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London’s street markets are full of life and, hopefully, bargains. You’ll find antiques, new and second-hand goods and clothes, as well as the latest in street fashion, or just fresh or organic fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.

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Markets

Borough Market

Famous for its organic foods, Borough Market has been on its present site for 250 years (and nearby for 2,000 years). Now familiar from many films, it is open on Thursdays from 11am to 5pm, Fridays from noon to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.

Southwark Street SE1
Tube: London Bridge
www.boroughmarket.org.uk

Portobello Market

Becoming a victim of its own fame, this is still an exciting place to chase a bargain in antiques, new and second-hand goods, as well as fashion. It gets going at 10am and winds down about 4pm daily (Thursdays 1pm, closed Sundays),

Portobello Road W11
Tube: Notting Hill Gate/
Ladbroke Grove
www.portobellomarket.org

Shepherd’s Bush Farmers

Open from 10am from Monday to Saturday, this lively local market sells everything you can think of, from sari material to fresh fish. Overshadowed by the nearby and more famous Portobello Market, but nowhere near as crowded, it is well worth exploring.

Shepherds Bush W12
Tube: Goldhawk Road/Shepherds Bush

Alfie’s Antiques

This mix of specialist dealers in precious old things attracts collectors from all over the world, as well as interior decorators looking for the unusual. It is the UK’s biggest indoor antique market, a maze of room stuffed full with interesting objects.

13-25 Church Street NW8
Tel: +44 (0)20 7723 6066
Tube: Marylebone
www.alfiesantiques.com

Notting Hill Farmers

Every Saturday, from 9am to 1pm, this hidden market is one of London’s largest farmer’s markets. Strict rules guarantee that everything is sold by the farmer who grew it and there is plenty of organic produce on sale and a lovely atmosphere.

off Kensington Place W8
Tube: Notting Hill
www.lfm.org.uk/nott.asp

Camden Passage

This world famous antique market operates mainly on Wednesdays and Saturdays  but many shops do open on other days. Dealers, interior decorators and those who love old and unusual things search through the 300 shops and stalls. You will always find something of interest.

Camden Passage N1
Tube: Angel
www.camdenpassageislington.co.uk

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