If you arrive into London by train to Euston Station – as people do in their hundreds every week – then we recommend you start off your trip by visiting some of the markets near King’s Cross.
Not only is there plenty of choice on offer, but the short walk between the two areas of the city is very pleasant, particularly if the weather happens to be good. You’ll be surprised at how warm London can get during the summer and one of the best ways to enjoy the sun is by walking around its different attractions and outdoor spaces.
Markets are particularly popular when the weather starts to warm up, and they have been part of the city’s culture for nearly a millennium. There are many that have retained their original charm and are a great way to spend an afternoon or an entire day – if you’re so inclined.
You should find it easy to get to all of the markets we are going to outline in this article from King’s Cross Station, as it’s one of the largest in the city connecting the Tube and many main line services.
We hope you enjoy the places on our list and use it as an inspiration to go exploring around the hundreds of markets the city has to offer.
One of the most famous markets in the city and on this list, Camden Market truly has to be seen to be appreciated and you won’t regret spending a few hours here. Whether you’re interested in music, knick-knacks or food, there’s something for everyone.
Apparently there are more than 100,000 people who trek to Camden Market every weekend, which actually makes it the fourth most popular attraction in the whole city – so why not see what all the fuss is about for yourself?
You’ll particularly enjoy it if you’re a fan of vintage clothing and antiques, plus there are lots of great places dotted along the market for you to go and enjoy a drink or some live music.
One of the easiest ways for you to get to Camden Market from King’s Cross is to leave from the Underground part of the station and take the Northern line for seven minutes to Chalk Farm Station and then walk five minutes to the market – you can’t miss it!
King’s Cross Real Food Market
One of the newest picks we’ve selected for you, King’s Cross Real Food Market is an absolute must for anyone who considers themselves a foodie – or at least who really enjoys eating!
This market is a recent addition to the King’s Cross market collective and is open between Wednesday and Friday every week from midday until 7pm on King’s Cross Square.
You’ll find a wide range of suppliers and producers here who offer products including cheese, smoked meats and fish. You’ll also find some authentic Sicilian treats, such as pastries and freshly handmade pasta – you can’t say better than that.
Of course, you don’t just have to buy ingredients and take them home, as you can also buy and eat on the spot in the market, with stalls offering hot food and pies for you to take away.
The traders change quite regularly, although there are regulars who have made this market their home away from home. To see the list of who is going to be there when you want to visit, check out the King’s Cross Real Food Market website.
To get to the market, just walk three minutes from King’s Cross itself and you can’t help but spot the throngs of people enjoying all there is to offer.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Most of the markets in London specialise in food, vintage clothes, antiques and similar items, however, there are lots of other markets that have completely different things to offer, including the Columbia Road Flower Market.
As you might be able to guess, this market places its focus firmly on flowers and has done ever since the 1980s. Since then, this little market has risen from a Sunday tradition to an internationally recognised and acclaimed seller of flora and fauna.
If not everyone in your group has a fascination for all things blooming, then you’ll be pleased to know that the market has expanded over the years and the surrounding side streets are home to lots of vintage clothes shops, bakeries, pubs and even art galleries.
The market is open every Sunday, no matter what the weather, between 8am and 3pm, even opening on Easter Sunday – which will be handy to keep in mind for the coming years. We recommend that you head along early in the morning though to make sure that you get the best bunch of the lot to take home with you or give as a beautiful gift.
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