19th-century artwork, odd knick-knacks, vintage furniture, retro tracksuits, LP records, you name it; you’re sure to be able to find it at one of London’s many flea markets.
The capital is brimming with brilliant vintage markets –
Londoners really are spoilt for choice when it comes to vendors.
Here, we give the lowdown on some of the capital’s best vintage markets, so you can pop down and grab yourself a pre-loved, up-cycled, retro bargain.
You just can’t visit London without visiting Brick Lane – it’s everything that makes East London a vibrant and wonderful place. With eye-popping street art, cutting edge designs, delicious street food, the thin cobbled street has everything you could possibly wish for in a market.
The world-famous, hipster Cereal Killer Café is also close by, so pop in for post-shopping refreshments in the form of some pimped-up cereal. Or, if you’re after something savoury, Brick Lane Beigel Bake is one of the most famous bagel stores in the country, offering mouth-watering salt beef bagels 24-7.
Hackney Flea Market
Located in the heart of Stoke Newington’s busy Church Street, Hackney Flea Market is home to a treasure or two. From jewellery to old maps and vintage fabrics, you’re bound to find something that you’re excited to take home.
Much like Brick Lane, this market comes with some quality eateries and entertainment – homemade delicacies are also on hand throughout the day, alongside the best up and coming DJs.
Old Spitalfields Market
Okay, we concede that many residents met the redevelopment of Spitalfields with resentment, but the market was certainly gifted a new lease of life. The renovated 1887 setting makes for the perfect contrast to the adjacent modern shopping precinct.
At Spitalfields, you’re able to browse some of the most sought after vintage clobber and crafts. If you’re a music fan, you can get on your hands on everything from 90s New York hip-hop to 60s psychedelic albums.
Greenwich market is popular with collectors, owing to the number of brilliant antiques that often turn up here, including 1950s and 60s ceramics, photography, embroidery, and old books. There’s somewhat of a party here on the last Friday of every month. The Moonlight Market is held on Church Street, with live music and a pop-up bar on offer. What’s not to love?
Renowned as one of London’s most historic markets, there’s plenty to see and do in this Shepherd Bush haunt. The market is a staple within the local community and is well known for its fanciful fabrics and flavoursome falafel. Customers from around the globe flock to the market each year to pick up their favourite household goods, specialist foods and rare garments.
And, if delicious Moroccan delicacies and unique clothing wasn’t enough to entice you, the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherd’s Bush certainly will – just a three-minute walk from your vintage findings.
Whichever market you choose to go to in London, you’re certain to find something you adore.