Market in London
Experiences in London
Meet your guide near Mornington Crescent tube station in the afternoon, then head into Camden to start your tour. Along the way, gain insight into popular musicians and bands such as Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, and The Sex Pistols, who elevated Camden Town to the world capital of rock’n’roll.
Explore bustling street markets where London traders sell everything from clothes and food to jewelry, music, souvenirs, and more. Browse stylish boutiques and busy cafes, and soak up the atmosphere in this vibrant part of north London.
Listen as talented street musicians bring some of the area’s best-loved songs to life, then finish your tour in central Camden.
The tours run every day but at different times to showcase the markets both at night and during the day. The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday tours run at 6pm and end 9pm while the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday tours run 11am - 2pm.
The Christmas Eve Day tour is great inasmuch as we capture a bit of the traditional meat market auction that features in Dickens`s `A Christmas Carol.
London`s ancient food markets play an integral role in the development of the city. In this three hour tour around three characteristic local street markets we look at the ways markets have changed, are changing and we consider prospects for survival. The tour highlights not only the markets but the architecture of the markets and includes some of the most heroic architectural market gems by Fowler, Rose and others.
The tour also references traditional British food and drink and exposes visitors (who have never tasted fish and chips) to fresh local fish traditionally prepared. The same goes for scones, jam and cream as well as the local brew (ale or lager) The cockney traders too make for an interesting spectacle and we often catch traders hawking produce in the old way. The tour aims to give visitors an insight into a London long past its sell-by date and just hanging in there before being completely expunged by gentrification and redevelopment.
Meet your local guide at Camden Town tube station before heading to explore the sprawling market and former stables; here you can sample some of the best international cuisine from innumerable food stalls that set up shop every morning, or you can explore shops that cater to very niche subcultures. There are also shops dedicated to selling authentic Persian rugs, handmade fairy lights, pop culture goods from Tokyo, and so much more in the expansive Camden market, that it can be hard to know which way to turn.
After you have had your fill of the market your local guide will lead you further along the canal, pointing out the street art dedicated to Amy Winehouse who lived in the neighborhood on the way to the charming community of Primrose Hill. This was the home of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes when they lived in London and also Frederick Engels; today the attractive hidden away street exclusively has independent shops, cafes and restaurants, including a local grocer, butcher, florist, bookshop, French delicatessen and fine wines shop. This is an excellent place to stock up on a selection of cheese and wine before heading up to the top of Primrose Hill, which as the highest hill in London offers some pretty spectacular views of the city.
If you happen to be in London on New Years Eve or any other major holiday, this is an excellent vantage point to beat the crowds that line the Southbank to see the fireworks. Once you’ve properly relaxed and taken in the sites of the city your local guide will lead you back towards Camden Town via Chalk Farm, pointing out where the best places to see live music are in the many music venues and clubs of the area.
Taste your way around Borough Market and it's surroundings, like a local.
Passionate producers, wine warehouses and cosmopolitan street food stalls, Borough Market is the place to discover London’s buzzing culinary scene. But with over 90 traders it’s hard to know where to start.
On our 3-hour tour, an expert foodie guide takes you on a carefully-planned and timed roaming 6-course meal that involves wine, chocolate, cheese, oysters, charcuterie, scotch eggs, Italian desserts and more. Hear talks delivered by local vendors, taste fine selections and discover this fascinating area’s secrets through it’s world-renowned food. We have to keep some things secret, so they’ll be a few edible and historical surprises on the way. We’ll also give you a blueprint of where to go and what to avoid in London when it comes to food, for the rest of your trip.
London’s vibrant markets originated in the Middle Ages, when street sellers pedaled no-nonsense food to London’s city workers. Proving ever popular, the markets you’ll find today are scattered all over the capital and sell everything from artsy antiques to vintage clothing to cutting-edge fashion accessories.
With so much to choose from, scouting out the best markets can be difficult and take up too much of your valuable time. Luckily, you’ll have a knowledgeable private driver to give you the best insider tips and drive you to the markets that you simply can’t miss!
After picking you up from your hotel, your driver will chat with you about suggested markets, and then you’ll be on your way. Your exact itinerary is flexible, so you can customize your day of bargain hunting based on your preferences – just let your driver know where you want to go.
Check out the foodie hotspot of Borough Market, where nearly 100 stalls sell gourmet delights and cheap eats. Producers from around the country showcase their wares here, and you’ll be encouraged to try samples galore while walking around. Shop for tongue-tantalizing olive oils and taste exquisite cheeses, cured meats, artisan breads and more!
Portobello Market is another must-visit market that should definitely top your list. Selling a wide range of clothes, antiques, food and general knick-knacks, the market stretches the length of Portobello Road in west London, right through the trendy Notting Hill neighborhood.
East London boasts several of the capital’s best markets; choose to visit iconic ones like Brick Lane, with its retro furniture and bric-a-brac stalls, or Spitalfields Market, where vintage clothes and homemade gifts are sold in a covered Victorian hall.
After eight hours of browsing London’s best markets, your private driver will drop back at your hotel.
You’ll get to try many famous British foods, all guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling. Firstly, your local London guide will take you to the exciting Borough Market to soak up the atmosphere, see the 100 different stalls and eat some English fudges/chocolate. This eating paradise was not even on the tourist foodie radar a few years ago.Still in the market, you will try award winning Lincolnshire sausages followed by the best and most fresh fish and chips in town (and you will get to see the difference between ‘chips’ and ‘French fries’).
Next will see local chocolate and cheese shops and try freshly baked homemade bread from the famous Bread Ahead Bakery.
Your tour will continue to a historic pub where you can try the best of British cheeses, served with grapes, fig cakes and chutneys
Washed down with real London Beers, Ales, or delicious ciders (or non-alcoholic options).
You’ll also see the world famous London Bridge and Tower Bridge along the River Thames and also the Battleship HMS Belfast.
Finally, the tour ends with classic desserts, such as cheese cakes, chocolate brownies or treacle sponge pudding all washed down with a pot of refreshing tea. Oh, and of course there’s the delicious secret dish too!
London Bridge has a flourishing market and food scene, mixed with real London life, historic culture and charming ambiance. The area is packed with exciting little back streets, pubs and market stalls, all adding to its appeal as a unique London food destination.
You can’t go to London Bridge without going to Borough Market and seeing the River Thames. During your tour, your guide will entertain you with stories about the area, and by the end, you’ll have a great understanding of the city’s food, its history and culture along with some top tips about the best places to visit.
Begin your full-day private tour with a visit to the famed Camden Lock Market and its vast number of stalls offering fashions, music, games, health and beauty products, and its numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes.
Covent Garden is probably the best known market to tourists. This was originally a fruit market that now sells almost everything. The Apple Market is found in the North Hall, where you’ll find British-made crafts, jewelry, leather goods, and more.
Open every day of the week, the East Colonnade Market boasts a variety of stalls selling products such as handmade soaps, jewelry, handbags, hand-knitted children’s clothing, sweets, artwork, homewares, and even has a magician’s stall!
In the South Piazza, the offerings of the Jubilee Market change almost daily. On Mondays, the market is dedicated to antiques. From Tuesday to Friday, a general market operates with traders selling clothing and household goods. On weekends, the market features arts and crafts.
Another venue that’s great to visit is Old Spitalfields Market, housed in one of the finest Victorian market halls in London. Spitalfields is perfect for shoppers who enjoy fashion, antiques, and food. You’ll find vividly colored, distinct, and quirky creations of up-and-coming designers, as well as bohemian, vintage, and African designs.
Greenwich Market’s century-old hall has just undergone a complete refurbishment and there is now no better place to shop for unique and distinctive arts and crafts. Well-known for its designer makers and small cottage industries, customers have access to items that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, take in some classical music performed by students from nearby Trinity College of Music, and visit the continental food court whilst browsing through the wonderful array of over 120 arts, crafts, and antique stalls.
Finally, head back into the city to visit Borough Market. This gourmet food market comprises more than 100 stalls and stands. Suppliers from all over the country bring a range of fresh products to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, hot foods, cakes, and patisseries. Other stalls specialize in products from abroad. The market is open from Monday to Saturday.
All tours are fully personalised so if you’d rather visit other locations, such as Portobello Road Market or Brick Lane then you only have to ask!
Meet your guide around 6am in central London’s Earls Court and begin the journey to the port to take either the Eurotunnel or a ferry to France. Travel onward through France to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of Brugge, in Belgium. Arrive in the heart of the city and enjoy free time to explore the medieval streets and visit the Christmas markets at your leisure.
Soak up the atmosphere among the pretty boutiques and shops — where tradespeople sell Christmas goodies such as chocolates, souvenirs, and beautiful hand-made decorations from their festive stalls. Admire landmarks like the Church of Our Lady or the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and perhaps sample some of the festive treats on offer — such as delicious gingerbread, Belgian chocolates, mulled wine, or Belgian Christmas beer. Perhaps take a spin on the open-air ice rink, or find a welcoming café for a Belgian beer or hot chocolate (own expense).
At approximately 5:30pm, begin your return journey to central London where your tour will come to an end.
Please note: times for the French and Belgian portions of the trip are in local time, which is one hour ahead of London.
After the central London pickups, depart for Dover to catch the 9:30am ferry crossing to Calais. Upon arrival at approximately 12pm, continue the journey to Valkenburg, Holland, where you will check in to your hotel. The rest of the day/evening is left for you to explore the town and Christmas markets. You may enjoy watching the magical light parade of beautifully decorated floats traveling through the center, or perhaps visiting Santa’s Village and enjoy a bite or eat or drink and visiting the man himself, Father Christmas, for some special photos.
On the second day of the trip, after breakfast in the hotel, you will meet the manager outside the hotel and you will begin your journey to Boppard, Germany. Upon arrival you will have some free time before boarding the Rhine Cruise and enjoying the impressive views. At approximately 12:30pm, meet the coach and travel to Aachen. Here you will be able to spend the afternoon exploring the 125+ stalls at the Christmas markets which vary in goods from original hand crafted decorations, to stylish luxury goods. Make sure you also grab some of the famous gingerbread before departing back to the hotel at around 5pm.
On the third day of the trip, after breakfast commence your return journey to London but enjoy a lunch time stop in the beautiful medieval city of Brugge. Brugge’s Christmas market setting is truly beautiful with cobbled streets, historical building and stalls filled with Christmas goodies such as chocolates and sweets. Depart Brugge for your ferry crossing at 7:30pm, expected to arrive back in to central London at around 11pm.
Please note the itinerary is intended as a guide and some details may be subject to change.