When it comes to great grub, London is the city to head to. From breakfast cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants, pubs, takeaways and all that’s in between, whatever mood you are in, you are bound to find something to whet your appetite.
However, it’s always great to get off the beaten track and in London there is no better place to do this while being guided by your taste buds than at the various food markets that are scattered around the city.
One of the most popular food markets is Borough Market. From mushroom pate, cheeses, meats, chocolate and more, this is a food lover’s paradise and is well worth a visit, especially if you happen to go on a day where there is a fun and informative demonstration.
The full market is open from Wednesday to Thursday 10am until 5pm, Saturday 10am until 6pm, and Sunday 8am until 5pm. However, if you can only visit on a Monday or Tuesday, don’t worry as the market is still open for lunch, and with a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants, it is still well worth your time.
Those with a sweet tooth won’t be disappointed as there are a number of stalls dedicated to all things sugary and chocolatey. Purchase some truffles from Chocolicious or indulge in some meringues from Comptoir Gourmand. How about some biscuits from Cinnamon Tree Bakery or some gluten free cakes from The Free From Bakery? Your mouth will be watering by the sights of all the goodies on view.
Stock up on spices, sauces and all things condiments at Borough Market, and if you are a fan of olives, then you really are in the right place as there are a few stalls selling a number of variants.
The market really exceeds in its selection of cured meats as traders come from all over the continent to let visitors experience what they have to offer. Salami, chorizo, pate – whatever it is you fancy, you will find here.
Street food is a trend that has really taken the country by storm and if you happen to be close to King’s Cross from 12pm until 2pm, then make sure you check out KERB.
Traders may alternate depending on what day it is, but some of the delicious foods you may get to sample include Vietnamese baguettes also known as Banh Mi, bacon cheeseburgers with sweet potato chips, soft shell crab burgers, seafood paella…we really could go on all day.
Once you have chosen your delicious meal, sit down on one of the deck chairs at Granary Square, or on the steps leading down to the canal, and take a moment to just really savour the taste – perfect if you are staying at one of the many central London hotels.
Brixton Village Market
Brixton is one of the most vibrant and fun areas in London and its culinary offers really complement this, especially those that are available at Brixton Village Market.
Take your taste buds on a trip all around the world, from South America to India, with a visit to the Caribbean and Africa in between.
The market is open everyday from 8am until 11.30pm, except for Mondays as it closes at 6pm. Located in a former Victorian arcade, there are a number of stalls and cafes to choose from – we are hopping on the Victoria Line towards Brixton as we write!
Camden Lock Market
Again, sticking to the street food trend is Camden Lock Market and should you be heading north of the city then this is the place to head to for your fill of delicious international foods.
Experience some Taiwanese bubble tea at Chaboba Bubble Tea (the bubbles are apparently tapioca pearls which can also be chewed!), or some delicious paella at Hola Paella. Fans of Mexican food will just love Cafe Chula, while Kim’s Vietnamese Hut will take you to the far East with its authentic, fresh food.