I love London in August as the events have calmed down and I have time to start enjoying the summer. I have noticed this year the rise of food markets across the capital and have loved visiting them all.
They have been popping up all over the place and make planning the perfect Saturday very simple. Having lots of food options in one place with live music and easy access bars mean that you can easily gather a group of friends and one size fits all.
On Saturday I headed off on the bus to Mercato Metropolitano, located just by Elephant & Castle, SE1. When making the plan you can often worry about the weather but as it had outdoor and undercover seating I didn’t need to worry at all. I feel a wet weather plan should be a must when wanting to plan for the British summer.
The food stalls were all tempting, from pizza, charcuterie and burgers through to vegan, Vietnamese and Korean. They had almost every food genre and could cater for all dietary requirements. After lots of strolling and looking we decided to settle on a Turkish Flat Bread Wrap.
I had a Lamb wrap, Katie enjoyed chicken and Kirsty had a vegetarian Halloumi wrap. They were great, succulent meats and smothered in tasty hummus and tzatziki and enjoyed with a crunchy slaw. Definitely filling and no more than £6 it perfectly hit the spot.
Not only did it have, almost too many food choices, but there were at least four bars. Queueing for drinks is one of my pet hates, I always think that a long bar queue can really kill the buzz of an evening. There were little cocktail and G&T vans along with two main bars so plenty of choice as well as quick service.
I loved the setting of this market the most, the tube going over head, stripped back steel and graffiti covering walls, vegetable boxes made out of old crates but the best discovery was, hidden in the middle of the market was a gorgeous organic veg shop, complete with fish and meat counter. Heaven.
If you are wanting to plan something that can be enjoyed come rain or shine and where you can fill your boots on great food and wine then head to Mercato Metropolitano, you will not be disappointed and if you are you can always visit the cinema!