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Top five things to do in London: Arts & Crafts Markets

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Discover London's best markets for arts and crafts

Check out our lowdown on the best arts and crafts markets in London! 

Brick Lane Market

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Brick Lane Market has grown to become one of the best art markets in London. It offers a variety of custom jewellery, handmade crafts, vintage clothing, original paintings and photography. Much of the artwork on show has been tailored for the trade from tourists, but don’t let this put you off, for amid the spicy smells there are many stores that offer exceptional designs and artwork. 

Brick Lane Market is found at 85 Brick Lane, E1 6QL 


Brixton Village

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By far the best, and least visited, of the London’s artisan markets. You’ll find everything here; from cobblers to candle stick makers. The market itself is situated in the historic Granville Arcade, where artwork from around the world can be browsed late at night on Thursday, Friday and Saturday while live bands play in the background for your browsing pleasure. 

Brixton Village is located at Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS 


Camden Market

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The most popular on the list and arguably the best handmade craft fair in London. Camden Market is the name given to a collection of markets that span the northern part of Camden. The stores on offer are exceptional, many holding host to some of the best undiscovered artistic talent in the world. Camden marketers are always up for a bit of the old bartering, so don’t be afraid to haggle! 

Camden Market is found at Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF 


Old Spitalfields Market

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If you happen to be in Brick Lane and it rains, head over to Spitalfields indoor market. Steeped with history this place is large and impressive, offering a vast array of trinkets and novelties to satisfy any talent-appreciative Londoner. The individual market stores are expensive for traders to rent, so the wares can be overpriced. Nevertheless, the artwork on sale here is very impressive so, if you have the coin, Spitalfields is worth a look. 

Old Spitalfields Market is located at 16 Horner Square, E1 6EW 


Greenwich Market

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The smallest of the five markets, Greenwich is one of the best Sunday markets in London and is ever so popular for it. Greenwich Market offers traders the cheapest stands out of all of the London Markets and this offers a platform for a vast mix of talent with plenty of solo craft makers. The stores are small but great in number. It’s also an excellent choice in December - the cobbled streets and listed houses of Greenwich make it one of the most scenic Christmas crafts fairs in London. 

Greenwich Market is found at Greenwich Market London, SE10 9HZ. 


PS - Always Remember! 

Like all markets, if you’re looking for the best price visit them on weekdays and late afternoons, at least an hour before they close. Never be afraid to barter the price down and if you purchase anything remember to look after it, as you never know, in a few years it could be worth a few bob. 


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