The best farmers’ markets in London
Located in Lewisham College car park, this friendly weekly market makes a great place to pick up some quality groceries. The focus is on locally-sourced seasonal food, whether that’s a joint for your Sunday lunch, your basic supply of fresh fruit and veg, or cakes, artisan breads, cheese and charcuterie for a special occasion. Highlights include organic meats from Jacob’s Ladder, free-range poultry from Fosse Meadow, organic veg from Wild Country Organics and excellent Spanish cheeses and chorizo from Flavours of Spain.
This award-winning monthly food market puts on regular events and performances to keep its punters happy, but really it's all about the edibles. 26 farmers and producers run stalls selling everything from Portuguese custard tarts to venison and wild boar sausages. The market runs on Maple Road from 9am-1pm on every third Saturday of the month.
Perched between Angel and Highbury & Islington stations, this neat little Italian cosmetics store is easy to reach and easy to browse. An affordable (not budget, but not outrageous either) range of soaps, candles, creams and more are smartly stacked on shelves and chunky, wooden islands that you wouldn't look out of place in a farmhouse kitchen. Having started life as a herbalist shop in the northern Italian city of Lodi in 1978, L'Erbolario specialise in more than simply beauty products. Visitors will also find pet shampoos and perfumes here, as well as wardrobe scents and something called 'baby foam'.