With myriad markets and shopping precincts in London, some even famous attractions in their own right, the phrase ‘shop till you drop’ is completely possible in the UK capital!
Whether you’re searching for that perfect haute couture little black dress or a classic vintage handbag, whether you’re hungry for culinary delicacies or childhood treats from local sweet shops, or even whether you simply want to browse for hours, you’ll be thrilled with the city’s offerings.
If it’s your first time in London, you may find the choices overwhelming. Here is a quick guide to three of the city’s largest and most famous markets, what you can expect to find, and the best bargains. Don’t worry if you go a little retail crazy and end up going home with a lot more luggage than you had when you arrived; the convenient Gatwick airport transfers will transport you and your luggage safely back to the airport to head home.
Portobello Road Market
You may pass by this London icon on the Gatwick airport transfers to your central accommodation, so ask your driver to point it out so you can return later. If you have the entire day free for shopping and are in the mood to walk for hours amongst an authentic taste of West London culture, Portobello Road is an ideal excursion. This world-famous street market stretches for more than two miles and is separated into several distinct sections: antiques, fashion, produce, and there’s even a famous second-hand section for vintage clothes and accessories. A bonus for film buffs and romantics: following the road takes you to the heart of Notting Hill—yes, that Notting Hill—and you can check out various set locations and take selfies while doing your shopping.
You can find yummy food all over London, but Borough Market along Borough High Street is paradise for the true gourmand. Fondly nicknamed ‘London’s Larder’, this market dates back to the 13th century and features everything from freshly baked bread, artisanal jams and preserves, aged cheeses, hand-moulded sweets, to some of the rarest teas in world. There is also a wide range of spices and herbs, both dried and fresh and you can even buy the whole plant. There are tastings and cooking demonstrations in addition to food stalls, so be sure to bring your appetite as well as your wallet.
Another site you will probably pass on the Gatwick airport transfers, hipsters, artists, crafters and bohemians should head straight to Camden Market with its six eclectic and very distinct sections. Located along the Regent’s Canal, Camden Lock, the largest of these sections, is the place for high-quality handcrafted goods and art, as well as rare treasures such as old books and antique jewellery. Sampling the delicious food from its many stalls while browsing through the open-air market stalls is also a must.