I have successfully been enjoying life in west London for two months now, and I’ve tried to explore the city’s hidden gems in my spare time. London has tons of markets to choose from, but these are my top 4 must see London markets. As someone who is vegetarian and gluten free (not by choice, mind you), I enjoy these markets especially because my friends don’t have to suffer through finding a restaurant that caters to moi – we can all find something different to eat and enjoy. Whether you’re a London native or only have a few days to visit, any or all of these markets are sure to lead to a great time (and a happy stomach!).
Mercato Metropolitano – Located in Elephant and Castle, Mercato Metropolitano is one of those places you’d probably have to know about to find. With Italian, English, Asian, and other cuisines available, everyone is sure to be happy – even gluten free peeps like me! From German beer to vegan focaccia, this market has everything you need for the perfect night out. I enjoyed gluten free “gnudi” (as opposed to gnocchi) and a hearty serving of raclette to go with my fresh grapefruit cocktail. Did mention there’s a secret fairy tale cinema ? I will 100% be back to catch a film here!
Dinerama – Located in the hipster area of Shoreditch, Dinerama definitely caters to the cool crowd. From specialty gin drinks to traditional English fish and chips to vegan Mexican food, Dinerama is a market to make time for in London. I ate a vegan and gluten free jackfruit taco (sans avocado because I am cursed with being sensitive to avocado!) and a nice gin signature cocktail. The rooftop wasn’t open on the rainy night I visited, but I’ve been told it’s awesome when it’s open during spring/summer.
Camden Market – The Camden Markets are a classic London to do. These sprawling markets are great for shopping, eating, and admiring the boats on the canal. My favorite way to get to Camden is to first stop at the British Library (which has lots of really cool free exhibits!) and then take the lovely 20-30 minute walk up to the markets. There I like to peruse the numerous stalls for things I will never buy and food I sadly can’t eat. However, last time I was there I passed a gluten free place (after I had already gotten Mexican), so there’s definitely food for everyone.
Portabello Market – I live in Notting Hill, so it would be a crime to not include the Portabello Road Market in my list! Portabello market has a great mix of standard shops and street vendors that offer everything under the sun. From organic produce to high end charity shops, Portabello is the place to spend an ideal Saturday morning. My favorite coffee shop, Joe and the Juice is located right across the street from the uber cool Ginstitute, along with quite a few other pubs, restaurants, and coffee shops (yes, there’s even a Starbucks for when I need a white mocha). I end up on Portabello road many times a week, and if you’re ever in London I’ll always suggest we meet up there.
Have I missed your favorite market? I’ve still got 4 months in London, so comment below and I’ll be sure to check it (or any of your other suggestions) out!