Old Spitalfields Market, London

 

Beaytiful Jewelery from littlepearlbutton at Spitalfields markets

Divine jewelery from littlepearlbutton at Spitalfields markets

Old Spitalfields Market is my all time favourite London market, as the stalls are often run by the designers themselves, so you get to meet and talk to the makers; it is undercover, perfect for the London weather; and it is surrounded by great shops. This market is open everyday,  but the main market days are Thursday till Sunday with each day different themes and different stalls so check out their website to see what is coming up this month. Continue reading

Portobello Road Markets

Antiques and collectibles at Portobello Road Markey

Antiques and collectibles at Portobello Road Markey

Portobello Road Market is one of London’s most well know markets for tourists and locals a like. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am with the main market day being Saturday when the antiques and bric-a-brac stalls also open and the crowds flock to this West London market. What I love about this market is that it is organised into different sections, and even on the busiest days there is still room to move. Continue reading

Notting Hill Farmers’ Market

Plant stalls at Notting Hill Gate farmers' market

Plant stalls at Notting Hill Gate farmers’ market

Notting Hill Gate farmers’ market is hidden away behind Waterstones in the Kensington Church Street car park  and is held every Saturday from 9am. This small market is perfect for purchasing  some fresh local produce. If you are living or staying in the area this is the perfect place to sample some lovely cheeses,  fresh baked bread, honey, meat, chicken and fish as well as your weekly fruit and vegetables directly from the farmers. This is a local market and a great place to meet those who produce your food and pick up

Fruit and vegetable stalls at Notting Hill Gate farmers' market

Fruit and vegetable stalls at Notting Hill Gate farmers’ market

some great tips on how to best prepare your fresh produce.

Favourite Stall: Chegworth Valley Juices, who offer a delicious warm apple juice, perfect for those cold drizzly London mornings.

Short walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station.

 

Broadway & Netil Markets, Hackney

 

Delious bites at Broadway Market

Delicious bites at Broadway Market

Broadway markets are the perfect place to meet some friends for lunch on a Saturday.  The food stalls are vast and with such variety even the fussiest foodie with find plenty to please their taste-buds here. I was spoilt for choice and found myself munching my way through this market. Try some mouth-watering pork rolls, paella, Indian or falafels and then move on to some dreamy cakes and chocolatey treats. Continue reading

Camden Markets

Camden Lock - handmade notebook covers

Camden Lock – handmade notebook covers

Camden lock, Camden stables, Camden lock village, Camden market, Inverness street and the electric ballroom combined make-up the Camden market group, which attracts enormous crowds to Camden Town every weekend. Some parts of the market are also open during the week and if you do not like crowds this is the time to come. If you love people watching, like me, Camden is the place to be, grab a drink and settle in because these markets attract a wide variety of people from all over the world. Continue reading

Covent Garden Markets

Covent Garden Markets

Covent Garden Markets

I love Covent Garden markets, for its mecca of market stalls, beautiful retail shops, but most of all for the street performers. I could spend many hours browsing through the shops and stalls but I come back again and again, to watch the street performers drum up an audience. If you see a crowd forming it is worth stopping and enjoying the show as you may experience magic, hear some hip hop or opera, see jugglers and acrobats perform breath taking acts,  whatever the performance you are guaranteed to be entertained. Covent Garden Markets is divided into three main areas: Apple Market, East Colonnade market and Jubilee market hall. The stalls vary depending on the day so it is worth checking out their website if you are after something in particular. Continue reading

Uxbridge Craft Market

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Alison May , home accessories and gifts

Uxbridge craft market is a  weekly craft market held each Wednesday from 9am till 6pm and offers a  range of collectibles, craft stalls and an artist group in residence, producing works for sale and whom are happy to stop for a chat or offer advice. This is a lovely little market to visit if you find yourself in the area with your mum or grandma, with plenty of places to have a cuppa afterwards. It is only a short 2 minute walk from the Uxbridge station.

Fav stall of the day : Alison May with her beautiful home accessories and gifts

 

Twistedthreads Spring Knitting and stitiching show, London 2013

international feltmakers association stall

international feltmakers association stall at the twistedthreads spring knitting and stitching show

Wow! Twistedthreads have produced a fabulous show for anyone who has a passion for the art of hand crafts and textiles. This show has lots of stall holders with beautiful things for you to buy, covet, adore and make.Their are fabulous textile displays and workshops to inspire you.

The workshops offer you a great chance to try your hand at something new, with numerous 1-2 hour workshops including felt making, knitting, making jewellery, crochet card making, dress making, embroidery and much, much  more, you will find plenty to interest you and encourage you to start making. Continue reading

Amsterdam Mamas children’s market

Amsterdam Mamas children’s market is an annual market usually held in January. This children’s market combines quality second hand clothing/toy stores with local business and craft people and also provides a variety of workshops for parents and children.

Dam Fine Baby is a range of baby products, including dribble cloths and bibs,  made in Amsterdam

Dam Fine Baby is a range of baby products, including dribble cloths and bibs, made here in Amsterdam

This is definitely a child friendlymarket, with stroller parking, tables and chairs for little’s to enjoy their lunch and plenty of fun toys to look at  and workshops to enjoy. This is not only a great market to pick up some quality products for all, but any unsold clothes and accessories are donated to the wings of support organization who provide support to children in developing countries. To find out where and when this market will be happening next year check out  Amsterdam Mamas