If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself, there’s a piece of jewellery to fit every personal style and taste. From colourful costume jewellery to fine gold and silver antiques, London’s markets are some of the best places to shop for jewellery of all kinds.
1. Greenwich Market
Historic Greenwich Market is one of the best places in London to shop for antiques, arts and crafts, jewellery, and accessories from independent designers.
Some stalls to look out for include:
– Laura Lees Morgan for fine silver bangles, which can be personalised
– PickaTwig for minimalist gold and silver rings and earrings
– Roccabella for gemstones, leaves, and shells preserved in 24-karat gold and silver
– DeMEC for colourful eco-friendly jewellery made from vegetable ivory and pearls
Open 7 days a week from 10am – 5.30pm. Saturday and Sunday are the best days to shop for jewellery.
Greenwich Market, London, SE10 9HZ
2. Spitalfields Market
If you’re looking for something quirky, head to Spitalfields Market. Just down the road from Brick Lane, this market has an artsy creative vibe and is home to local makers and retailers of responsibly sourced products.
Some notable shops and stalls include:
– Nabilondon for unique jewellery in gold and silver featuring the London skyline, Harry Potter motifs, and other unusual designs.
– Alex Vintage for classic and colourful Egyptian jewellery.
– Miranda Melina for artisan jewellery made from recycled materials.
– LeJu for woven and beaded ethical bracelets made from vegetable ivory.
– Elements by Nature for pieces inspired by natural elements using silver, feathers, and gemstones.
Shops and stalls open 7 days a week from 10am. Closes 8pm Monday to Friday, 6pm Saturday, and 5pm Sunday. Thursday is the market day for antiques and vintage jewellery.
16 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW
3. Camden Market
Camden Market is known for its fashion shops and vibrant, street scene. It’s also a great place to shop for jewellery, particularly if you’re into alternative and unusual designs.
Some jewellery shops worth checking out in Camden market include:
– Tribu for tribal-inspired designs and body piercing jewellery
– Black Ram SP for handcrafted minimalist silver rings
– Vera Black for bohemian jewellery featuring feathers, beads, and medieval style headdresses
– Rosario Alvarez for handmade millifiori brooches and pendants.
– Crafty Kaya for unique jewellery made from glass and real flowers.
Camden market is open 7 days a week from 10am. Individual shops have their own opening times.
Camden Market, Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF
4. Covent Garden Market
Covent Garden is known for its luxury fashion and beauty boutiques but also hosts three markets – the Apple Market, the East Colonnade Market, and Jubilee Market, with a variety of stalls selling handcrafted art and accessories by independent designers. Street entertainers and gourmet food stalls make shopping here a pleasant experience despite the crowds.
Notable jewellers include:
– Steampunk Glass for unique pendants featuring real flowers and galaxy designs.
– Pacak for bold necklaces, brooches, and pendants made from amber.
– Heathers Collectibles for vintage and new designer costume jewellery.
– Culpably Cute for vintage-inspired pieces using lace and charms.
Open from 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6pm Sunday. For antique and vintage jewellery visit the Apple market on Mondays. Shop the rest of the week for contemporary designs and handcrafted pieces. Jubilee Market hosts antiques on Mondays and arts and crafts on Saturday and Sunday.
Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 8RF
5. Alfies Antique Market
If you love antique jewellery you’ll be happy for hours treasure hunting in the warren of antique shops that make up the indoor Alfies Antique Market. You can find some really unusual and unique pieces here if you’re lucky. When you’ve had enough of shopping, check out the rooftop café for brunch.
It’s best just to explore here rather than seek out specific dealers, but some that offer a good selection of jewellery include:
– Paris Jewellery for Art Deco styles and vintage diamond rings
– Dream Retro for pieces from the 1930s to 1960s
– Gareth Brooks for period jewellery including Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau & Art Deco styles
– Ting Hughes for Victorian lockets and silver filigree
– Unicorn for vintage plastic costume jewellery
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm
13-25 Church Street, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 8DT