woman at a food market
woman at a food market

The Best Outdoor Markets In London

 

From street food markets and farmers’ markets to antique and vintage markets, London boasts some of the best in the world. Whether you’re in search of fresh local produce, bargain retro gems, delicious, authentic world food or simply fancy a wander with a coffee or beer in hand, these are the best outdoor markets in London for it.

 

The Best Farmers’ Markets in London

There’s nowhere better to pick up high-quality, locally sourced British produce than at farmers’ markets in London. From fruit and veg to meat and dairy, whatever you’re planning for dinner you’ll find what you need here.

Blackheath Farmers Market

Blackheath Farmers Market

Blackheath Farmers Market

This traditional farmers’ market is the place to go for perfectly ripe seasonal fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread, cured meats and much more, all sold by knowledgeable and helpful stallholders.

Location: Blackheath Station car park

Marylebone Farmers’ Market

Fresh fruit at Marylebone Farmers’ Market

Marylebone Farmers’ Market

One of the flagship London farmers’ markets, head to Marylebone if you’re feeling fancy, where you can pick up the likes of oysters, game meat and asparagus, as well as the usual fresh, local fruit and vegetables.

Location: Aybrook Street, Marylebone

Islington Farmers’ Market

Islington Farmers’ Market fruit and veg

Islington Farmers’ Market

The first farmers’ market to start trading in London has been running since 1999, as part of Chapel Market. Seasonal produce is big at Islington Farmers’ Market, with wild garlic available in spring, strawberries in summer, squash in autumn and, of course, turkeys in time for Christmas.

Location: Chapel Market, Islington

The Best Street Food Markets in London

Give us messy, mouth-watering, and moreish street food over fine dining any day. These London street food markets feature cuisines from all over the world, with chefs who know how to do it properly.

Maltby Street Market

Maltby Street Market

Maltby Street Market

The labyrinthine maze of Maltby Street Market is a haven for foodies, chock full of mouth-watering delights from tapas and pasties to gyoza, cheeses and prime cuts of steak, not to mention coffee, cocktails and craft beers. There’s something to satisfy every hunger or thirst imaginable.

Location: between Bermondsey and London Bridge

Victoria Park Market

Pastries and bread at Victoria Park Market

Victoria Park Market

From stone baked pizzas and fully loaded burgers to delicate slices of cake and indulgent sweet treats, it’s easy to see why the market in Victoria Park is so popular. Grab your street food of choice and a fresh pint, and find a spot on the grass to catch up with friends.

Location: Victoria Park

Whitecross Street Food Market

Food market curry

Whitecross Street Food Market

A favourite with creatives and suits alike during workday lunches, Whitecross Street Food Market features cuisines from around the globe, from traditional staples like fish and chips and kebabs to bao buns, falafel wraps, curry boxes and so much more. Be warned - you might need to walk up and down several times before you can make a decision!

Location: Whitecross Street, near Old Street

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard

Vinegar Yard

This street food, outdoor bar, flea market hybrid in the heart of London has everything you need for outdoor socialising, including the option to hire out a private Rum Shack! Street food delights at Vinegar Yard include burgers, Italian, Indian and Lebanese, alongside a great selection of draught beers.

Location: Off St Thomas Street, London Bridge

The Best Vintage Markets in London

It’s not just haute couture which earns London a place on the fashion world stage. London’s vintage scene is second to none, and these are the best markets to find vintage clothing.

Brick Lane Vintage Market

searching for antiques at brick lane vintage market

Brick Lane Vintage Market

The cobbled streets of Brick Lane are taken over by vintage sellers every weekend, featuring vintage specialists from across the UK and Europe. Whether you’re in search of your next festival attire or a standout outfit for an occasion, you’re sure to find something here.

Location: Brick Lane

Flea London

Trawling the rails for vintage fashion

Flea London

Held every Saturday and Sunday at the aforementioned Vinegar Yard, Flea London is a vintage and makers’ market featuring a curated selection of fashion, homewares, books, jewellery, kitchenware and accessories.  

Location: Off St Thomas Street, London Bridge

More from the blog

To stay up to date with the latest news, advice and tips from Zipcar visit our blog.

cycling across london bridge

Covid and sustainable living

Has Covid been the catalyst to a more sustainable lifestyle?

plastic free shop

Plastic free & zero waste shops

Reduce the amount of waste you produce by shopping at these fantastic shops.

cherry blossom at kew

The best spring flowers in London

Find out the best places to see cherry blossom, bluebells, daffodils and tulips in or near London.

winding country road

The best road trip destinations for 2021

Dreaming of your next holiday? We asked members for their top road trip destinations for 2021.