Street Food and Food Markets in London are very ‘now’, with a different cuisine choices from around the world on practically every street corner. It makes stopping for a quick snack or decided what to have for lunch a very serious activity! They’re also the place where small businesses start out test the popularity of their food and welcome feedback.
So, if you’re between tourist attractions, or just enjoying the shopping, below are some of the best food markets that are worth a visit:
Spitalfields Market London’s oldest market is just 5 minutes from Liverpool Street and worth a visit on any day of the week, but for foodies, Wednesday’s are Street Food days. Old Spitalfields Market E1 6EW oldspitalfieldsmarket.com
Borough Market One of the most famous food markets in London. Hosting up to 70 stalls from all over the UK including fish, meats, vegetables, cheeses, cakes, as well as specialist stalls in imported international produce. There are lots of sampling opportunities and delicious smells wafting around as food is being prepared. The market is open from Wednesday to Saturday and gets especially busy on a Saturday. To avoid the crowds, get there early and then escape for a walk by the river. Borough High Street, Borough, SE1 9DE boroughmarket.org.uk
Partridges Food Market Duke of York Square, Chelsea, is home to 70 diverse stalls and a host of international cuisines: the Caribbean, Moroccan, Argentinian, Ethiopian and more – ideal for a lunchtime or shopping stop off. The gourmet selection of small producers, farmers, and new businesses share their love of food with the public on Saturdays from 10am till 4pm. Duke of York Square, SW3 4LU partridges.co.uk
Berwick Street Market Trading since 1830, Berwick Street Market in Soho, sells a vast selection of snacks, street food, artisan breads, cheeses, cakes, flowers, as well as vinyl shops, textiles, vintage fashion and bespoke tailoring. It’s full of colour and curiosity and only five minutes to or from Oxford Street. Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8ST berwickstreetlondon.co.uk
Leadenhall Market You may recognise Leadenhall Markets Victorian structure from Diagon Alley scenes in Harry Potter. The covered market dates back to the 14th century and the elegant glass roof was designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones. Open weekdays from 7am until late, stalls include fresh food, cheesemongers, butchers and florists. Located close to Bank Tube Station and the city, it’s always a lively and popular destination. Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LR www.cityoflondon.gov.uk
KERB If you find yourself near King’s Cross between Tuesday and Friday, Eat Street occupies the Granary Square and Street Food is the order of the day with lots of international cuisine to sample. For more information on what’s available each week, visit the website. kerbfood.com
Notting Hill Gate Farmers’ Market One of the areas best kept secrets; Notting Hill Farmers’ Market is held in a public car park, tucked away behind Notting Hill Gate tube station. Market updates can be found on their dedicated Facebook page (facebook.com/pages/Notting-Hill-Farmers-Market) but it usually takes place on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm. From there you can wander down to the Portobello Road for antiques, fashion and more ‘marketing’. Kensington Place, Kensington, W8 7PP lfm.org.uk/markets/notting-hill
Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market Within walking distance of the fashionable Sloane Square, the Pimlico Road Farmers’ Market is held on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm. The market has a great mixture of conventional and organic fruit and vegetables, as well as seafood and oysters. Updates on the market can be found on their dedicated Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pimlico-Farmers-Market/134785659923624). Orange Square, corner of Pimlico Road and Ebury Street, SW1W 8UT lfm.org.uk/markets/pimlico-road
Spitalfields Market once a weekly market, now opens every day and London’s oldest market. It hosts up to 110 stalls on busy days and is just 5 minutes from Liverpool Street station. Street Food is available Wednesday lunchtimes.
As a rough guide to the Market: Monday – Wednesday is general Market Stalls, Thursdays host Antiques & Vintage wares, Fridays are for the fashionable and artistic, Saturdays are themed, and Sundays host a little bit of everything. The website offers more detailed information so you can browse before you even get there! Old Spitalfields Market E1 6EW oldspitalfieldsmarket.com
New Covent Garden Market Located in Vauxhall, New Covent Garden Market is the largest fruit, vegetable and flower market in the UK, supplying 75% of florists and 40% of fruit and vegetables eaten outside the home. With its large eclectic range of produce, the market supplies London’s best restaurants, cafés, and more. Nine Elms, Vauxhall, SW8 5NX newcoventgardenmarket.com
Lower Marsh Market Located just behind Waterloo Station, Lower Marsh market opened in March this year and is held every Saturday from 10am – 3pm. It’s less hectic and a great place to browse the speciality ingredients and fresh produce. Lower Marsh SE1 7RG lowermarshmarket.co.uk