If you want to see the different quirky side of London away from the usual tourist destination like the long queu for the London Eye or the Tower Bridge why not head off to the different market districts scattered around the city. If you want a cheap day out and want bargain souvenirs, vintage clothing and if your an antique collectors, I got a few places to recommend.
Firstly secure yourself a day travel ticket which you can used it on the Bus, Tubes/metro and overground trains, or if you’re staying in London for couple of days purchase an Oyster card. Now you’re good to go.
Spitalfields Market is a 2 minute walked from Liverpool St. Tube/metro station. This indoor market offers new clothes, vintage designed and some locally produced accessories from rings to earing and necklaces, there are also clothes and shoe boutique in the premises. After your wander there are nice restaurant in the building as well as a nearby cafés, pub and restaurant what ever you fancy. Opens Saturday to Wednesday at 10 am.
Portobello Market Place
I have been told that this place is beautiful. I didn’t waste anytime to dragged my friend Ching to come along with me, she was abit hesitant about going there because it was gloomy and raining. With some charms and persuasions we headed to the Market. Armed with umbrella and a little bit of enthusiasm to see the quirky place. I was abit disappointed to be honest there are lots of stalls scattered but the prices are at the high end it seems like your buying product from designers boutiques. We didn’t stay there long instead we went to looked for a restaurant to grab something to eat. But if you’re a vintage chic Fashionista this place is for you. Fur coat anyone? Opens from 8am to 6:30 pm.
Is famous for its indoor market that offers different varieties from fruits to clothes as well as some entertainment. It was evening when we got there and some of the stall vendors are already packing their stuff, but we still wandered around and when we reach the South Hall area there’s a local group playing violin from Bethoveen masterpiece and other classical piece, we enjoyed the performance while sipping a cup of tea and swaying along to the music. Opens daily from 9:30 am to 6 pm.
Last but the not least my favourite market from them all. I have written up a separate blog before about Camden Town,up to now there’s no market has surpassed and meet my expectation.
Camden Market Attracts millions of tourist and locals alike. The variety of exquisite products, food and entertainment it offers, you can easily spend your whole day wandering around the market and sampling the cheap and delicious food there or just head off to the bar and enjoy the river view with a cocktail or beer in hand, or if your feeling romantic with your date why not go on a boat and be serenaded while cruising down the river Thames. Camden Lock and Stables Market open daily from 10am to 6pm.
So what are you waiting for? Why not book yourself a day or two in the smoke city to enjoy and experience the different market place. Have you been to any of the market mentioned? Did you enjoy your visit? Let me know and leave your comments below.