mothers day market map: london
posted: March 29, 2014
Aren’t mums the greatest? We sure think so. In honour of them, we hand-picked some of our favourite places to take them to enjoy and indulge in this weekend. A mosey around one of London’s fantastic markets? What a fabulous way to spend the weekend.
For the cultural mum: Camden Market
Maybe not the first choice when you think of a place to take her this weekend, but if she’s a culture-seeker, keep this quirky market on your radar. You’ll come across some of the city’s finest designers here, and some seriously unique pieces of jewellery in its boutique shops. Plus, mum’s meal is on the house at the lavish Gilgamesh this Sunday. Afterwards, if the sun is shining, hop on the Waterbus and cruise down Regent’s Canal.
Open every day 10am–6pm
For the mum who loves nature: Columbia Road Flower Market
Heading East? This one feels (and smells) just like a secret garden – but be prepared for the crowds. Apart from being one of the best places to grab a beautiful bouquet of almost any type of flower (sweetly wrapped in brown paper) or plant for her garden, it’s also one of the most interesting shopping experiences in this city. Bordering the flower stalls on either side of Columbia Road are tons of cool cafes, small eclectic boutiques, vintage shops, galleries and tiny cafes. A visit to Ryantown is also a must if she loves art. For lunch, The Royal Oak is the perfect spot to grab a casual Sunday brunch, and on market days they even operate a cafe in their courtyard.
Open Sunday from 8am ’til 3′ish
For the arty mum: Old Spitalfields Market
Built in 1876, this is one’s an oldie – but a goodie. Looking for a mother’s day out full of shops, restaurants and market stalls? Spitalfields is known for its cutting edge fashion and pretty handmade things – but the Sunday stallholders sell a little bit of everything. Mercantile is a truly unique stop, with everything from apothecary to outerware. For a light lunch, check out Chop’d, serving up diy or pre-made salads, stews and wraps made with locally sourced ingredients (their tofu comes from brick lane and their chicken has only ever come from Essex).
Open everyday from 10am-6pm (Saturday: 11am-6pm)
For the style-seeker mum: Covent Garden Market
We adore Covent Garden – not only because it’s the home of our first-ever store in Europe, but because it’s the perfect place to spend a day shopping and indulging with mum. A stroll around the piazza? Yes please. If you’re on the hunt for a traditional English roast lunch (arguably the best in London, we might add) head to The Hawksmoor.
Open everyday 8am-6pm
For the old-fashioned mum: Portobello Market
Puruse all things old and new down Portobello Road – but be sure to plan this for Saturday as this market isn’t open Sundays. This is truly and antique-lover’s paradise, so come prepared to bargain if you find that something special. It’s also a haven for lovers of fashion, food, books and music. For an afternoon pick-me-up pop into GAIL’s Artisan Bakery to grab one of their famous hot crossed buns and a coffee.
Open 8am-7pm on Monday-Wednesday/Friday-Saturday and 8am-1pm on Thursday
For the foodie mum: Borough Market
This one’s closed on Sundays too, but we couldn’t leave it out. If you need to pick up ingredients to cook her dinner, be sure to stop by – they’ve got a fab selection of gifts for food and wine lovers (why not grab a bottle of something she won’t find at her local supermarket at Wine Wharf). If you’re celebrating a day early, sample the simply divine food stalls filled with artisan breads, organic meats, local cheeses, decadent cakes and pretty much any mouth-watering treat you can think of.
If you aren’t too full once you’re finished browsing, Roast, is open seven days a week and is a must-do if you’re looking for the perfect lunch spot. Every Sunday they offer a special roast menu, and the Mothering Sunday menu looks nothing short of superb. They use seasonal, organic ingredients to create classical British recipes that both supports Britain’s farmers and and fishermen, many of whom are stallholders in the market. For something different, check out Brindisa for, dare we say, the best Spanish tapas in the city – featuring food from all regions of Spain.
Open Wednesday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 8am-6pm
How are you spending this weekend with your mum?