Real Food Market Kings Cross
Kings Cross has seen such a major change in the last few years. Starting with the 5-star facelift of St Pancras; trendy eateries, cool cafes and hipster head offices (looking at you Google) now all live in the newly gentrified area that extends beyond the station.
The Kings Cross Station forecourt also has the tasty new addition of the Real Food Market, which takes place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. With a focus on baked goods, this market is a great place to grab an artisan loaf or award-winning brownie on the way to your next meeting. Popular vendors include Crosstown Doughnuts, The Flour Station and Bad Brownie, proud bakers of the so-called ‘best brownie in London’.
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You’ll find London’s oldest and most famous food market tucked away under London Bridge. With roots tracing back for over 1000 years, Borough Market was mainly a place where wholesale vendors sold fruit and veg until the artisan food trend took hold in the 1990’s. When Bridget Jones moved in (her home in all 3 movies is directly above The Globe pub) Borough Market was firmly back on the tourist map. Today it opens 6 days a week, with the market in full operation Wednesday to Saturday.
From East Sussex cheese makers to exquisite chocolates, there’s not much you won’t find here by way of food. Come on a weekday for serious grocery shopping or on a weekend for browsing, nibbling and enjoying the buzzing atmosphere.
Sunday Up Market
Photo credit: Truman Markets
Although predominantly a fashion and lifestyle market in London’s creative East End, the Sunday Up Market makes this list because of its cluster of street food stalls that are pretty much curry heaven. From Sri Lankan and Thai curries to Gangnam Chicken, the Sunday Up Market is a cheap place to eat your way around the world whilst checking out the street art and vintage fashion in Shoreditch.
The Sunday Up Market takes place every Sunday from 10am – 5pm in the Old Truman Brewery.
Exmouth Market is one of London’s top streets for cheap eats according to Time Out Magazine. Made up of a collection of street food stalls (Monday to Friday 12 to 3ish) and a row of independent cafes and restaurants along a pedestrianised street, Exmouth Market is where you’ll find a lot of locals coming for a ‘Dirty Burger’ or ‘Pilgrims pizza’. It’s also home to one of London’s most popular coffee and brunch spots Caravan, which tends to get rammed so book in advance.
You have to get up early to see the inner workings of London’s largest wholesale meat market. Smithfield Market is another of London’s historic trading hubs; there has been a livestock market on the site for over 800 years. The market opens every weekday from 2am and you’re advised to get there by 7am if you want to see a good spread of stalls and lively trading. If you’d like to know more about the vendors as well as Smithfield’s turbulent history you can join a walking tour with City Guides.
Finally, London’s most eclectic food market can be found on Electric Avenue. Brixton Market is a vibrant local street market selling the usual suspects of hippy fashion and bric and brac but some delicious home cooked food too. The whole area is a foodie haven with a wide range of international cuisine on offer in restaurants dotted through Brixton Village, Market Row and the Reliance Arcade. Fans of second hand souvenirs and sweet treats will want to visit on the first Saturday of the month when the Bakers and Flea Market takes place.
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