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The London Market Guide

london market guideStreet markets are as much a part of London as pigeons or the Underground, but they are often only visited as a tourist attraction. The newly launched ‘The London Market Guide’ gives an essential insight into the true nature of London’s 70 street markets. And, of course, with Christmas fast approaching what better time to hunt out some unusual and funky gifts that won't break the bank!

Researched and written by Andrew Kershman, The London Market Guide gives Londoners and tourists alike a simple way of selecting the right market to visit. A detailed review of each market is given, providing a complete picture of each market’s atmosphere, including profiles of the market traders and information on the goods for sale.

“Few Londoners realise the range and high quality of produce available on their doorsteps from street markets,” comments Kershman. “I’ve been watching the changes in London’s markets for over 15 years and have seen how much they have adapted, while remaining a vital part of London life and its economy.”

The importance of London markets to communities has been highlighted by the Mayor of London. His recently appointed Chair of London Food, Rosie Boycott, spoke at a London Markets Symposium in October to raise awareness of the economic and social importance of markets.

“As varied as the Capital itself, London’s street markets play an important role in building communities,” comments Kershman. “Many people just think of farmers’ markets, which provide an important means for British farmers to sell directly to the public. However, food is just one element of London’s markets - for example at North Cross Street Market visitors can get everything from antiques to retro clothing, as well as fresh meat and fish.”

In addition to an in-depth review of each market, the guide provides essential information such as maps, opening times, and nearby attractions, making it an essential for any London shopper.

Available as a pocketbook paperback published by Metro Publications it costs £7.99 and is available from retail stores including Waterstone’s, Borders and Foyles, as well as a number of museum shops such as Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery. It is also available online from Amazon.

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