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5 of London’s Best Gastro Markets

London’s food markets have shaken off the image of downmarket stalls selling soil-caked carrots, limp lettuces and home-baked buns. When you visit one of the capital’s new breed of food markets, you can choose anything from exotic, International cuisine to old English classics. Purely for research purposes, we’ve been out sampling the best of the produce on offer. Our expanding waistlines are testament to the hard graft we’ve put in to tracking down London’s best gastro markets.

Cheese stall at Whitecross market

For foodies who love street fare, look no further than the Whitecross Street Market every Thursday and Friday. Although the general market is open daily, Whitecross comes in to its own on the two days each week that it holds its specialist food market.

Food stall at Whitecross

From classic Italian pesto or Mexican burritos through to Tucker’s ethically-sourced springbok sausages, there’s something to tantalise everyone’s taste buds. Indulge in a little piece of pastry-filled heaven from “Eat My Pies” or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try one of their eclectic range of Scotch eggs.

Food van at Whitecross street market, London

On Saturday, take a trip to Partridges Food Market on Duke of York Square. At first glance, it may seem odd that an upmarket, royal-warranted food retailer runs a weekly food market, but the two seem to complement each other beautifully. With around 45 small, specialist producers in attendance every week, it may take you several visits to sample the wares of every stall that catches your fancy. Thai Cuisine rubs shoulders with Gourmet Falafel, Aki Maki Handmade Sushi and Malmo Nordic Dining, making Partridges Food Market a truly international, artisan experience.

Borough Market is the granddaddy of London’s gastro markets. Established in the 13th century, it now boasts over 100 stalls every week.

You can find everything from artisan cheese, bread and honey to Turkish, Indian and Caribbean delicacies.

Regular live events take place in the Demonstration Kitchen. You can learn to put together all those fabulous ingredients that you purchase from the produce stalls.

Or take the easy way out and sneak off to one of the nearby cafes, restaurants or bars, where you can sit and sip a cool beer or chilled glass of wine while someone else chops, peels, sautés and serves.

Marylebone Farmers Market, held on a Sunday, is top of the list for those who want to buy ethical, local produce.

Marylebone Farmers Market

With Adrian Izzard’s organic lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers grown in Cambridge; organic mushrooms cultivated by The Mushroom Table on the Essex / Suffolk border; and the Old Hall Farm Rare Breeds reared on Romney Marsh, there’s no need to feel guilty about unnecessary food miles.

Ring the changes with a visit to Brick Lane Sunday UpMarket. Browsing the unique jewellery, clothing and craft stalls will allow you to walk off some of the calories consumed at the unpretentious food stalls.

Boasting the best Spanish omelette in London, complemented with genuine Andalusian gazpacho, Spanish Caravan offers delicious tapas, paella and empanada.

Bricklane upmarket

Alternatively, you can munch on falafel, pad Thai or pumpkin curry as you hunt down that elusive vinyl LP or pick out the perfect print.

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Photo CreditsDanny McL, steve_w, forzagaribaldi, wintoid, Gabriel Li, Yersinia, Adam Raoof, Yuwen Teo, The Ewan and lovedaylemon.

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  • Jane Freeman says:

    Brixton Market is a fascinating place. Brixton is the southern terminus of the Victoria line, and the market is not far away. There is an open air market which seems to be open every day, with produce, meats, fish. And there is an enclosed market further on, with great food (Honest Burgers, Federation Coffee, etc housewares, fabulous African fabrics, and much more. It’s worth an underground ride to experience this nifty place.

  • James says:

    Definitely check out the Rib Man on Brick Lane (just up the street from the Up Market). He arrives at 2am and cooks the ribs on the street through the night. The rib rolls are simply stunning. Watch out for the hot sauce though, it packs a punch.

    If you are looking for somewhere to sit and enjoy your food, head into the old brewery, they have a courtyard at the back with benches (as well as loads of food stalls).

    Broadway Market up in Hackney on Saturday’s also deserves a mention, less touristy than Borough, with a much more relaxed vibe. The coffee from Climpson and Sons here is some of the best in London.

    Also Lucky Chip burgers can be found just round the corner at Netil Market, great (if a little pricey) burgers.

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