The Best Flea Markets in London

Every city throughout the world shares the same building blocks; concrete, steel, and regrettably a lot of McDonald restaurants. One city that stands apart from the rest is London. London is home to some of the world’s most historical architecture, Victorian era public transport, and some 700 historical and cultural sites. With all those ticked off your list, the next must-do activity is a visit to the famous flea markets. Have a read through these top four markets and plan your visit from there.

Camden Markets

Union St, The Lock, and The Stables make up the funky retail market cluster that is the Camden Markets. They are located in Camden Town just northwest of central London, and open every day. The weekend is where all the funky, alternative vibes show their presence, making this market visit quite the show. With a combination of fixed stores and pop-up stalls, you will find everything from shoes and books, to vintage clothing and antiques. Head on down to this original London market for some of the best souvenirs for your trip.

Portobello Road Market

Photo by Garry Knight

Portobello Road Market

If you are an avid movie watcher, chances are that you are already somewhat familiar with this historic market. It arguably offers the best antique and collectible browsing in the world. The streets are narrow and people flock here from all around so be prepared to push through in order to find yourself some great deals. Although open everyday, Saturday is the main event. If the crowds become too much wonder over to Notting Hill, for a more relaxing shopping experience.

Photo by eGuide Travel

Photo by eGuide Travel

Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane Market in east London is where it’s at for a festive indoor/outdoor atmosphere. The Lane features galleries, restaurants, markets and festivals, but the markets alone are enough to satisfy an expedition. Wonder through the stores full of pre-loved goods and admire the array of impromptu street performances. Don’t be shy on tasting some of the exotic delicacies on offer from the many colourful ethnic food stores. This market really does have something for everyone, and if you want the very best of Brick Lane, make Sunday your day to visit.

Greenwich Market

The Greenwich Market, nestled beside the picturesque Greenwich Park has something new on offer everyday of the week (except Monday). It may not be steeped in history like some of the other nearby London flea markets, but it sure is steeped in exciting things to see and do. Each type of merchandise has a designated day, so you can choose to really inspect it on the day most suited to you, or pop in on a regular basis.

Ending Note

Oxford Street and Covent Garden are two of London’s top spots for high-end shopping. The stores are full of name brand clothing, making it a fantastic stop for that special item to boost your wardrobe. This be said, you should not underestimate the potential of a good flea market. Those mentioned above will open you up to a whole new world, and there is sure to be something for you. Be prepared to fight the crowds and you will be soon be filling your bags with jaw dropping bargains. Save some pounds for the next adventure.