11 Unmissable London Food Markets

11 Unmissable London Food Markets

London is bursting with incredible food markets that locals and tourists alike should not miss out on. Whether you’re here for the weekend and want to hit the best spots for lunch, or have just moved to the city and are making a bucket list of food markets to visit – we’ve got the list of the best places for you! Start exploring some of the tastiest spots in the city with us now.

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Borough Market

Pumpkin crumble at Humble Crumble in Borough Market

Starting with London’s oldest commercial food market, Borough is a hot spot on everyone’s list. Nestled underneath the railway and right by London Bridge, Borough Market is packed to the brim with independent food stalls, restaurants, bars, and pubs. It’s the perfect place to pick up food if you’re with a group of people who all like different cuisines. 

With small treats like their infamous strawberries and chocolate, to Humble Crumble’s desserts, to luxury delicacies like oysters, to a classic mac and cheese created from cheese brought from the West Country’s Roman town of Bath.

If you’re looking for a drink to wash down your food, we’d recommend Bedles of Borough Market for wine aficionados, or The Rake for a classic British pint.

Spitalfields

Camembert with fig and bread

Spitalfields is one of London’s best markets and has so many amazing food places to choose from! As well as the market stalls, there’s permanent restaurants in the centre and around the edge of the market. One of our favourites is The Funky Cellar where you can indulge in a baked camembert with fig – share with a loved one or keep one to yourself!

From Thai, to bao buns (we recommend Yum Bun), to Taiwanese wheel cakes from Wheel Cake Island filled with delicious custard – there’s so much to treat your tastebuds to here!

Once you’re finished, we recommend taking a stroll outside of the market, through the ancient streets of East London, towards the bustling Brick Lane where you can shop second hand fashion until your heart’s content.

Mercato Mayfair 

Beautiful inside of Mercato Mayfair

One of the most spectacular of London’s food markets is Mercato Mayfair which is located inside an old Grade I listed church (St Mark’s in Mayfair) – think incredible stained glass, wood paneled walls, and an inviting cellar. When it comes to food options there are once again a lot. Our favourite stall for a meal is Dez Amore – fresh pasta cooked right in front of your eyes – the Burrata pasta is our go to!

Tagliatelle with creamy burrata

For dessert head straight to Badiani for the best gelato in town – our top choice has to be the pistachio gelato. If you’re visiting in the winter, their hot chocolate is one of the best in London – think super thick and creamy!

If you’re a big ramen lover, we would recommend not opting for that in Mercato Mayfair, as there’s lots of other great ramen spots in London – leaving both us and friends a little disappointed in what we’ve ordered from this particular vendor.

Victoria Market Halls

Looking for a London food market to grab some food and drinks after work with colleagues? Look no further than Victoria Market Halls! Situated right opposite the station, this is one of our favourite markets in the summer as they have a huge roof terrace with lots of seating. Pop in and order your food and drinks first before heading to grab a table with friends.

Our top picks for food here are: Eggslut (you have to try their Fairfax Sandwich or the Coddled Eggs), DF Tacos (we’re big fans of the Sustainable Fish tacos), and Gopal’s Corner for Malaysian street food. 

Market Place Vauxhall

Inside Vauxhall Market Place

Similar to Market Halls, Market Place is located beside Vauxhall train station. Located under the railway arches, there are lots of tasty vendors here to indulge in. Our top choice: Curry On Naan Stop – order the Thali Platter (both chicken and veggie options) to try a taste of lots of dishes! Made in Puglia also serves up some super delicious pizzas perfect for a lunchtime bite.

Indian Thali tray in Vauxhall food market

Seven Dials Market

The outside of Seven Dials Market

This has to be our favourite food market in London – located in the cute area of Seven Dials, the market is located across two floors and one side alley (hello Cucumber Alley – we’re looking at your and your treats)! Altogether there are 20 different vendors here – making it the perfect spot for large groups all looking for something different to eat. We’ve made it our mission to eat at as many of the stalls and restaurants as possible so we have the top recommendations for you at Seven Dials Market!

If you’re looking for something a little unique then book into Pick & Cheese – a cheese restaurant that is like a classic sushi conveyor belt, but with cheese and charcuterie instead. Top tip: book in for all you can eat Wednesday! Every cheese they serve is British and comes with a matching charcuterie that ranges from jams, to leeks, to brownies. Other top picks are: Boolay Crepes (creme brulee inside a crepe cone), Soft Serve Society (super tasty ice cream), and Bad Boy Pizza Society (started as pizza appreciation society at uni, they now serve some of the tastiest pizzas in town)!

Battersea Power Station Food Hall

Battersea Power Station behind trees

One of the newest additions to the London food market scene is Battersea Power Station’s food hall. There are 13 different cuisines, with 2 bars and 3 restaurants, with walkins being welcome. Groups over 12 should look to book ahead however. We’ve got our eyes on their Indian Thali, Nopales tacos, and mezza dishes!

Mercato Metropolitano Elephant & Castle 

Sister to Mercato Mayfair, this company has another London food market located in Elephant & Castle. This place is much bigger than Mayfair’s equivalent, meaning there’s plenty more food options – currently there are 38 different vendors. If you like live music head to the French Corner here, or for a summery drink head into their beer garden. 

Brixton Village Market

Brixton Village Market is located just a short walk from the tube station, and is bursting with so many great places to both eat and drink. From local businesses serving up seafood, cheese, and wine. To some of your favourite London chains including Franco Manca and Club Mexicana. There are so many vendors here you won’t be short for choice!

Greenwich Market

Street Food sign in Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is a covered market in South East London, whilst the market here is mixed – with arts and crafts, it also has plenty of food stalls to grab a bite! From brownies, cannolis, and churros, to more substantial food of chicken wings, Pan Asian street food, and Ethiopian veggie meals. Once you’ve got your food make sure you explore the beautiful area of Greenwich!

Duke of York Square Saturday Market

Duke of York Square in the pretty neighbourhood of Chelsea holds a foodie market every Saturday morning and lunchtime (10am – 4pm). The market is organised by local luxury food shop Partridge’s (make sure you visit their shop that is also located on Duke of York Square). You’ll be able to pick up bits to take home from French cheeses, to vegan chocolate. As well as treat yourself to lunch to eat on the green by the Saatchi gallery.

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