Plan your your journey on the Transport for London website
There are a few things more enjoyable than rummaging around stalls looking for a bargain. It’s a great activity if you’re visiting London and a bit of history is a much nicer gift than a Union Jack t-shirt.
Jubilee Antiques Market: Mondays only, 9am – 5pm
Covent Garden is always worth visiting: Tuesdays to Friday it is a general market, Saturday and Sundays Arts and Crafts, but on Mondays it is antiques.
Getting there: Nearest tube stations Convent Garden, Leicester Square, Holborn. Don’t even think about bringing the car. Yes, there are car parks but these are streets that you should walk through and later you can stroll by the river
Alfie’s Antique Market: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
One of the biggest covered antique markets in London,
Getting there: nearest tube station Marylebone, but it is also walking distance of Lords Cricket ground and Regents Park.
Camden Passage: Wednesday and Saturday 9am – 6pm, Friday and Sunday 11am – 6pm
I remember going here as a child and it hasn’t changed that much. You can find WWII postcards rubbing alongside Georgian silver, Edwardian furniture next to tatty paperbacks. There are stalls inside and out.
Getting there: Despite the name, it is not near Camden Town. The nearest tube station is The Angel – it is also on numerous bus routes that run along Upper Street, London N1
Old Spitalfields Antiques Market: every Thursday, 8am – 5pm
Each Thursday, Old Spitalfields Market is filled with goodies for collectors and casual browsers
Getting there: nearest stations are Shoreditch High Street, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street
Bermondsey Antique Market: Bermondsey Square, Friday 6am- 2pm
The website says it is open until 2pm but I think you need to get there much earlier, if possible before 9am – it is well known as the antique market for antque dealers and they get up early
Getting there: London Bridge Rail and Underground Station is the nearest station
Portobello Road Market: Saturday 5.30am – 4pm
It claims to be the largest antique market in the world with 1000+ stalls. I’m not sure about that,,but it must be one of the coolest.
Getting there: Both Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill Gate tube stations are near by
Northcote Road Antiques Market: Open seven days a week, 10am – 5.30pm, Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Established in the 1980s, it is an indoor market housing about 30 independent shops. Try a virtual tour before a visit.
Getting there: Close to Battersea Power Station and about 10 minutes walk from Clapham Junction (the busiest rail station in England).