Deep in the heart of England’s capital lies a bustling web of open-air street markets. Traders and hagglers congregate to participate in one of the world’s oldest forms of shopping, and the parade only continues to grow and impress. From antique jewelry to gourmet fare, take a tour through the colorful and historic markets of London!
For much of the 18th and 19th centuries, Portobello Road was a quiet country lane that served as a connection between Notting Hill and Kensal Green. As the wealthy population grew, the area blossomed into a collection of boutique shops and market-style eateries. Today, the market stretches over two miles through London’s West End, and it is known as the largest antique market in the UK. Seasoned antiquers arrive early on Saturday morning to view the market’s newest collection, and finish their day with a pint in one of Portobello Road’s many quaint restaurants or pubs.
The Camden Market, also known as Camden Lock, is the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London. Approximately 250,000 people peruse its 1,000 plus shops, stalls, and cafes each week in search of cutting-edge fashion and delicious treats. The eclectic mix of shops and restaurants offers travelers a full day’s worth of activity, so visitors are suggested to arrive early.
As one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, Borough Market has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. In the 20th century, Borough served as a wholesale market, selling produce in quantity to grocers and merchants. Today, the market sells specialty foods to the general public and has established itself as one of the foremost foodie havens of England.
Columbia Road Flower Market
This magical market is a shutter-happy tourist’s dream, as it displays the city in full bloom. Come early for the coffee, and stay for a look at London’s most lovely and delicate flowers. The Columbia Road Flower Market offers the perfect “Sunday Funday” with an array of cheeses, garden accessories, and unexpected international treats.
VISIT ENGLAND WITH AESU!
AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
AESU offers several trips to London and the UK, including Cosmopolitan, Euro Spree, Explorer, Euro Focus, and our most popular tour, Great Escape. Explore England and its rich history and culture. Stroll through London, the muggle capital of the world – be sure to watch out for the Knight Bus!
If you have any questions or want help booking your next London adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website!