The multicultural nature of London and its blend of identities have helped to make the city a global gastronomy hotspot. The food markets in London are some of the most exciting places to visit for top quality produce and interesting tastes from Britain and around the world. Read on for our pick of the best food markets in London.
Slow Food Market at the Rosewood
The Slow Food and Living Market is a unique and stylish twist on the classic concept of food markets in London. Its vintage Victorian image offers a delightful introduction to the Slow Food movement, which focuses on sustainable food, the preservation of local and regional cuisine and wisdom in food production. The traders offer the freshest and most flavourful food around with some unique claims to fame, such as Wild Country Organics who produced 40 different types of tomato last year and also happen to create the most delicious organic salads and vegetables. O’Shea’s Butchers is a family-run meat producer that has run for eight generations whose production methods use grass-fed, mature cattle for the best flavours. Woodford & Warner are one of the ‘slow drink’ providers with their delicious cordial stuffed full of natural ingredients, vitamins and goodness.
Open on Sundays from 10.30am-3pm.
Producers from across the UK flock to this market to display their wares alongside a host of exquisite imported goods at one of the oldest food markets in London. This is arguably the most famous market in the city and despite its immense popularity, it has lost none of the atmosphere and quality that helped to cement its place in London’s heart when it opened 1000 years ago. The focus here is on gourmet (and organic) food, and many of the 100 traders make, grow or rear their produce, assuring customers of its high quality and origins. The market is a paradise for foodies with a huge selection of cheese, charcuterie, fruit and veg, meat and poultry alongside practically every type of bread that exists. The fish and seafood area is striking, with whole swordfish on display amongst beds of ice.
Open Mondays and Tuesdays (for lunch) from 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Thursday from 10am-5pm, Fridays from 10am-6pm and Saturdays from 8am-5pm
Maltby Street Market/Ropewalk
As a weekend morning ritual for many Londoners, Maltby Street–or Ropewalk as it’s commonly known–is a delightful spot offering the best of British fare and some exotic gastronomic delights. This small market boasts plenty of character within a gorgeous backdrop, hidden away under the railway arches. Monty’s Deli has been selling at the market since its inception, offering delectable Jewish soul food including the much-loved slow-smoked pastrami and salt beef sandwiches. For an alternative carb adventure, Phatbreads serve up delicately smoked sourdough flatbreads (or ‘phatbreads’) stuffed with locally sourced meats and organic British veggies. Comptoir Gourmand offers handmade French patisserie while the handmade Scotch Eggs and pies from Finest Fayre taste lovely washed down with a top-quality pint from The Modern Beer Bar.
Open Saturdays from 9am-4pm and Sundays from 11am-4pm.
This historic market was established in 1737 and is the only market in London located within a World Heritage Site. The food options are diverse and exciting, influenced by cuisine from across the globe. Desi Indian Food is a firm favourite that serves Punjabi-style fare while the Red Cow Carvery serves the popular beef, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Specialist tastes are also catered for, with a vegetarian Ethiopian stall, a vegan bakery and Raw Stories – who sell “healthy, natural and delicious live raw foods.” The drinks options are equally appealing with award-winning coffee from Ideal Espresso, freshly blended juices and smoothies from the Tropical Fresh Juice Bar and warm, mulled wine from Ye Olde Drink for days when there is a chill in the air.
Open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10am-5.30pm.
In an area of London that has become increasingly trendy in recent years sits the covered Brixton Village Market. Situated in a 1930s period building, the market features around 20 cafes, restaurants and takeaways along with a real community atmosphere. There’s a great selection of cuisine, including Beijing street food from Mama Lan, freshly baked scones and a selection of loose-leaf teas in the Relay Tea Room and thin, crispy pizza from Agile Rabbit. Live music is played on weekends when the market is open later, attracting a hip foodie crowd.
Open Mondays-Wednesdays from 9.30am-6pm, Thursdays-Saturdays from 9.30am-10pm and Sundays from 9am-6pm.