Markets in The UK

Markets are one of the best ways to understand a people, by seeing what they buy and how they buy it. The UK's markets, most notably in London, provide a great insight psyche and cultures of the UK population. Portobello Road market in London's Notting Hill area is the world's largest antique market and is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday, as is a trip to the eclectic Camden Market for all dedicated followers of fashion. Covent Garden Market is open daily in a stylish piazza location full of arts, crafts, food and street entertainers who flock here to ply their trade. Greenwich Market in South East London is a cornucopia of nick-naks, set amongst tourist attractions that tell the story of the UK's maritime history. Outside of London Melton Mowbray Market in Leicestershire provides a glimpse of rural life in the UK with everything from home made jam to prize winning bulls being traded at weekends.

Portobello Road Market

Portobello road, Portobello road
Street where the riches of ages are stowed.
Anything and everything a chap can unload
Is sold off the barrow in Portobello road.
You’ll find what you want in the Portobello road

Portobello Road from the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Portobello Road MarketPortobello Road is the world’s largest antiques market, running almost the whole length of trendy Notting Hill, parallel with Ladbroke Grove. Apart from antiques and a fantastically eclectic selection of objet d’art, Portobello Road is also one of top London Attractions for the panoply of second-hand clothing sold there.

Portobello Road opening times

But it’s not only the market that draws people to Portobello Road, but also the diverse local community that gives the area a flavour all of its own and gives life to the meandering architecture of Notting Hill, filling myriad pubs, gastro-pubs, restaurants, clubs and bars.

Portobello Road market is the ideal place to pick up a unique present for the folks back home, or find an old curiosity to add that individual touch to your home. But it’s not just about buying things, and many people simply meander up and down the market enjoying the atmosphere of one of London’s more unique institutions.

Greenwich Market

Situated in the heart of historical Greenwich, Greenwich Market provides visitors with an historical, yet alternative shopping experience offering an eclectic plethora of wares, many unique to the stallholders that created them.

Always something of a zeitgeist, Greenwich Market has become a London attraction that has been both a catalyst and barometer for the fortunes of this part of South East London – a market has existed on this site since 1700.

A visit to London is incomplete without a visit to Greenwich, and a visit to Greenwich is incomplete without a visit to Greenwich Market. Opening times

Camden Market

Camden LockCamden Market has been a popular hangout for the famous, infamous and trendy since it began (in its current form) in 1974. A collection of six markets selling arts, crafts, clothing bric-a-brac, fast food amidst pubs, restaurants and cafes that are the haunts of the some of the UK’s most notorious rock and pop stars, Camden Market is a unique UK attraction that plays host to over 150,000 visitors every weekend.

Camden Market is also a great place to relax and let your hair down, with a number of popular pubs, Dingwalls live music venue, and the famous Electric Ballroom nightclub, the market provides food, shopping and entertainment opportunities 24/7.

Covent Garden Market - London

Covent Garden LondonWith a cornucopia of entertainment, shopping and dining options, Covent Garden Market posses all the charm and facilities of a city but without the traffic.

Situated between Kingsway, St Martin’s Lane, Strand and Shaftsbury Avenue, Covent Garden, like Leicester Square and Piccadilly, can justifiably be described as one of the hubs of London’s West End.
These days the area is more than just a market, and has, since 1980, become increasingly known as simply ‘Covent Garden’. However, the name in either form provides clues as to the area’s history. In the 11th century the land was used by Westminster Abbey for growing food, and was known as the ‘garden of the Abbey and Convent’.