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Spots no London student can miss: the best London markets

Mario

Editor’s note: Mario founded his own startup, Travel With Mario, to inspire others with his own travelling experience by writing city e-guides. He has lived in London and wants to share with you the best the city has to offer.  In today’s post he recommends the best London markets.

There are so many reasons why one can choose London when deciding which city to go study next semester. London is much more than the cultural icons that make part of Londoners’ daily lives such as the double decker buses, the red phone booths, the Queen’s Guard or even the black London cabs. London has an incredible lively student atmosphere with students from all over the world and it’s definitely the city to go for a student experience abroad. Bear in mind that these recommendations of the best London markets are based my own personal experience, having lived in London. The London markets are a few reasons why you will fall in love for London, if you are not yet convinced:

Brick Lane market is the favourite of many students in London and it's easy to understand why

Brick Lane market is the favourite of many students in London and it’s easy to understand why

There is a bunch of markets in London, each one on their style catering to different tastes. Whether you’re looking to buy cheap vintage clothes, alternative fashionable items, or to eat fresh world food, there is a market for everyone. The most famous markets in London are Brick Lane Market, Camden Market, Borough Market and the one in Portobello Road.

An oriental stall in Brick Lane's upmarket

An oriental stall in Brick Lane’s upmarket

Brick Lane Market – My favorite market in London. Located in the East side, this street market holds a lively and vibrant atmosphere and a hip crowd. There are street performers, an indoor food market with cheap and tasty food from all over the world, different vintage stores and afternoon dancing clubs.

Mamma Lasagna sells authentic italian food from a stall in Brick Lane

Mamma Lasagna sells authentic italian food from a stall in Brick Lane

Borough Market – The food paradise. On the south bank of the river Thames, located across several Victorian arcades and close to London Bridge station is Borough Market. A destination you can’t miss for food lovers with a source of exceptional regional British and international products and a bustling atmospheric setting. Many farmers and artisans bring their goods from all over the English countryside to sell at this market, especially because London residents have a strong commitment to buying locally sourced products.

The Columbia Road flower market is not as popular with visitors as many of the others

The Columbia Road flower market is not as popular with visitors as many of the others

Camden Market – Funny Camden. Camden is fun and weird but a wonderful market. It is characterized by its fashion, crafts stalls, and a mix of people and foods from every corner of the world. A must-visit for alternative shopping in London.

Close-up of two strollers in the busy Portobello Market

Close-up of two strollers in the busy Portobello Market

Portobello Road – The largest antiques market in all of Europe which was made famous worldwide with the film Nothing Hill. There is a vintage piece for every taste if you are looking for souvenir or accessories.

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