Wandering round a great market, nibbling on quality food and picking up inspiring craft goodies, is a real treat. That's why we picked out thirteen markets we think you'll love.

Your Local Guardian: Crystal Palace market thrives three months on

Crystal Palace Food Market

10am to 3pm every Saturday in Haynes Lane

The not-for-profit market aims to support small sustainable farmers and all of its stallholders are organic and its producers very local. You can pick up excellent meat, fish, fruit, eggs, wine, butter, raw milk and a whole lot besides. Go to crystalpalacefoodmarket.co.uk

Kingston Ancient Market

8am to 5pm daily in Market Place

The Market Place has been in use for more than 800 years (it was once where criminals were put in the stocks) and these days it hosts a daily market with all sorts of fresh produce and food-to-go on the stalls at the back of the market near the church. Webster’s Fishmongers has traded in Kingston since 1866. Go to kingstonmarkets.co.uk

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West Norwood Feast

First Sunday of the month around West Norwood

There’s something for everyone here, whether it’s crafts in the Artisan’s Market in Chatsworth Way, satisfying your appetite at the Food Fair by St Luke’s Church, going retro outside Roseberry’s Auction Rooms, picking up fruit or veg or other fresh produce at Fresh n Green on the corner of Norwood Road and York Hill or picking up something for the kids at the Family Hub by West Norwood Leisure Centre. Go to westnorwoodfeast.com/market

Borough Market

10am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm Friday and Saturdays 8am to 5pm. Full market only Wednesday to Saturday

The big one: London’s most renowned food market is a must-visit for anyone looking for a great market. It’s been in Southwark for 1,000 years and is choc-full of great grub you can munch on the move or take home to cook. Go to boroughmarket.net

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Street Feast at Lewisham Model Market

5pm to late, every Friday and Saturday until October 3 in Lewisham High Street

After a successful debut last year, the hipster haven that is the street feast is back. The abandoned 1950s market becomes THE place for street food, booze and music. It boasts five bars, a rum shack, cocktails and food from the likes of SE Cakery, Mother Flipper burgers and Mama’s Jerk. Entry is free before 7pm and £3 after. Go to streetfeastlondon.com

Your Local Guardian: Focus on...Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market

Another one of the capital’s long-running and most celebrated markets, Greenwich market has been going since 1737, is covered (handy for rainy days) and boasts 120 stalls in the beautiful historic town. The exhibitors vary by day – antiques and collectables Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and craft and design the rest of the week. You’ll also pick up some tasty food any day. Go to greenwichmarketlondon.com

Brockley Market

10am to 2pm, every Saturday at Lewisham College car park

Elle magazine called this award-winning market ‘a cooler, mini version of Borough’, while Grazia dubbed it a ‘culinary hotspot’. As well as fruit and veg, meat and fish, there’s flowers, ice cream, excellent coffee, cakes, breads and tasty food to eat there and then. Go to brockleymarket.com

Wallington Farmers’ Market

9am to 1pm on the second Saturday of the month at Wallington Town Hall, Woodcote Road

Recommended by Julie Groves on our Facebook page, the market is the oldest in the borough and is packed with quality produce such as jams, meats, pies, fruit and veg, cheeses, cakes, ciders and fruit juices.

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Kew Village Market

10am to 2pm on the first Sunday of the month

Right by the historic gardens, this volunteer-run community market pops up month with around 30 stalls including the likes of Norbiton Cheese, Kew Brewery and Hunts Hull Farm’s meats. Go to kewvillagemarket.org

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Surbiton Farmers’ Market

9am to 1pm on the third Saturday of the month in Maple Road

Of course the home of The Good Life’s Barbara and Tom has a great farmer’s market. Of course it does. It’s been going monthly since 2009, has won multiple awards – including the FARMA Farmer’s Market of the Year Award in 2013. It has 26 stalls selling locally-grown and artisan foods. In the summer there’s music and the market regularly raises money for charity, having made £30,000 for good causes. Go to surbitonfarmersmarket.co.uk

MAKE Kingston Night Market

Next on from 5pm to 10pm September 24 and October 29 in Market Place

Kingston hosts regular, enormously popular award-winning night markets which celebrates the capital’s arts, crafts, music, drinks and street food scenes. Find out more at kingstonfirst.co.uk


Tooting is home to not one but two impressive markets. The indoor Tooting Market in the High Street has been going for more than 80 years and is open seven days a week selling fresh food, clothes, music, art and crafts, hot food and even the chance to get your hair and nails done. Broadway Market is the largest indoor covered market in south London, and has been open for just under 80 years. On Twitter, Tooting Daily PRSS told us “great stalls, food & people, give #Tooting a visit!”