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London’s Best Antique and Flea Markets

London's Best Antiques and Flea Markets

I Love Markets guide to London’s Best Antique and Flea Markets

Nothing beats the thrill of finding a bargain and markets certainly allow you to indulge your obscure tastes. Antiques, bric-a-brac and flea markets are great places to get your kicks. London’s Best Antique and Flea Markets attract all sorts of people, from all warps of life. Whether you’re a collector, historian, stylist or design fanatic, antiques and flea markets are a great place to find a unique story. If you’re wondering where to go, here’s our take on London’s Best Antique and Flea Markets.

Find out which antiques markets to visit in our Summer Guide to London’s Markets.

Bermondsey Antique Market

Bermondsey Antique Market

Bermondsey Antique Market at Bermondsey Square.

Bermondsey Antiques Market is set on Bermondsey Square in the London Borough of Southwalk, a ten minute walk from Borough Underground Station. It was formerly known as Caledonian Market as Caledonian Road in Islington was its original home, but the market ceased after damaged caused during the 2nd World War. It was relocated in the 1950’s and  is now know as The New Caledonian Market or Bermondsey Square Antiques Market. It used to have an infamous reputation as a place where stolen goods might legally change hands, owing to an obscure medieval law known as market overt (or marché ouvert), which guaranteed a buyer title of ownership if an item was bought in good faith here between sunrise and sunset, whatever its provenance. The law was abolished in 1995 and Bermondsey Antiques market is more refined establishment today. Read More.

Old Spitalfields Antiques & Flea Market

Eccentric curiosities at Old Spitalfields Antiques & Flea Market

Eccentric curiosities at Old Spitalfields Antiques & Flea Market

Old Spitalfields Antiques & Flea Market is a Thursday affair in E1 and is a hugely popular mid-week market. It’s a haven for eccentric curiosities and people.  You can pass hours indulging in the bizarre, weird and wonderful here. There is a vast range on offer, with plenty of twentieth century design, chabby chic, taxonomy, theatrical pieces, toys, jewellery, vintage clothing and accessories. There’s not much you won’t find here. Whether you visit for the day or on your lunch break you won’t be disappointed. Read more.

Or Read our blog to find out why you’ll love a visit to Old Spitalfields Market Antiques and Flea Market.

Camden Passage

Camden Passage Antiques and Bric-a-Brac market in Islington, N1

Camden Passage Antiques and Bric-a-Brac market in Islington, N1

Camden Passage is a quaint maze of adjoining markets nestled between some great independent antique shops and boutiques. There’s lots of jewellery here, from all eras. You’ll also find some old school collectors selling silver, stamps and oddities. Home wares and vintage memorabilia is also popular.  The Tadema Gallery specializes in Art Nouveau jewellery and is one of our favourite shops. You’ll also find a few fabulous vintage costume shops such as Annie’s. Camden Passage is great for anyone who loves to explore pre-loved in a great atmosphere and traditional London setting. Read More.

Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair

Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair

The Famous Ally Pally Antiques Market at Alexandra Palace

Independent Antiques Fairs are a dying breed in London so it’s great that Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair still exists. It’s London’s largest antique fair with over 200 stalls and it holds several dates per year. Not only will you get a fantastic view of London en route to the fair, you will also be dazzled by beautiful antiques and artifacts once inside. Prices are competitive and there is always room to haggle here. You’ll find antiques, jewellery, design and furniture from all eras. It’s a real treat. Read more.

Take a look inside the antique fair in our Alexandra Palace Antique Market Review.

Alfies Antique Market

Alfies Antique Market - We couldn't live without it.

The fabulous Alfies Antique Market on Church Street in Marylebone has long been a favourite amongst collectors, designers and celebrities looking for that special something. It’s fine selection of antiques and collectables has earned Alfies Antique Market their well deserved reputation. It was opened in 1976 by proprietor Beenie Gray. It’s an indoor market set over 4 floors comprising of over 75 independent dealers. Style hunters will have a great time schmoozing around Alfies. It’s a treasure trove of amazing items. It boasts a huge range of antique and retro goods from the 20th century including vintage fashion and accessories, modernist furniture, costume jewellery and 20th century decorative arts. Oh, and not to forget, it has a fabulous rooftop cafe too! Read more.

Portobello Road

Antiques at Portobello Road Market

Antiques at Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road is one of London’s most famous antiques market which of course has become synonymous with Nottinghill. It’s future in recent years has become uncertain and many of the antique centres and shops on Portobello Road have been pushed out by high rents. Despite this, if you visit on Saturday (the main market day) you can still experience some of its traditional antique charm. Tourists embrace the consequentially English antiques here. You’ll find lots of chintz, kitchen wear, old suitcases, silver, as well as some very specialist dealers. There’s something for everyone at Portobello Market. For a taste of Portobello Market as depicted in the famous Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks, head to the North of Portobello Road  and Golbourne Road, where you’ll find the junk and bric-a-brac stalls. Read More.

Covent Garden Antiques Market Covent Garden Antiques Market

The Antiques and Collectables Market at the Jubilee Market, Covent Garden, is a authentic slice of the original Covent Garden before the bright lights and flagship stores. It’s great that the antiques markets exits here as it offers tourists and visitor’s a slice of London heritage. The market is a real celebration of British History, it’s royally patriotic  and certainly proud to be British.

The Antiques and Collectables Market at the Jubilee Market is held every Monday. Read our market review to see what we found when we visited.

Deptford Market

Shifting through the junk at Deptford Market

Shifting through the junk at Deptford Market

Deptford Market is a great shout for any fans of a great cockney junk market. Head to Douglas Way at the end of Deptford High Street, where you’ll find Deptford’s bric-a-brac and junk market, which is open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. You’ll find the best antiques on Saturday, but you may have to dig deep to find the good stuff. There’s an endearing edge to Deptford, culture vultures and bargain hunters will be at home here. Read More.

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