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Best markets to visit in London

For shopaholics London is one of the best cities to shop to their heart’s content. London is not just popular for its tourist attractions, but is also well known for the exciting shopping opportunities it presents visitors to the city.

In fact London offers an array of attractions, which range from arts and culture for the artsy type to the best London restaurants for those who are passionate about food. From music, sports to fashion every interest is catered to in this exciting and vibrant city.

For those visitors who stay at the Grand Royale Hotel Hyde Park London, there are a plethora of markets to visit and explore within close proximity. Some of the top markets worth visiting when in London are as follows

Portobello Market

Situated on Portobello Road the market opens on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm. Here you will find an amazing variety of jewellery, antiques, designer wear and some of the best second-hand clothing stalls in the city. Then there are its famous food stalls that sell exotic varieties of cheese, breads, vegetables and fruits. A very popular place with residents and visitors alike, who like to shop in London! For something more upscale drop in at the high-end boutiques to be found on Portobello arcade.

Borough Market

Borough Market is situated on Borough High Street and open on Thursday s, Fridays and Saturdays. It is out of the biggest and oldest markets in the city. Borough Market is a covered food market (which protects visitors from occasional showers) that lies beneath the railway station. It is located in a Victorian styled neighbourhood and its famous farmers market is open on Saturdays. The Saturday Market is renowned for its fresh produce including organic vegetables and fruits, besides breads, varieties of cheese and confectionery among other edible items.

Camden Market

Situated on Camden Lock Place, Camden Market opens from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It has undergone a transformation of sorts over the years from being not too genteel an area to a market, which has earned a reputation for crafts, second-hand clothing, jewellery and ethnic arts. It was originally situated next to the Grand Union Canal that had 3 open yards that lead to a Victorian Market Hall. It has some terrific food stalls which offer a variety of cuisines ranging from Thai food to North African falafel. For antiques and handmade craft you will need to enter the market hall. If you are looking for better bargains then the Stables Market, beneath the railway arches offers cheap deals and a variety of bric-a-brac.

Spitalfields

Spitalfields Market can be found on Commercial Street and opens to the public from Mondays to Fridays (11am to 3

30pm) and on Sundays from 10-3pm. It offers a unique mix of fashion boutiques along with traditional market traders and is home to a lot of immigrant communities and of course Eastenders. Visitors will find practically everything here from flowers to fashion, gourmet food to home ware. It’s well known Bishops Square has an impressive glass canopy. It is an area with contrastingly different styles of modern and Victorian architecture!

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market can be found at Whittington Avenue and opens on weekdays from 7am to 4pm. It is a well restored Victorian food market that offers an excellent choice of seafood, cheese, poultry game and meat. For those who have a passion for pub culture there is a good choice of pubs in the area, which offer some great beers and sumptuous lunches. One such place worth a visit is The Lamb Tavern, located within the market, which offers good food, great beers and where you could enjoy your drinks and meal under its glass roof and watch people go by.

Charing Cross Collector’s Fair

Located on Villiers Street it is open to the public on Saturdays from, 8.30am to 5pm. While it is not as large as some other markets in the city it has a popular antiques and flea market. For those who have a hobby of coin and stamp collection there rows of coins, stamps and even medals to choose from. Besides this there are a wide variety of unusual niche-market items for sale. Its well known antiques and flea market sells furniture, bric-a-brac and scores of household accessories. A great place to drip in for a quirky gifts and memorabilia!

Smithfield Market

For those who are passionate meat-eaters, Smithfields Market is a veritable paradise. It is the city’s largest wholesale meat market that includes the sale of game, offal and meat. It has a large number of local pubs and cafes, which offer an excellent Full English breakfast. Those with a special license, offer stout and beer from 6am onwards, something great to wash your breakfast down with!

Bayswater Road Market

It is to be found on the South side of Bayswater Road and stretches from Clarendon Place to Queensway. It offers an exciting outdoor art market with artists busy at work exhibiting their sketches, watercolours and portraits on display as well as for sale. You could get some good deals on handcrafted jewellery and great sculptures as well, in some of the shops in the area.

Columbia Road Flower Market

The Columbia Road Flower Market on Columbia Road offers some of the finest and freshest of flowers in the city. These include petunias, tulips, roses, lilies and lots more different varieties of flowers, besides a vast selection of plants, pots and other flora. It is a rather loud and heady affair with stall owners being very vocal in soliciting their fares. Besides all the flowers and plants there are a number of shops selling a wide variety of antiques as well. To get the best deals on flowers drop in later in the afternoon.

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