London’s food culture is second to none. With hundreds of different nationalities making their home in the 32 boroughs of the UK capital and hundreds of years of integration, the city has become one of the best places to find new cuisines and unique dining experiences. Amongst the restaurants, cafes and shops of London’s streets, food markets have rooted themselves in London culture for hundreds of years. From high-end restaurants to ice cream afternoon tea at the Park Grand Hotel, London’s food industry has paved the way for unique creations and some of the most innovative meals in the country.
One of the best ways to sample the many cuisines of London is through its abundance of food markets and festivals. Street food, especially in the summer, has become a huge game-changer for visitors and locals alike, giving those attending the chance to try new foods in new locales of the city. Below are a few of the best in the city, giving a mix of the revolutionary and the historic, all from within London’s best parks, shopping districts and venues.
This Coldharbour Lane based congregation is one of the most popular spots in the city for not only street food, but for craft beers, DJ sets and late-night partying. Comprised of repurposed shipping containers, this fairy light festooned street food and beer market caters to all, promising sumptuous Japanese cuisine alongside Mexican, Italian and many more nationalities bite-sized flavoursome favourites in the heart of Brixton
Brixton Village Market
This indoor labyrinth of market stalls and shops show off vintage clothes and accessories, alongside intimate restaurants and cafes. From vegan pizza to lively Thai food, this is the perfect market for those who want to spend an afternoon browsing in one of London’s most diverse districts.
For those who’ve indulged in the Park Grand afternoon tea deals available at our hotels, Borough Market should undoubtedly be your next stop off. With its own tea rooms and wholesale traders offering everything from unique spices to fresh bread, Borough Market is a historic staple on the London riverside and has its roots in hundreds of years of trade. With street food meals and ingredients to take home for your own cooking, Borough Market dates back to at least the year 1276, so you know it’s had a long time to build on its repertoire.
If you’re visiting East London on a Saturday, then Broadway Market is the perfect weekend hangout. Located right next to London Fields, Broadway Market promises vintage clothes, accessories and plenty of street food stalls alongside its cafes, pubs and fish and chip shops. For the local East Londoner and tourist alike, this idyllic and edgy neighbourhood will definitely leave a good taste in your mouth.
A thriving metropolis dedicated to Afro-Caribbean culture and food, the street Market located just off Kingsland Road offers fresh ingredients and spices from all across the African continent. Perfect for that extra touch in your home cooking, the atmosphere and vibrancy in this daily market is second to none and really enriches the local Dalston community.
Street Food Union
Just a short walk from Theatreland and a quick underground journey from the Park Grand Hyde Park Afternoon Tea dining rooms, Street Food Union is a China Town-based street food market that offers a range of delicacies from across the globe. Located on Rupert Street and open five days a week from 11.30 till 2.30, Street Food Union is the go-to for those who want to add a kick to their lunch break.
Berwick Street Market
The Berwick Street Market is another Soho food market based on – you guessed it – Berwick Street. Unlike it’s younger neighbour Street Food Union, Berwick Street Market dates back 242 years and offers a broad variety of fashion, accessories and of course, the very best in street food.
Victoria Park Market
Victoria Park Market is based on Gore Road and promises a park load of delicacies. From locally baked bread to jars of Kimchi, Victoria Park Market serves ingredients, cakes and sweet treats all from within the idyllic surroundings of Victoria Park in Hackney. This canalside food market is open every Sunday from 10 am till 4 pm.
Canopy Market is located in Coal Drops Yard behind Kings Cross Station. This roofed market is open from Friday (12 till 8 pm) through Sunday (11 am till 6 pm) and promises fresh food ingredients, artisan foodstuffs and street food meals throughout the weekend.
Southbank Centre Food Market
The Southbank Food Market is open from Friday till Sunday and offers a range of delectable meals right on the banks of the Thames. Food is part of our culture, so it’s no surprise that the cultural hub of London provides a glorious selection of foodstuffs and eateries alongside its arts events. Friday times are 12 till 8 pm, Saturdays from 11 am till 8 pm and Sundays from 12 till 6 pm.
Vauxhall Street Food Garden
Open till 10 pm daily, Vauxhall’s Street Food Garden is a hidden eden of multicultural eateries. Located next to the rail station and across the road from Vauxhall Park, the street food garden is a vibrant and colourful mix of sizzling smells and relaxed dining.
Portobello Road Street Food
Based inside Portobello Road’s Acklam Village Market, this is West London’s richest street food market. Open throughout the year on Saturdays and every Sunday in June, making for an easy to reach food market for guests at the nearby Park Grand London Kensington afternoon tea rooms.
Brick Lane is already known for its fine Bangladeshi and Jewish cuisines, but this historic market street also hosts regular street food festivals on the weekends. With an everchanging list of vendors, every Sunday will see the street packed with new stalls from within the thriving neighbourhood of Shoreditch. The historic street adds another level of character too, with the Truman’s Brewery courtyard nearby offering pop up bars and music every weekend.