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London… The Markets…Covent Garden and more…

London Markets

I love London Town, every time I visit I discover something new and exciting…

London is a fascinating mix of both old and new so much of it has been preserved for future generations which is lovely. Today I am going to take you on a trip to some of my favourite places… Where street art reigns supreme, actors and actresses bring their craft alive the food and drink just flows…and the ambience is second to none.

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The first time I was taken to London was when I was about 10 years old I had been to London Zoo, Madame Tussaud’s and the museums but I mean really taken on a proper night out by my aunt and uncle…I remember the chestnuts cooking in big braziers on the street corners and the pavement artists…


It was bustling vibrant and I had the most wonderful evening and that was when I first really fell in love with London. Now I visit whenever I can and always find something new some little side street which I haven’t explored I think if I live to be 100 I will never see it all…

That vibrant wonderful city which is London.

Covent Garden…Again, I love it! The little pop-up stalls and impromptu street show where budding actors and actresses are plying their trade…wonderful to watch…just be careful you don’t get pulled in…find yourself doing something totally out of character…It happens..audience participation…

World famous and built-in 1787 is the Punch and Judy public house one of the only buildings which escaped being damaged in World War Two …It faces the west piazza and is an ideal place to watch the street shows whilst eating great British Pub grub and downing a cask ale or two.


Punch and Judy shows always scared me as a kid and I used to watch fascinated through my fingers…lol.

Borough Market…I just love it…


One of the oldest food markets in London where there are over a hundred stalls of gourmet food with producers and farmers from all over England come to bring their fresh produce..not only is the produce fresh but you also get an impromptu cooking lesson on how to cook their product we saw beautiful mushrooms cooked and they tasted delicious. Another stallholder gave a talk and a tasting on cheese after that how could you not buy some? Who only had a small shopping bag? Lesson learnt next time I went prepared with my portable shopping bags and a cool bag.


There are fish, meats, vegetables, wonderful ciders( and you get) to taste, cheeses, loaves of bread and rolls…Oh yes, bread! coffee, cakes and wonderful patisseries to buy… Foodie heaven does not come close… Produce from abroad so much I had never seen or tasted.

Open Mondays to Saturdays with a full market Wednesday to Saturday and Mondays and Tuesdays you will find hot food traders and fruit and vegetable stalls.

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At Christmas which is my favourite time to visit Borough Market excels in the products it offers both from home and abroad…Just fantastic and you will not be disappointed.

Situated on Borough High Street, London, SE1 9DE if you disembark from the underground @ Southwark it is but a short walk and well signposted.

Ridley Row... I was in Tesco’s one Saturday morning and having a good old moan..yes me…About the lack of choice and fish… One’s hubby who was born and bred under the sound of the Bow bells said…”You want Fish???”

Of we set… Well, I was awestruck and also wanted to know why after so many years he hadn’t shown me this market before…

It was bustling and vibrant, noisy and the fish and goats meat piled high I had never seen the like this well bought up girl from a sleepy country town. Situated in the heart of Dalston since the late 1880’s this vibrant multicultural market has served the people of Hackney as well.


It was my first sight of live eels … I still kinda cringe at the thought… I never could eat those jellied eels and pie mash and liquor which is synonymous with the East end of London and my hubbies roots.

Leadenhall Market...the setting for the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter films this  Victorian market with its ornate glass roof and cobbled floors is smack bang in the middle of London’s Financial District. It dates back to the 1440’s and I suspect was very different then.


Popular with city worker and tourists it has many food outlets, cheesemonger, butchers, florists it has always had a name for somewhere you could buy the best meat and poultry.

Brick Lane...another bustling East end market where you can find antiques, fabrics and kitsch… I love it and it was where as a college student I bought my first long coat… In the style of Mary Quant and Biba, I had the hair the long flowing clothes and the white boots… Not many photos though we didn’t take so many then like now and I so wish I had saved some of my clothes and taken more pictures…

Famed for its food there is the Rib Man who is famous throughout London, the best curries can be found here and bagels galore…

Brick lane BakeryTheir salt beef and mustard bagel are to die for …All fresh baked in the traditional Jewish style they are established since 1974 and have gained an excellent reputation as well as 3 stars from Time Out…London they are a pit stop for clubbers, taxi drivers and locals.

Camden Lock Market…

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One of London’s first crafts and antique markets it is world-famous. In early 1972 it was a rundown timber yard and I think it is lovely how London has and is being regenerated.

Although called Camden Lock it does exist the three locks surrounding the market are part of the Regents Canal and the old lock keepers office is now a Starbucks.

Starting with just 16 stalls outside Ding walls dance hall it now hosts 100’s of stalls and is where many famous designers have started out and honed their craft the late rock star Prince had a shop for fans near the lock on Chalk Farm Road and a young Amy Winehouse worked on a stall here as a teenager.

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