Let’s face it: Sundays are made for pottering. And if you’re in London over a weekend, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to markets to mooch around. The capital’s markets offer everything from beautiful flowers to unique art, scrumptious food to vintage clothes and you’re bound to pick up a few bargains along the way. If you’re staying with us at The Westbridge Hotel, you’ll be within easy reach of some of London’s best Sunday’s market. The tough part is choosing which one to visit…
The term “Brick Lane Market” covers a varied selection of markets in and around the East End hotspot but the biggest attraction has to be the Sunday UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery. Here, you’ll discover vintage clothes, old vinyl and quirky crafts, as well as artisan food stalls serving everything from Spanish tapas to Ethiopian coffee.
For a real taste of street culture, head to Camden Market on a Sunday; it’s when the atmosphere (and variety) is at its best just be prepared to use your elbows! On the junction with Buck Street, you’ll find bargain t-shirts, jeans and accessories.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Follow your nose to Columbia Road Flower Market; it has to be the most appealing market in the capital. Every Sunday, you’ll find bucketfuls of stunning flowers in all the colours of the rainbow. There are also shrubs, plants and bulbs on offer, as well as other shops and galleries selling everything from perfume to pottery. Top tip: things start winding down around 2pm, so get there early to ensure you get the pick of the crop.
This covered market is a haven for foodies, offering tempting options such as dim sum, churros, and even roast beef with Yorkshire pudding the perfect Sunday grub. As well as the gastronomic delights, there’s also plenty of china, ornaments and antiques to browse through.
This East End market is devoted to clothing. And, with over 1,000 stalls set up on a Sunday (selling everything from leather jackets to trainers), you’re very likely to find something that takes your fancy. Again, it’s wise to get here early as the market closes at around 2pm.
Islington Farmers’ Market
Who needs a high-end deli when you have Islington’s Farmers’ Market? During the week, it’s known as Chapel Street Market, selling cheap fruit and veg. Come the weekend, it transforms to serve produce such as hand-rolled pasta, artisan cheeses and cured meats.
Can you think of a better way to while away a Sunday?