The best flea and antique markets in London and the South West

The best flea and antique markets in London and the South West

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On the lookout for a real one-off that no one else has? Comb through the weird and wonderful treasures at a flea or antique market.

Head to a flea market to browse a range of vintage and second-hand furniture, clothes, homewares and jewellery. Antique markets are where you can find old curiosities and retro items, perfect for collectors and keen bargain hunters.

Discover the sustainable world of second-hand shopping in some of London and the South West’s best flea and antique markets. 

Flea markets in London

Someone looking through records at a flea market I South Western Railway

There are plenty of great shopping spots in London, but you can experience a different side of the city with unique flea markets. Whether you’re already a regular at your local flea market or you want to try something new, here’s a roundup of the best flea markets in London

Hackney Flea Market

Abney Hall, 73a Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS

Hackney Flea Market is one of North London’s most iconic flea markets. Since it opened in 2013, the market has expanded to include sellers from around the country and boasts a full calendar of events, from record fairs to salvaged goods markets.

Discover an eclectic mix of goods from artists, makers and sellers who bring a uniquely curated selection of items for you to browse. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance you’ll find it at Hackney Flea Market.

How to get there: Hackney Flea Market is a 10-minute walk from Stoke Newington station.

Flea London Bridge

Vinegar Yard, St Thomas Street, London SE1 3QU

Flea is one of London’s most exciting flea markets. Browse stalls from local vintage sellers, artists and craftspeople and explore an eclectic mix of second-hand and homemade items. From vintage cameras and records to furniture, ceramics and antiques, there’s something for everyone at Flea.

Located at Vinegar Yard, Flea London Bridge is surrounded by buzzy bars, restaurants, and independent boutiques. Discover everything Flea London Bridge has to offer on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00.

How to get there: Flea London Bridge is a 10-minute tube journey from London Waterloo.

Greenwich Market

5B Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ

Greenwich Market is one of London’s most historic markets, taking place beneath a beautiful nineteenth-century glass roof which protects the stalls from the elements in style. It’s a unique destination for shoppers looking for one-of-a-kind goods, antiques and art.

It’s also a great destination to try food from all over the world in the diverse food hall. The types of stalls change each day, so check ahead before your visit if you’re shopping for something specific. The market is open every day from 10:00 to 17:30.

How to get there: Take the Jubilee line from London Waterloo to Canary Wharf. Then, walk to Heron Quays and hop on the DLR to Cutty Sark, your destination.

Antique markets in London

Antique market I South Western Railway

Antique markets offer endless chances to find one-off, vintage or collectable items. From furniture and art to vintage fashion, travel to London to discover some of the best and biggest antique markets in the country.

Sunbury Antiques Market, Wimbledon

Prince Georges Playing Fields, Bushey Road, Raynes Park, London, SW20 8TE

Experience one of London’s most unique antique markets at Sunbury Antiques in Wimbledon. The outdoor fair is a quaint market full of unmissable antique homeware, vintage garden ephemera and plenty more retro items to leave you feeling inspired.

The outdoor market takes place on one Sunday a month between May and September, from 9:30am to 2pm. Admission is £2 per person, with free entry for under 16s (and dogs!).

How to get there: Prince Georges Playing Fields is a 10-minute walk from Raynes Park station.

Northcote Road Antiques Market

155a Northcote Road, London SW11 6QB

Explore the hidden gem that is Northcote Road Antiques Market, tucked away on Northcote Road. Discover a huge array of antiques and antique furniture, as well as high-quality, one-of-a-kind items that expert dealers have sourced.

Browse a range of different stalls selling nineteenth and twentieth-century pieces, including ceramics, costume jewellery and original prints. Northcote Road Antiques Market is open from 10am to 5:30pm from Monday to Saturday, with reduced hours on Sundays.

How to get there: Northcote Road Antiques Market is a 15-minute walk from Clapham Junction.

Bermondsey Antique Market

Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN

Bermondsey Antique Market has been one of London’s premier antique markets for 75 years. Located in Bermondsey Square, visit the market to browse, haggle and buy unique antiques from a huge array of sellers.

Whether you’re looking for antique jewellery, fine China or just a good bargain, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at Bermondsey Antique Market. Plus, enjoy buzzy bars, restaurants and art galleries in Bermondsey Square during your trip to the market. The market is open on Fridays from 7am to 2pm.

How to get there: Get on the tube at London Waterloo and head eastbound on the Jubilee Line to London Bridge. From there, Bermondsey Antique Market is a 15-minute walk.

Alfies Antique Market

13-25 Church Street, London NW8 8DT

Get lost in endless antique pieces in Alfies Antique Market. Discover a range of rare items, from costume jewellery and vintage handbags to interior design and fashion through the ages.

The four-floor antique emporium is loved by locals (and celebrities) and is a must-visit for shoppers visiting London. Alfies Antique Market is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

How to get there: Take the tube from London Waterloo and head northbound on the Bakerloo line to Marylebone. Alfies Antique Market is a 10-minute walk from Marylebone station.

Flea and antique markets in the South West

Flea market I South Western Railway

You might already know about some of the best shopping spots in the South West, but have you ever tried a flea market? Make marvellous discoveries at the best flea and antique markets outside London and across the South West.

Dorchester Market

6 Weymouth Ave, Dorchester DT1 1QS

Dorchester Markets features 200 local traders, selling everything from clothes to fresh produce, bread and meat. The historic market is full of local charm and has brought the community together since 1860.

The market is right in the town centre, so you can enjoy restaurants, cafes, and shopping during your wander around the market. Visit Dorchester Market every Wednesday from 6:30am to 2pm, or head there on a Sunday to pick up a bargain in the car boot and tabletop sale.

How to get there: Dorchester Market is a 5-minute walk from Dorchester South station.

Sherborne Market

Various locations, Sherborne

There’s so much to love at Sherborne Market. Established in 2019, it has quickly become one of Dorset’s best markets. Discover stalls from a range of local artisans, from bakers to artists, candle makers and silversmiths. Explore beautiful handmade items inspired by the local area.

The market takes place once every month, with stalls winding through the town’s streets. Start on Cheap Street to see market stalls nestled between independent shops, and head to Abbey Road, Half Moon Street and Digby Road for more antique and vintage finds. Finally, catch live music and hot food in Pageant Gardens.

How to get there: Sherborne town centre is a 9-minute walk from Sherborne station.

Sunbury Antiques Market, Kempton

Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury On Thames, TW16 5AQ

Over 700 traders meet at Kempton Park Racecourse to bring you the biggest antique market in the country. With two indoor grandstands and a large outdoor area, there’s an endless array of antiques, clothing, jewellery, paintings and ceramics to browse.

Sunbury Antiques Market takes place on two Tuesdays per month, so make sure you check in advance. The market is open from 6:30am to 2pm, and admission is free for all from 8am. If you can’t wait to get going, there’s a £5 charge to enter before 8am.

How to get there: Kempton Park Racecourse is across the road from Kempton Park station.

Sunbury Antiques Market, Sandown

Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, KT10 9AJ

Sunbury’s Sandown edition has a particular emphasis on home and interiors, so head to Sandown Park Racecourse for 250 stalls of decorative antiques. Discover a world of one-off items, from garden ephemera to retro collectables.

With indoor stalls and outdoor pitches, Sunbury Antiques Market offers a varied shopping experience where you might find what you’ve been looking for. The market takes place on one Sunday each month, between 10am and 3pm. Admission is £2 and under-16s go free.

How to get there: Sandown Park Racecourse is a 15-minute walk from Esher station.

Raring to see what you can find at a flea market? Book cheap train tickets by travelling off-peak or travel to a Sunday market with Sunday Out tickets. Semi Flex Return tickets are also available if you’re not sure how much time you will need to explore markets and local shops.

Travel with a Railcard for more discounts on train tickets. If you’re travelling as a group or family, buy a GroupSave ticket for even more savings. 

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