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.

London Markets

Hampstead Market

The newest of the bunch is Hampstead Market, which takes place every Saturday in north London’s most beautiful village.

Hampstead Market

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.

Hampstead Market

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.

Hampstead Market

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.

Cardinal Place Food Market

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).

Cardinal Place Food Market

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.

Cardinal Place Food Market

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.

Leather Lane Market

And so am I. Leather Lane Market has some of the best street food stalls in London, from fresh Vietnamese to gooey grilled cheese.

Leather Lane Market

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.

Leather Lane Market

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.

North Cross Road Market

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.

North Cross Road Market

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.

Primrose Hill Market

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.

Primrose Hill

Chatsworth Road Market

Up in Hackney, Chatsworth Road Market market is a 10-minute walk from the Homerton overground station and worth every step.

Chatsworth Road Market

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.

Chatsworth Road Market

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.

Chatsworth Road Market

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.

Strutton Ground Market

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.

London Markets

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

Hampstead Market

I hope you enjoy exploring these markets as much as I do. Happy tasting!

What are your favorite London markets?

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28 comments on “Lady’s 7 Under-the-Radar London Markets You Need to Visit”

  1. My fave has got to be Barnes farmers’ market. I always walk along the Thames from Hammersmith to Barnes. Really pretty surrounding by an artificial lake and the goods are amazing. Cheese, fish, fresh pasta, sweets etc and cooked food are abundant. Definitely worth going!!

  2. Taftbrook Market near Victoria is also a good weekday lunch pick – you can get a huge serving of pad thai cooked in front of you for Β£5. There’s about a dozen stalls with food at the market, so its pretty low frills but nice if you want some fresh food in the area.

  3. Found your blog after coming to your Guardian workshop last week which I felt was well presented and gave us new bloggers a lot of helpful information, thank you for this!

    This is a great post Julie! I enjoyed Borough Market when I visited it in September and it was very inspiring, but these markets definitely need a visit from me.

  4. Oh wow Julie, so many wonderful choices! What is that bread looking item in the foreground under the Primrose Hill Market section??? I hope all is well! πŸ™‚

  5. Kingston market should have made the list! But there are so many good ones out there, you’ll have to up the number in the title πŸ˜‰

  6. Thanks for showing us these markets. I hadn’t heard of most of them, but will definitely visit one or two next time I’m down in London πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!

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