London may well be known for its historical landmarks, award-winning theatre, beautiful architecture and proud culture, but we would be doing the city an injustice if we didn’t mention its booming food scene. From a full-English at the local greasy spoon to Michelin-starred dining, London truly has it all for every type of foodie. But as many Londoners and visitors alike will tell you, some of the best and most affordable international food in the capital can be found in its bustling food markets. So if you’re looking to get a taste of the capital’s diverse culture without breaking the bank, grab some amazing London street food at any of these markets.
Probably London’s most famous food market, Borough Market is a firm fave for locals and visitors. Around the corner from Southwark Cathedral and the London Bridge Experience, part covered, part open-air, this heritage landmark merges amazing produce with delicious street food. And being a stone’s throw away from the river, there are plenty of perfect spots to perch with your tasty haul. From traditional Thai and Egyptian street food to a whole spit-roast hog, Caribbean soul food and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this London institution.
8 Southwark St, London, SE1 1TL
Opening hours: Mon-Tues: Limited Market, 10.00 – 17.00; Wed-Thurs: Full Market, 10.00 – 17.00; Fri: Full Market, 10.00 – 18.00; Sat: Full Market, 8.00 – 17.00
This weekend market, located in Bermondsey and south of Tower Bridge, is smaller than some of its food market counterparts, however don’t let that discourage you. This packed our food market not only boasts delicious artisanal eats but with stellar views of The Shard, it’s a perfect weekend pitstop. You’ll find fewer produce vendors compared to Borough Market, so here it’s all about the eating. With a mix of veteran vendors and pop-ups, there’s always something new to try! Don’t miss St John Bakery, Monty’s Deli and African Volcano‘s amazing burgers.
41 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA
Opening hours: Sat 9.00 – 16.00; Sun 11.00 – 16.00
Wandering around central London? Need some sustenance between the shopping? Situated in the heart of Soho, Berwick Street Market is one of London’s oldest and most delicious. Boasting a mix of fresh produce as well as hot food stalls, you’ll easily find queues every lunchtime. Top tip? Get there before 12.30 or after 1.30pm! Offering fantastic value for money, be sure to stop by Savage Salads for hearty and healthy fare, classic sandwich rolls from Jimmy’s Old School Rolls and Hong Kong-style egg waffles at Bubblewrap.
Berwick St, London W1F 0PH
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 08.00 -18.00
Brixton is probably one of the best places in London to be hungry. With a huge range of international cuisines, from traditional Ethiopian coffee and Senegalese stew to Colombian home-cooking and more, you can go all around the globe just south of the Thames. If you want to go a little off the beaten track, this community-run market should definitely be on your list.
Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PD
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs lunchtime only; Fri – Sat 10.00 – 17.00; Sun 10.00 – 14.00
With food markets and pop-up markets all across London, Kerb is killing it at the street-food game. From Paddington and Kings Cross to West India Quay, the Gherkin and Camden, you can find an amazing selection of the city’s most exciting food vendors and chefs. Think Filipino BBQ, Venezuelan arepas, Korean fusion, Southern fried chicken, gourmet mac ‘n cheese, halloumi fries, ice-cream sandwiches and much, much more!
Camden Market, West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 11.00 – 18.00; Fri – Sat 11.00 – 22.00; Sun 11.00 – 19.00
Head East for everything trendy and Insta-worthy… the food being no exception. This Shoreditch street food market is a mecca for all food lovers. Be prepared to indulge, with stalls serving mouth-watering dishes such as smoked meats, modern tacos, crispy duck burgers and doughnut bites.
19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ
Opening hours: Thurs – Sun 12.00 – Late
Food lovers will adore wandering the 40-odd stalls at Southbank Centre Market. Next to the National Theatre and brimming with fresh, creative and tasty culinary creations, the vendors at Southbank Centre Market are carefully curated for their commitment to sustainable, ethical and quality produce. From cheese and charcuterie to pastries, fresh pasta and more, this weekend market is well worth a visit!
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Opening hours: Fri 12.00 – 20.00; Sat 11.00 – 20.00; Sun 12.00 – 18.00; Mon (Bank Holiday only) 12.00 – 18.00
Just around the corner from Maltby Street Market, this weekend food market launched in 2015 and has already garnered a loyal fanbase. With regulars as well as the occasional pop-up, Druid St Market has got some of the best locally sourced produce from freshly churned butter to homemade kimchi and local ice-cream all the way from Battersea.
Druid St Market, Bermondsey, London SE1 2HH
Opening hours: Sat 10.00 – 16.00