Every car park, rooftop and towpath at the more trendy end of London is filling up fast with food trucks, fancy cocktails and, if you're lucky, the odd art installation. Red Market, one of London's first pop-up street food markets (est. 2011) has now reopened for another season of alfresco revelry. Food this year includes tandoor-cooked rotis from the head chef of Whitechapel Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs and pizzas from Voodoo Ray's in Dalston. There will also be cocktails, DJ sets and a fake beach. What more could you wish for in the capital? Good weather, perhaps?
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288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP. Open Wed-Sat, 5pm-midnight.
The Life Goddess Store Street
More of a kafeneon than taverna, this new Bloomsbury deli is worth a visit just to peruse the many Greek food products and small-producer wines for sale. If you decide to linger, there are printed menus in the airy dining space – but it’s easier just to go to the counter, point and order, as you would in Greece. There are more types of Greek filled pies than there are Greek islands; this version of spanakópitta has dense flaky pastry but a light spinach filling. A greek salad had all the right constituents in exactly the right amounts, and was only let down by some under-ripe, northern European tomatoes. The koulouri bread (sesame covered ‘bagels’) is a savoury snack worth trying, chewy and pliable. The greek coffee can be ordered sweet, without sugar, or – if you’re not sure – ‘metrio’, which is medium.
Venue says: “Our aim is the harmonious coexistence of Greek hospitality and Greek healthy diet. Enjoy Greek wines, pastries and our in-house deli!”