Five of the Best Food Markets in London

From rejuvenating fruit smoothies to dreamy sourdough doughnuts, via Beijing-inspired street food, one thing’s for sure, the best food markets in London have changed beyond recognition in recent years...

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Brockley Market

Over in Lewisham, Brockley Market is like a cooler, mini version of Borough. Open on Saturday mornings, they certainly draw the crowds with their huge variety of artisanal fare, that fully supports local farmers and traders. A rejuvenating smoothie from Horse Powered is the perfect way to start the day. It's part of the local art collective Utrophia, and is made using solar-powered blenders on their cycle-pulled cart. Veggies can rejoice at Mike + Ollie’s stall, who sell wraps stuffed full of foraged and locally sourced ingredients, while for meat-eaters, Mother Flipper are well-known on the burger scene. Either way, you can’t leave the market without trying a sourdough doughnut from The London Particular. Utterly delicious.

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Address: Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way, Brockley, SE4 1UT

Opening times: Saturdays: 10am – 2pm

Maltby Street

While we love good old Borough Market, weekends there are tending to get a teeny bit overcrowded. Which is why we won’t be joining the two-hour queues for a chorizo sandwich and will be heading round the corner to the seriously brilliant Maltby Street instead. Ok, so it’s not a market, as such, but tucked away under the railway arches, just off Maltby and Druid Street, it’s a collection of some of the capital’s finest gastromonic delights, that’s been growing steadily over the past two summers. Once you’ve sauntered past the delicious smelling sourdough loafs at St.John’s Bakery, we guarantee you’ll be as hooked as we are.

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Address: Maltby Street, SE1 2DU

Opening times: Saturdays 9am – 2pm

RedMarket

What we really love about East London, is how it likes to shake things up a bit - and there’s really no better example of this than the brilliant RedMarket in Old Street. Only open at night, in true East London style it only popped up a few weeks ago and will only be on until September 2nd (so get in there quick). Throughout the week, they’re open until 11pm and are filled with plenty of food stalls tempting you with their artisan wares and a sociable communal outdoor dining room. Finally - an answer to our late-night eating woes.

Address: 288-299 Old Street, EC1V 9DP

Opening times: Monday – Friday; Midday – 11pm, Saturday: 5pm – 11pm and it’s closed on Sundays.

Brixton Indoor Market

Built in the 1930s and formerly known as the Granville Arcade, Brixton Village indoor market has seen a total transformation over the past couple of years and has now firmly put itself on the map as one of the best foodie destinations in London. For deliciously thin and crispy pizza, there’s Agile Rabbit (24 Brixton Village Market) and the wonderful French & Grace run by none other than the founders of the Salad Club supperclub fame (19 Brixton Village Market). There are some of the best burgers in town, thanks to 35-day aged Yorkshire Ginger Pig chuck steak at Honest Burgers (12 Brixton Village Market), and for a bit of a taste of the Orient, we’ve fallen a little bit in love with Mama Lan and her incredible Beijing street food (18 Brixton Village Market). It’s making us hungry just thinking about it...

Address: Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane SW9 8PR

Opening times: Mon - Wed: 9.30am - 6pm, Thu - Sat: 9.30am - 10pm, Sun: 9am - 6pm

Greenwich Market

The introduction of the nippy clipper boats that chug up and down the Thames, have put Greenwich firmly on our radar for top places for a lazy weekend in the capital. You’ll probably find us hopping on the boat after a wander around the Tate Modern and cruising to Greenwich for lunch. The boat stops right at the market, which has been going since 1837, and has plenty of stalls guaranteed to make your mouth water. From La-Nian, selling fresh, hand-made noodles and dim sum, to Maison Crepes (traditional French fare), to Son of Pampa’s South American steaks. You’ll not be stuck for somewhere to tuck in, either – the 74 acres of Greenwich Park and its sweeping views of the city provide the perfect place to settle in with a picnic.

Address: Greenwich Market, Greenwich, SE10 9HY

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday; 10am – 5.30pm

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