Category: United Kingdom

A. Gold

Anamu and I are on Poppytalk today with a new London shop tour of A. Gold – shop and deli! Thursday’s are often spent strolling through the Antiques Market in Spitalfields which ends in a hot drink at Luxe and a tasty sandwich at A. Gold. Remember to head there early on weekdays to avoid the lunchtime queues! Read the full shop tour here!

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city guide :: London (UK) Antique Markets

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A stroll through an antique fair or market is possibly one of my favourite things to do no matter which country I am in. I love the thrill of the hunt and sometimes, the heartbreak of losing out to somebody else or the regret of not getting something when I should have. To help make things easier for you, I decided to do a part two of my London, UK city guide (see part one here) and list all of the antique markets that we have visited. Like I mentioned before, I realize that we have only been here for almost a year and have barely scratched the surface, so this is an open list and I invite you to share your favourites!

Sunbury Antiques Market: With over 700 stall holders during the summer months (indoor + outdoor), this has to be the largest market that I have ever been to. Held bi-monthly, it’s quite a trip out here, but well worth especially if you are looking for furniture. Make sure you arrive early though, as some stalls will start packing up around 11am.

Wimbledon Car Boot: This is a hit and miss sale in my opinion. I’ve been twice and came back empty handed, but have spoken to people that swear by this place. Open three days a week – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, you can find a wide range of items from clothing to crockery to silverware and jewellery. Bring cash and be prepared to bargain. Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, Plough Lane, SW17 0BL | £2 early bird, 50p after the first hour – see here for hours + more info

Bermondsey Antiques Market: For the early birds! The world famous bermondsey antiques market runs from 4am to 1pm every Friday.  This is an antiques dealers market, so I don’t recommend it for those looking for vintage / retro goods.

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Old Spitalfields Antiques Market: Every Thursday, the Spitalfields market transforms into a treasure trove of antiques and vintage goods. There are some homewares and maybe a smidgen of furniture, but the stalls are mainly filled with clothing and women’s accessories. Worth a stroll as you never know what you will find and a great excuse to stop at my favourite coffee spot for a mocha!

Camden Passage Antiques Market: Camden Passage is such a lovely stroll any day of the week, but make sure to head out here on Saturday for the antiques market. With about 20 stalls, it’s not huge, but there are plenty of shops and restaurants along the stretch for you to enjoy.

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair: Judy holds vintage events throughout England, so check out her website for more details. Basically, she has two specific ones in London – one focused on clothing and accessories and another called the vintage furniture flea. I really enjoy her events. They are usually in convienent locations, dealers are easy to work with and everything is displayed nicely. The downside of this, is that once it reaches central London, you may discover a matching price tag, so keep this in mind.

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North London Vintage Market: 20 handpicked vendors selling mid-century goods, clothing and jewellery, homewares, books and toys. It costs £1.50 to attend, but worth a peek as it is very nicely curated and you never know if you will find “the one”!

Pop-Up Vintage Fairs: To be honest, I haven’t been to this one, but have their next event circled! I have heard great things and am super excited to check out the 40 handpicked vendors and the beautiful Islington Assembly Hall. Don’t miss their pop-up tea room and beauty parlour!

ClockTower Market: Located in Greenwich, we went by last weekend and there were a 10-15 stalls set up with a mix of vintage clothing, knick-knacks, records and some furniture. Keep in mind that it’s January right now, so I’m assuming it will be busier when it warms up.

honourable mentions: Both chatsworth market and broadway market have a few (2-3) vintage stalls. I’ve picked up an amazing vintage Pyrex dish from one of the stalls for £3, so if you are heading there for fruit and veg or for some street food, definitely check it out. If you have a vehicle or wish to sign up for one of their bus tours, the Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair is the largest in South England. Thanks to @Minnie_Grace for the tip!

field trip :: hackney city farm

It was really cold in London earlier in the week. No snow though, so I’m thanking my lucky stars for that (sorry, but not a fan!). Last weekend, friends came down for a visit from Cambridge and we trekked out to the Broadway Market. I love this place. It was absolutely packed and our typical go-to lunch spot wasn’t there, which forced us to try all the other things that we always talk about, but never end up eating like the mushroom risotto (delish!) and the roast beef sandwiched between a yorkshire pudding for Robert.

It was blue skies and sun, so we walked through Hackney City Farm as this was on my list of things to do before leaving. After thinking we got lost, we finally found ourselves in the right place – a farm in the middle of the city. If you are in the Shoreditch area or find yourself between Broadway Market and Columbia Road, definitely pop in for a visit. I heard their Sunday brunch is a must do.

city guide :: London (UK) Markets

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With the popularity of the Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC city guides, I decided to do a round up of some London, UK markets that we frequent. We had a lot of people visit us during our stay here, so I figure that this would be a great resource for those that are planning a trip or for locals looking for a new adventure! I realize that we have only been here for almost a year and have barely scratched the surface, so this is an open list and I invite you to share your favourites!

Borough Market: This is the equivalent to the Granville Island food market in Vancouver or the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. Head to Konditor & Cook for cake (+ coffee if Monmouth‘s queues are too long!), raclette from Kappacasein and pick up some fresh fruit and veg. This was one of my favourite stops for watermelon during the summer! Avoid the groups of tourists by heading over here on Thursdays!

Brockley: A Saturday farmers market located in Lewisham with seasonal grown fruit and veggies, local meat + fish, baked goods, cheese and food stalls. Check out our last visit here complete with espresso’s from Dark Fluid Coffee and bacon sarnies!

Chatsworth Road E5: A locals market with stalls filled with handmade goods, vintage homewares, food stalls and cute local shops such as the Creperie and Cakey Muto! Check out some pictures from a past post here as well as this post by What Katie Does.

Venn Street Market: Tucked into a side street near Clapham Common, the Venn Street Market stretches a good two blocks with a full farmers market and goodies such as Ms. Cupcake. Check out Esca just around the corner or grab a seat at the Clapham Picturehouse.

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Columbia Road Flower Market: Need I say more? Favourite route: Head to Aldgate East tube station, walk through Brick Lane and the Sunday UpMarket (stop for a small snack – plenty of food carts to choose from or head to Beigel Bake for the cheapest bagels in town!) on your way to Columbia Road. Most stores along this stretch are open Friday to Sunday. If you have the time, check out the shops on a Friday afternoon and stop for cream tea at the Cake Hole before heading back for the Flower Market on Sunday. The street will seem like night and day. Check out my field trip here.

Maltby: Hmm.. the best way to describe it would be the locals’ Borough Market. Chalk another one up for the locals. A little off the beaten track, but worth the visit. This Monmouth is usually quieter than the one at Borough and is only open to the public on Saturday (acts as a production and training center during the week). You can see my field trip here including my favourite vendor La Grotta Ices!

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Eat.St: To be honest, I have only visited once where I enjoyed a burrito from Luardos (psst.. I was there about an hour before closing and only a few items off the menu were available, but food was 50% off). The concept of this space is that every week a rotating selection of 4-6 food carts are positioned just outside Kings Cross on the new street Kings Boulevard, N1C. Find them there Wed-Fri between 10-3pm.

Broadway Market: Saving the best for last. This is one of our favourite places that has us trekking over an hour each way to get there from South London each Saturday. Vintage stalls, old books, clothing, fruit and veg, not to mention, I could probably eat my way along the market from mushroom risotto to banh mi. Check out our field trip post here.