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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Berwick Street Market Until Wednesday June 1 2016

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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Borough Market Until Thursday December 31 2015

Broadway Market

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

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Broadway Market Saturday July 11 2015 - Sunday July 5 2020

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 Saturday July 11 2015 - 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 Market Until Thursday April 30 2020

Cabbages & Frocks Market

Held in the cobbled yard of St Marylebone Parish Church, this market was started by food-loving fashionista Angela Cash. 

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Cabbages & Frocks Market Saturday July 11 2015 - Sunday July 5 2020

Camden Lock Market

Offering an eclectic jumble of street food, clothing, gifts and more, Camden Lock Market is a characterful shopping experience.

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Camden Lock Market Until Sunday July 5 2020

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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Chapel Market Until Sunday July 5 2020

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 Sunday July 12 2015 - Sunday July 5 2020

Dalston Food Market

This weekly food market brings locally produced food and drink to an already hungry east London crowd. It's set on the lawns within a Dalston secondary school and visitors are welcome to settle in for picnics and enjoy the live music as well as the food. Craft beer, posh coffee, street food and other Dalston inevitabilities will be available, as well as indoor activities to keep kids entertained.

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Petchey Academy Sun Jun 21 - Sun Oct 25

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 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 Saturday July 11 2015 - 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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London Fields

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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Southbank Centre Square 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 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
Berwick Street Market Until Wednesday June 1 2016

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
Borough Market Until Thursday December 31 2015

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 Market Until Thursday April 30 2020

Camden Lock Market

Offering an eclectic jumble of street food, clothing, gifts and more, Camden Lock Market is a characterful shopping experience.

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Camden Lock Market Until Sunday July 5 2020

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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Chapel Market Until 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 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 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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Camden Lock Market 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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Southbank Centre Square 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 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 Until Thursday November 30 2017

Comments

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?!