From antique discoveries to vintage fashion and some of the UK’s best blooms, London is renowned for its many famous markets, offering the perfect Sunday outing for couple’s and prospective dates alike. Of course, with most of these markets pitched in the streets or under loose coverings, they make for the perfect first date whilst still practicing caution post lockdown.
See below for best seven markets in London that are especially great for first dates.
Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
A stone’s throw from London Bridge station, Borough Market has long been one of the city’s most iconic markets. Offering delicatessen ingredients, organic produce and a host of street food, this market is perfect for foodies looking to bond over some artisan delights. Above all, for those looking to bag additional brownie points, it’s the perfect place to pick some top-notch ingredients with your date, to take home and rustle up a romantic dinner for two.
Brixton Village Market, Unit 74, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8PS
If you are looking for a foodies haven, you must visit Brixton Village Market. It’s also home for some of London’s favourite chains such as Franco Manca and Honest Burgers. As such, Brixton Village is regarded as one of the city’s hotspots for upcoming restaurants. Brixton market offers many vibrant cuisines, from Japanese Fusion at Okan to the Contemporary (and locally sourced) British cuisine of Brixton Cornucopia. Go here for tantalising flavours and trully international experience (without leaving London!)
Camden Market, Camden
Retro-seekers and artists alike rejoice. Camden is one of London’s biggest pulls, with tourists heading here to get their fix of that unique-to-London grungy atmosphere. Head here for vintage fashion finds, Fairtrade jewellery and some of the city’s finest independent crafters – including hand-stitched leather goods and customised tees.
Columbia Road MarketColumbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
For a budding romance, the Columbia Road Flower Market is situated just a short walk from Shoreditch. It’s the perfect outing to woo your prospective other half. Take our word for it – it’s the best Flower Market in London. Here you will find a plethora of beautiful cut flowers – from lilac roses to sunflowers – as well as bulbs, herbs and shrubs for those with green fingers.
Spitafields Market. Spitalfields Market, 56 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AA
Looking for a bit of everything? Old Spitalfields Market is a perfect all- rounder, offering everything from vintage clothing to artisan food and knick-knacks. Dating from the 1800s, but refurbished in the early 2000s, Spitalfields is a fusion of old and new. Here, you’ll be just as likely to stumble across a rare vinyl as to discover a new urban designer. Moreover, it’s one of the few markets to be situated under a large Victorian market-hall roof offering security against the precarious British weather. Unsurprisingly, Old Spitalfields Market is just perfect for first dates – when a smooth experience is essential!
Covent Garden. Cranbourn St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 7AR
Alike other markets in London, Covent Garden Market offers a concoction small stalls and shops offering jewellery, handcrafts, unique gifts, prints, antiques and other collectables. In the past, Covent Garden Market was home to the biggest fruit and vegetable market, which has now moved to New Covent Garden Market. If you are planning a date in the centre of London, this market should definitely be on your to-do list.
Duke of York Square Market, 80 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY
Located at the heart of Chelsea, Duke of York Square Market sees an influx of people eager to start the weekend with something special. And rightly so! As one of the best markets in London that is only open on Saturdays (10am – 4pm), is’t just enough time to make it even more satisfying. Treat yourself and your date with a glass of Prosecco and casually wander around many food and dessert stalls for the best experience. And when you are done there are many fashion and lifestyle shops on King’s road to take full advantage of.
For more up-to-date Covid information from each market, head to their websites.