The weather forecast for this weekend changes faster than tube travellers at Edgware Road. But don’t let that ruin your weekend mellow – we’ve lined up some amazing markets that take place under cover so you can shop while the rain drops. That means vintage clothing that doesn’t smell of wet dog, and artisan scotch eggs that don’t come swimming in their own rainy jus.
Underneath a reassuring canopy of corrugated iron, right next to the fashiony crew at Central Saint Martins, this Americana-inspired shopping spectacular will feature over 30 stalls of fashion, knick-knacks, art and much more, set to a swingin’ funk and blues soundtrack (with performances from lindy hoppers, for some reason). Added to that there’ll be American food and drink galore, served up in a space decked out with bunting and hay bales. U-S-A! If the sun does come out, you can frolic in the fountains outside, and then grab a bloody mary at Caravan. Sorted. Sat July 2, King’s Cross
This nicely kitsch market of arts, fashion and crafts has a different theme each month – this Saturday, the theme is summer. Ah the irony. The best thing? It’s in a PUB. Expect affordable hand-made gifts, vintage from independent retailers, and there’s also gastro food courtesy of the pub kitchen, music throughout the day and prizes for the boy and girl that look the best in their vintage get-up. If the sun comes out, you can just potter out to the outside benches and toast your good buys out there. Sat July 2, Kentish Town
This established Chelsea vintage fair takes place in the solid-as-a-rock Town Hall. It’s your last chance to catch this affordable fashion event before it goes on holiday for the summer (it’ll be back in September!). Head to the hall for top-notch clothing and accessories from a line-up of the country’s best second-hand clothing purveyors, and keep your peepers peeled for labels like Dior and Ossie Clark, which have popped up on rails in the past. Blackbird Tea Rooms will be providing appropriately tasteful refreshments. Get tickets on the door or via billetto.co.uk/frockme-july. Sun July 13, King’s Road
AND IF IT TURNS OUT NICE AGAIN….
A derelict building in Hackney is the edgy venue for this pop-up east London style spectacular inspired by the Barbican’s Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition. There will be fashion events, workshops and – most importantly – shopping opportunities galore happening within the building and on a buzzing market on the adjacent street. The run-down site will be transformed by award-winning exhibition designer Jeffrey Horsley, while internationally-renowned street artists have been commissioned to decorate the walls, within which there’ll be a café, bar and event pavilion. Outside, rows of stalls will sell fashion, accessories and art by some of east London’s coolest design talents. But the building happens to have no roof – which means little in the way of shelter. But don’t let that get between you and a beautiful bit of fashion design and a very fun shopping event. Sat July 12 until July 20, Hackney Central
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