List of markets in London
This is a list of markets in London. Greater London is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods or sell different things on different days. Most open very early in the morning and close early or late afternoon.
Markets in London have their origins in the middle ages and ancient charter; set up to serve the population of the City of London. Over time, some emerged as wholesale markets serving specific market segments — such as the sale of vegetables, meat, or fish. With an expanding metropolis in the 18th and 19th centuries, street markets were set up to meet the needs of the new suburbs. With the introduction of trams on the streets of London, these were moved (sometimes forcibly) into neighbouring side streets, or new covered markets.
These markets have ancient origins and connections with the City of London. Some have moved from their original locations within the city boundaries but most continue to be operated by the City of London Corporation. Their previous sites have :
- New Covent Garden Market is the largest fruit, vegetable and flower market in the UK. With over 200 businesses, employing over 2,500 people, the Market supplies 40% of the fresh fruit & vegetables eaten outside of the home in London and is used by 75% of London florists. With a large range of food businesses, including traditional wholesalers, wholesale distributors and food processors, NCGM serves many of London’s best restaurants and hotels, cafés and bars, schools, hospitals and work places as well as independent retailers and street markets.
- Borough Market is located in The Borough, just south of London Bridge. The market was established on London Bridge and is first recorded in 1014. It has been in several locations, but moved to its present site in 1870. It was owned by the City Corporation and was transferred to an independent trust in 1999. It still operates as a wholesale market, but when this closes it sells a wide range of sundry food items. Hours: Fruit wholesale 4am-8am Monday-Friday. Farmers' Market 12 noon-5pm Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday. Its increasingly up-market style is very popular with locals and tourists alike.
- Old Billingsgate Market, a fish market, relocated in 1982 to Billingsgate Market, Poplar. The original elegant building facing the river is now used as a hospitality and events venue.
- Leadenhall Market, a food-centred market, continues to operate with many of the market spaces converted to retail outlets.
- Smithfield Market is a meat market that was originally a live cattle market.
- Spitalfields Market, a food market which relocated in 1991 to New Spitalfields Market, Leyton. The original market site is still used as a market selling fashion, art and design, food and vintage goods and is part of a revival of the surrounding area.
These are other wholesale markets and those popular with tourists, mainly in Central London:
- Bermondsey Market is located on Tower Bridge Road in Bermondsey, South London, and deals primarily with antiques, originally sold under the rules of market overt. Hours: 4am - 12 noon Friday.
- Brick Lane Market, at the northern end of Brick Lane and along Cheshire Street in East London. The market developed in the 17th century for fruit and vegetables. With the arrival of Jewish immigrants, it began to operate on Sundays. Today, it sells food and general bric-a-brac, on Sundays.
- Camden Lock Market, usually referred to simply as "Camden Market", is next to Regent's Canal in Camden Town, northwest London. It sells general goods, music, collectables, military-surplus, jewellery, incense, clothing and a wide variety of fast-food.
- Camden Passage Market, on Islington High Street and Camden Passage, has its origins in the 1960s when small shop and stall holders banded together to form the market. Two markets deal in antiques and collectables. Wednesdays and Saturdays are good to visit for the antiques, Thursday is the book market, more recently fashion/accessories stalls come on Fridays and mixed craft/fashion/antiques on Sundays.
- Columbia Road market originated in the 19th century. It became a flower market to sell produce on Sunday - leftover from nearby Spitalfields. It is between Bethnal Green and Shoreditch in East London. Hours: 9am - 12noon Sunday.
- Inverness Street Market, for over 100 years Inverness Street Market has been a traditional street market, with stalls selling fruit and vegetables. Also situated in Camden Town, it now has many more stalls selling clothes, trinkets and other cheap products.
- Covent Garden Market located in the West End, was originally a flower market, now relocated to New Covent Garden Market, Vauxhall in south London. The original building is now a shopping and tourist area with some shops, and there is an indoor market containing stalls selling jewellery, speciality soaps, tourist souvenirs, etc.
- Petticoat Lane Market is located on Wentworth Street and Middlesex Street in east London, and sells clothing, luggage and a wide range of cheap consumer items.
- Piccadilly Market was established in 1981 and operates six days a week in the courtyard of St James's Church, Piccadilly. Mondays: Food Market, 11-5pm. Tuesdays: Antiques and Collectables Market, 10-6pm. Wednesday - Saturday: Arts and Craft Market, 10-6pm.
- Portobello Road Market sells antiques, and is located in the Notting Hill area of West London. Hours: Saturday.
- Old Spitalfields Market is located on Commercial Street in east London. Spitalfields Market is one of London's busiest areas on Sundays with hundreds of market stalls specialising in fashion, art, crafts, design and food. Old Spitalfields Market  is located in the original, historic Victorian Market Hall built in 1887 and the new Traders Market  is in the redeveloped western end of the site, on Crispin Street. Old Spitalfields Market is open 7 days a week, with the busiest days at the weekend.
- Islington Farmers' Market was the first Farmers' Market in London. Having had a number of different locations since it first opened, it is now held every Sunday at the Penton Street end of Chapel Market, N1, close to Angel tube station.
- Designers / Makers Market takes place at Old Spitalfields Market on the third Saturday of every month - featuring UK Designers and craft practitioners.
- Real Food Market at Southbank is located behind the Royal Festival Hall, not far from Waterloo Station. The Real Food Market runs most weekends (Friday to Sunday) throughout the year with around 40 stall holders specialising in sustainably and ethically produced food and drink. The market also showcases street food vendors.
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These markets tend to be less visited by tourists but are used regularly by local residents. Some are of a comparable size to the more renowned markets:
- Archway market, which sells general goods on Thursdays and goods and food on Saturdays, is located near Archway Station
- Balham Farmers' Market, a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Market which takes place every Saturday 9am-2pm in Chestnut Grove School SW12
- Battersea High Street market, which sells food and general goods, is located in Battersea
- Bermondsey Farmers' Market, a farmers' market which takes place every Saturday 10am-2pm on Bermondsey Square, SE1
- Berwick Street Market is a small general goods market in the heart of Soho, central London
- Camden Passage Sunday Market, from 10am-4pm every Sunday. A new addition to the Islington market scene, this market is on the street behind Foxtons at 106 Islington High Street and Camden Passage. They have a wide selection of food, including soups and burritos, artisan meats, breads, cakes and cheeses. There is also a range of crafts, music and art
- Blackheath Farmers' Market, a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Market which takes place every Sunday 10am-2pm in Blackheath station car park
- Bloomsbury Farmers' Market, a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Market which takes place every Thursday 9am-2pm in Torrington Square WC1
- The Blue is the central Bermondsey market selling food and clothes, open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
- Brixton Arts & Craft Market, first Sunday of the month, with a focus on artists and designer/makers, located in Brixton, south London
- Brixton Market, which sells food, is located in Brixton, south London.
- Brixton Farmers' Market a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets which takes place every Sunday 10am-2pm in Brixton Station Road
- Broadgate Farmers' Market, a certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Market open 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 8am-2pm in Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate
- Brockley Market, Saturday market in London, SE4, offering locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and poultry, plants and flowers.
- Chapel Market, a food and general goods market, is located in Islington, north London.
- Chatsworth Road Market, a small boutique food and general goods market, is located in Lower Clapton, east London
- Chrisp Street Market, a general goods market, is located in Poplar, east London
- Church Street Market, a general goods market of over 200 stalls operating Monday to Saturday, is located off the Edgware Road
- Crystal Palace Food Market, supplies a good range of sustainably farmed produce and locally produced hot food, cakes & deli items.
- Deptford Market, which deals in food and antiques, is located in Deptford, southeast London
- Ealing Farmers' Market a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Market every Saturday 9am-1pm in Leeland Rd, West Ealing
- Earlham Street Market, selling T-shirts, clothing and food products, near Seven Dials in central London.
- East Ham Market Hall is a covered market in East Ham, off High Street North
- East Street Market, a market that sells food and other sundry goods, is located in Walworth, south London.
- Exmouth Market, located in Clerkenwell in east-central London, sells food (cheeses, bread, patisserie, fruit and vegetables) and crafts on Fridays and Saturdays. It is one of London's newest markets
- Goodge Place Market, in central London, is a small 4-5 stall market catering mainly for office workers during lunchtime
- Harringay Market, a weekly Sunday local produce and street food market in Harringay, next to Crouch End, from 11am to 3pm
- Hay's Galleria Market is a small market established in 1987 with its own resident artist, selling jewellery, souvenirs, tourist apparel and art. Open 7 days a week, 364 days of the year
- Hildreth Street market is a food and general goods market, located in Balham, south London.
- Kingston upon Thames in southwest London has two markets. Kingston Market is open from Monday to Saturday and sells food and consumer items while the weekly Monday Market sells clothes and household items.
- Leather Lane market, located in Holborn, central London. Sells clothing, fruit and vegetables, and general goods. Used mainly by office workers during lunchtime.
- Lewisham market, located in Lewisham High Street, southeast London, sells fruit and vegetables and general goods
- Lower Marsh Market sells general goods, and is located adjacent to Waterloo Station, central London
- Marylebone farmers' market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Sunday 10am-2pm in Moxon Street car park, W1
- Merton Abbey Mills is an arts and crafts market which runs every weekend with over 100 market stalls selling jewellery, clothing, art, toys and gifts. It is located on the A24 Merantun Way near Colliers Wood tube station
- Nine Elms Sunday Market, a market that sells sundry goods in Vauxhall, with over 1000 stalls behind Sainsburys supermarket
- North End Road Market, a market that sells fruit and vegetables, food and other sundry goods, is located in Fulham, southwest London.
- Notting Hill Farmers' Market is a certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Saturday 9am-1pm in the car park off Kensington Church Street, west London
- Northcote Road market, located near Clapham Junction, Battersea, south London, sells food and general goods.
- Northcote Road Antiques Market, located a few doors away from Northcote Library near Clapham Junction, Battersea, south London, has 30 antiques dealers in this indoor market in SW11.
- Parliament Hill Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Saturday 10am-2pm at William Ellis School, Highgate Road, NW5
- Parson's Green Farmers' Market, a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Market which takes place every Sunday 10am-2pm in New Kings School, New Kings Road, SW5
- Pimlico Road Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Saturday 9am-1pm in Orange Square off Pimlico Road & Ebury Street, SW1
- Queen Mary (Mile End) Farmers' Market, a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Market which takes place on Thursdays, 9am-2pm in Queen Mary University, E1
- Queen's Crescent Market located in Gospel Oak, north London. Sells cheap electrical items, African foods, and cheap clothes, largely tracksuits, hooded tops and trainers
- Queen's Park Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Sunday 10am-2pm at Salusbury School, Salusbury Road, NW6
- Queens Road Market located on Green Street, in Upton Park, east London, is a large market selling a variety of foods from all over the world, particularly the Indian sub-continent
- South Kensington Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Saturday 9am-2pm in Bute Street, SW7
- Swiss Cottage Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Wednesday 10am-3pm in Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, NW3
- Rathbone Market located beside the Somerfield in Canning Town, east London, is a small Thursday morning market selling textiles and bric-à-brac. It is also open on Good Friday (when it extends up the Barking Road). There are also a few limited stalls on Tuesdays.
- Ridley Road Market is located in Dalston, east London, and sells food (particularly fish) and general goods
- Romford Market is located in Romford, east London, selling food and general goods
- St John's Wood Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Saturday 10am-2pm at Barrow Hill School, Bridgeman Street, NW8
- Shepherd's Bush Market sells food and assorted goods, and is located in Shepherd's Bush, west London
- Strutton Ground Market is located off Victoria Street, SW1, central London.
- Surrey Street Market has a Royal Charter dating back to 1276 linking it to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It sells vegetables and meat as well as a range of other items throughout the week and it is a regularly used film location for TV, film and advertising. Located in Croydon, south London.
- Tooting Market in Tooting, south London, is a daily market selling food as well as a variety of household goods including fabrics, furniture and pets
- Twickenham Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Saturday 9am-1pm in Holly Road car park
- Sunday UpMarket is located on Brick Lane within the historic Old Truman Brewery complex in east London near Spitalfields. This is a newer market focusing on products created by young designers and unusual international foods
- Walthamstow market is located in Walthamstow, east London. It is the longest market in Europe, and sells food, clothing, and assorted goods
- Walthamstow Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Sunday 10am-2pm in the High Street by Walthamstow Town Square, E17
- The Waste is a market held every Saturday morning along Kingsland Road, between the old Metropolitan Hospital and Dalston Lane, east London.
- Wimbledon Farmers' Market is a FARMA-certified farmers' market run by London Farmers' Markets every Saturday 9am-1pm in Wimbledon Park First School, Havana Road, SW19
- Well Street Market in Hackney, east London, sells fruit and fresh vegetables as well as clothing and general goods
- Wembley Market in Wembley, north London, sells a wide variety of goods ranging from fruit and vegetables to luggage, fabric and clothes
- Whitechapel market in Tower Hamlets sells fruit and fresh vegetables as well as clothing and general goods, and is currently being further developed
- Whitecross Street Market is located off Old Street, EC1. This is a small street hidden between the LSO, St Lukes and the Barbican.
- Club Row animal market, north of Brick Lane in Bethnal Green, closed in 1983.
- Fleet Market (1736–1829)
- Farringdon Market (1829–1880)
- Market Place, Finchley
- Shepherd Market in Mayfair was developed by Edward Shepherd in the mid-18th century; it is now an exclusive square.
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