For bargains, design classics and retro kitsch, the best hunting grounds are vintage and antiques fairs in venues all over London. London is full of interesting art and antique markets, where you’re sure to find something unique to take home whatever your budget.
London’s Best Antique and Flea Markets attract all sorts of people, from all warps of life. Whether you’re a collector, historian, stylist or design fanatic, antiques and flea markets are a great place to find a unique story. If you’re wondering where to go, here’s our take on London’s Best Antique and Flea Markets.
Bermondsey Antique Market
Bermondsey Square Antiques Market has a wide range of antiques from cutlery to furniture, china to jewellery. It’s a break of dawn affair with serious dealers arriving before sunset. It’s outdoors but operates come rain or shine.
Many of the traders have been at the market for years and have a good knowledge base. The market has a international reputation and is visited by antiques enthusiasts from within the UK and visitors on holiday here.
The market is based at the Long Lane – Tower Bridge Road junction. It is a brief ten minute walk down Bermondsey Street from the underground and mainline train station at London Bridge or a ten minute walk from Borough Underground station.
Add: Bermondsey Square, Tower Bridge Rd, Southwark, London, SE1 3UN
Open: Every Friday 4am-2pm
Old Spitalfields Antiques & Flea Market
Old Spitalfields Antiques Market is a weekly must-go for London’s avid collectors and lovers of all things old. Every Thursday Old Spitalfields Market becomes a haven for antique collectors and enthusiasts in search of a bargain. It’s a great midweek market event, which attracts both Londoners and tourists. The stalls are eye catching, quirky and unique. I Love Markets recommends you visit!
Add: 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London E1 6EW
Open: Every Thursday 9am-4pm
Camden Passage in Angel Islington, N1 is a great way to pass the day. You’ll find lots of great antiques, trinkets, vintage, jewellery and lots of independent boutiques. It’s open every Wednesday and Saturday. Camden Passage has four separate market areas – Annie’s Market, Camden Passage Market, Charlton Place Market and Pierrepont Market. The market areas and market stalls each have different areas of expertise.
Annie’s Antiques and Vintage Market is hidden in Camden Passage between Islington Green and the Camden Head Pub. Find an array of decorative antiques from 18th to 20th centuries, collectables, vintage and costume jewellery, vintage handbags and hats. On Camden Passage itself you’ll find more vintage clothing and accessory stalls, as well as collectables like old suitcases and homewares. Charlton Place and Pierpoint are traditional antiques markets which are covered and operate Wed & Sat. Lots of silver, pictures, collectables and jewellery. Traders arrive early from 7:30am.
On Saturdays you’ll also find some of the food traders from Broadway Market set up at the top of Camden Passage. Lovely food stalls and great bites.
Add: Angel, Islington, London N1 8EF
Open: Every Saturday 8am-4pm
Alfies Antique Market
For over 30 years Alfies Antique Market has attracted serious collectors, interior designers and celebrities to its varied collection of antiques and collectables. To this day people from all over the world come to Alfies to take in its bohemian chic atmosphere and to find something genuine and unique.
Add: 13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8DT
Open: Every Tuesday – Saturday 10am-6pm
Portobello Road market is one of the most famous markets in the world, internationally recognised for its second-hand and antiques sections. Notting Hill’s quaint and idyllic streets make a fantastic tourist trail – even as Londoners we love the walk from Notting Hill Tube Station down to Portobello Road Market – and there are some fantastic shops and boutiques along the way. The market can be separated into three parts. At the Nottinghill end you’ll find antique stalls and shops selling everything from jewellery to home artefacts. There are also quite a few old and new art shops.
Further down Portobello Road you’ll find plenty of traditional street market stalls selling food, fruit & veg, clothing and fast eats. The market is always buzzling and vibey. At the North end of Portobello Road you’ll find plenty of vintage and retro stalls, women’s jumble style stalls where you can pick up garments for a fiver, second hand bric a brac & furniture.
Add: Portobello Road, London, W11
Open: 10am-5pm. Open until 7pm Saturdays
Developers have big ambitions for Deptford in South East London. Could it be the new Shoreditch of South East London? It’s certainly making the right moves. It has a cool-cat “scene,” lots of great bars and places to eat as well as a budding artistic community. Little Nans is a popular drinking & eating hole as is The London Particular. You’ll also find Vinyl record shop and cafe who have recently departed the bright lights of Camden & Soho to be in Deptford. It’s a great time to visit Deptford and there’s lots to explore.
Deptford Market itself is still keeping it real. It’s a traditional street market with lots of fresh produce, fruit & veg, fish, multi-cultural food, haberdashery, clothing, shoes and fashion items, fabric, curtains and household items. The most popular and by far the best part of Deptford Market is the Bric-a-Brac and Secondhand market on Douglas Way, which can be found at the end of Deptford High Street. Great for a rummage and you can even find the odd bargain. Both markets are open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm.
Add: Deptford High Street, Greater London SE8 3PR
Open: Every Wed/Fri/Sat 9am-6pm