London’s best artisan markets
Central London is a vast and often unfamiliar place, yet dotted around the capital there are numerous artisan market communities still thriving. In this quick guide, Scott Wood from London based onefinestay highlights some of the best market experiences to be found in Central London. Here are some of his favourites.
Columbia Road Flower Market
If you know your Geraniums from your Gerbera then be sure to head down to Columbia Road market for a selection of London’s finest plants, flowers and herbs. This road, which was originally a through-fare for walking sheep through to the Spinningfields meat market is now a bustling market every Sunday.
Products range from fresh meat, vegetables and fruit, to baked goods and international selections of cheeses, olives and other delicacies. Be prepared to pay a little extra for the products, but they’re certainly worth every penny.
Regarded as the epicenter of the artisan food scene, Borough Market’s reputation is unrivaled This collection of gourmet stalls located below Borough high street, just by the South Bank hosts over 70 unique stalls and stands of the best food London has to offer. There is also the fantastic Monmouth Coffee nearby for an early morning caffeine fix.Products range from fresh meat, vegetables and fruit, to baked goods and international selections of cheeses, olives and other delicacies. Be prepared to pay a little extra for the products, but they’re certainly worth every penny.
Billingsgate Fish Market
As the name suggests, Billingsgate market is geared almost entirely towards fish and is regarded as the worlds largest fish market. Now found in Poplar on the original market site, the Billingsgate market, which was established in the 19th century has serviced the cities trade and restaurant business for over 100 years.
Opening at the early time of 5-8.30am, the market is frequented primarily by traders and restaurant owners. The general public are also welcome to enter, but can often struggle to buy small quantities of fish as this market caters mainly to trade purchases (many stall owners prefer to deal in bulk, and also do not accept credit cards).
But whilst the rowdy market is not for the faint of heart, for a real experience of a traditional London market, Billingsgate Fish Market is a real