Saturday is the day of the week when every corner of London is usually packed, and the truth is that the options we have when deciding what to do on a Saturday in London are numerous.
As I mentioned before, every corner of London is full on Saturday, but I have to say that all of them… except the City area, which curiously, being an office area on weekends, is usually deserted, and even the shops and many of its restaurants close…
If the weather is good you will find that the parks of London are full and if it is summer the public swimming pools are full , if it rains… you will surely guess that everyone goes to the museums or the shopping centers…
What will you find in this article?
- What to do on a Saturday in London
- London markets that open on Saturdays
- Free guided tour of Somerset House
- Visit something different
- Need more ideas?
- Personal advice to spend a Saturday in London
What to do on a Saturday in London
The shops and restaurants in the center of London are always open on Saturdays (unless Christmas Day falls on a Saturday) and you can easily walk through the most important tourist areas of London such as Regent St, Oxford St, Soho, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus… But there are certain things that can only be done on a Saturday in London, and that is what we want to tell you about next.
London markets that open on Saturdays
Some of the most important markets in London open on Saturdays:
- Portobello Road: Notting Hill ‘s famous flea market . Most people who visit London over the weekend plan to go to Portobello Road Flea Market in Notting Hill on Saturday, as this is when all sections of the market are open. During the week parts of the Portobello Road flea market are open, but Saturday is definitely the best day to see it. On Saturdays the Portobello Road Flea Market in Notting Hill is open from 9am to 7pm.
- Borough Market: This is the oldest market in London, and it is undoubtedly one of those places that you cannot miss on your visit to the British capital. Borough Market is located next to London Bridge, and best of all, the market is fully open from Wednesday to Saturday, so you have several days of the week to enjoy it.
- Camden Market: The Camden market is one of the most famous places in London, and therefore another of the markets most frequented by both tourists and Londoners themselves during the weekend. Although Camden Market is open 7 days a week, the weekend is when we find the largest number of stalls.
- Broadway Market: This charming street market located in Hackney only opens on Saturdays. It is not a tourist market, but rather a market frequented by locals, but we like it a lot as it is very charming. You can walk along Regent’s Canal . to reach him, a great plan for a Saturday without plans.
- And other markets, which are also open other days of the week are: Brixton , Maltby Street and Spitalfields (but it is better to go to the latter on a Sunday and also see Brick Lane and Petticoat Lane)
Free guided tour of Somerset House
On Saturdays and Thursdays Somerset House offers free guided tours… yes, yes, free… more information here
Visit something different
If you have been to London before and you know several of the markets, then we suggest you visit an area of London that you do not know, such as the beautiful neighborhood of Richmond , where there is also a farmer’s market on Saturdays, or go to Greenwich where the famous zero meridian observatory is or stroll through the beautiful neighborhood of Hampstead . Another option that we really like is admiring the London skyline from one of the highest points in the city.
Do you need more ideas?
Check our secret corners of London and places to visit in London . You will surely find the perfect plan for Saturday in London!
Personal advice for spending a Saturday in London
My advice if you visit London on a Saturday would definitely be to go to one of the markets, and in the afternoon take a walk in Covent Garden and end up walking along the Thames when it’s getting dark.