Since the release of Britain's highest grossing film Notting Hill, London market's especially Portobello Market
have become a popular tourist hot spot for travellers from around the globe. Portobello originally a farm named after Puerto Bello, is filled with eccentric characters, charming boutiques and pastel house fronts on quaint little streets. Perfect for an afternoon stroll you can find everything and anything at London Portobello Road
. From original antiques, quirky contemporary fashions, vintage couture clothing with coffee shops, and tarot card readings on every corner, you'll be sure to find the ideal item you're looking for. The closest tube station is Notting Hill Gate.
For a more multi-cultural experience how about a trip to London's east side to visit the authentic Sunday Up Market and take in the sights and sounds of this original East End treasure. Located in Brick Lane at the Old Truman Brewery, London E1, this market is primarily for up and coming designers to showcase their creations and sell directly to their clients. Most of the stalls sell one off bespoke items made with care by the stallholders themselves. Also sold items include womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, handmade jewellery, original contemporary artwork and picture frames. Home catering foods from exotic lands include Spanish paellas, Ethiopian hand roasted coffee, Turkish delights, Japanese sweet pancakes, chi and Indian street snacks and Caribbean sea bass and much more, satisfying any of your tantalizing food cravings. Sunday Up Market is buzzing with creative energy and cultural influences from around the world, a most pleasant experience for the soul and the senses. The nearest tube station is Aldgate East or Liverpool Street.
Last but not least why not take in a bit of history and London's oldest fine food halls, at the Borough Market. This award winning market has been in existence for 250 years. Established on the south bank of the Thames when the Romans first built London Bridge, this market has a stellar reputation in providing the highest quality in fine foods, with a wide selection of organic fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, fowl or hares, fine wines and coffee, homemade organic chocolates, truffles and cheeses. Borough Market is a meat lover's paradise and a great place to stop over for lunch and maybe a pint or two by the river. The Borough Market is located at 8 Southwark Street, SE1 and the market is in walking distance of London Bridge tube station.
Whatever street meets you fancy, London market shopping
is a great way to combat those wintry blues and a wonderful way to see the city.
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