Voice 1: London markets sell everything from flowers to food, antiques to modern designer clothes, trendy shoes to old books and vinyl records. And they are great fun to visit because they are all about atmosphere as well as buying and selling. The markets are brilliant if you want to spend a day just wandering about, picking up a bargain and getting yourself a yummy breakfast or lunch on the hoof.
Voice 2: The biggest and the most popular London market is Camden Market on a Saturday and Sunday. This sprawling spread of hundreds of shops and stalls sells an extensive range of goods from second-hand designer clothes and accessories to arts and crafts, jewellery, home furnishings and food. The market starts as soon as you leave Camden Tube station and spreads up the road to Camden Lock and Regent’s Canal. You need a full day or at least a long morning to explore the always-exciting Camden Market.
Voice 1: The market for foodies in London is Borough Market situated near the city’s newest skyscraper, the Shard. This enticing food market consists of up to seventy stalls and stands piled high with quality British produce. Sellers from all over Britain bring to the market a range of fresh foodstuffs including fish, meats, vegetables, breads, cheeses and cakes. Some stalls specialise in produce imported from abroad. There are also stalls and vans cooking meals for takeaway. Open Monday to Saturday.
Voice 2: Portobello Road market had been a market since the 1800s, and its name is world famous. It used to be popular for antiques and second-hand clothes, but now there are stalls selling everything from fruit and bread to posters, handbags and souvenirs. But there still are more than a thousand antique traders selling and buying in this busy area. If you have time to visit only one market during your stay in London, it has to be Portobello Road. The market is in full swing on Saturdays.
Voice 1: Occupying several streets in the Brick Lane area in East London, Brick Lane Market is the place to find junk and gemstones, second-hand furniture, cheap leather goods, shoes and lots more. It doesn’t specialise in food, but there are a few take-away stalls for a quick lunch. Brick Lane also has some fantastic stalls selling exotic spices and colourful Indian clothes. Sunday is the best day to explore.
Voice 2: Covent Garden Market is slap-bang in the middle of London and is always packed with tourists. The buildings in the middle of the piazza used to house London’s main vegetable, fruit and flower market for hundreds of years until the 1970s, when the market was rehoused in a bigger site out of town. Covent Garden is an architectural masterpiece. It is now the home to small specialist shops, trendy cafés, coffee shops and restaurants. There is an arts and crafts market there on a Saturday and Sunday, but the area has now become the place in London to browse interesting shops and enjoy a sit down with a coffee when your feet get tired. There are always street performers in Covent Garden entertaining the crowds.