A Guide to London's Best Weekend Markets
One of the best ways to spend a weekend in London is to peruse one of the city's lively weekend markets. Whether you'd rather feast on street food, go thrifting through vintage stalls, or just people watch, there's a market for every taste.
Druid Street Market
Just around the corner from the bustling Maltby Street market, the Druid Street Market keeps things fresh by bringing in new vendors every couple weeks, so there's always something new to see (and taste!) Bermondsey locals flock to this tiny, well-curated market every Saturday to see the wares on display, and grab a bite to eat at favorite stalls while they're there, like Shenghigh, Fatties Bakery, and Blue Top Ice Cream.
126 Druid St, London SE1 2HH
While many visitors flock to the food lover haven Borough Market, consider traveling East to the Broadway Market instead. Every Saturday, the street below London Fields is lined with artisans and street food vendors slinging dishes from around the globe. Be sure to grab a coffee at Climpson's, always buzzing with locals, and don't miss the slightly more quiet satellite market nearby, the Schoolyard Market.
Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Columbia Road Flower Market
"Ladies, come 'ave a smell o' my peonies!" is something that I've heard... more than once... at this lively Sunday market. Flower wholesalers flock to Columbia Road in East London to hawk their bulbs, roots, and stems... and it's quite a spectacle. Join in the madness, and once you've had your fill, duck into award-winning bakery Lily Vanilli for some tea and cake, or opt for a leisurely lunch at stellar wine bar and bistro Brawn.
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
A stone's throw from the busy Broadway Market is the picture-perfect Netil Market, a tiny but well-curated nook that's always the right amount of busy. Stop by the original location of Bao (much shorter queues than their restaurants in Soho and Fitzrovia!), or grab a drink nearby atop the rooftop bar and creative space Netil House for a killer view.
13 - 23 Westgate St, London E8 3RL
Weekdays 9AM-6PM, Weekends 11AM-6PM
Maltby Street Market
This tiny market has grown in popularity over the years. Its charming location, the ropewalk alongside train tracks, is dotted with the finest local purveyors - always a fine mix of mainstays and new faces. Be sure to take a stroll through Lassco antique furniture shop... you'll be drooling over the gorgeous pieces (and maybe the waft of food cooking at the market...). Grab a donut at St John Bakery and a Waffle from Waffle On, and you're guaranteed to have a brilliant start to the day.
Ropewalk, London SE1 3PA
Saturday, 9AM-4PM, Sunday, 11AM-4PM
Brick Lane Market & Old Truman Market
The most popular market of the east is the Sunday Brick Lane market, when Shoreditch's Brick Lane transforms into one of the best places in the world for vintage shopping. Artisans line the cobblestone streets, and shops open their doors for the huge crowds that make their way east on Sunday to scope some finds. Don't miss the market at the Old Truman Brewery, just off of Brick Lane, which hosts quite a few local artisans selling new and vintage threads.
91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR