Right in the heart of Hackney, East London, you’ll find Broadway Market – the perfect place to head if you’re looking to shop and sample delicious dishes from a huge range of cultures. Just a Tube ride away from our Kensington Hotel London, heading to this market could unearth just the treasures and delights that you’ve been looking for.
Like much of London, the origins of Broadway Market date way back – in fact, it’s one of the oldest chartered markets in the capital. This little street has been home to market traders since the 1890s when it became the heart of the East End community. It might have fallen on tough times in the 1980s and was the subject of many failed revival attempts but a community led approach means this area is now thriving. The Saturday market has led to shops and cafes springing up along the street. It’s now a kaleidoscope of different cultures, perfectly reflecting the diversity of London.
The bars, shops, and restaurants of Broadway Market are open daily but if you really want to experience this little part of East London, visit on a Saturday when the Street and Schoolyard markets are open.
Not sure where you should be heading at Broadway Market? These eateries are a great place to preview just what the market is all about.
For traditional pub grub with a twist – Cat & Mutton
Dating all the way back to 1729, the Cat & Mutton pub offers you a huge selection of beers on tap, wine, and cocktails. The menu has traditional dishes, including beer battered haddock, chips, and mushy peas, as well as contemporary flavours from around the world to try too.
For a taste of Italy – Franco Manca
Serving up delicious pizza, you can grab a taste of Italy right in the heart of London. Using a wood burning oven, the aroma alone leaving this restaurant will entice you to try our one of their slices.
For delicious brunch – Stories
Stories in Broadway Market is the place to head for brunch. Catering for both vegetarians and meat lovers, there’s something for everyone. If you’re not hitting the market until later in the day you can still grab a cocktail and some grub, there might even be a band on.
For a coffee with a difference – Ca Phe VN
You can find a coffee shop on every street of London but for something unique, Ca Phe VN is perfect. Serving up the best Vietnamese coffee, you’ll love the rich flavour. If you want some Vietnamese food to complement your coffee, there’s plenty of choice here too.
For a sweet treat – Violet Cakes
If you want a sugary treat, Violet Cakes is the place to head. This Californian bakery brings cupcakes topped with seasonal buttercreams, whoopie pies, and other delicious treats right to you as you’re wandering around the market.
Once you’ve had your fill of food, you can set about exploring the stores and stalls offering vintage threads, books, flowers, and plenty of hidden treasures.
If you’re staying at Kensington Hotel London this summer, visiting the capital’s markets are the perfect way to spend the day. While other markets might be better known, Broadway is filled with amazing independent shops and mouth-watering cafes – you shouldn’t miss a trip here.