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Goods to go in London
Petticoat Lane Market, http://www.eastlondonmarkets.com . The market, centered on more than a dozen East London streets, including Middlesex, Goulston and Cobb streets and Bell Lane, specializes in cheap clothes and household goods. Most shop 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Tube stop: Liverpool Street.
Camden markets, http://www.camdenlock.net/markets.html . Made up of several sites, including Camden Lock Market and Camden Canal Market. Camden's eclectic street markets specialize in clothes, antiques, jewelry, and arts and crafts. Some indoor stalls are open all week, but the best times to visit are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, when indoor and outdoor stalls operate. Tube stops: Camden Town and Chalk Farm. (Follow signs to the market.)
Old Spitalfields Market, http://www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/home.htm . This smaller market specializes in jewelry, interior design and original clothing. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, but 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday is the best time to visit because all the market's 200 stalls are open. Tube stops: Aldgate, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street.
Portobello Road Market, http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk . A sprawling antiques and flea market with stalls that run from Chepstow Villas to under the Westway motorway. Open 4 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Tube stops: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove. (Follow the signs and crowds to the market.)
Greenwich Market, http://www.greenwich-market.co.uk . A less frenetic market that caters to local professional families with a trendy selection of crafts and gentrified antiques. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A short walk from the Cutty Sark or Greenwich Docklands Light Railway stations.
TO LEARN MORE:
Visit Britain, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 701, New York, NY 10176; (800) GO-2-BRITAIN (462-2748), http://www.visitbritain.org .
— John Lee