The colourful buildings of Portobello Road in London
Goods for sale a one of the many London markets
Magazines for sale a one of the many London markets
Cakes for sale a one of the many London markets
Cats for sale a one of the many London markets
Apple Market sign at Covent Garden Market
Punch and Judy sign at Covent Garden Market
The colourful buildings of Portobello Road in London
Goods for sale a one of the many London markets
Magazines for sale a one of the many London markets
Cakes for sale a one of the many London markets
Cats for sale a one of the many London markets
Apple Market sign at Covent Garden Market
Punch and Judy sign at Covent Garden Market
The colourful buildings of Portobello Road in LondonGoods for sale a one of the many London marketsMagazines for sale a one of the many London marketsCakes for sale a one of the many London marketsCats for sale a one of the many London marketsApple Market sign at Covent Garden MarketPunch and Judy sign at Covent Garden Market

Explore the colourful weekend markets in London

Markets in London have played an essential role since the middle ages right through to the 19th century. Then, with the introduction of supermarkets, they almost disappeared. Recently, however, the tradition of regular weekend markets in London have undergone a fantastic revival bringing back the ancient tradition of street trading.

By JAY KAY
  • 1.The oldest of Sunday markets in London

    Spitalfields Market has been around since early 17th century. It’s a place where history meets cutting edge modern design.

    The market is great for a stroll around in any weather as the majority of trading space is covered by a glass roof, and unlike other London markets this one is completely wheelchair accessible. Spitalfields Market is best known for award winning restaurants and upmarket shopping.

    Open every day except Monday and Saturday. Sunday is the best day to visit. Nearest Tube is Liverpool Street Station.

  • 2.London’s creative market

    Greenwich Market, a wonderful spot for crafts and arts, benefits from beautiful architectural settings underlined by its rich history.

    Aside being home to Royal Charter Market, Greenwich was the birthplace of kings and queens, notably of Henry VIII and his daughters Elizabeth I and Mary I.

    Nowadays Greenwich market is sought after for antiques, collectibles and arts. One way to make the journey there fun is to take a river boat from central London. Jump on one at Tower of London, Charing Cross or Westminster pier and disembark at Greenwich Pier.

    The Greenwich Park is round the corner from the market and it make for a rather stunning spot for a late lunch picnic.

    Open from Wednesday to Sunday. Go on Friday or Saturday for the best range of arts & collectibles. Nearest Tube is Cutty Sark station on The Docklands Light Rail.

  • 3.London’s most entertaining market

    In between browsing the stalls Covent Garden Market also provides an ample street entertainment to enliven your afternoon.

    The talented street performers gather mostly at the West Piazza, outside St Paul’s Church as well as at the North Hall of the Market Building. Anything goes, acrobatic acts, magic or live music.

    It’s a great place for creative inexpensive jewellery which ranging from few pounds to items more precious.

    Open all week but weekends are best. Nearest Tube is Covent Garden.

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26 February 2012