London Journals

To Market, to Market -- in London

A November 2004 trip to London by ps12

Quote: There are so many London markets to enjoy--make sure you get to some of them!

To Market, to Market -- in London

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To me, markets are the best way to get a sense of what London's all about. And there are so many different kinds of markets you can go to -- from flowers at Columbia Road to new up and coming designers at Spitalfields to the punk movement at Camden.Quick Tips: - Go hungry: many markets have excellent food stalls for great prices so make sure you're hungry when you go!- Be prepared for the crowds: all of the markets I mentioned can get REALLY crowded so make sure you keep track of whoever you came with at all times. And if you have babies, these markets are definitely not the best place for a stroller -- although I have seen it done.- Buy your souvenirs here!: Markets li...Read More

Camden Market

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Punky and funky. Just two words to describe Camden Market, located at the Camden Town stop on the Northern Line of the tube.In recent times, Camden Market has been regenerated to become more yuppified, but on our earlier visits (from 2000 to 2004), this was a market of mazes of stalls with everything from secondhand clothing to futuristic clothing you can't imagine anyone wearing.While the stalls used to be kind of mish mash, now they have proper signs and nicer items, which in my mind, doesn't make it as interesting as it used to be. Still, it's definitely a place to visit, if only to people watch all the punks that walk by.So, what would you buy at Camden Market? I've actuall...Read More
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After visiting Spitalfields (in the City), I often stop at the Columbia Road Flower Market, not necessarily to buy, but just to look at the assortment of flowers.

Columbia Road is a fairly small market but worth a look if only for the great variety of plants and flowers. There are also some cute stores along Columbia Road to stop into.

If you don't like crowds, you're in trouble since the street is often crowded with people buying and looking. But don't let that stop you from passing through and enjoying the experience.

Greenwich Market

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Living in Central London, venturing to Greenwich Market was something of a day trip. Catch the Docklands Light Ferry from Tower Hill or Bank, or take the Jubilee Line all the way out to Canary Wharf and transfer to the DLR.Greenwich Market was a cute little market generally in a covered area with the typical market fare—books, antiques, arts, and crafts.Nearby there are a number of restaurants—we always ate at a noodle place where most of the dishes were £3 or £4!While in Greenwich, you should definitely stop by the Royal Observatory.We really loved going to this market as it seemed as if you were still in London but away from the hustle and bustle of the city....Read More

Portobello Market

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Portobello was actually my least favorite market as it was the most commercialized and the one with the most tourists. Plus, Portobello tends to go on and on and on -- and worst of all, there are no food stalls like you find at some of the other markets on the list.The few times I went, I noticed a lot of antiques -- antique jewelry, antique silver, antique cigarette cards. I bought a couple of old Babar prints and noticed that many of the stalls were selling other kinds of prints -- like vintage advertisements.Portobello is only open on Saturdays. Get there early to avoid the crowds of tourists and make sure to look at the beautiful houses of trendy Notting Hill.Altho...Read More
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Since I lived in Islington, most weekends I'd venture to Chapel Market, right off Upper Street near the N1 plaza. Take the Angel tube, cross Upper Street, and look for the street next to the M&S.At Chapel Market, I'd buy fresh fruit and veg for the week. The market also had an assortment of typical market goods—sheets, cheap clothing, stalls selling electrical goods and even a cheese stand.It's a fairly small market but worth a trip since the Islington area is kind of interesting. And there are more restaurants on Upper Street than anywhere else I've been in London. You're really spoiled for choice with all of the different cuisines available.I also spent a lot of time at t...Read More
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Covent Garden Market is mainly for tourists, but I still loved going once in a while. When we went to the center of London, sometimes it felt like the center of the world!Covent Garden Piazza has a multitude of shops as well as a bunch of places to eat (including a Ponti's in the center with reasonably priced sandwiches and pasta). It's really a hub for nightlife and culture and is definitely worth a visit.Venture further into the Piazza and you'll see the covered market with arts and crafts as well as touristy items. I believe there are also some food stalls upstairs.The best part about Covent Garden is the people watching—and the free entertainment. On a given day, there may ...Read More