Shopping is GREAT - Part 2

Richard leaves the big shopping areas for small, interesting shops and markets. We hear from a man who sells photographs to Outer Mongolia, and some London shoppers tell us what they like.


Small specialist shops can be found all over the country. The Lanes in Brighton are made up of a fabulous web of small streets with lots of quirky shops and boutiques. They’re a great place to discover original fashion, furniture and accessories…

But a shopping spree doesn’t have to involve visiting shops! British markets are really popular and sometimes in surprising places. This is Piccadilly Market at St James’ Church in central London, and not many people know it’s here.

Photographer Simon Weinstock runs a stall here.

Richard: Hi Simon. Tell me about your stall.

Simon: Well, I’ve been here 15 years on St James’ Market. This is my most popular image, I do lots of other images. This is a London bus going round Piccadilly circus with the old Underground sign, very iconic. I do the London Eye, I do the Houses of Parliament, terribly popular of course.

Richard: So who are your customers?

Simon: My customers come here from all over the world. I have Russians, lots of Americans, Chinese these days, Australians – you name it, they come here! Some of my work’s gone to Outer Mongolia, believe it or not.

Richard: And in your opinion, what makes Piccadilly Market so special?

Simon: It’s a very unique, small market. There’s only about 40 stalls here. It’s a very friendly market. Not that many people know about it – it’s a hidden gem! And there are lots of stalls that you can only buy the product here, they’re not available anywhere else in London, so that makes it very unusual.

Richard: What do you like about shopping in London?

Girl: I think, like, the variety of stuff and there’s always something different, there’s always something on the street, there’s always something new to buy.

Man: I like about shopping in London the old shop, like in Covent Gardens, the old shop.

Woman 1: I like the mixture of some expensive and some cheaper ones. I like.

Woman 2: Well, I think it’s just the variety of shops and places where you can go for shops.

Richard: Britain is great for shopping. There’s such variety, and there’s something for everyone. The only trouble is – there’s too much choice!

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Submitted by Alexander-Arnold on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 11:42

I live in Tyumen. This city is not much like shopping in Britain. For example, a large selection. always something to buy. There are almost no stalls in the area where I live. They are farther from my home, but always in the spotlight, unlike London, where the kiosks are located in the most strange places. In my area I like to shop. There are shops on every corner, but I don't like their identity. Every store in London is unique

Submitted by Eduardo Zavala on Fri, 21/09/2018 - 15:54

Hello, everyone. In Mexico we have open-air markets known as "tianguis". They are usually located in streets. There people can buy a large variety of products. It's possible to find very cheap tools and other stuff because many stalls sell second-hand products. However, there are many new products as well. If I had a stall in London, maybe the most popular would be to sell traditional products made by the native communities of Mexico.

Submitted by Mrt3 on Fri, 14/09/2018 - 18:00

Hello everyone, yes in my country we have a market once a week. there you can buy fresh fish, clothes, and fresh fruit. If I had a stall I would probably sell books.

Submitted by Marcos Martins on Tue, 10/07/2018 - 20:35

Yes, there are a lot of markets here in Brazil. There are places you can find anything you want. If I had a market, I would probably sell things related to the nerd culture.
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Submitted by btriton on Wed, 23/05/2018 - 18:39

There are many small markets in my country where you could get many things, fruits, vegetables, handcrafts, clothes, everything what you want you could get inside this market. If I had a market stall I would sell gifts, cards, pens many small things.