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Eat and have fun at Borough Market in London. Photo: Shutterstock
Eat and have fun at Borough Market in London. Photo: Shutterstock

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London’s best markets

Looking for a diamond necklace? Or perhaps cheese straight from the farm? You'll find these items, a long with many other things, in some of London's many great markets.

Grays

Grays Antique Market in Mayfair is like a museum where a sparkling piece of cultural history accompanies every purchase. Not to mention some good investment advice: “A lot of jewelry today is made with small stones, and there is always someone who wants to sell it cheaper. The difference with buying jewelry at the market is that antique jewelry has already appreciated in value,” says owner John Joseph at the stall that bears his name, before adding that some new items can be smart purchases: “Proper diamonds can increase in value.” There are 200 little stalls and stores gathered under the roof of the old 19th-century building. Here you’ll find everything from jewels by Cartier and Tiffany to antique lace and art. Look out for celebrities such as Kate Moss, who has been seen buying vintage jewelry here.

Grays

58 Davies Street, London

Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm

Portobello Road

Large and lively street market every Saturday. On weekdays there’s a fantastic broad range of small niche stalls.

Portobello Road

Brixton Market

It’s quite an adventure to nose around this local melting pot of a market. You can buy everything you need to make Caribbean soup, or textiles for turbans and bedspreads. It feels like being at a Mexican food market and an Arab medina all at the same time. The highlight, though, is a visit to the hot food stalls. How about some Jamaican gungo soup with sweet potato or a spicy fish masala? Yum!

Brixton Market

Alfie’s Antique Market

It’s at this market that designer Stella McCartney finds the inspiration for her collections. Under Alfie’s roof, you’ll find antique furniture, clothing, and jewelry. There are also several craft shops that offer framing or jewelry and watch repairs.

Alfie’s Antique Market

13-25 Church Street, London

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Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

Cheeses, vegetables, cured meats, candy, wine, and other treats await you at London’s Borough Market. Photo: VisitBritain/Joanna Henderson

Borough Market

You can easily put on five kilos by coming here. Cheesemongers, pastry shops, butchers, and bars all sit side by side.

Borough Market

8 Southwark Street, London

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Open Thursday from 11am to 5pm, Friday from 12 noon to 6pm and Saturday from 8am to 5pm.

Camden Market in London is for those who like it loud and eccentric. Photo: Shutterstock

Camden

This is a market for the slightly more eccentric among us. New and unknown designers sell their bold creations from their stalls here. Traders from all four corners of the world offer everything from Arabian ottomans to Caribbean mobiles. The choice of food available is equally international.

Camden Town

Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF

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Open daily from 7pm until late.

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