London is absolutely bursting with markets: you can go for food to the Borough Market and flowers to Columbia Road, so where do you go when you’re looking for a deal? Of course, to the humble flea! We have picked the best markets in London to be thrifty in order to aid you with your quest for secondhand gems. If you’re hunting for antique chairs, sparkling silverware, retro shoes, or just enjoy taking a nice old rummage, here’s our list of the best flea markets and secondhand fairs in London to spend your exploring weekends. It’s time to get the barter on.
This retro London Bridge flea market seems to be pretty well organized, so it’s a perfect option if you’d like not to go rummaging through piles and piles of junk. Most of it is vintage, but there are also a few young designers making some cool stuff.
Plus, much of it is in the shadow of the Shard, which lets you shop along with pretty epic views.
Held: Every weekend from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturdays, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays.
Location: Vinegar Yard, St Thomas Street, SE1
If there’s something you know about antiques, then you might have heard of Portobello Road.
With above 1,000 stalls selling everything you might possibly want (and so much more), it is, after all, the world’s largest vintage fair.
The market is basically made up of many parts, with several (like fashion & clothing) open during the week. However, the star feature, the antique market, is available only on Fridays and Saturdays.
Held: It depends on what you’re looking for. All are available on Fridays and Saturdays, while Mon-Fri is all about fruit and veg, clothes and some bric-a-brac. On Sundays, everything is closed.
Location: Road to Portobello, Notting Hill
Join the vintage collectors at the Bermondsey Antiques Market and snap-happy visitors alike.
Those in the know deem it one of the best flea markets in London for antiques.
There’s a bit of everything here, some real gems included. If you are finding some real gems, I recommend that you go early.
And by early, I mean very early, with its opening time at 6 am, keen-eyed bargain hunters are normally lined up. If you’re just going to take a peek, of course, a more leisurely start is completely perfect.
Held: Every Friday from 6:00 to 2:00 pm.
Location: Bermondsey Square London, SE1 3UN
For stylish Londoners, Camden Passage has long been a mecca, and it’s at its best during its weekly outdoor market.
Held four days a week, this London flea market’s stalls line the pedestrian street, offering everything from super fashionable vintage clothing to retro chic homeware.
You’ll also find a few stalls for bric-a-brac, as well as some jewelry and accessories. It really is all you could possibly want.
Held: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9:00-6:00; Fridays, 10:00-6:00; Sundays, 11:00-6:00.
Location: 1 Camden Passage, Angel, London N1 8EA
The Deptford Market offers a fabulous selection of antiques, clothes, bric-a-brac, fresh produce, and more, three times a week.
It is one of best flea markets in London, having started back in 1872 (don’t worry, that’s long gone) as a cattle market.
I mean, where else can you grasp fresh fish and a pair of gorgeous vintage heels? It’s also probably one of the most unique.
Many of the streets around the train station are where market stalls can be found. It’s a bit of a chore to drive around here, so I highly recommend getting on the train.
Held: 9 am-5.30 pm Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Location: Deptford Market Yard, London SE8 4BX
One of the best things about the Old Spitalfields market is that it is ideal for those (many) rainy London days, as it is held indoors.
Go into the old Shoreditch Victorian building and find a fantastic range of stalls at this cool and very extensive London flea market. There are lots to pick from, including the usual suspects such as homeware and clothes.
There’s an incredible range of jewelry in particular. This entails retro and antique pieces from up-and-coming designers, as well as new products. If that’s your choice, there’s plenty of old school vinyl, too.
Held: Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 8:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm; Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00 pm.
Location: 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW