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London’s Market

Markets are an important part of everyday life in London, where produce is sold, goods are bartered and bargains are made. There are several scattered all over the city, all specializing in different wares. Here’s a guide to the main markets and what they have to offer. Bermondsey Address: Bermondsey Square on Tower Bridge Road Trading: 04.00 to 12.00 daily Description: One of London’s oldest markets, Bermondsey is famous as a haunt of thieves, due to an ancient ruling (which, incredibly was only recently abolished) stating that the origin of goods sold before sunrise could not be brought under suspicion, therefore allowing stolen goods to be traded freely and without question. For this reason, the market has traditionally started very early in the morning. Get there early to find the best antiques. Portobello Road Address: Portobello Road, Notting Hill Trading: Saturdays, 06.00 to 16.00 Description: This area was a popular hippy hang-out in the 1960s and still has a bohemian feel today. The Saturday market stretches the whole length of the road and sells antiques and bric-a-brac as well as fruit and vegetables. The road itself is lined with antique shops, so it’s worth a visit any day of the week. Brick Lane Address: Brick Lane, Whitechapel, East End Trading: 07.00 to 14.00 on Sundays Description: In the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community, this market is surrounded by Indian restaurants and sells all sorts of junk and jumble from tables and chairs to kitchen sinks. Camden Address: Camden Lock, Camden Stables, Buck Street and Inverness Street in Camden Town Trading: Sundays, 10.00 to 18.00, although many stalls are now open throughout the week Description: This is a lively and colourful part of the city with some weird and wonderful market stalls selling unique clothing and jewellery and alternative music. Petticoat Lane Address: Middlesex Street, Wentworth Street and around, Whitechapel, East End Trading: weekdays and Sundays from 09.00 to 14.00 Description: Started over 400 years ago by French petticoat sellers, this market is still going strong today. The Lane was renamed by the prudish Victorians to Middlesex Street in order not to offend any delicate sensibilities, but the market retains its historic name. You won’t find many women’s undergarments any more, but most of the stalls still specialise in clothing. Borough Address: Southwark Street, just south of the River Trading: fruit and vegetable wholesale Monday to Friday 04.00 to 08.00; farmers’ market and fine food market Fridays 12.00 to 18.00 and Saturdays 09.00 to 16.00 Description: Traditionally a fruit and vegetable wholesaler, this market has been extended in recent years to include an excellent fine food market and a farmers’ market. It’s housed in a marvellous Victorian hall. Leadenhall Address: Gracechurch Street, next to Lloyd’s of London and near Bank of England Trading: weekdays, 08.00 to 15.00 Description: Another great food market in an old Victorian building. It’s in the heart of the City, London’s financial district, and is busy with office crowds at lunchtime. Billingsgate Address: Trafalgar Way, Docklands, East End Trading: Tuesday to Saturday 05.00 to 08.30, Sunday 06.00 to 08.00 Description: This is the UK’s largest fish market, where fish from UK seas and beyond are sold and transported to ....read more
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