Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 8am – 5pm
One of London’s best known and oldest food markets, Borough market has retained it’s reputation despite the undulating food trends in the capital. There’s pretty much nothing other than food and drink to enjoy here, so head down and tuck in.
Applebee’s outside barbecue grill is on most lunchtimes and only when the weather’s half decent. The cajun fish and garlic prawn wrap is simple but possibly the best wrap we’ve ever had. The Ginger Pig’s unbelievable sausage rolls are a must (view our winning edit here). Whirld’s range of fudges, from chili chocolate fudge to sea salt caramel… and they give out tasters. Monmouth coffee is maybe the best coffee in the world and there’s a small store on the edge of the market. Only open at lunchtime, Balkan Bites is a must. Serving a variety of borek, each small pasty parcel comes stuffed with authentic and tasty ingredients. Go for the classic spinach and feta borek which is served with a poached egg and green tahini or beetroot hummus. If you have space for anything else, head to Wright Brothers for half a dozen oysters (award winning) – one of our favorite restaurants in London.
Nearest Tube: Old Street, Moorgate or Barbican
General market: Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Bigger food market: Thursday & Friday 11am – 4pm
In the trendy Old Street neighbourhood, Whitecross Market is a market about quality rather than quantity. Every day food vendors gather to cook up a storm, but Thursdays and Fridays are the best days to head down and explore the culinary delights on offer.
Ludaros serves authentic Mexican street food – try the Carnitas Burrito stuffed full of soft slow-cooked pork and order a dollop of guacamole on top. Looking for something smaller, but no less filling, try one of the many different flavoured Scotch eggs at the Eat My Pies stall. The Thai Red curry one is mouth-wateringly good, as is the chorizo one. Everyone loves a Hog Roast sandwich stuffed with succulent meat, crackling and apple sauce, so try one from the hog roast store at Whitecross market. The Two Brewers pub lets you scoff your street food as long as you buy a drink with it. If they insist…
Maltby Street Market
Nearest Tube: Bermondsey or London Bridge
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm
Beneath the railway arches is Lodnon’s street food market de jour, Maltby street has grown exponentially in recent years and arguably has some of the best street food producers doing their thing.
If you’re there when spa terminus is open head to The London Honey Company and make sure you buy a pot of their London roof-top harvested Bell heather honey, or any other pot for that matter. A great place to do some artisanal grocery shopping pick up some charcuterie, cheese and baked goods to take home. Stop off at Tozino – the place with all the hanging hams – and order the Jamon de Teruel serrano ham from Aragon which is sweet and delicate and works beautifully with the acidic bruschetta on the side. Cornish Grill is a must, serving British grub that’s always tasty and fresh. The menu can vary, but if the mussels with smoked bacon in a cornish cider sauce are on the menu, get them. Thirsty? Stop off at Little Bird where the tipple of choice is gin that they ferment themselves.
Nearest tube: North Greenwich then take a short bus journey (188)
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 5.30pm
With far more than just food on offer, Greenwich is the kind of place to spend an entire day. Browsing the arts and crafts stalls, enjoying the old-time East London market atmosphere, raiding the second-hand clothes stalls and tasting your way around it.
Wraps from Sultan’s Delight – they’re big and tasty. Taste authentic Nigerian cuisine from Saharan Kitchen. Head to Taste of the Algarve where the pig rissols and coxinhas galinha (chicken cooked in tomato sauce with olive oil, garlic, onion and fresh parsley) are divine.
Nearest Tube: Lewisham
One of London’s award-winning food markets, Brockley has avoided becoming saturated by tourists.
The heart-stopping burgers from Mother Flipper; authentic Lebanese flatbread wraps from Mike & Ollie; and Austrian Schnitzel from Fleischmob
Brixton Village and Market Row
Nearest Tube: Brixton
Generally more lively towards the end of the week, open till late.
Brixton Village has become the foodie destination in South London where you can graze your way around the plethora of budget eateries and soak up the lively atmosphere.
French & Grace’s ‘über wrap’ – a delicious, juicy flatbread stuffed with lamb merguez, halloumi and houmous. The Pakistani thalis from Elephant cafe. Cocktails at Seven at Brixton.
Nearest Tube: London Fields
Monday – Friday: 10am – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 11pm
Proper market atmosphere and great food
Cupcakes from Violet Cakes. Steak at Argentine Grill, Buen Ayre. Coffee from Climpsons & Sons