Miranda, this is just in from my boss. He travels to London 6-7x a year for work, but his passion is antiquing. He sells antiques through a couple of shops in D.C., where he lives- most of his finds are made in Paris, and at the following London flea/antique markets I've been with him to the Camden Passage market and found an awesome Degas-like rather bawdy sketch in a gorgeous frame- hanging now in our bedroom. We ate at Cafe Flo that he mentions- a great little place for a late breakfast. I'm not much into flea markets- I know nothing about antiques and I hate to bargain- but it was an absolute lark to talk with the vendors, who were such characters, almost caricatures from some modern-day Dickens tale. I'd never heard a REAL Cockney accent until that day!:
Originally posted by MWS
Julie, we are staying in Mayfair, very close to Selfridges. I would love information about flea markets and antiquing. DD wants to go back to the Portobello Market and would like to see other markets of that type.
Markets galore in London.
Monday: There is a good market in Covent Garden. Go early...about 7 a.m. and be sure to go to go as far back as possible.
Tuesday: No market of which I'm aware.
Wednesday: Good market at Camden Passage...that Camden Passage not Camden Lock. Tube stop: Angel on the Northern Line. About 9 a.m. is a good time and look out especially for the vendors displaying their wares on blankets. Best buys here.
Thursday: No market of which I'm aware.
Friday: The Bermondsey Market, as early as 6 a.m. and be sure to carry a flashlight. The best bet is to take the tube to London Bridge and catch a taxi from there. Returning, I just take a taxi all the way back, expensive (about 15 pounds) but worth the money since I am usually carrying a lot of junk.
Saturday: Two options. The famous Portobello Road (but I am no fan of this market for many, many reasons. The second option is again Camden Passage, and it many different vendors on Saturday. Again, 9 a.m. is good. And a great place to catch a bite to eat is Cafe Flo nearby. You can also go in the back entrance of this restaurant (and go upstairs) to use the bathroom.
Sunday: There might be a special market, but probably not. Ask around. There are usually hotel shows but these are quite expensive. Two possibilities: A HUGE show at the Alexandra Palace (North London)or maybe a show at the Royal Horticultural Hall (Chelsea)
There are also shops and a collective (Alfie's) on Church Street. Closed Sunday and Monday. Nearest tube stop is Edgware Road.
Hope this helps.
Have a wonderful time!! We expect a full report upon your return!
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