The Best Street Markets in London
Are you considering moving to London for your year abroad? London is a super vibrant and alive city with an amazing multicultural student scene. Although it might be an expensive city to live in, there are so many free things to do. The street markets are a good example of these. During weekends they become a hotspot for young people. You just need to grab a drink, get some street food, find a nice spot to sit next to a street band and you will be in heaven!
If East London is the hottest neighbourhood at the moment, Brick Lane Sunday Market is the heart of coolness! From early in the morning the market has a super vibrant atmosphere, crowded with hipsters and street bands. The perfect plan is to walk around the market and the streets to check out all the vintage stores and stalls. You MUST taste the food from the market stalls; there is a huge choice from Ethiopian to Bangladeshi curry! When the market closes at sunset you can just move to one of Shoreditch cool bars. Could a day be more perfect?
It is definitely the most famous market in London and an obligatory visit for every tourist. When you walk around Camden you can hear basically every language except English, but even if it is crowded with tourists it still maintain its charm.
To spend a perfect day in Camden you should start in King’s Cross station and walk all the way along the canal until you arrive to the market. Then, have lunch in one of the market stalls, the curry, falafels, Chinese food and basically everything is just amazing!
It is London’s oldest market, dating back to the thirteenth century, when the farmers from the South and South East of England used to come to sell their products. At the moment it sells from national products to imported ones but all with an amazing quality (and price). Borough market is heaven for foodies, a mouth watering experience from the moment you step in until you leave. The street food sold in the market is delicious but don’t get too full, keep some space for the free samples!
It was renewed in 2003 by the famous architect Norman Foster (yes, it is the same one as the Gherkin), who transformed it into something cleaner and more modern. The problem is that some of the stallholders hated the new shopping mall look and they left. If you are into young fashion designers, handmade clothes and vintage accessories you should go on Sundays, when all the fashion students meet to sell their creations.
This market in east London is the hotspot for foodies and hipsters. Like East London, it has changed a lot in the past few years, especially since 2004 when a group of local volunteers and association transformed it into a fruit and vegetables market. Today people from all around London go to this market on Saturdays to enjoy its amazing muffins from Violete Cupcakes, the cheese and olives and the cakes. There permanent shops around this area are also cool; I love the fashion brand Antipodium
I will be honest with you, this market is not famous either beautiful. However you have probably heard the amazing history of Muhammad Shahir Nazid, a Pakistani trader at the market who composed a tune and became famous. So famous that he came back to Pakistan to record an ad from a bank. LEGEND!
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