Best Markets in London

Borough Market

The most famous, largest and oldest street market. Next to London Bridge station, the variety and quality of food are superb. Plenty of stands with food from different parts of the world. Pastries, beer, vegetables, ham, cheese, sweets, chocolate, sandwiches, vegetables, coffee, beer and much more. Personally, I recommend the french Raclette. A disadvantage is a number of people, it really gets quite busy.
The retail market operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

http://boroughmarket.org.uk/

Borough market
Borough market
Raclette at Borough market
Raclette at Borough market

Brick Lane Market

The trendiest (at least it used to be) and coolest. It is getting busier every year, but maintaining its special vibe. Second-hand clothes, antiques, food, street artists, graffitis. You must visit Cafe 1001 and Big Chill Bar, the most enigmatic pubs in the area. And also the acclaimed  24/7 Beigel Shop called “Beigel Bake“, where you can enjoy a salmon and cheese beigel for £1.60 or the famous beef beigel with British mustard and pickle.  I also recommend the Argentine empanadas “Chango“.
Only on Sundays.

http://www.bricklanemarket.com/

Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane Market. Beigel shop
Brick Lane Market. Beigel shop

Broadway Market

The subtly hipster. It is small but really nice. No tourists at all. It is next to London Fields park where you can enjoy a BBQ when the weather lets you. On the other end, you can find the Regents Canal, ideal for running, cycling or walk. I recommend The Dove, which has a wide rotating stock of Belgian, European, and world beers. If the weather is nice, you must visit Pub on the Park.
Only on Saturdays.

http://broadwaymarket.co.uk/

Broadway Market
Broadway Market
London Fields's BBQ area
London Fields’s BBQ area

Columbia Road Flower Market

Flowers and no food. It gets crowded, but it is worth a visit. It is only 10 minutes away from Brick Lane. If you go there, do not leave without walking next to The Printers and Stationers wine bar. Most of the times there is live music outside, and you can enjoy good bloody marys and oysters.
Only on Sundays.

http://www.columbiaroad.info/flowermarket

Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market

Old Spitalfields Market 

Mostly clothes. It is next to Liverpool Street station and 10 minutes away from Brick Lane. Safe to go with rain.
Opens every day.

http://www.spitalfields.co.uk/

Old Spitafields Market
Old Spitalfields Market

Maltby Street Market

Not many food options but next to three small breweries: The Kernel, Fourpure and Brew by Numbers. It is close to Borough Market and Bermondsey station. It takes place around and under railway arches which are always a plus. I recommend visiting the African Vulcano.
Only on Saturdays.

http://www.maltby.st/

Maltby Street Market
Maltby Street Market

Southbank Centre Market

It is next to the river and close to Waterloo station. Decent variety of fresh food and drink. It is a good option if you like eating by the river.  You can also check the Southbank centre for cultural activities.
Opens: Friday, 12 noon – 8pm; Saturday, 11am – 8pm ; Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm ; Monday (bank holidays only), 12 noon – 6pm

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/festivals-series/markets

Southbank Centre Market
Southbank Centre Market

Exmouth Market

For lunch on weekdays. It is a tiny street with just a few choices. It worth mentioning it because there is a place called Santore, which is my favourite for Pizza and Italian food. It is a restaurant so you do not need the market. They sell pizza by meter, and it is delicious. I also recommend their Rotolo Rustico.

http://exmouth.london/

Exmouth Market. Santore's pizza
Exmouth Market. Santore’s pizza

Brixton Market

Better for raw food and well known for African and Caribbean stuff. You can find all types of meat and vegetables. Next to the market you can visit a few very good places around the galleries/arcades. And you can also visit the David Bowie mural.

http://brixtonmarket.net/

Brixton Market
Brixton Market
Brixton. David Bowies's mural
Brixton. David Bowie’s mural

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