Discover London’s Best Hidden Markets

Visiting London’s famous markets and picking up some rare treats is one of the best parts of exploring the capital. With fresh produce, gorgeous flowers, tasty street food, vintage clothes, records, antique furniture and much more, there are so many opportunities to pick up great finds and unique collectables at a bustling London market.

Here are some of the best hidden markets that we think you should head to, where you’ll be able to avoid the big crowds and bag some of the best bargains:

Lower Marsh Market

Lower Marsh Market is a treasure trove of cute trinkets and quality goods, with craft stalls and street food vendors lining the Waterloo streets. Every Saturday is flea market day where you’ll be able to grab the best bargains. It’s the ideal market to visit to pick up gifts for friends and family with jewellery, home made goods and a variety of delicious delicacies to sample.

How to get here:

Guests staying at our brand-new Waterloo Aparthotel will be perfectly located just a 3-minute walk away from the market on Lower Marsh Street. Lambeth North station is the closest tube stop for those staying in other areas of the city.

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm

Greenwich Market

One of London’s most historic markets, Greenwich is situated in a World Heritage building with a vibrant mix of stalls to look at. It’s a haven for independent traders selling everything from vintage clothes to art, antique furniture, handmade pieces and general bric-a-brac.

How to get here:

The nearest train station is the DLR Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich and the market makes a great stop on the way to the Royal Observatory.

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 9.30am – 5.30 pm

Maltby Street Market

A playground for foodies, Maltby Street Market is an unadvertised feast of culinary delights located under the characteristic railway arches of Bermondsey. It’s packed with independent street food stalls selling everything from Taiwanese waffles to triple stacked hamburgers, Greek gyros, pizza slices and much more. There are also plenty of craft beer options to wash it all down with afterwards, too.

How to get to here:

The closest Marlin Apartments to Maltby Street is Marlin Tower Bridge, just a 5-minute walk away and Marlin Empire Square is a 15-minute walk away or 4 minute bus journey. If you’re staying at any other Marlin Apartments, hop on the tube to London Bridge or Bermondsey station.

Opening Times: Saturday 9am - 4pm Sunday 11am - 4pm

Billingsgate Fish Market

Those who’re wanting to cook up some delicious seafood for dinner have to visit the Billingsgate Fish Market. Located on the Billingsgate Dock, it’s the largest inland fish market and boasts one of the largest seafood selections in the UK. Be warned though, it’s one for the early risers as you have to get their early to get the pick of the freshest fish, with the market closing by 8am.

How to get here:

Billingsgate Market is just a 7-minute walk away from Marlin Canary Wharf an 11-minute cab journey from our Limehouse serviced apartments. The Canary Wharf Tube station is just a 6-minute walk away for those taking the tube.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday 4am – 8am

Portobello Market

The famous Portobello Market is several markets on a one mile long street.You can experience hustles, haggles, colours and so much energy through hundreds of specialist shops and stalls. From antiques, to food, to fashion, to music, Portobello Market has it all. Main market days are Friday and Saturday.

How to get to here:

To get to Notting Hill take the Underground on the 'Hammersmith & City' or 'Circle' line to 'Ladbroke Grove' which is about 4 minutes from the heart of Portobello Road. 'Notting Hill Gate' station on the 'Circle', 'District' and 'Central' lines is about 10 minutes walk from the southern end of the street market. The Notting Hill Gate tube can be very busy on Saturdays so you might want to avoid the crowd.

Opening Times: Monday to Wednesday 9am - 6pm , Thursday 9am - 1pm , Friday and Saturday 9am - 7pm

Columbia Flower Market

Every Sunday the Victorian streets of Columbia Road come to life, lined by stalls upon stalls of beautiful blooms in all the colours of the rainbow. The famous flower market is simply divine, with the smells of fresh flowers and loud cries of the stall holders giving it a distinctly English feel. Why not pick up a new plant to brighten up your serviced apartment for your stay?

How to get here:

Marlin Aldgate are the closest apartments to Colombia Road, just a 20-minute tube journey away or a 20 minute cab journey from Marlin Apartments Stratford. Take the Northern Line to Old Street station or Bethnal Green. For overground access, Cambridge Heath station is just a short walk away.

Opening Times: Sunday 8am – 3pm

Broadway Market

Hackney’s eclectic mix of fashion, records and quirky boutiques, make Broadway Market the best hidden market for stylish finds. From one of a kind accessories to rare records and sourcing retro furniture, it’s the ideal Saturday hangout spot for fashionistas and is much less crowded than the famous Brick Lane market which has some very similar stalls.

How to get here:

Those staying at Marlin Aldgate are about 25 minutes away from Broadway Market by bus. The London Fields overground stop is just a short walk away for those taking the DLR.

Opening times: Saturday 9am – 5pm

With so many great hidden markets to discover in London, there’s something for everyone to enjoy within easy reach no matter which Marlin Apartments location it is you’re staying at.

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