Ciao! Ophelia here! Is everyone getting excited about the warmer weather in London? I know I am! And on sunny days, there’s nothing I like more than paying a visit to one of the many wonderful markets that this city has to offer….specially
From antiques to food to clothes, trinkets, flowers and art, there is something for everyone! This time I have decided to focus on East London markets, so here is my top five:
Greenwick Market ( http://www.
A small but very cozy market located in one of the prettiest areas of London. It is a street food paradise, where you can also find some beautifully created crafts, jewellery, clothes and artwork and unusual collectibles.
It is at its best on weekends and bank holidays, where my plans normally involve getting some food from the stalls and then set up a picnic at the nearby Greenwich Park, and then taking a stroll down the south bank of the River Thames. Polish sausage sandwiches and sweet Brazilian churros ( fried sugared doughnuts) are among my favourite foods available, but with over 70 stalls from different parts of the world, you are spoilt for choice!
Plus you have the Queen’s House, the Greenwich Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum all within walking distance, so you can totally make a full day trip out of it!
Roman Road Market ( http://romanroadlondon.com/
This one is mostly for the ladies! (and the fashionistas). I only discovered this market recently and by chance… but it has quickly become one of my favourites. Located in the East of London, this is a traditional street market selling clothing and everyday goods piled high with a food court area.
The stalls have a wide selection of clothes from high street shops such as Primark, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Zara…and also they stock designer sample sales! I bought a beautiful designer skirt for £8.00 recently, and I love a good bargain! Definitely worth checking out if you are looking for great brand clothes at less than half the retail price. It does not run every day so please check the opening times before you decide to make your way there.
Chatsworth Road market ( http://www.chatsworthroade5.
Another little gem in the east of London, in its height in the 1930s Chatsworth Road Market had up to 200 stalls running 5 days a week, extending along the full length of the street. The market slowly decreased in the post year wars and was eventually closed in 1990, but after many years of campaigning by local residents, it reopened in 2011.
Now the market runs regularly on Sundays, and is full of stalls selling everything from Arts & Crafts to antiques, collectibles and of course….food glorious food! Chatsworth road is also lined with pretty cafes, restaurants and interesting shops. A market for all the family, it is a nice option if you do not want to go to a place that is packed with tourists.
Broadway Market ( http://broadwaymarket.co.uk )
Personally, I rate Broadway Market among my favourites! Why? One simple reason: it is friendlier for hungry people! It is less crowded, has more reasonable prices, more options for food and actually room where you can walk and stand! Located next to the beautiful and trendy London Fields park, this is a market where mostly local people hang out. There are many pubs and shops along it where you can take refuge if London’s pesky weather decides to change for the worse. Alternatively, on sunny days, you can ramble around, pick up some bits and pieces and go chill in the park or by the canal.
My personal favourites? Try the Vietnamese iced coffee, or a creamy latte from Climpsons (whose sandwiches and French toast are also legendary). The market is open on Saturdays only from 09.00 to 17.00
and last but definitely not least…
Camden Market ( http://www.camdenlock.net )
How lucky are our students to be able to step out of Tti School of English and right into the amazing microcosm that is Camden Market? Legendary all over the world, it is London’s most popular and the largest open air market in Europe! Famous for its stalls offering alternative and vintage fashion, it is a paradise for those looking to buy clothes that say “I think outside of the box”. Food, jewellery, fashion, art, trinkets…. you can find it all and more in this amazing market. Open every day, baby! And a mere 2 minutes walk away from our school, it is not to be missed! It is so big than more than a market, it is like a mini shopping city!
That is it from me….on the next edition I will tell you my recommendations for the best markets in West London. Now go out and enjoy the sunny weather!