We’ve discovered the ultimate guide to London’s street markets
I was recently approached by Andrew Kershman of Metro Publications, who asked if I’d be interested in reviewing his latest book, London’s Markets, and, being a fan of our many street markets, the idea immediately piqued my interest.
Small but perfectly formed
Coming in at just under 400 pages and at a compact, A6 size, this little book is a treasure trove for anyone who likes to meander through a London street market. It covers London generally, and breaks down areas in a clear, colour-coded system for easy reference.
In addition to London’s internationally known street markets such as Berwick Street, Covent Garden, Portobello Road and Petticoat Lane, the book also covers the lesser known and is extensive, including car boot sales, farmers markets, pop ups and vintage fairs. Unsurprisingly, East London commands the largest section of the book. We rock!
Between the covers
The guide is written in a friendly, honest and easy-going style, making it both useful and a pleasure to read. It’s well researched and buttressed with great images and includes simple, yet beautifully illustrated, maps for each market. It also provides web and social media links as well as opening times and transport links, making it easy to plan your foraging excursions. The inside back cover also folds out with a colour coded map of London and an easy-to-follow index on the left hand page so that you can get your bearings, and – this is a real bonus – it has a Week at a Glance section at the back, enabling you to plan your visits according to days of the week, location and types of market.
Clearly, Andrew put a lot of thought into how someone would want to use the guide and it’s a must-have for any fan of street markets. It will also make a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift come Christmas time.
A word to the wise – Andrew explains in the introduction that the book is but a snapshot because, by their very nature, street markets can often be a moveable feast. In other words, use it as a guide but check before you travel.
London’s Markets can be purchased for £9.99 directly from the publisher: metropublications.com
Image courtesy of and © Metro Publications