Tickle your taste buds at 5 cool London market scenes
Want to catch the real buzz of global London? See its markets! From Shakespeare's stomping ground to the home of Punk to my East London (often compared to Brooklyn) there's something for everyone. Culture, history, art, food, drink, fashion. . .
Ideal for families or couples, choose:
ROCK N ROLL CAMDEN - the most famous, busiest and buzziest (7 days)!
BOROUGH MARKET - bustling contemporary food market in historic Shakespearean Southwark (Thu-Sat).
BRICK LANE - street art, galleries & hip boutiques, flea markets and street food.
COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET - easily combined w/ Brick Lane, come for buzz, buskers and East London flavour (Sundays 10-2).
HACKNEY: 'LONDON'S BROOKLYN' - my home! Contrast an alternative farmers market with a traditional London market. Dalston's off the tourist track, but not for long. See art, secret gardens and hear how Jewish locals fought off fascists (Saturdays 10-2).
* I know some great pubs in all these locations where we could finish off with a drink
The tours are flexible but generally we'll wander through the market and its stalls taking in the sights, sounds and smells of London; we'll meet some locals; visit some historical spots to hear local history (from Shakespeare to WW2 to today); spot some street art; stop for a coffee; generally get under the skin of the area in a way only a tour with a local can.
Camden only: if you like a walk, we can take a 20 minute stroll through village-like Primrose Hill to finish on a nearby hill with a brilliant vista of London. Alternatively if you've factored in the Zoo I can walk you there along the canal and drop you off.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: After booking we'll decide whether you want me to come to you or you want me to meet you there and max out your time.
End location: We generally finish close to the start but I'm flexible and if you tell me where you're going next we can always finish up at a point that sets you up for your next appointment that day.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Please do refer to the market days/times in the main section when booking.
Normally we'll meet in Camden, and then it's all walkable from there! There' so much packed into a small area...
A 2.5 walk with my guiding services and local knowledge, plus several snacks or a main street food dish, and a coffee/soft drink. You'll get the insight and local knowledge that comes from more than a decade living, working and exploring in these places combined with 6+ years experience of working with Tours By Locals to give visitors a great time.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 £ - There's a coffee and snacks/dish included, so you'll only need money for picking up that band t-shirt or London souvenir plus water or a beer en route. If we're taking the subway you'll need an Oyster Card (£5 refundable deposit plus travel credit).
See above. Shopping and beers if you decide to finish in a bar :)
I am not a driver; we have a wonderful - and comprehensive - public transport system to enjoy here.
I am not a Blue Badge guide but have 12 years experience and four continents under my guiding belt.
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This tour was a perfect addition to the "This is London!" Tour with Simon. We visited the Camden Market as well as Spittlefield and Borough Markets (would have seen Brick Lane Market, but it wasn't open). These offered a wonderful different side of "landmark" London, showing the more day to day London scene. Pairing the London Market Tour with "This is London!" Tour allowed the two tours to intertwine and give a wonderfully balanced tour full of culture. Recommend!