Found in the nest of streets that make up London’s Soho district, Berwick Street Market is as vibrant, diverse and mysterious as its home. It’s heralded as one of the oldest markets in London and boasts a range of things to do that can and will keep you busy for a whole day.
The market is highly recommended by The Shaftesbury Hotel collection and is a popular choice for those who are local to London, you’ll see why once you visit it for yourself.
Pick up the best of vintage and antique furniture at Clou Antiques, which are sourced from France, just for a bit of extra je ne sais quoi. Indeed, you can travel around the whole world at Berwick Street Market by browsing Peruvian clothes, eating freshly made Jerusalem Falafel and trying some unusual cuts of Italian meat at Tongue ‘n’ Cheek. You can get your fill of Mexican food at Freebird Burritos and it wouldn’t be London without some fish and chips; get yours at Berwick Street Market courtesy of Chipping Forecast.
There are a myriad of different fruit stalls and the market also houses London’s oldest flower market stall, which is owned by Ronald Stannett, or ‘Ronnie’ by which he is more affectionately known. His flowers are beautiful, some say they are the most stunning in the capital and he has everything from roses and tulips to dahlias, you’re sure to be won over by them.
You can even pick up some homeware essentials and goods at Sam’s Soho Supplies, which sells a variety of products including glasses and tupperware all the way through to your basic home needs like toilet roll and bleach. Perfect for a quick supply run!
Nearby Tube stations
As Berwick Street Market is in Soho, there are plenty of tube stations nearby, so even if you’re just visiting for a short time you’ll be able to reach it very easily. Berwick Street is quite long and luckily you can travel to tube stations at either end of the street so you can arrive by one and leave by another!
The closest tube station to the market is Leicester Square, if you haven’t been to London before you should be aware that this is a particular tourist hotspot, so make sure to keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Exiting at Leicester Square will also give you a nice walk past the theatres and through Chinatown so there’ll be plenty of things for you to see as you head to the market.
At the other end of Berwick Street you can reach the market by Oxford Circus tube station and it should only take you about ten minutes (probably less) to walk straight there. Oxford Circus is a well-known shopping area and it’s even busier than Leicester Square so be prepared for that before you head along.
Tottenham Court Road station is around the same distance from the market as the Oxford Circus station, but it comes from a westernly approach. The area should be considerably less busy than Oxford Street however, but this very much depends on what day of the week it is, everywhere is busy on a Saturday!
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Piccadilly Circus station is slightly closer than both Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road, but if you want to be at the market basically immediately then Leicester Square at a two minute walk is your quickest option.
Parking near Berwick Street Market
If you’re going to be heading to Berwick Street Market in the car for a day trip, then you’ll be glad to know that there are several places at which you can safely park your car throughout the day.
Of course, thanks to the range of things to taste, try, discover and buy at the market – it makes an excellent day trip out for yourself, or a group of friends or even for the whole family.
There is an NCP parking garage that is around the corner from the Berwick Street Market on Brewer Street, so this means that you won’t have to venture outside of Soho if you’re going to be making a flying visit into London.
If this is full, another parking garage close by is the Titan Car Park in Leicester Square, which as we said above is very close to the market. Plus parking in Leicester Square affords you the opportunity to have a browse around the surrounding areas around Berwick Street Market, and there is plenty to engage your interest.
Parking can be arranged beforehand at many of London’s parking garages, for example at any Q-Park location in the city. There is one centrally located in Soho near Oxford Street, which is a safe and secure underground park and gives convenient access to many attractions and amenities around the area, including the London Palladium and Hamleys Toy Shop.
Although Q-Park isn’t the cheapest option for parking, at £6.50 for one hour it isn’t much more expensive than other parking and you do have the added security of it being underground and off the street.
As mentioned there are several London attractions nearby Berwick Street Market, that are interspersed with bars and restaurants so you can have a full day’s activity all in one area.
Soho is well-known for its quirky little bars that are steeped in history, including The Star at Night, which is known as the home of London gin in Soho. Full of beverages crafted with genius and servers that are brimming over with knowledge, it’s the perfect place to have a before or after show cocktail.
Speaking of shows, the London Palladium is close to Berwick Street Market too, alongside many other theatres, so you can take your pick of critically acclaimed musicals, plays and abstract theatre to set your night alight.
Don’t forget that Soho is right next to Chinatown, that has much to offer in terms of sights, sounds and of course cuisine that is practically second to none. For something different, try the bakery section of Kowloon restaurant, it offers cakes, deep-fried dough and rice dumplings, any of which make a great snack or a take home treat for breakfast the next day.
If you fancy more of a retail therapy vibe before heading to the sights of Berwick Street Market, then you should take the Tube to or head towards Oxford Circus first, where the big high street and designer labels are located. It’s easy to spend money around there, if only for the fact that there is a giant Topshop right opposite one of the exits. Similarly there are Burberry and Nike shops that are sure to pique your interest, whatever the case you won’t be short of a choice of shops.
One of the most famous shops near Berwick Street is Hamleys toy shop: founded in 1760, the shop now sits on Regent Street and is about a 10-minute brisk walk from the market. Hamleys is the oldest toy shop in the world and is recognised globally as a favourite with little ones and grown-ups alike, it’s an absolute must if you’re with children and is one of the major stops on the bus tours.
There are these and many other attractions to be found near Berwick Street Market, but the beauty of this area is that there’s always something to be stumbled upon and something to discover.