London is a city chock full of, well, everything! From shopping, to food, historical sites, all things royal, London truly has something for everyone. Though this was my third visit to London, markets were something I hadn’t really explored on previous trips.
I was excited on my most recent visit to have three markets on our itinerary. Two of these thanks to my sister-in-law Alx, who is leaps and bounds cooler than me. We visited Old Spitalfields Market, Borough Market, and Camden Market.
Old Spitalfields Market
Old Spitalfields market is located in the Shoreditch area of London. This covered market is loaded with fashion, art, food, and high end shops as well. It’s an eclectic, yet posh mix of countless vendors and food and drink options.
There has been a market on this site in London for over 300 years. It’s a historic destination as well as a fashion and culinary hub in the East end.
During our afternoon there, we shopped at Jo Malone, Bobbi Brown, drank from local coffee roasters, and tried on gorgeous wool coats made in England. Needless to say, it was a chic afternoon. There was so much more to explore and I know we barely scratched the surface of what this market has to offer.
Located near London Bridge on the South side of the Thames, Borough Market is a bustling tourist destination market. A short walk from London Bridge tube station, this covered, open air market is a mix of produce, cheese, baked goods, pantry items, and prepared foods.
We loved this market so much we went back again and again. One night in particular we purchased bread, meats, cheeses, nuts, and greens and had a feast back at the AirBnb (I so so wish I had a photo of the spread, but I was too hungry to think of taking one).
We heard from some locals/friends that this market has gotten too touristy and busy in recent years, and lost some of its 'grit'. While that may be true, we loved it nonetheless and would recommend and visit over and over.
I had researched Camden Market before leaving on this trip and vaguely knew what it was. It completely fell off the map over the course of our 2 weeks in London and didn’t pop up again until our very last day. We fit it in on our last morning and boy are we glad we did.
Camden Market is like a permanent food truck festival. My husband Max is a former cook and huge foodie. He loves ethnic food and street food, and Camden market did not disappoint. It's open seven days a week and you can get some incredible, creative eats. From churros, to jerk chicken, to shawarma, and curries, there was a plethora of options to choose from. We ended up getting a sandwich from Bapitta Pocket Kebab, jerk chicken from Carribean Chicken & Chips, and churros from La Chureria (see photos below).
We only wish we had gone here earlier in our trip so we could have gone again...and again. If it’s not on your London list, add it now! You’ll thank me later I promise.
The Food scene in London has evolved so much from when I visited a few years ago, and I’m sure it will only continue to expand. London is honestly foodie heaven and the markets are just the tip of the delicious-food-berg.
What London markets have you explored? I would love to hear your suggestions.