Besides the other attributes attached to London such as “Fashion Capital”, ‘Shopper’s Paradise” and “Business Hub”, it is also a “Foodie’s Delight” as it offers delectable food of all categories ranging from top dishes from Michelin-starred restaurants to the street food. Moreover, food of different cuisines is available in the city satisfying all tastes such as British, French, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Korean and others. There are several pubs and restaurants offering delightful food and there are many street food markets as well ranging from historic Borough Market to the recently established Maltby Street Market that offers affordable tasty dishes for people on the go. There is indeed no dearth of different food options. Given below are eight popular street food markets in London.
Located just south of London Bridge, this is the most famous street food market in London that had originally opened in 1014 and was then known as Southwark Borough Market. One of its features is that most food stalls offer samples and there are pubs nearby where you can quench your thirst after enjoying the street food. The nearest tube or overground station is London Bridge and it opens Monday – Thursday 10am – 5pm, Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 8am -5pm. It is closed on Sundays. The main produce sold at the stalls includes cheese, olives, meat, fruit and vegetables, and chocolates.
The market is located in Camden Town which is a dynamic neighbourhood famous for having been the home of many aspiring musicians including Amy Whitehouse. It comprises of several smaller markets that basically sell food, clothing, art, trinkets and other such items. The section of the market that runs along the river, known as KERB, is where you can find the best variety of food options. The nearest tube or overground station is Camden Town and the market opens Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday – Sunday 11am – 6pm. The market offers plenty of ethnic take-away street food.
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Maltby Street Market:
Having opened in 2010, this market is a hidden treasure in south London. It is a much smaller market than the other markets and as a result only the best vendors have been able to secure a place there. It has a picturesque location which is worth visiting and capturing in your camera. The stalls at the market offer innovative take-away meals and also offer many samples. The nearest tube or overground station is London Bridge or Bermondsey. Its opening times are Saturday 9am – 4pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.
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Whitecross Street Market:
At this place there is an amazing little Dalston Food Market which is located in one of the trendy parts of the city. It is a budget traveller’s delight as the stalls in this area offer cheaper food than in other markets. There are plenty of ethnic food stalls in this market which is open Thursday – Friday 11am – 5pm. The nearest tube or overground station is Old Street or Barbican Station.
It is a down to earth market that has also been described as being a bit scruffy. It does not boast of being very pretentious as claimed by other markets and it basically features several fruit and vegetable stalls. It also offers cheap street food stalls. It opens weekdays 10am – 2pm and it offers food and vegetable stalls as well as cheap street food.
Located in southeast London, Brockley Market is very popular with many locals. It is at quite a distance from the usual touristy places but it is a dynamic market offering ethnic cuisine, fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet sweets and a wide range of meats and poultry. During the holiday seasons, it is worth visiting as it is very lively. It is open on Saturdays 10am – 2pm only. At its stalls you can get fruit and vegetables, meats and poultry, ethnic cuisine, and seasonal treats. The nearest tube or overground station is St John’s or Elverson.
Originally, this market opened in 1900 when Fred Cooke started selling jellied eels in the East End. However, it had to be closed down for several years because the infrastructure in the surrounding area was in a dilapidated state. It finally opened in 2004 and has progressed steadily and is presently home to 135 stalls where you can buy a variety of produce, artisan bread, cakes and artwork. The market opens only on Saturdays 9am – 5pm. The types of stalls in the market include fruit and vegetables, breads, cakes, art and merchandise. The nearest tube or overground station is London Fields.
Berwick Street Market:
Although Berwick Street Market has been in existence since 1778, it is not as well-known as some other markets. There is a wide variety of stalls in this market as you can find ethnic cuisines, fruits and vegetables, and meats and cheeses, as well as clothing, art, antiques, and flowers. The market is open Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm and the nearest tube or overground station is Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. The stalls in the market sell fruit and vegetables, meats and poultry, take-away, flowers, art, and antiques.