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Guide to London - London's Best Food Markets

Updated on March 20, 2013

A Guide To Some Of The Best Food Markets In London

A visit to London isn't really complete without going to at least one of it's spectacular markets, held reguarly through the year. Whatever it is you want, you can normally find it on one of the many different stalls of the hundreds of markets held in the capital.

For food lovers, London’s markets are a real treat. Every week, a large number of markets are held in the Capital, many of them selling great food and drink at prices that are competitive and selling products that would be difficult to find elsewhere. From exotic fruits to artisan breads and cheeses, locally grown organic vegetables to micro-brewery ales, these food markets are delivering produce that excites the taste buds and satisfies the appetite.

Here is a guide to some of London’s finest markets selling food and drink:

Borough Market
Borough Market
Berwick St Market, London
Berwick St Market, London | Source
Borough Market, London
Borough Market, London | Source

The markets

Berwick St Market.

The market has been here since Victorian times and is one of the traditional style markets where stall holders will call out the special offers they are promoting. It's not a big market but has a good selection of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, bread and cheeses. The Flat White cafe on the street serves excellent coffee if you want a break between browsing.

Mon to Sat.

Berwick St , Soho , W1

Borough Market.

A foodies paradise and very popular with locals, tourists and London workers alike. Meandering around the stalls located under railway arches on the South Bank, is a visual and aromatic treat and many of the stall holders offer sample tasters of their wares. Food and products are sourced locally, as well from around the country and abroad.

Fri to Sun.

Borough High St , SE1

Brixton Market.
The biggest Afro-Caribbean food market in Europe. It's lively, it's loud and so is the food. If you are after foods difficult to source in stores, this is a good place to find them with unusual products and exotic flavors a plenty. If you've never tried jerk chicken with rice and peas before, this is the place for your first experience.

Mon to Sat.

Brixton Station Rd , SW9

Marylebone Farmers Market.
What better way is there to start a relaxing Sunday, than at this market, situated in the delightful London area of Marylebone? As well as the usual farmers produce of fruit and vegetables from the UK there are also foods from across the English Channel . The high street is definitely worth spending time exploring, after you've bought what you want from the market, as it has plenty of interesting boutique shops and excellent cafes.

Sun.

Cramer St car park, Marylebone High St , W1

Real Food Market.
Another of London’s weekend markets, started off once a month and now run weekly, this one sells high quality artisan food and drinks from around the UK. The idea of the market is to connect people with where good comes from and their producers, and having food produced in a healthy, ethical way. Chocolates, beers and cheeses are just some of the delights available.

Fri to Sun.

Southbank Centre, SE1

Summary

These are just a few of the hundreds of quality markets held in London on a regular basis, many of them held daily or weekly, serving customers with foods from around the world as well as produce from local suppliers. All of them are easy to reach by bus, train or tube, or depending on where you are staying, may be a just a pleasant stroll away. The next time you are in London and fancy enjoying a great tasting meal or buying some quality ingredients for your cooking, why not try at least one of these food markets. They are some of the best, and a great introduction into the wealth of markets the Capital has to offer.

Central London

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      It's a great way to see a city and experience the food isn't it?

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      aksem62 5 years ago

      I love to visit food markets in foreign cities. It was interesting.