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Craft, Gift and Flower Markets

Check out our recommendations for London's best craft, gift and flower marketsIf you feel like taking a leisurely stroll and picking up some handmade crafts and bric-a-brac, these markets are great places for an afternoon's browsing.

Camden Market
Five connecting areas make up the famous Camden Market, all selling a combination of clothes, food, crafts and music. Visit the indoor Victorian market hall for great handmade gifts, knick-knacks and craftworks. Camden was hit by fire in February 2008, which affected the Canal Market: the damage has now been repaired.
Open: Mon to Sun 10am-6pm
Where: Camden Market, Camden, London, N1

Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market is a colourful East End market with more than 50 stalls selling bulbs, exotic flowers, pot plants, trees, shrubs, accessories; everything under the sun for ardent garden-lovers. Arrive early to beat the crowds or late for some fantastic bargains.
Open: Sun 8am-2pm
Where: Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Road, London, E2

Covent Garden Market
Originally the fruit and veg market for the local convent, Covent Garden's main piazza is now filled with quirky crafts, jewellery and clothing. It is a great showcase for handmade British design with more than 200 registered artists and craftspeople.
Open: Tues to Sun 10am-6pm
Where: Covent Garden Market, The Market Place, London, WC2

Greenwich Market
Greenwich Market could well be London's best source for handcrafted items, original art work, unique gifts, collectables and antiques. Come and visit the pretty undercover market in the heart of historic Maritime Greenwich.
Open: Thurs to Sun 9.30am-5.30pm
Where: Greenwich Market, College Approach, London, SE10

Merton Abbey Mills

This picturesque riverside craft village is in the natural surroundings of Merton Abbey Mills in South Wimbledon. The delightful market offers book stalls, jewellery, arts, ceramics, records and textiles. It also boasts its very own historic waterwheel.
Open: Sat, Sun and bank holidays from 10am-5pm
Where: Merton Abbey Mills, Watermill Way, Collier's Wood, London, SW19

Old Spitalfields Market
Largely regarded as a showcase for up-and-coming young artists from the nearby art and design college, Old Spitalfields also has many stalls selling one-off items, vintage and retro clothing, CDs, jewellery and handicrafts.
Open: Mon to Fri 11am-3pm and Sun 10am-5pm
Where: Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, London, E1
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