London markets are one of the distinctive features for which this city has long been known. They range in size and scope from small London street markets to huge ones like the New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms that sells wholesale fruit, vegetables, and flowers to others like the Borough Market and Camden Lock Market.
Any trip to the city that involves a good survey of the best markets in London will give you a better understanding of the city and how it operates. For instance, many of the best restaurants buy produce that is locally sourced and farmed and sold exclusively from the Covent Garden Market. The independent music and fashion scene finds voice in the vintage and retro threads on sale at the ever-popular Camden Lock Market. Get out your city map and be prepared to get to know the city of London from the inside out.
Getting to and from the Camden Lock Market is a relative breeze if you can navigate the underground system. The market itself is less than a half mile from three different Tube stops: Chalk Farm, Camden Road, and Camden Town. If you are hanging out in the Soho, Covent Garden, (or really anywhere in central London) and you are not in a hurry to get to the market, there is a great way to access the market by foot. First, if you are directly south of Regent’s Park, the best thing to do is to walk through park. Some of the most beautiful and finely manicured English gardens with lush fauna and gorgeous fountains are in Regent’s Park. Walk around the Regent’s Park Boating Lake and then head east on Prince Albert Road. You can access a little path called Regent’s Toe Path that leads you down a set of stairs and along a canal where troubadours play and occasionally a new romance is born. Follow the toe path until you arrive at Camden Lock Market. Here you will find amazing food, clothing, and handicraft vendors amongst a whole host of other stores, restaurants, and bars. If you want to find some great vintage shades, hats, and clothing, head to this famous market in Camden.
The Borough Market is located just south of the Thames across the London Bridge on Southwark Street in the London Borough of Southwark. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tower of London, and the London Eye are also located on this side of the Thames. The Borough Market is also London’s oldest food market and one of the most crucially important in terms of the nation’s commerce as the single most important retail market for fine foods. This is far from one of your average London street markets. The list of foods you can purchase at the Borough Market is amazingly extensive. This market has occupied its present location for over 250 years.
The Smithfield Market this is open every weekday from 4 a.m. to noon and serves the express purpose of supplying butchers, stores, and restaurants with meat and poultry for the next day. It is an old and large market that is well known in London. It has remained in the central London area on Charterhouse Street for around 150 years.
Take time to explore the best London markets on your next trip. You’ve likely never seen a grocery this size before in your life. And food is just the start. Camden for clothing, Portobello for antiques, whatever your heart desires. One of the great things about the city is that you can find one of the little London street markets to satisfy your needs in whatever area of town you are staying in, but you also have access to grand and comprehensive markets like the Borough Market and New Covent Garden Market for the best foods and beverages available on the market. London markets come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties.