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Broadway Market In London – A Complete Guide

Broadway Market is a large Victorian street market that offers an eclectic mix of cultures and tastes and over 100 different stalls to browse.

Located in the Borough of Hackney in East London and surrounded by some great little shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, it’s a perfect weekend destination.

Here’s a guide for visiting.

How To Get To Broadway Market

Broadway Market is located between London Fields Park and Regents Canal in Hackney, East London.

Underground

London Underground is one of the easiest ways to get around London.

The nearest tube station to Broadway Market is Bethnal Green (Central Line), which is a 15 minute walk away. With the nearest Overground station being London Fields, just an 8 minute walk.

Zones 1-2 contain all the central London districts, and most of the major tourist attractions. The daily cap for travelling in Zones 1-2 is £8.10 when using a contactless bank card.

If you don’t have a contactless card that works in London, the best option is to purchase a 1-Day Unlimited Travel Card.

These can be used on the tubes, buses, trams and Docklands Light Railway.

Hop On Hop Off Bus

Standard buses are available within your daily travel card and there are plenty of bus stops close to Broadway Market.

Buses 26, 48, 55, 106, 236, 254, 388 and 394 will take you to nearby Westgate Street, Mare Street or Hackney Road.

However, there is also of course the famous Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.

This is always popular among tourists and is a great way to see many famous landmarks around the capital at ease.

All whilst travelling around on a traditional big red London bus!

Tour

For those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Also, for all tourists visiting London, I recommend purchasing a Go City London Pass.

These are a great way of saving money when visiting multiple tourist attractions during your stay in London.

If you love a good market, other London markets you should visit include Borough Market, Spitalfields Market and Leadenhall Market.

Broadway Market Entrance Fee

It’s free to visit Broadway Market.

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Broadway Market Opening Times

Open Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

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Broadway Market London

Best Time To Visit Broadway Market

Broadway Market is a popular destination for locals and tourists planning a London itinerary.

So, for the best choice of produce and to avoid the crowds, it’s best to get there as it opens.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a bargain, try visiting as the market is winding down after 3/4pm. This is when the fresh produce traders reduce their prices to try and sell any remaining stock.

During the spring and summer months (April – September) when the sun is shining and the weather is generally warmer, always makes for a better outdoor shopping experience.

Although, there are plenty of great little eateries and shops to duck into around the market, so don’t let bad weather put you off!

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Broadway Market London
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Broadway Market History

Broadway Market is said to have been home to market traders since the 1890s and sits on an old drovers route, along which cattle from Essex and Epping Forest would have been lead into the city of London.

Goods would have also been transported along the nearby Regent’s Canal at the southern end of ‘Broadway’, which gained the additional name ‘Market’ in 1937.

Once a thriving daily market, Broadway Market saw a decline in the 1970s and 1980s. However, following the Broadway Market Residents and Traders Association decision to start a Farmers Market in the early 2000s, it saw a steady resurgence.

Today it’s a popular and well established market with a large variety of stalls that attracts thousands of visitors every weekend.

Fun fact: This location has been seen in movies such as Buster (1988) and Eastern Promises (2007).

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Broadway Market London

What To Expect At Broadway Market

Sitting between the two popular areas of London Fields and Regent’s Canal, Broadway Market has become a favourite with locals and visitors to London.

This busy and vibrant market offers an amazing selection of foods from around the world, along with handcrafted jewellery, accessories, vintage clothes, leather goods, books, flowers and plants, gifts and more.

The variety of aromas from the street food stalls will have your mouth watering. Moreover, with the amount of choices available, you are inevitably going to end up with food envy, whatever you pick.

Options include Chinese bao buns, Japanese katsu wraps, Thai noodles, Greek souvlaki wraps, Ghanaian spinach and agushi, to name just a few.

Not forgetting all the freshly bakes pastries and cakes, artisan cheeses and fresh produce. If you arrive at Broadway Market feeling hungry, you certainly shouldn’t be leaving that way!

Once you’ve explored the abundance of market stalls, you then have the cool shops, boutiques, pubs and cosy cafes to visit, that line the street either side of the market.

Furthermore, if you still have time to kill, Hackneys popular London Fields Park is just a stroll away. As is the picturesque Regents Canal tow path.

All in all, Broadway Market in London is the perfect spot to head to at the weekend.

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Where To Stay In London

Luxury

The London EDITION

The London EDITION is located in central London’s Fitzrovia district, with Oxford Street, Theatreland and Piccadilly Circus all within a 10-minute walk. 

Inside, there is a Michelin star restaurant, 2 cocktail bars, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and free use of the on-site fitness centre for all guests. 

With a view of the vibrant city, each en suite room come with a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. An iPod docking station, bathrobes and a mini-bar are also provided. 

Each evening, the restaurant offers a contemporary British menu using fresh, British produce.

Mid-Budget

Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Set within a 20-minute walk from Royal Albert Hall and boasting a stylish, spacious piano lounge , Corus Hotel Hyde Park features modern rooms with free WiFi. 

The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, offering a direct train link to Heathrow Airport.

The cosy, air-conditioned bedrooms at Corus Hotel have private en-suite bathrooms and satellite TVs with on-demand movies. Rooms also feature work desks, tea/coffee facilities, iron and ironing boards. 

The conservatory brasserie serves a modern European menu using seasonal produce. 

Olio Bar offers light snacks and beverages, and overlooks Hyde Park.

Budget

The Queens Hostel

Featuring free WiFi, The Queens Hostel offers accommodation in London, just a 2-minute walk to Queens Park Rangers football stadium. 

Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms come with a shared bathroom. 

You can play tennis at this hostel, and the area is popular for golfing.

For more places to stay in London, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.