Mary Ann Issac
Explore London's Food markets!
1. Borough Market
My most favourite market in London is the Borough market! I think most people who have been here would agree. The range of food that they have on offer is a food lover’s dream, and to eat at every one of them was a wish that I sadly couldn’t fulfil, but I loved everything that I tried there.
2. Leadenhall market
Dating back to the 14th century, Leadenhall market boasts of beautiful architecture, that to me is the highlight of being there.
Originally it was a meat & poultry market, but is now home to boutique retailers, restaurants, cafes & pubs.
If you are a Harry Potter fan, Leadenhall market will now sound a lot more interesting! In the move, the Philosophers stone, Leadenhall market is featured to portray Diagon Alley the route to Leaky Cauldron.
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3. Portobello Road Market
Though this market isn’t really a ‘food’ market, it does have some good food options, and fresh produce. Portobello Market is known as the world’s largest antique market, so if you are looking for antiques sourced from around Europe, this is the place to be. There are shops selling vintage clothing as well. The buildings on Portobello market are painted in pastel hues, which make the street look really pretty for pictures.
4. Spitalfields market
The Spitalfields market is popular not just for its food outlets, they have an eclectic line up of art & clothing & homeware as well.
5. Covent Garden
A beautiful spot to shop, eat, and be entertained. There are some great shops, obviously, really good restaurants, and many street performers at Covent Garden. Covent Garden also boasts of beautiful architecture.
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6. Brick Lane Market
Bricklane isn’t really a market every day of the week, but is lined with Bangladeshi restaurants, so if you are looking for good Bangladeshi food in London, this is the place to come. Also, Brick lane has some really cool street art, so if you are on a street art tour of London, Brick Lane should definitely be on your list. (for the street art, walk towards Shoreditch from Brick Lane)
Brick Lane has a Sunday Market
Brick lane also has some great multicultural street food options, so it isn’t just restricted to curries.
7. Columbia Road flower market
The flower market is operational from 8AM-3PM every Sunday. It gets quite crowded by mid day, so get here early if you want to avoid the rush, or come here just before closing time to get a bargain. There are some cute cafes and restaurants in the streets leading out of the flower market where you can grab something to eat after your day of flower/plant shopping.
8. Check out the restaurants in Boxpark
Boxpark in Shoreditch has some really good options for gourmet food, from frozen yogurt & soft serve ice creams to pizzas and burgers! There is a wide range of cuisines available here-Vietnamese, Jamaican, Korean, American, to name a few.
9. Eat your fill at Chinatown
Chinatown isn’t a food market, but home to the best asian cuisine in London, so if you are on a food tour of London, there is no way you can miss out on authentic Chinese food from Chinatown!
10. Camden market
Camden Market is a great place to go if you want great food, music, clothing, quirky home accessories, & a whole range of other things from home grown brands. I like Camden especially because it is placed around the Regent's canal-you can spend time rowing a boat through the canal, or even sit by the canal with a good meal. Camden also has the lovely colourful buildings that are great to photograph- it is almost like an all in one place for me to visit!
11. Hay's Galleria
This isn't a 'food' market either, but it has a few shops & restaurants, fabulous architecture, and is within walking distance of Borough Market. It is right by the Thames, and a short walk from the Tower Bridge.