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Best Antique Market in London and best food market

I will be in London in February staying at a hotel near Hyde Park and I need advice concerning antique shopping in London. I am especially interested in china, porcelain and glass. I can only go antique shopping on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Do you have any advice as to what is the best antique market? Also, can you recommend a food market that we should try?

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Greenwich Market, which is one of my favorites, has antiques on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: http://www.shopgreenwich.co.uk/greenwich-market Covent Garden has antiques on Monday: http://goo.gl/T9s2h I've never been to Gray's antique market, but it's open Mon-Fri (not a street market): http://www.graysantiques.com/ I've never been to Bermondsey's Square market either, but it's open every Friday morning: http://www.bermondseysquare.co.uk/antiques.html The last time I was in London I checked out Spitalfield's Market, and really liked it. They have antiques on Thursdays and the 4th Saturday of every month. Unfortunately, you can't go those days, but perhaps someone else can use the info: http://www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/the-market/saturday-market.html

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Anne Borough Market is still worth a visit but there have been disputes there between the owners and traders and some food suppliers have now moved to Maltby Street. It's not a market, just a series of stalls under railway arches, but worth a visit if you are into food and want somewhere off the beaten track. Saturday mornings only. More details here http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/oct/16/ofm-awards-2011-best-newcomer Cheers Alan

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Though it has been a few years.... Covent Garden's Monday market was wonderful for china, porcelain and glass. I purchased several very nice tea cups and saucers for friends who are collecorts there. And admired the glas and porcelain and other china. If you decide to go to Portobello Road, you will want to arrive very early as things do get picked over there rather quickly.