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Shopping the Markets of London

A March 2003 trip to London by taracasas

Old Spitalfields Market Photo, London, England More Photos
Quote: Shopping the busy markets of London can be quite an adventure. Whether you're looking for a bargain, treasure, or unique gift, each of London's street and indoor markets has a life of its own and a unique community to welcome you.

Shopping the Markets of London

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London shopping wouldn't be complete without the requiste trip to one or more of London's famous markets. While most guides will refer you to the world famous Portobello and Camden markets, my absolute favorite market was Spitafields Marketm, a quaint indoor market with permanent stores along its edges and unique cafes/ food stands through its center. Spitafelds sells a wide range of hip, bohemian goods including organic food and handmade quality crafts on Sundays. Brick Lane and Petticoat Lane are within walking distance of Spitafelds, so plan your Sunday with a start at these markets.Quick Tips: 1. Try to find two or three markets near one another so you can easily walk from one that s...Read More

Old Spitalfields Market

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Attraction | "Spitafields Market"

Old Spitalfields Market Photo, London, England
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Monday-Friday 11am-3:30pm, Sunday 10am-3pm Liverpool Street Station Located in a Victorian building with a glass roof on Commercial Street, the lightfilled Spitafields market was once a produce market. Now it offers an extensive mix of arts and crafts, second-hand books, jewlery and retro clothes alongside flower, organic fruit and vegetable, and baked goods stalls. On Fridays and Sundays additional stalls offer organic food. Definitely a more unique and trendier market than its neighboring Petticoat Lane or Brick Lane -- I was amazed at the number of quality handmade goods offered. Among the items we encountered -- fun lampshades and housewares, funky picture frames, gourmet chocola...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Old Spitalfields Market
105a Commercial St., Shoreditch
London, England
020 7247 8556

Brick Lane Market

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Brick Lane Market Sunday 8am-2pm Liverpool Street Station Brick Lane is a market that winds its way up and down many streets branching off Brick Lane in the East End of London. Upon entering the market we were greeted with chants of "Cigarettes, cigarettes for sale" as young men, who later quickly scattered upon seeing the police, competed at selling boxes of American cigarettes. By 11am, the street was littered with boxes, paper, and vegetables, leaving us to wonder what we might have missed in the early hours. We ventured off Brick Lane to find garage sale grunge for sale along side grocery stands selling gourmet cookies, candies...Read More

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Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane
London, England E1

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Monday-Friday 10am-2:30pm, Sunday 9am-2pm Liverpool Street Station Petticoat Lane has hundreds of stalls offering clothing, accessories, shoes, CDs, luggage and tourist trinkets. We saw shirts, ties, socks, underwear, purses, and rack after rack of clothing for sale. Most of the clothes were lower quality than what you would find in London shops and department stores -- the clothes reminded me of J.C. Penney and Sears quality American clothing. There were, however, a number of booths offering items from the trendy FCUK line. The street is also lined with shops offering clothes at half the price of downtown stores. A large indoor market is THE PLACE TO GO if you are looking fo...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Petticoat Lane Market
Middlesex Street and surrounding streets
London, England E1

Covent Garden

Attraction | "Covent Garden Market"

Covent Garden Photo, London, England
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Daily 10:30am-7:30pm
Covent Garden Station

The colonnaded Covent Garden market hall offers antiques on Mondays, arts and unique and handmade crafts the rest of the week, and now the Food Lover's market held on the second Friday of each month, selling a variety of fresh and seasonal produce.

Nearby, the Jubilee Market has souvenirs, clothes, and bric-a-brac. There are also a number of specialty shops inside the market hall.

The Covent Garden area of London offers a wide variety of department, chain, and boutique stores as well as lively street entertainment.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Covent Garden
Covent Garden
London, England WC2
+44 20 7836 9136

Leadenhall Market

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Leadenhall Market Photo, London, England
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Monday-Friday 7am-4pm
Bank Station

The indoor Leadenhall Market is a wonderful example of ornate Victorian architecture. There are a number of independent shops and cafes (including The Body Shop) lining the street. Along the street, you can buy traditional game, rarer meats, poultry cheeses, wines, ingredients, and fresh flowers.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Leadenhall Market
Whittington Avenue
London, England EC3V