The city of London is home to some truly spectacular markets giving visitors eager for a retail fix plenty to choose from. With such a wide variety on offer every day of the week, there is a market to suit everyone’s tastes and interests. Whether you are looking for antiques, flowers, clothing, food and drink or jewellery, you’ll never have to look too far to find a market that offers exactly what you want.
If you are travelling to London on a budget or you are looking for somewhere to spend a little bit of leftover spending money or currency before heading home, why not consider taking a trip to one of the markets? With bargains galore, they’re well suited to those who are mindful of their money. Though there are markets for all budgets, these three really are ideal if you are on a strict budget…
Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane market is one of London’s most iconic markets and you’d be advised not to pass up a visit during your stay in the city. Brick Lane is conveniently located near to the popular and trendy Shoreditch area in the east of the city, not too far from a number of the Park Grand London hotels. It is described as being a large East End flea market, but there are a lot of hidden gems to be found. You can find most things in Brick Lane from arts and crafts and delicious food to handmade jewellery.
Camden Lock Market
A number of the Park Grand accommodation options are located near to Camden Lock market. This market has long been a well-known name and recognised for its cool vibe. Most will know it as the place where the rockers and cool kids have hung out over the years. Though Camden Lock market is often thought of as being a relatively expensive place to explore, that doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. Thrifty shoppers won’t struggle to find some great and unusual bargains. Simply wandering around and taking in the sights and atmosphere may even be enough to satisfy a retail craving.
Portobello Road Market
The strong chances are that you will have already heard of Portobello Road and images of the market aren’t hard to come by. Internationally renowned, Portobello Road market has been around since the 1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1950s onwards that it really became a popular and fashionable hub of bargains and budget-friendly buys for the frugal-minded market shopper. Visitors to Portobello Road market can get their hands on everything from fruit and veg to ceramics and posters, all at an affordable price.
No trip to London would be complete without checking out a market or two; it’s a sure fire way to explore a different side to the city. As well as those listed above there are also a number of other popular choices such as Old Spitalfields Market, Alfie’s Antique Market and Borough Market.