It’s not all just ‘apples and pears’ – January markets

I’ve always loved a market. Especially French ones. Whether it be nosing through a dirty old shoe box in a Parisian marche aux puces or wandering around their version of a carboot – the vides greniers, picking over old dolls heads. In France you’re always guaranteed to find a bargain. I think my best purchase was a set of 3 coolie lampshades, they cost me 5€, the same can be found on reclamation website, Retrouvius for a mere £45 each. I often think I should just become a market trader, load up a van of French bargains, but then I remember that I’m full of good ideas that I never follow through with…

For people like me who probably don’t have time to nip over the channel every week, there’s plenty of London versions of these. I’m not suggesting that you’ll find the same kind of deals, but they make a rather pleasant day out.

My choice of the Capital’s markets are below:

Hackney Flea Market – yep, Hackney now has it’s very own Flea. Started with a pop-up in 2013 and has progressed over the years. This Sunday sees ‘The Old Dalston Market’ which will host 50 handpicked sellers, sporting an array of vintage bounty. It’s worth grabbing a spot of breakfast beforehand at Ivy’s Mess Hall or Fingers Crossed on Amhurst Road.

Camden Passage, N1 – It’s not new, but it’s a classic. Just off Islington’s Upper Street and worth popping along if you’re looking for jewellery or vintage home-ware. You can always pop into The Elk in The Woods for a quick pint.

Old Spitalfields Market, E1 – again, it’s not a newcomer, it’s been around in some capacity for years. Held on Thursdays, it’s on the doorstep of Brick Lane and Shoreditch, so means that if you head there early you can then spend the afternoon gorging yourself in The Merchant’s Tavern, or nip to Redchurch Street to sample some artisan chocolate by The Mast Brothers and check out the latest exhibition at our Project Space.

Queen’s Park Farmers’ Market, NW6 – Ok, so not officially a flea market, but a popular spot for north-west Londoners. Held this Sunday, it boasts some great organic eats and a good community vibe. While you’re down there, you could check out the progress on our development; Queens Park Place – just a handful of apartments left.

Whilst talking Farmers’ markets, any East Londoner can’t ignore Broadway Market, E8. If you’re feeling beautiful enough to make a trip there you won’t be disappointed by the choice of excellent food and independent designers.

Oh and finally, I suppose we can’t not mention the king of markets; Portobello. Fight the tourists on a Saturday and soak up the Notting Hill vibes.