Exploring The London Markets

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Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we’re showing you our favorites.  The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There’s something for everyone!

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

I had the pleasure of visiting London recently with my husband.  The company that my husband works for has an office just outside of London and he travels there every three months. Over the last few years, I’ve taken a few opportunities to travel with him.  Nothing compares to the thrill I feel each time I see Big Ben from the distance or how happy I feel just walking along the Thames.  London occupies a very special place in my heart and with the city’s great energy, how old and new blend effortlessly and the friendly people, I never tire of visiting.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

I’ve written before about visiting The Tower of London, seeing London from the London Eye, visiting Windsor Castle and much, much more.  In fact, if you want to read any of my articles about those or other special places to visit in London, be sure to read the collection of articles that can be found here.

On this trip, however, my husband, EJ and I decided that we wanted to see a different side of London.  We didn’t necessarily want to visit the major tourist attractions.  Instead, we wanted to explore a few of the many markets, visit neighborhoods and discover and explore a few of the hidden gems known mostly by the locals.  We wanted to experience London like a Londoner.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

The first market we explored was the Marylebone Farmers’ Market in an area of central London, referred to Marylebone.  This lovely market is open every Sunday and features between 30 and 40 venders selling beef, fruit, vegetables, eggs, cheese, bakery items and much more.  This market is in the heart of the city and we found it so hard to believe that a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of busy Oxford Street was this lovely, quiet neighborhood.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

The Marylebone Farmers Market is a wonderful market to discover first thing in the morning.  Make this your breakfast destination for coffee and homemade breakfast pastries while you browse the first class meats and produce that will become great meals in the surrounding homes.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

The next few markets we visited were the ones along Brick Lane including Brick Lane Market, the Backyard Market and the Sunday Up Market.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Brick Lane Market is open on Saturdays and Sundays while both Backyard Market and Sunday Up Market are only open on Sunday (hence the name).  The Sunday Up Market has an amazing food area which immediately drew us in with the wonderful aromas from the food stands.  When we entered the main “food section” of the market, we saw rows and rows of vendors cooking and serving meals.  From Ethiopian food to Cuban food, you will certainly have no trouble finding something wonderful to eat.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

My only advice would be to arrive hungry.  The food portions are huge so EJ and I ordered an Ethiopian dish and brought it outside and sat on the curb with everyone else.  It was so much fun to people-watch and listen to the talented street musicians.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

We found it funny that there was a section of Indian restaurants on Brick Lane that each had a banner in their windows featuring it as the “Best Indian Restaurant”.  I’m sure they are all very good.  London is known for it’s wonderful Indian food.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

If you visit Brick Lane, make sure to stop at Dark Sugars Chocolate and sample one of their chocolates.  They are out-of-this-world!  EJ and I chose a Limoncello Truffle and a Pink Champagne Truffle to enjoy later in the day.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

We spent the afternoon walking through the market and found quite a few items to bring back home.  You’ll see everything there from craftsmen selling their beautiful handmade items to “garage sale” type finds to young up and coming fashion designers trying to get their beautiful clothes and purses out in from of an audience.  It’s truly a fun place to visit.

Old Spitalfields Market is a short walk away from Brick Lane Market and is open seven days a week.  You’ll find everything from antiques and art to clothing and accessories.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Inside one section of the market is a great little spot to stop and enjoy a glass of wine.  The wine bar is called Vagabond and at this award-winning wine bar you can choose from 100 different wines to enjoy by the sample, glass or bottle.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

The wines are on tap and are “poured” from dispensing machines.  Each guest is issued a “Vagabond” card which resembles a credit card.  You load the card with money and sample various wines at a small cost before eventually choosing the wine you’d like to commit to having a glass of. When you’ve chosen your wine, find a seat inside the bar or outside and enjoy.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

The last market we visited, and my absolute favorite, was Borough Market.  Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market and is truly a food-lovers paradise.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

I’ve been to Borough Market before and was a bit intimidated the first time I visited.  It’s huge!  There are stalls of vendors selling food everywhere and I just didn’t know where to begin.  On this visit, I knew we needed a strategy and it would begin with a glass of wine, as all good things do.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

We began our visit by stopping at The Wine Pantry for a glass of wine.  They were featuring wines from England and that really intrigued me.  I had never tasted a wine from a winery in England before and I wanted to give it a try.  EJ and I chose a glass of Stopham Estate Pinot Blanc which was delightful.  Stopham Vineyard is in an area in West Sussex.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

With a glass of wine in had, we found it a bit easier to browse and explore.  Many of the vendors were handing out food samples so we could look and nibble before making any difficult decisions.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

We ordered Salt Beef sandwiches from one vendor and from another vendor, we tried the Gruyere Stuffed Croissants which were both amazing!

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

For dessert, we ordered Stollen from a gluten-free bakery and it was perfect!

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

After spending a few hours exploring Borough Market, we stopped in a wine bar next to the market called, Wine Wharf.  It was the perfect place escape from the business of the market and was a quiet place to decide where to head next.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

On a previous trip to London, we visited the Greenwich Market.  It’s a great market which sells beautiful products from designer makers and smaller vendors.  It’s busiest on the weekends.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

If you’re visiting Greenwich, be sure to stop at the gelato shop called Black Vanilla.  They serve the best gelato and cappuccino and it’s just down the street from the market.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Greenwich is worth a day to itself.  The National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Navy College and the tall-masted wooden ship, the Cutty Sark can all be found in Greenwich.

Also on an earlier trip, we went to Notting Hill and explored the Portobello Road Market.  The main market days are Friday and Saturday but you can find a little something every day of the week.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Make sure to stop at the Hummingbird Bakery while you’re in Notting Hill.

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

Our guide to visiting and exploring the best London markets. From Borough Market to Greenwich Market we're showing you our favorites. The London markets are fun places to shop for food, drinks, clothes, antiques and other merchandise. There's something for everyone! | www.zagleft.com

As you can see, the London markets sell everything from food to flowers, clothing to knick knacks, and modern art to antiques.  They’re fun to browse through, maybe pick up a souvenir or gift or even just to enjoy lunch.

This map below will show you the locations of each of the markets we visited.  Have you been to any other London markets?  I’d love add them to my list for our future visit.

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  1. Joanie, I would have no idea where to start if I ever visited London! The fact that you have been more than once and still have yet to see everything is amazing (loving all the Indian restaurants on the one block!) I know who to ask if I need any help while in London 🙂

    • I love London, Kacey. My company that my husband works for has an office nearby and he travels there every three months or so. When my kids were little, I couldn’t leave. Now that they’re older, sometimes I can sneak away. The Indian food in London is so good! Some of the best I’ve ever had. 🙂

  2. I am so jealous of your trip! I always wanted to go to London and then we had the twins. We have made a promise to each other to go in 10 years when the girls will be almost 12 and can enjoy it with us. Until then, I will have to live through your pictures. 😉

    • I think around age 12 is a great time to travel internationally, Jessica. At that age, they’re more likely to enjoy the trip and can help with the pre-trip planning. There’s a lot for kids to do in London that I’m sure your girls would enjoy. We took our daughter last summer (she was 13) and she had a blast, especially shopping on Oxford Street which can be a little expensive. She saved up her babysitting money for that adventure. 🙂

  3. OMG! Your images are so lovely, they got me salivating. I recently relocated to London, havent had time to tour the city but when I do I will be sure to refer back to your post, very insightful and elaborate.

  4. London is at the top of our list for potential places to visit on our next trip overseas this summer. If we don’t go this year, I know we’ll go soon, so this is so helpful. Thank you for such a thorough post! I love the details and the photos. Bookmarking this for when we visit!

  5. Wow, you highlighted London food that I never knew existed. I love the idea of a self-serve wine bar, and Indian food – I just can’t get enough!

  6. That’s so funny about all the Indian restaurants being marketed as THE BEST! They must have learned it from food bloggers. 😉

    And what a cool trip! My husband has been wanting to go to London forever so I’ll add this to our planning folder. 🙂

  7. Loved visiting London and Downton Abbey with RecipeGirl in November. Such a lovely trip … but … we didn’t have time to visit the markets. Next time for sure! Thanks for the great tips in this post!

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