London’s most underrated markets

portobello road market

If you’ve been lucky enough to visit London before, you’ve probably already heard of some of the more popular markets such as Portobello Road.

Although this is of the most iconic London markets, there are several other lesser well-known markets dotted around the city that are easy to reach and far less crowded. We’ve compiled a list of a few of our all-time favourites, so you know where to head for a spot of retail therapy the next time you stay at the M Montcalm Shoreditch.

Although you may never have heard of these markets until now, rest assured they are easy to reach from our hotels near Moorgate Tube Station, so you really can shop ’til you drop before returning back to your hotel room to drop off any treasures you’ve purchased during your visit.

Columbia Road Flower Market

One of the most beautiful markets London has to offer, the Columbia Road Flower Market is one of the city’s hidden gems and is located just a short walk away from the M Montcalm Shoreditch.

With colourful blooms and the delicate scent of flowers wafting around this vibrant street, it’s the perfect spot for gardening enthusiasts to spend a couple of hours checking out the array of brightly coloured blooms and chatting to the stallholders about their products on sale.

Once you’ve had your fill of flowers for the day, head back to our restaurants in Shoreditch for a delectable afternoon tea experience or a spot of lunch before hopping on to the Tube. It’s conveniently located near our hotels near Moorgate Tube Station, making it easy to continue your exploration of London’s most underrated markets.

Borough Market

If you want to shop like a local, then the Borough Market is ideal! Although you’ll probably be enjoying the restaurants near Shoreditch for your meals, Borough Market is a real delight for the senses thanks to the exotic array of unusual fruits, vegetables and foodstuffs on offer. 

Join the local London shoppers as they pick up fresh groceries for the week and marvel at some of the weird and wonderful varieties on offer, try a few free samples during you stroll around the large covered market or just enjoy the buzzing atmosphere for an hour or two.

The Backyard Market

Hidden away in Brick Lane, you’ll find a haven for arts and crafts lovers. The Backyard Market is a relatively new addition to the city and can be easily reached from our hotels near Moorgate Tube Station using the District line.

The journey takes around twenty minutes and is well worth the journey as you’ll be able to see some of the best new artwork from London artists, all available to buy for reasonable prices.

From ceramics and paintings to small sculptures and everything in between, you’re sure to find a piece to adorn your home at the Backyard Market.

Hackney Flea Market

No self-confessed bargain hunter staying at M Montcalm Shoreditch will be able to resist a visit to the Hackney Flea Market. Located just seven minutes away via Tube from our hotels near Moorgate Tube Station using the District line, if you stay for a weekend in London then this market is a must!

With a regular calendar of weekend events, you can find ceramics from independent makers, vintage record sales and general bric-a-brac, so be prepared to take a good look at what’s on offer. You’re pretty much guaranteed to discover a few hidden treasures to take back home with you as a memento of your stay in London.

As this market is located so close to M Montcalm Shoreditch, it’s easy to return to our restaurants in Shoreditch for a light lunch or an afternoon tea experience to rest your weary legs, fuel up for the afternoon and appraise your new purchases.

Camden Market

One of the most vibrant markets in the whole city, it is impossible to be disappointed after a visit to Camden Market. A series of small clusters of stalls dotted around the area, you’ll find almost anything you could possibly think of for sale in this quirky London neighbourhood.

A must for lovers of vintage fashion, handmade jewellery, eclectic homewares and other unusual pieces, this market is perfect for anyone seeking something a little out of the ordinary as a gift for the folks back home.

Filled with local artisans, Camden Market has a real boho feel thanks to the wonderfully decorative shop fronts and locks that the area has become so famous for, so make sure that you take full advantage of the opportunity for shopping with a difference the next time you stay at M Montcalm Shoreditch.

To reach Camden Market from our hotels near Moorgate Tube Station, hop on the Tube to Camden Town using the Northern line, and you’ll be enjoying the vibrant area in just over ten minutes. 

Greenwich Market

If the weather is looking a little grey and you’ve already dined in one of our restaurants in Shoreditch, you could be wondering where to head next where you won’t get too wet.

One of the best things about Greenwich Market is that the vast majority of the stalls are completely undercover, so you won’t need to worry about bringing an umbrella to this market.

With market stall holders stocking an array of beautiful homewares, you can pick up anything from vintage crockery, beautiful terrariums and even small pieces of artwork to take home, so it’s a great place for anyone with an interest in home décor as there are so many products available that you wont find at any high street store.

To reach Greenwich Market, simply take the tube using the Northern line and you’ll be there in less than half an hour. Just remember to wear a few layers as this indoor market can get a little warm during the summer months and you might need to shed your rain jacket once you get inside.