chain restaurants while overlooking the liveliness of the market!
CAMDEN LOCK MARKET
Camden Lock market is constantly changing, meaning you can go multiple times and not have the same experience! Loaded with different shops and food experiences, the Camden Lock Market has options for every single person and must be explored at least once. Seriously, it's the PERFECT place to pick up some souvenirs for your loved ones. I wish had gone more than I did while in London (guess I'll just have to go back!)
The World's Largest Antique Market, the Portobello Market is the beautiful neighborhood of Notting Hill. Make sure you stop by on Saturday and not Sunday (it's closed on Sunday)! You can find anything from food to flowers to ceramics, making it a great outing for everyone you're with.