From Camden to Old Spitalfields to Covent Garden, London is blessed with many fantastic, world famous markets.
What is it?
A very hip street market in Hackney, east London, that sits between London Fields and Regent’s Canal.
Little more than a decade ago, it was a struggling fruit and veg market. These days, it is considered to be one of the capital’s most successful markets and a more compact, less manic alternative to Brick Lane.
Around 135 stalls selling everything from cheeses, meat, fish, cakes and preserves to amazing street food and coffee to vintage clothing and fashion from local designers and artists. There’s also a fruit and veg stall that’s been part of the market for the past 50 years.
Broadway Market is one of the go-to places for foodies and hipsters; it is as revered for its east-end fashion kudos as much as its high-quality food produce.
Artwords (22 Broadway Market) has a great selection of rare fashion and inspiring books, while MacBlack & Vine (47 Broadway Market) sells vintage furniture and wine.
If you need a caffeine boost, Climpson & Sons (67 Broadway Market) serves up excellent flat-whites, while Violet’s stall, which has a permanent shop on nearby Wilton Way, offers some amazing gourmet cupcakes to go with your coffee.
When’s it open?
The street and schoolyard markets open every Saturday between 9am and 5pm. It’s a good idea to get there earlier on – not long after 9am – before it gets busy. Arriving at around 4pm isn’t advised because many of the stallholders have a tendency to start packing up early.
Shops, bars and restaurants are open throughout the week.
How do I get there?
Broadway Market’s nearest Tube station is London Fields on the Overground line.
Guests at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel or any hotels near Bayswater Station can get there on the Tube in around 40 minutes.
Simply take the Central line from Queensway Station to Liverpool Street, and change onto the Overground line before alighting at London Fields.
From here, it’s a short walk away (7 mins, around half a mile).
Upon exiting the station, turn right and head south down Martello Terrace until you see Exmouth Place on your right. Part way down here, take Warburton Street on your left, which becomes Triangle Road. Go right on Westgate Street then you’ll see Broadway Market on the left not long after you reach London Fields.
If you’re not confident finding Broadway Market on foot, it’s only half a mile away in a taxi.
What else is near it?
We mentioned London Fields earlier. As the name suggests, it is indeed a park, covering more than 30 acres, and it has a raft of sports facilities.
There’s a cricket pitch, full-size football pitch, a cafe, barbecue area, BMX track, tennis courts, table tennis area, two children’s play areas and a 50-metre heated lido (an ‘outdoor swimming pool’).
You can find it at north-end of Broadway Market (E8 3EU).
For those into their craft beers, there’s London Fields Brewery (365-366 Warburton Street, E8 3RR).
Here, you’ll be able to go on a tour of their brewery, broken up by some beer tastings and accompanied with some explanations of their ingredients and production.
In its taproom, you’ll find more excellent beer and great food, served in a stripped-back setting with a buzzing and welcoming atmosphere.
Shoreditch isn’t too far away either, if you’re still keen for more hipster experiences.