31 Jan 5 days in LONDON & neighborhoods – part 1 Just adorable markets
Every London district has its street market.
London in autmun smells of puff pastry out of tiny bakeries, fresh ink on morning newspapers, gentlemen’s aftershave at the bus stop. There is always a scent of fish and chips turning the corner and funny colorful dressed grannies ready for chatting queing at the batchers.
If you find yourself hitting the sreets early at morning there’s no better way to explore the city than wandering among streets’ markets. I can assure there is at least one worth stopping in each area of the city, so it’s not hard include them in daily itineraries.
Makes me always feel so Julia Roberts escaping the crowd hiding in Notting Hill even though it has become so, let’s say…”popular”. But usually not in autumn or early at morning. And by the way there must be a reason if Portobello Road market is one of the most poetic among streets markets! Colorful houses, wooden painted front doors, tiny strange shops behind the stands. Second hand stuff, vintage, vinyls.
And of course “The Notting Hill Bookshop” where to get lost for an hour or two among beautiful illustrated editions and books (by the way, the same one who inspired Hugh Grant’s “The Travel Book co.” which is actually not real and now just the sign of a souvenir shop). If you hit the streets at 7 am and is a Sunday is an idea also reach the brick houses around Columbia Road Flower Market. But trust me, only very very early at morning, is really a must for many tourists, aven thought I completely understand why: brick buildings, antiques shops and bakeries sourrounded by flowers wrapped in newspapers’ is all about the English charme you can ask for. Food markets are a (big!) things too in London. Brigitte Jones’ one is Borough market, just under a bridge somewhere near Shakespeare’s Globe. A green steel structure full of noise and smell of asian spices mixed to French foie gra.
If you are northen than Tower Bridge area, like having a walk on Regent’s Canal, the lunch is served (standing, of course!) at Camden Lock market, the food-and-punk market in Camden Town. From silent primerose Hill, following the waters’ course and the floating houses, you will find yourself suddenly sourrounded by noise, studs and tattoos! The traditional 5pm tea is at Covent Garden market, once flower and veg market, today mostly souvenir market and shopping centre. But it still has is country charm. maybe because of the flowers on the balconies, or the wooden stands, or the “apple market” sign inside. A piece of English-countryside-style iniside the city.