A place for colours, sights and loads to choose from at an affordable fetch, flea markets are where you want to indulge yourself. And London is a treasure trove for the curio hunter. Hop on a guided tour of London’s best flea markets.
On the map: Notting Hill
Boasts of: The Portobello Road Market known for its crave-worthy, new fashion and vintage hand-me-downs. No wonder our flagship store is just a stone’s throw away too.
Timings: 9am to 7pm on Friday and Saturday
A+Co recommends: Portobello Gold, a quaint pub that transports you to a lush tropical landscape of palm trees and rooftop terraces.
On the map: Horner Square, Spitalfields
Boasts of: The Spitalfields Market housed under a glass canopy is where you pick the best of handicrafts and garments from indie designers at the Style market, admire exquisite artwork at the Arts market or simply choose to go the whole hog with the Traders Market featuring the best of style, arts, food and play.
Timings: 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday; Style Market from 11am to 5pm on Saturday
A+Co recommends: Spitalfield Produce Market featuring a tempting range of locally produced fresh fruits, veggies, breads, cakes, jams, preserves and crafts. If this combination can’t kill you, nothing can.
On the map: Southwark, Central London
Boasts of: The Borough market is a heritage site and a gastronomical spectacle. Munch on delectable local, ethically sourced and healthy food while also engaging in public demonstrations, debates and educational programmes on the slow food movement.
Timings: 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday
A+Co recommends: Savouring cheese and olive sticks at Bread Ahead to whet that appetite.
On the map: Covent Garden Piazza
Boasts of: The Apple Market in Covent Garden’s cobblestoned piazza is a great place to find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted knick knacks, garments and gifting pieces. Also find yourself entertained by miming and juggling acts.
Timings: 9.30 am to 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday
A+Co recommends: Impromptu operas to soak in on the lower half of the street.
On the map: Islington
Boasts of: The Camden Passage is a street market famous for its antiques, furniture, period and costume jewellery and fashion clothing — vintage and new. No wonder it boasts a starry line of visitors including Barbra Streisand, Emma Watson and Kate Moss.
Timings: 6.30 am to 5.30 pm from Monday to Sunday
A+Co recommends: Quiet afternoon strolls for gift purchases and the vintage oddity, especially the art deco and Parisian style jewellery.
COLUMBIA FLOWER MARKET
On the map: Columbia Road
Boasts of: Colours and scents take over the Columbia Flower Market with flower sellers everywhere on Sundays. You will also find several shops selling fashion accessories and cute little tea shops. Pick a gift and a bouquet!
Timings: 8am to 3pm on Sunday
A+Co recommends: Definitely grab a cuppa at a cafe, make sure to notice the street art, and pastries.
BRICK LANE MARKET
On the map: Brick Lane, East London
Boasts of: Second hand wares and great bargains especially leather clothes and cheap collectibles, street performers and a lively, vibrant atmosphere can be found here.
Timings: 10am to 5pm from Monday to Sunday
A+Co recommends: The bars, cafes and street art hot spots.