I love a good London market. Browsing stalls full of color and flavor always gets my taste buds excited. I wrote about 14 of the city’s best markets a while back, but today I want to share a few of the less obvious ones with you. As such, here are 7 under-the-radar London markets you need to visit.
The newest of the bunch is Hampstead Market, which takes place every Saturday in north London’s most beautiful village.
I went up last weekend to check it out, and loved how it nests into the courtyard of Hampstead Parochial School. The market is tucked away behind Heath Street, too, so you have to know it’s there. Secrets are always fun, and this one is even better because of its variety of tasty parcels to enjoy.
I particularly like the macaron and doughnut stalls, but my favorite has to be the fish stall, which is in the shape of a boat. It’s also nice to see picnic tables around the market for on-the-spot consumption of all the pretty pastries and savory foods.
Cardinal Place Food Market
Next up is Cardinal Place Food Market in Victoria. Right by the station, the market opens every Thursday just in time for lunch.
The focus here is on prepared foods, as it’s a popular place for people who work in the area to come for lunch. But in addition to the sandwiches and burgers, there are plenty of baked goods and cakes to tempt the taste buds (and mine are easily tempted).
As with Hampstead Market, there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a quick bite. And this being London, it’s also nice that Cardinal Place is covered to protect market-goers from rain.
Leather Lane Market
Over in Clerkenwell, the weekday Leather Lane Market has been around for ages. But while it used to be more of a bric-a-brac market, it’s now focused on clothing and food.
And so am I. Leather Lane Market has some of the best street food stalls in London, from fresh Vietnamese to gooey grilled cheese.
Better still, Leather Lane itself has become a foodie mecca in recent years. With some of the best coffee shops in London and a variety of great restaurants, the street is worth a visit for its permanent fixtures as much as its market stalls.
North Cross Road Market
Down in Dulwich, North Cross Road Market is a Saturday treat. This little secret is full of everything from homemade cakes to vintage clothing.
On my first visit I was lured in by the delicious aromas of buttered popcorn and rich coffee. I’m a sucker for both, and was delighted to see them in such close proximity. I was also pleasantly distracted by the variety of quirky housewares for sale. They were all so nicely presented I wanted to take the whole lot home and redecorate my flat.
Primrose Hill Market
Living up to its lovely name, Primrose Hill Market is one of the prettiest Saturday markets in London. It takes over the grounds of St Paul’s School on the weekends to offer everything from vegetables to juices.
I love strolling through the market stalls and letting myself be tempted by the brownies and jams. And if I overindulge, the hill that gives this London neighborhood its name is just the thing to help me work off a few calories.
Chatsworth Road Market
Up in Hackney, Chatsworth Road Market market is a 10-minute walk from the Homerton overground station and worth every step.
Open on Sundays, it has a great variety of food and craft stalls that offer everything from traditional pies to knitting yarn. I love browsing the length of the market before heading back to pick up some souvlaki or a cupcake.
And like Leather Lane Market, this one has a great variety of shops and restaurants to explore in the surrounding streets. From funky antiques to serious espresso, I always find something to delight my eyes, mouth, or nose.
Strutton Ground Market
Back in central London, Strutton Ground Market is one of the most under-the-radar markets in the heart of the city. Right near Big Ben in Westminster, this weekday market has the most local feel of all the ones I’ve mentioned.
From fresh fruit to basic home goods, it’s the place to go for snacks and staples. I always find myself meandering down as my nose leads me to the coffee vendors, and sticking around for the hot food at lunchtime.
To recap, the 7 under-the-radar London markets you need to visit are:
1. Hampstead Market
2. Cardinal Place Food Market
3. Leather Lane Market
4. North Cross Road Market
5. Primrose Hill Market
6. Chatsworth Road Market
7. Strutton Ground Market
I hope you enjoy exploring these markets as much as I do. Happy tasting!
What are your favorite London markets?