Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Things to do in London: Markets

Borough Market.
This market is by no means the biggest, but makes up for that through quality and charm. It's open on Saturday mornings and therefore perfect for anyone suffering from jetlag and looking for something to do.
Tube stop: London Bridge. Map.

Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane.
Spitalfields Market [2nd site] and the surrounding area can get pretty busy but it's certainly an interesting area of town. It's either a great example of urban renewal or a poncy destruction of a London landmark. Brick Lane is famous for it's curry houses and has a good market on Sundays.
Tube stop: Liverpool Street. Map.

Flower Market:
Columbria Road has one of the few true flower markets in Europe and although pretty small, is good fun. You have to get there early on Sundays otherwise it'll take you half an hour to take five paces forward. It's not far from Brick Lane, so the two can be combined.
Tube stop: Old Street, Hoxton, Shoreditch High Street. Map

Portobello Market.
Unless you're prepared to get up early this Saturday market gets way too busy. If you like antiques, silverware, that kind of stuff and love battling your way through millions of people, it's the place for you.
Tube stop: Ladbroke Grove. Map.

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