Best East London Markets
East London has a lot to offer, but one of its best-known offerings is its proper traditional East End markets. There is nowhere more authentic and genuine than the street markets of east London, doing away with the tourist trappings in favour of genuine bargains and larger than life colourful characters.
From steaming food and fresh fish to bargain clothes and watch repairs, markets are a hub of social and retail activity, and East London has a good number of them:
For those who live in the area, they will tell you that visiting an East end market is definitely a London must-do.
But what are my top picks?
Roman Road Market
Roman Road Market is a traditional East End street market that has been running for over 150 years. Stretching through the heart of Bow in east London, the market is famed for its affordable women’s fashion, delicious street food, and quality homeware.
536 Roman Rd, Bow, London E3 5ES
Chatsworth Road Market
Chatsworth Road Market has a long heritage and is located on one of London’s longest high streets.
The market has more than 50 active traders offering a strong selection of food, both street food and staples to complement those already on the street. In addition, there are a number of handmade and unique products that make great gifts.
46-51 Chatsworth Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0LH
Chrisp Street Market
Located 4 minutes away from Canary Wharf, Chrisp Street is home to events, retailers and a traditional market with a diverse community.
A pedestrian shopping area featuring over 80 stalls and food outlets, Chrisp Street Market was designed by Frederick Gibberd as part of urban redevelopment after the war. Delicious food is provided by the Bite Street Food collective, which gathers together various quality food traders. Located opposite All Saints DLR, and two minutes from Langdon Park DLR and only four minutes away from Canary Wharf on the DLR, Chrisp Street is situated on East India Dock Road.
Market Square, London E14 6AQ
Walthamstow is home to Europe’s longest street market, with over 350 pitches from the Town Square to St James Street, and 100s of shops and businesses. The High Street connects the town centre, where The Scene and St James Street improvements have already transformed its eastern and western ends.
This street market in London features an eclectic mix of classic, market produce. Fruit, veg, clothes, bags and household goods are present in abundance. On Saturdays, you’ll also find antiques, handmade crafts and street food.
On Sundays, there’s a Farmers’ Market in its place, selling exceptional produce from farms surrounding the city. If you’re looking for a special Sunday dinner, you’ll find the freshest seasonal goods on offer.
Walthamstow High St, London E17 7JX
Another market with a diverse range of stalls, you’ll find an unrivalled range of African, Caribbean and South Asian fresh foodstuffs. You’ll also find jewellery, fabrics and kitchenware inspired by countries all over the world.
You can visit the market on Green Street, Newham from 9am to 6pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For all the info you need, visit the Newham Council website.
Upton Park, Green St, London E13 9BA