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The best food markets in London

Whether it’s street snacking or weekly shopping on your to do list, the capital has a culinary market to satisfy every craving

From weird and wonderful international cuisines, to great value seasonal produce sold by the pound, London’s best food markets offer variety and colour by the basketful. There is no more enjoyable way to shop than stall-hopping at one of these foodie fairs. Here are the best ones to tuck into. 

The best weekend food markets

Berwick Street Market

Situated on the stretch of Berwick Street between the Soho strip joints of Walker's Court and the elegant Yauatcha restaurant, this fruit and veg market is one of London's oldest.

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Oxford Circus tube

Borough Market

London’s oldest market – dating back to the thirteenth century – is also the busiest, and the most popular for gourmet goodies. If food is your thing, then Borough is the place to go.

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London Bridge tube

Broadway Market

For east London’s fashionably attired food-lovers, there's no better Saturday destination than Broadway Market.

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London Fields Overground/ 236 or 394 bus

Brockley Market

Located in Lewisham College car park, this friendly market makes a great place to pick up some quality groceries. The focus is on locally-sourced seasonal food.

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Brockley Market , St John's Saturday July 30 2016 - Saturday May 2 2020

Brixton Market

Brixton Market is a sensory fiesta. And for every hipster rammed into one of the (justifiably) rave reviewed eateries a stack of exotic produce still teeters like a nutritious Jenga set.

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Brixton tube

Chapel Market

Chapel Market has no airs and graces despite the Islington area that surrounds it having shot up in desirability over the past decade. 

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Angel tube

Chatsworth Road Market

The market that spawned Sir Alan Sugar’s business success via a shampoo stall is back. Over 50 percent of traders live in the surrounding postcode areas, making the market a truly local affair.

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Chatsworth Road Market , Lea Bridge Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday July 5 2020

Lower Marsh Market

Lower Marsh Market is rapidly expanding, after starting as a weekday foodie strip to service the Waterloo community with street eats for office workers. 

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Lower Marsh Market , Waterloo Until Sunday July 5 2020

Maltby Street Market

During the summer of 2010, a quiet bubble of gastronomic intent was swelling under the railway arches in Bermondsey. Now it has become a full-on street market. 

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Maltby Street Market , Bermondsey Saturday July 30 2016 - Sunday July 5 2020

Netil Market

While Broadway Market is clogged with whippet-walkers, busking indie bands and buggies, Netil Market (just a gourmet loaf's throw away) is an altogether more sedate affair. On top of 15 permanent shops - including a florist, a barbershop, a jewellers and plenty of street food vendors - there's around 15 additional market stalls every Saturday. These offer a microcosm of Broadway Market with food, crafts and bric-a-brac. It’s the brainchild of a local creative community based nearby at Netil House which has focused on giving space to local designers.

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South Hackney

Real Food Market

Now weekly, the Real Food Market features around 40 food and drink producers selling seasonal produce directly to the public. There's a focus on sustainably and ethically produced food, and the market proudly supports small producers and independent traders.

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Waterloo tube

Venn Street Market

Venn Street was pedestrianised by Lambeth Council in 2012 in a conscious effort to gentrify this corner of Clapham, and the weekly market is now open every Saturday 10am-4pm. Traders include Perry Court Farm for fresh produce, Dorset-based Portland Scallop Co. for fish and shellfish caught by day boats, and Une Normande à Londres for French cheeses and charcuterie. There are also several places to choose from for brunch, lunch or a drink and a snack. Venn Street makes an admirable effort to engage with the local community by supporting school events and projects.

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Clapham

Whitechapel Market

This is a non-stop, heaving, all-weather, cacophonous East End micro-economy, born of pragmatism rather than fashion and largely sustained by local Bangladeshis. 

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Whitechapel Market , Whitechapel Until Thursday November 30 2017

The best weekday food markets

Berwick Street Market

Situated on the stretch of Berwick Street between the Soho strip joints of Walker's Court and the elegant Yauatcha restaurant, this fruit and veg market is one of London's oldest.

Read more
Oxford Circus tube

Borough Market

London’s oldest market – dating back to the thirteenth century – is also the busiest, and the most popular for gourmet goodies. If food is your thing, then Borough is the place to go.

Read more
London Bridge tube

Brixton Market

Brixton Market is a sensory fiesta. And for every hipster rammed into one of the (justifiably) rave reviewed eateries a stack of exotic produce still teeters like a nutritious Jenga set.

Read more
Brixton tube

Chapel Market

Chapel Market has no airs and graces despite the Islington area that surrounds it having shot up in desirability over the past decade. 

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Angel tube

Lower Marsh Market

Lower Marsh Market is rapidly expanding, after starting as a weekday foodie strip to service the Waterloo community with street eats for office workers. 

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Lower Marsh Market , Waterloo Until Sunday July 5 2020

Northcote Road Market

Northcote Road's historic food market dates back to the 1860s, providing locals with fruit and veg stalls to complement the original high street's butcher, bakeries and local services.

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Northcote Road Market , Nappy Valley Until Sunday July 5 2020

Out the Box

Camden Lock’s new Thursday evening venture promises that only the best street food vendors make the cut. The weekly event is sound tracked by resident DJs and special guests.

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Chalk Farm/Camden Town tube

Real Food Market

Now weekly, the Real Food Market features around 40 food and drink producers selling seasonal produce directly to the public. There's a focus on sustainably and ethically produced food, and the market proudly supports small producers and independent traders.

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Waterloo tube

Smithfield Market

Smithfield Market (also known as London Central Market) provides a colourful link to an age when the quality of British beef was a symbol of national virility and good humour.

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Smithfield Market , Farringdon Until Sunday July 5 2020

Whitechapel Market

This is a non-stop, heaving, all-weather, cacophonous East End micro-economy, born of pragmatism rather than fashion and largely sustained by local Bangladeshis. 

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Whitechapel Market , Whitechapel Until Thursday November 30 2017

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2 comments
Rebecca F
Rebecca F

Perhaps a mention for the new produce Market outside Kings Cross Station. Every Wednesday to Friday 12-6 from the Real Food people of the South Bank so loads of great food. 

Jane H
Jane H

Er Whitecross street food market?!