Living in London – Shopping in Different Places

The best way to experience London is to get out of your new flatand explore some of the flea markets that London is famous for. Not only will you be able to pick up some great items at bargain prices. It is a way of getting out and experiencing life.

Spitalfields Market

Open Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm and Sundays from 9am – 5pm, but, in common with many of the main markets, is at its busiest on Sundays when all shops and stalls are open. Thursdays specialise in antiques, and Fridays in fashion and art. Old Spitalfields has been the site of a market since the 1640’s and specialises in arts and crafts, furniture, designer clothing, gifts and food. Many of the goods on offer are sourced from around the world, and this is the place to go for unusual, eco and organic goods. Old Spitalfields market is set in a Victorian market hall, and is very convenient if you’d like to visit a market but stay out of the rain! Spitalfields Arts Market, close to Old Spitalfields market offers a range of art, sculpture and photography from both established and up-and-coming artists. There are a range of cafes and restaurants in the area, including Giraffe, which offers global food and world music, and Carluccio’s café and deli for great Italian food. There are regular free community events staged at the Arts market including fashion shows and concerts. Nearest tube stations are Central, Hammersmith and City, District, Circle and Metroplitan.

Borough Market

Borough Market is a gourmet food market, which is open Thursday –Sunday at the following times: Thursday 11:00 am- 5:00 pm; Fri 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. There are stalls with fresh produce from around the country including meats, cider, cheeses, freshly baked bread and pastries, game and fruit and vegetables. There are also stalls which sell foodstuffs from around Europe. The market is also open as a wholesale market throughout the week. It is our oldest food market, and definitely a tempting place to go on an empty stomach! If you love spending money at farmers’ markets, and you love buying fabulous fresh food and sampling all kinds of stuff that you never tried before, this is your place. Neal’s Yard Dairy supplies a huge variety of cheeses, and Monmouth coffee comes highly recommended. Be warned that this market can get extremely crowded, and you might struggle for a seat in a pub- but then there are all those food stalls to sample anyway… Some of the food can be pricey, and if you’re looking for food bargains, try Brixton Market instead. Nearest tube stations are London Bridge and Borough.

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