Market name: Bermondsey Antiques Market
Address: Bermondsey Square
Opening times: Every Friday, 6am – 2pm
Nearest tube: Borough or London Bridge
What is Bermondsey antiques market?
Bermondsey Antiques Market is one of the best loved outdoor markets in London, being host to a huge selection of antiques including everything from fine china and ornaments to furniture and jewellery. Since opening in 1950 the market’s popularity has continued to grow to become the busy weekly Bermondsey antiques market that we know today.
Also sometimes referred to as New Caledonian Market, recent years have seen the market expand its offering to include clothes, craft and food stalls, though antiques continue to be the main focus.
What to expect
Open every Friday from 6am – 2pm, you’ll find a number of treasure hunters and dealers browsing wares here at the crack of dawn. Because of this early start, when visiting the market we advise getting there as close to opening as you can to ensure you get the best picks. By lunchtime many stall owners begin packing up for the day, so make sure you allow enough time to avoid disappointment.
Buy yourself a tea or coffee and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the market. With roughly 200 stalls to scan over, magpies are well catered to here. Sifting through the huge selection of silverware, china, ceramics and more is all part of the fun – you never know what you might discover amidst the bric-a-brac. Victorian photographs, beautiful china and uncommon furniture pieces await your discovery at Bermondsey antiques market, making it the perfect place for bargain hunters.
Traders at the market are genuine experts in their field, with a number of them having come to Bermondsey Square for years. Providing valuable insight and honest advice on wares, traders at Bermondsey antiques market are known for being highly specialised and knowledgeable, with a vast majority of items being authentic antiques. The market’s international acclaim means it is frequented by tourists and locals alike, offering a true mix of treasures and presenting the possibility for visitors to leave with a stunning antique piece at a bargain price.
A number of professional antiques dealers are regulars at Bermondsey market, with there being a huge selection of high-quality items on offer at fair prices. While many London markets often see goods being sold at inflated prices, at Bermondsey you’ll find a majority of goods are reasonably priced. It’s even sometimes described as the source market for some of the goods at Portobello Road Market, meaning you know that there are good deals to be had.
Getting to the market
Making your way to Bermondsey antiques market couldn’t be simpler, with it being roughly a 12 minute walk from both London Bridge and Bermondsey Street station. Likewise, plenty of bus routes run nearby to the market, making it easy to reach even early in the morning.
Around Bermondsey antiques market
Being conveniently located at the end of vibrant Bermondsey Street, when you’ve had your fill of the market there’s a huge selection of lunch options on offer in the neighbourhood. For fans of French food there’s Casse Croute, while Jose Pizarro has a range of small and large Spanish plates and Franco Manca is a safe bet for a good pizza.
If you’re looking to continue your day out in Bermondsey after browsing the market, you’re spoilt for choice of galleries. Bermondsey Street itself is lined with a number of independent galleries like Earnes Fine Art and Bermondsey Project Space as well as internationally renowned White Cube.
The perfect place to make a good find at a fair price, the long-running Bermondsey antiques market is a treat to explore for serious antiquing fans and newcomers alike. Make your way down to this classically British market – you never know what you might find!