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London Markets: Top 5 Market Hot Spots

When Sunday comes, I love nothing more than exploring different London markets that the city has to offer.  With so many to choose from in different areas and boroughs, us Londoners are very much spoilt for choice.  I’ve popped together a few of my favourites for you to go and browse…

1: Columbia Road Flower Market

Main aim: flowers and table styling ideas and procurement

What a special place, even the bricks pop with style making this road even more enticing as the flowers tempt you in. It is packed full of flower sellers, endless antique shops selling wonderful glasses and buskers who take it in turn to perform. This must be one of the hot spots of London and something we should never get bored of or forget.

If I could head over to Columbia road every time I need a bunch of flowers, I would.

Best bit: ‘Peep Hole Coffee’ artisan coffee served from a hole in the wall.

Best bite: a delicious vegetarian sausage roll from Lilly Vanilli.

2:Maltby St Market

Main aim: street food brunch

Only last Saturday I found myself loving this little street which houses brilliant stalls under the parallel railway arches. You know a market is going to be good when you can hear the sizzle and smell the delicious food being cooked. A great spot for a Saturday morning bite, although you will find it hard to choose what to eat with lots of artisan suppliers tempting you in. There are lots of wine bars and artisan brewery’s to enjoy a tipple too which I always find only adds to the fun of a market.

There was a great selection of food to choose from; Bao buns, waffles, pesto, beef chips and of course, the heavenly toastie.

Best bit: the wine bars amongst the stalls

Best bite: The Cheese truck toastie: Goats’ Cheese, Rosemary, Walnut and Honey 11

3:Herne Hill Market

Main aim: to fill a bag full of great produce to create a Sunday feast from

Still quite undiscovered and new, this intimate market is a great south London hot spot to go hit up when wanting to cook up a storm. I ventured in with an open mind and empty bag, I came back with blue cheese, chicken liver, salmon filets and two candles! Not quite the perfect dinner combination but the perfect elements making up a great evening in: chicken liver pate on toast to start, salmon fillets with greens for mains and cheese and chutney to finish.

There is great variation within the market including children’s clothes, trinkets, pottery and slipper stands which is what makes it so interesting. Unlike Borough market, it is not too busy yet and with all the stalls being so different is a great place to stroll around whilst enjoying a perfectly cooked burger and deciding what to buy and cook.

Best bit: the clothing stalls are great and sit perfectly alongside the produce stalls

Best bite: Chicken liver pate from the butcher

4:Borough Market

 Main aim: food buying for a special occasion

If you are ever stuck for an ingredient or need some instant food inspiration, this market is the one to head to. Take a big empty bag, be ready for crowds and don’t stop until you are full. I can promise  you that if you head in with a great idea for dinner you will come out with that plus food for the next three meals. It is truly wonderful. I remember taking my Granny (foodie Granny) years ago and still to this day it is one of my favourite places which holds comforting and delicious memories.

Best bit: all the fantastic game hanging overhead

Best bite: A huge, warm, gooey mozzarella and Parma ham focaccia.

5: Street Feast / Dinerama

Main aim: street food dinner with friends

I initially discovered this a few years ago when it had first opened, you’ll be pleased to hear it is now mostly undercover and has loos. With brothers and sisters including Hawker house and Dalston Yard it is clear to see how popular street food still is in London. Best tip is to make sure you go hungry, if you are anything like me you will want to enjoy a Bao bun, plus BBQ pork plus a taco, then dessert. The food is fantastic, really fantastic, all good quality and makes for a great dinner.

It is smoky, fun, busy and delicious, a great place to enjoy on an evening that you can relax and have a few drinks.

Best bit: the easy going vibe, cocktails and music

Best bite: the pork bao buns, small enough to leave room for other options but damn tasty.

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