Best London markets for foodies
From gyoza to gourmet doughnuts, Insiders take us on a culinary tour of the world through London's best food markets
Exploring one of London’s vibrant and eclectic food markets is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Midweek and weekend: Borough Market
London Bridge, Wednesday - Saturday 10am-5pm
No guide to London markets, possibly no guide to London, would be complete without Borough Market. A market in one form or another has existed on the southern end of London Bridge for around 1000 years. This food market is a favourite with tourists and Londoners alike, including some of the capital’s most famous foodies such as Jamie Oliver.
Insider tip: if you can muster the self-control, explore the whole market before deciding what to have! Choice abounds and portions are generally more hearty than taster.
Recommended by Natasha, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and founder of Co&Co, a collaboration platform for students and graduates in the arts. Follow @tashgoldstein on Instagram
Weekday: Whitecross Street Market
Old Street, Monday - Friday 11:30am-3pm
This street market spans the stretch of Whitecross Street roughly between the Barbican and Old Street. Finance suits and Shoreditch hipsters alike come here lunch time for the excellent selection of international street foods.
Recommended by Rob, co-founder of Ginza
Weekday: Leather Lane
Farringdon, Monday - Friday 12-2pm
Another hidden gem of a lunchtime street market, Leather Lane might look a bit rough around the edges, but some great stalls and trucks come here.
Insider tip: Every Friday Crosstown Doughnuts have a stall right at the northern end of Leather Lane. Irresistible.
Recommended by Adam, investor
Saturday: Duke of York Square Market
South Kensington, Satuday 10am-4pm
This ‘fine food market’ is curated by the iconic South Kensington grocer’s Partridges. The market has a smaller, more local feel to it, and the focus is on artisanal and locally produced foods.
Insider tip: the location is perfect for combining with a visit to the Saatchi Gallery or some shopping on the King’s Road.
Recommended by Claire, growth strategist and blogger. Scottish and living in North London. Follow @claire.rampen on Medium
Saturday: Broadway Market
London Fields, Saturday 9am-5pm
Broadway Market is a popular shopping street in Hackney, but on Saturday’s it comes even more alive with a bustling street market selling street food from around the world, fresh coffee and artisan breads and cakes.
Recommended by Moussa, investment banker
Weekend: Maltby Street Market
Bermondsey, Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm
This street market is only a few years old, but has quickly gained in popularity as a weekend destination for Londoners from all parts of the city. The narrow street is packed with some of the most city’s most loved (and queued for) food vendors and bars.
Insider tip: Don’t miss the Barge Bar in the LASSCO warehouse, which sells reclaimed furniture and materials, and Katarina’s favourite, the smoked salmon from Norwegian fishmongers Hansen & Lydersen.
Recommended by Katarina, founder of Co-Created, a business championing diversity through something we all have in common: food
Late: Hawker House
Canada Water, Thursday - Saturday 12pm-12am and Sunday 12-10pm
This market from the team behind Dinerama is the perfect place for satisfying some late night cravings. The emphasis is on all things fried and/or in a bun, and it’s totally as good as it sounds. The best part? Being indoors means it runs all year, come rain or shine.
Insider tip: The food here is perfect for grazing and sharing, so make sure you save room to try a few things. As well as plenty of room for drinks.
Recommended by Sarah, co-founder of Ginza