13 Sunday Markets In London To Explore

There are many great Sunday markets in London. 

If you are spending the weekend in the city, you will certainly have no shortage of great things to see and do, and in fact you may well have visited one of the best markets in London already (Borough Market, hint hint!).

However, if you need a break from the most classic attractions, consider visiting one of London Sunday markets – they are perfect for a shopping spree (yes, even on a Sunday!); to get good food (whether you are in search of street food from anywhere in the world, or something more refined); for people-watching; and to simply be entertained or spend a day with your friends. 

These markets are all different one from the other. In some you’ll find flowers; others sell vintage stuff – from clothing to old cameras and what not; some are tucked away in the most hidden corners; others are massive and take a while to explore. But all of them are fun to see.

Curious to find out more? Continue reading for a quick overview.

Looking for a Christmas market? Make sure to read my post The Best Christmas Markets In Europe.

Sunday markets in London
Brick Lane is home to some of the nicest Sunday markets in London

13 Fantastic Sunday Markets In London

Brick Lane

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Those in the area of Brick Lane are easily some of the best Sunday markets in town, and you’ll surely be able to find a good bargain there. Brick Lane is also home to some of the most unique parts of the city in terms of street art, so a real must-see!

The main street is packed with lovely clothing shops by London’s up and coming designers; as well as some fabulous food stalls. If you are in search of antique furniture or even jewelry, this is a good place to go. Other than the main street markets, there are several indoor markets in Brick Lane which are all worth browsing. 

Below is a more detailed description of the markets. Meantime, consider one of these guided tours that also go to the Brick Lane markets:

Boiler House Food Hall

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Located in the old Old Truman Brewery’s 1830’s Boiler House, this is the place to go to fix your cravings for any kind of international cuisine. From Moroccan tajine to Malaysian food, Japanese sweets, Vietnamese Pho Bo, Pad Thai, Ethiopian injera and what not, you are bound to find something to tickle your tastebuds among the more than 30 food stalls. There’s a fantastic beer garden at the back, and prices are mode than affordable – definitely by London standards!

TIP: Look for the street food market in Ely’s Yard, right behind the Old Truman Brewery as that’s where you’ll find some award-winning food trucks!

The Tea Rooms 

This is one of the nicest indoor markets in Brick Lane, where you can find tea and cake – well I guess that’s a given – and any sort of vintage stuff – from jewelry to vinyl records, from antique cameras to vintage typewriters – I came across a shop once and I was so fascinated by the 1930s ones that I must have spent an hour just there. It’s no wonder this place is referred to as an “Aladdin’s cave of furniture, collectables and antiques.”

GOOD TO KNOW: One of the best London Sunday markets for antiques is Northcote Road Antiques Market. In fact, it’s thought to be one of the best in the country. It’s open from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

Brick Lane

Backyard Market

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Located in a massive warehouse with more than 80 stalls, Backyard Market was first opened in 2006. There you will find unique pieces by London’s youngest designers and creatives. Look for jewelry, clothes, prints but also art and craft. 

Sunday Upmarket

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Opened in 2004 above Brick Lane Vintage Market, Sunday Upmarket counts more than 140 traders. It’s the kind place where you can find clothing, music, accessories, art, home appliances and – most importantly – lots and lots of food. 

Brick Lane Vintage Market 

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Right by Ely’s Yard, at the Brick Lane Vintage Market you will find your fix for vintage clothing and accessories, with anything dating from the 1920s to the 1990s. If you are into vintage, this is probably one of the best markets to visit on a Sunday. And if you are not, it remains a fun place to browse.

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The lovely Columbia Road Flower Market

Columbia Road Flower Market

OPENING TIMES: 8.00 am to 3:00 pm

Columbia Road Flower Market is one of the prettiest markets. Located in East London (actually, not far from Brick Lane), it’s a truly colorful place – what with all the flowers, nice plants, cactus, herbs and pots, and the many lovely courtyards and narrow alleys in the area. You will also find lovely cafés and vintage shops and – shall I add “obviously” – lots and lots of food.

The market goes on well into the afternoon, but try to get there early-sh in the morning as it can get really busy.

Chatsworth Road Market

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

This is one of the lesser known Sunday markets in the city – the kind of place you go if you want to feel more like a local. Located in Hackney, East London, it’s been on since the 1930s, although with World War II it started to become less and less popular and was eventually completely closed in 1990, to be finally opened up again in 2010. 

Chatsworth Road Market is a perfect place to buy fresh produce such as vegetables, fresh meat, Alpine cheeses, bread, pastries and cakes (those of Le Moulin Bakery are mouthwatering!). Surrounding the market there are lovely coffee shops and restaurants, as well as vintage furniture shops. 

Victoria Park Market

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Also in East London, Victoria Park Market is one of the coolest Sunday markets in London. It’s mostly a food market – so expect to find ice cream, fresh produce, cakes, wines and more. It’s delicious.

London Sunday markets
Spitalfields is one of my favorite markets

Old Spitalfields

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, of all the Sunday markets in the British capital, Old Spitalfields Market is by far my favorite. Located across London Liverpool Street Station, where it’s been taking place for centuries now, and at a short distance from Brick Lane, this covered market is the perfect place to visit on a cold, rainy day.

You can go there in search of handmade jewelry, souvenirs, fun stuff (I once bough my cat some dog clothes, but she wasn’t too impressed with them) and all sorts of good food. Add to this a selection of excellent pubs and restaurants in the area, and you get the picture.

GOOD TO KNOW: Located on Middlesex Street, in Spitalfields, there’s also Petticoat Lane Market. Only open on Sundays – sells just about anything – from clothing to toiletries and toys. 

Horniman Hill
Horniman Market is one of the lesser touristy Sunday markets

Herne Hill Market

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Taking place in the area right outside of Herne Hill station, Herne Hill Market is one of London’s best, selling anything from old music records to fish, vegetables and what not. The surrounding shops and restaurants add a lovely touch. 

Horniman Market

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Horniman Museum, in Forest Hill, is home to a great Sunday market. It actually takes place around the bandstand in the museum’s garden, and it’s perfect to shop for fresh produce as well as cakes, pastries and other food. 

GOOD TO KNOW: The views of the city from the bandstand are amazing!

Camden Lock
Camden is home to two fantastic Sunday markets in London

Camden Market

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

I am not a fan of Camden Market: it’s terribly crowded, very touristy and having somewhat lost its original charm. Having said so, if you’ve never been to this part of town you should definitely go! 

Camden Market is packed with clothing shops – not just any kind though. Expect to find gothic stuff galore, corsets and the like, as well as candles, incense and mystics. 

This guided tour may help you make the most of Camden. Book it here.

Camden Lock

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Located in a former abandoned packaging warehouse, Camden Lock is one of the most iconic sights in London. The market now sells all sorts of souvenirs and antiques.

Stables Market

OPENING TIMES: 12:00 to 6:00 pm

Owing its name to its use as a horse hospital in Victorian times (something celebrated with a statue of horses right at the entrance), this market located in Camden is a good place to go in search of antiques and clothing. There are more than 450 stalls, so there is plenty to explore (and buy!).

London Sunday markets
Greenwich hosts a Sunday market that is pleasant to explore

Greenwich Market

OPENING TIMES: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

This large market in the heart of historical Greenwich is announced by a massive metal sign. You will find stalls selling food, clothes, jewelry as well as arts and grafts. One of the best Sunday markets in London, it’s actually open every day – including Bank Holidays.

Southbank Centre Food Market

OPENING TIMES: 12:00 to 6:00 pm

I am a massive fan of London’s South Bank, so I obviously had to mention this market which is the perfect place to go in search of street food. If you are a book warm, Waterloo Bridge and its book market nearby will be the perfect addition to your Sunday.

GOOD TO KNOW: Another great Sunday market for street food is Maltby Street Market, in Bermondsey. It opened in 2010 and albeit small it has some delicious finds. It’s open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

London Farmers’ Markets

London also has a fair share of farmers’ markets that are open on Sundays. If you are in search of fresh produce, check out Chapel Street Market; Marylebone Farmers’ Market, where you’ll find excellent organic produce; Alexandra Palace Farmer’s Market, aka Ally Pally, which is all the way North has incredible skyline views of London; and Blackheath Farmers’ Market.

Final Tips To Make The Most Of London Sunday Markets

Before you set off to visit one or all the Sunday markets in London, I wanted to share some final recommendations and warnings with you. 

TRANSPORTATION – Public transport in London is a bit of a hiccup on Sundays. That’s when construction works take place in the metro (aka London Underground or Tube), so it may be a nightmare to go from one place to the other. Make sure to check for closures on the official tube website before deciding where to go, and plan your route beforehand. 

PICKPOCKETS – Any crowded place like a market is bound to be targeted by pickpockets, so keep your bags closed and don’t carry any valuables.

TIMINGS – I recommend planning to be at the market about one hour after the official opening time, so that you can be sure that all stalls are up and food is cooking!

GUIDED TOURS – Several tours go to London Sunday Markets. These are the ones I recommend:

MARKETS ON OTHER DAYS OF THE WEEK – Not in London on a Sunday? Worry not, there are plenty of markets open any other day of the week. My favorite is by all means London Borough Market. It’s a great place for foodies! You easily explore on your own, or – for a more in depth experience – join a guided tour. Here are some great options:

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