08/11/2012 10:39 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

London's Best Flea Markets (PHOTOS)

All the anticipation brought about these last few months before the Games began has given way to a thriving, festive atmosphere in London. Tourists from every corner of the world fill the streets, bars and hotels,and the stores are as full as they will be at Christmas.

Knightsbridge, Covent Garden and Oxford Street are arguably the top spots in London for high-end shopping, but there's a whole other world beyond the fashionable boutiques and name-brand clothing. Flea and street markets have been around for decades now and are a popular weekend activity for the young and hip -- but since there are so many in London, it can be difficult to find the cool ones. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry, a funky T-shirt, or a vintage dress, you're sure to find it in one of them -- check out our favorite markets in London and get ready to spend some pounds!

-- Carolina Pirola,

Shopping (and Sleeping Near) London's Flea Markets