I love to hunt for treasures, all kinds of treasures both big and small, new and old. It is the hunt for that singularly unique item to fill the vacant spot on the wall, or that tool that was so needed in day to day life of yesteryears which has been replaced by new technology or totally forgotten about all together that I love and crave.
We found some great markets in Great Britain when we were there this last time! We discovered antique markets in Lewes, Brighton and London, charity shops in every town both large and small, farmers markets, street markets on what seemed like every corner in London throughout all of its numerous neighborhoods, we even managed to find an architectural salvage yard in Glastonbury!
We saw so many unique and fun treasures! We saw oriental tea sets with images of women hidden in the bottom of the cups that you could only see when you held the cup up to a light, we saw intricate hand crocheted tablecloths, gymnastic equipment from the 1950’s, sextants, oil paintings, milled stone grinders and canon balls. There was so much to see!
Portobello Road Market in London’s Notting Hill area of Kensington has become very popular and has been featured in many films, songs and novels throughout the decades, the most popular movies being Disney’s Bednobs and Broomsticks and the 1999 movie Notting Hill staring Julia Roberts and Huge Grant. The entire street was filled with vendors, stalls and booths selling everything from second hand clothes, antiques, fruits and baked goods. A trip to Portobello Road could definitely be an all day affair and is well worth putting on your calendar to visit with so much to see!
Camden Market is another fabulous market located in London in the Camden Town area that you can take the Camden Town, Chalk Farm or Mornington Crescent tube stations to. I would put this market high on the list to see! There were so many retail shops and eclectic vendors and unique restaurants and food vendors there we had to spend two days there and we still did not see everything! Some of the vendors included leather goods, clothing, jewelry, touristy knick-knacks, goth shops, and more. We had lunch in a African themed restaurant to give our feet a break and to get a break from the crowds.
Lewes market located in East Sussex is a cute market town steeped with history dating as far back as the Romans and Saxons. In addition to a great antique flea market that has very reasonable pricing there are also three areas of interest to those who like to go out and explore nature, Lewes Downs, Lewes Brooks and Southerham Works Pit. Both Lewes Downs and Lewes Brooks are great places to look for invertebrates such as snails, water beetles and salamanders.
There were so many more markets that we did not go to in so many of the towns and cities that we visited just because we ran out of time. I hope that as you have read this that it has awakened in you the adventurous spirit of exploring either near or far for your own hidden treasures.