Great London markets to shop vintage, food and other delights

Written by on December 20, 2012 in Travel - No comments

Looking for something to do on a lazy weekend afternoon? We listed a few great London places to visit for shopping, browsing, eating, gallery hopping and more.

East end thrift storeIf you are looking for hand-picked vintage clothes at a low price then the East End Thrift Store is for you. The store is a short walk from either Stepney Green station or Whitechapel station. This fantastic find is hidden away down a little side street but well known to quirky vintage bods.

The store has a fantastic range of handbags and belts and you can come across some really iconic and statement pieces. They hold everything from leather and denim jackets to Christmas jumpers and fun and bright shirts. What’s more the clothes are fantastically priced. You can find brilliant, good quality items for much less than they are worth. Have a root around with your friends and try on the array of fantastic items before making some brilliant purchases!

brick-lane-marketBrick Lane Market (open 9am – 5pm on Sundays and is easily accessible from Liverpool Street) is a great day out. Full of vintage stalls and delicious foods, such as their famous Jewish bagels, the market is a hub of shopping and entertainment. Often there can be musicians seen playing in the street amongst the stalls. It is an energetic market with a great atmosphere and a fantastic place to spend a Sunday afternoon. The market is enriched in history and culture and a brilliant place even just to take a walk around and gaze at the spectacular street art.

Brick Lane is originally known for the Jack the Ripper murders and nearby you can visit the notorious Ten Bells pub where Ripper’s victims sipped their last tipple. It was also once known as a hub for London’s Bangledeshi community and this can be seen by the variety of curry houses that surround the market.

There are also a number of shops and art galleries surrounding the market. Allmygoodness recommend Rokit Vintage clothing teamed with a visit to the Brick Lane Gallery.

ChegworthValleyTo find good quality organic food and have an enjoyable day visit Borough Market. The market is a short stroll from London Bridge tube station and sits beside Southwark Cathedral.

The market has a range of organic produce that can make wonderful presents or perhaps just a treat for you. As well as the range of organic fruit and vegetables stalls available at Borough Market (Ted’s Veg, Paul Wheeler’s Fresh Supplies and The Tomato Stall to name but a few) there is also a great little stall; Total Organics. They provide a fresh organic salad bar, organic porridge as well as a choice of freshly squeezed juices, such as the carrot, apple and ginger.

Rhug Estate, a meat stall that can be found in the market supply premium organic meat from the historic Newborough family estate in Rhug, North Wales, on the River Dee. The farm’s produce – all of which is certified by the Soil Association – includes Rhug Pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef, Duroc cross breed pork and premium chickens, which are reared slowly over a 14-week period.

However, AllmyGoodness’s favourite store is perhaps Oliveology. Oliveology’s Marianna brings the original liquid gold to Borough Market through Oliveology’s ethos of enjoying the finest products, made in harmony with nature. Made on a small organic farm in Sparta, Greece, Oliveology’s extra virgin, temperature defined, cold pressed olive oil, unpasteurised Kalamata olives and olive leaf tea are good for you – and the environment.

About the Author

Christina Latham

Christina is one of our original writers who helped with the launch of allmygoodness. She has a love for finding vintage treasures and organic products in unexpected, undiscovered places. She has previously worked as a journalist for CD News at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Bader TV News in Berlin. She also writes freelance articles for Fitzrovia News and BetaTwentyOne. Follow her on Twitter @ChristinaLatha

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