London Markets on a Sunday

Old Mar 13th, 2003, 11:52 AM
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London Markets on a Sunday

This is our second trip to London and while our other 3 days are falling into place rather easily, Sunday isn't. I was considering Spitfields/Pettycoat/the Flower Market but now am including Greenwich Market in the list of possibles. Any input on which is a more upscale "better" market. We aren't buyers, just enjoy looking & strolling about -- really loved the Sunday Paris market. Would head toward the market after the Horseguards Ceremony, so that would make it @11am. Could take the Thames boat down to Greenwich from Westminster. We did take an evening dinner tour down to the Barrier on our last visit. Either market would be a sunny day plan. Input/suggestions welcome. Thanks
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Greenwich is has the more upscale arts and crafts stuff and as well as lots of fun and funky shops to poke around in. It's definitely better to go on a fairer day but as you know, you don't always have that option in London.

Spitalfields is doable in the rain because it's a covered market. There's a bit of everything there (arts & crafts, organic food, collectibles) Petticoat and Brick Lanes are clothing, bric a brac and a great street show.

Spitalfields et al are closer to central London. We usually follow it up with dim sum in Chinatown or curry from Brick Lane. Greenwich is more of a trip and we tend to spend most of the day there but your plan sounds workable too.

Have a great time!
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Greenwich is a lot smaller as a market, but it is surrounded by a lot of interesting shops, the Maritime Museum, the Observatory and a great park to walk in if it's fine enough with views over London from the Observatory. The market itself is covered, and tends to the artier/quirkier/pricier end of crafts, clothes and food. There are bric-a-brac and clothes markets a few minutes walk away.

Spitalfields is much bigger and also covered. It has much of the same sort of stuff as Greenwich, but also bric-a-brac, lots of clothes, as well as the other markets nearby. It's a bit of a walk between there and the Columbia Road flower market, which can get very crowded. The environment here is urban and buzzy.
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We were in London in early December and Spitafields was closed. Does anyone know if it has reopened?
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Spitalfields market was open when we were there in January on the last Sunday.
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Part of the old market building is being redeveloped, but (after much protest and debate) part is being kept available for the market.
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