Suggest me your best London UK Antique-Bric-a-Brac-Treasure-Junk markets
August 9, 2018 1:35 PM   Subscribe

I'm staying in Mayfair, a tube ride of 30 minutes or so is fine. Would enjoy a wide variety of items to peruse, and some interesting food stalls. So far Spitalfields market is looking good, does it have one day better than others? I have 2 weeks in September, one Saturday is already taken. Thanks!!
posted by antiquated to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Alfieā€™s Antique Market in Marylebone is a big indoor market with, Wikipedia tells me, over 75 shops in. Not a lot of food in the actual market, but lots of antique and vintage stuff to look at.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 1:55 PM on August 9, 2018

Best answer: Spitalfields is general bric-a-brac n' new every day except Thursday, which is more specialist antique, but it's also really, really close to Brick Lane so if you come on Sunday you can go to that market too. Both get rammed at the weekends though so come in the week if you want to avoid crowds.

Greenwich market is also very pretty, and you can catch the Thames clipper river boat from Embankment Pier to get you there in around 35 mins.
posted by freya_lamb at 1:58 PM on August 9, 2018

Camden Passage in Islington is a small but pleasant market. Right near Angel tube.
posted by gyusan at 2:12 PM on August 9, 2018 [2 favorites]

Seconding Alfie's and Brick Lane/Petticoat Lane. The main drags are mostly tat; if you go into the sidestreets and car parks you find more junk, but also more gems. I got a really nice bevelled-glass mirror with a crazy brass frame there-- looks 1910s-ish faux-medieval? No provenance, of course, but it looks cool as hell.

You might also try Battersea Boot on a Sunday, or the Stables section of Camden on a weekday. (Camden at weekends is a madhouse)

I haven't been to Portobello Road in years-- anyone know if it's still worthwhile?
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:34 PM on August 9, 2018

(note that the Camden I'm talking about is Camden Lock, which is different from the Camden Passage gyusan is talking about).
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:36 PM on August 9, 2018

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