When it comes to good, honest British produce – whether that’s local organic fruit, fresh-from-the-oven bakes or world food flavours from some of the city’s most exciting chefs – London’s fine food markets are your primary port of call. From the long-established legendary Borough Market to appetising new additions such as Market Hall Victoria, the capital’s finest food markets are awash with irresistible artisan eats. Here are our five favourites.
Market Hall Victoria
An area of London that’s fast establishing itself as a go-to for gourmet offerings, Victoria has added further feather to its cap with Market Hall Victoria. The repurposed Terminus Place now houses a vibrant indoor food market where diners can sample the delights of some of London’s most exciting restaurants. Our picks are hot-from-the-skillet Roti Canai from Gopal’s Corner and a basket of plump Sichuan dumplings from Baozi Inn, stuffed with deliciously seasoned prawns. Wash it all down with a locally brewed British craft beer from the market’s roof terrace bar, opening just in time for spring.
London’s most iconic fine food market, Borough Market is a dazzling showcase of fabulous British produce and artisan foodie treats just a short stroll from London Bridge. Discover a colourful, fragrant array of eats here, from Padella’s deliciously comforting cheese-smothered Cacio & Pepe to fresh oysters from nearby Essex and award-winning doughnuts from Bread Ahead.
Clerkenwell’s most appetising attraction, Exmouth Market lines a pedestrianised street, which might well account for the laid-back pace in this charming corner of the city. Browse London’s finest food stalls or follow your nose to one of the market’s independent coffee shops. There’s an impressive variety of cuisines to sample here, whether it’s Ghanaian snacks from Spinach & Agushi, the Tex Mex-inspired Freebird Burritos or a piled-high salt-beef bagel from Nana Fanny. The area is also home to some excellent restaurants, including the smart Moro and, for a more laid-back lunch, Pizza Pilgrims.
Berwick Street Market
This Soho institution dates back to the late 18th century and, as such, is one of London’s oldest markets. A lively atmosphere guaranteed, Berwick Street Market is a great place to discover something tasty. Aromatic Afghan curries, impossibly succulent Greek souvlaki, Jerusalem-inspired falafel wraps and fiery buffalo wings are just a few of the appetite-whetting nibbles to discover here.
Maltby Street Market
Positioned just past Tower Bridge, Maltby Street Market has become one of London’s most popular fine food markets over the past few years and with very good reason. These atmospheric railway arches are home to some of the tastiest street food in the capital. Treat yourself to a divine chocolate extravaganza courtesy of the award-winning Bad Brownie, stock up on London-made Little Bird gin, discover the ultimate cheese toastie via The Cheese Truck and discover the sheer sugary joy of Taiwanese Dhan waffles.
Located just a minute’s walk from Market Hall Victoria, Red Carnation Hotels’ The Rubens at the Palace is the ideal base for exploring London’s fine food markets.
Image credits: lead image © iStock/ coldsnowstorm. Burgers © iStock/ coldsnowstorm. Fresh produce © Borough Market. Caramel brownie © Bad Brownie.