Chef Tokunbo Koiki's guide to the best of food and culture in London

Insider guide exclusively created for guests at Green Rooms art hotel in Wood Green by Tokunbo Koiki, chef and owner of Tokunbo's Kitchen

A true Camden local and founder of the West African food concept Tokunbo’s Kitchen, Tokunbo’s cooking has been featured on the BBC and she has recently finished a successful stint as Chef-in-Residence at Green Rooms hotel.

This lady is on a personal mission to explore London’s finest eateries and hidden gems, and in this guide, she shares her insider tips on the best food and experiences London has to offer. From museums, to shopping to great places to eat, there is something for everyone in this guide.

Common Ground

49 Stroud Green Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 3EF, UK

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What breakfast would be complete without a serious cup of coffee?

New to the neighbourhood, Common Ground is an undiscovered gem in the middle of this crowded city. The brunch menu alone makes it worth a visit with highlights including sourdough toasties and a fresh fruit salad with toasted coconut. All this served alongside truly great coffee or a glass of the freshest orange juice in town.

Roman Road Market

568 Roman Rd, Bow, London E3 5ES, UK

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An authentic market in London's East End

Stocking everything from Karen Millen to Mango and Zara, at Roman Road Market you can find High Street Fashion at knocked down prices. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, this market is not to be missed.

Insider tip: Be a true local and enjoy a traditional East London dish of pickled herrings and rollmops at George’s Plaice, still thriving after 40 years of business.


South Bank, London SE1, UK

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Southbank is home to everything from a food market to a book fair to some of the most iconic brutalist architecture London has to offer

London’s Southbank is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll along the Thames and take in the cities stunning skyline. You can soak up some culture with SouthBank’s bustling arts centre or enjoy a spectacular show at the National Theatre. Not just limited to artwork, the Tate Modern is a stone’s throw away and has an impressive collection of photography, performance, film and live exhibits to keep you busy all afternoon.

Insider tip: If you’re around on the weekend, why not try the Southbank food market? Bursting with vibrant flavours, you can enjoy some of London’s finest street food.

Mercato Metropolitano

42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR, UK

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Mercato Metropolitano is home to some of the capital's most exciting new and up and coming food brands and entrepreneurs

Get a taste of local life with a visit to Mercato Metropolitano; a true celebration of London’s diverse food culture. Here, in this south London market, right in the heart of bustling Elephant & Castle it’s all about eating local. If you truly want to support a thriving community, championing locally grown produce, this place is definitely worth a visit. Badiani’s award winning gelato is a personal favourite, made with local ingredients guaranteeing their signature test.

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN, UK

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The National Gallery is home to one of the world's most impressive and comprehensive collections of western art.

You can’t visit London without taking a trip to The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Opened in 1838, it is home to some of the world’s finest artwork. With over 2,300 paintings on display, make sure you give yourself enough time to properly explore the place. With their permanent collections free to visit, trace the history of western art from Leonardo da Vinci to Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.

Insider tip: Live music is regularly played in the Gallery’s surroundings so keep an eye out for your chance to attend one of their celebrated music concerts.

The Boiler House Food Hall

Old Truman Brewery, Brick Ln, London E1 6QL, UK

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Try foods from all around the world at the Boiler House at The Old Truman Brewery.

With spectacular soaring ceilings, the Boiler House is home to Brick lanes oldest food hall, dating back to the 1830s. Open every weekend, and with over thirty stalls to choose from, you can enjoy international culinary delights that will tickle the taste buds. From Japanese to Polish and Korean, sample some seriously delicious cooking. In the summer this place really comes alive with a secluded beer garden where you can enjoy a cooling drink amongst friends.