With better weather than any other time of year, this spring, exploring south London’s local food markets is an absolute must for every Londoner. No matter how long you’ve lived here, you can never quite sample too many delights south of the river when it comes to delectable food and drink.
Considered London’s most renowned food market, Borough Market certainly boasts a rich and celebrated history. With its traders selling British and international produce; market goers are treated to an expansive selection overseen by those with vast culinary knowledge. The market’s history goes back as far as the 11th century when London Bridge became a hub for traders selling vegetables, grain, fish and livestock. 200 years on, the traders moved nearby to what we know today as Borough High Street – and Borough Market was born!
Having grown to house over 100 individual stalls, Borough Market’s vibrant and welcoming atmosphere stands at the centre of the local community. Marked by a blue plaque signalling its place as the city’s Oldest Fruit & Veg Market as Southwark, you’ll find no market more cherished by locals. Not just your average market stall venue however, you’ll also find a number of cafes, bars and restaurants at Borough Market; everything from single origin coffee by Monmouth Coffee Company to classic Japanese cuisine at Feng Sushi!
Another must-go market is Brixton Market. Run by the Brixton Market Traders’ Federation Interest Company, this lively community market is run by the traders themselves. Located only 200m from Brixton underground station, all profits from the market goes back into the community itself.
The Friday Market offers a wonderful array of street food stalls as well as those for crafts and vintage clothing. Those with a taste for pastry and bargain buys will no doubt want to visit the aptly named Bakers & Flea Market, held on the first Saturday of every month! Market goers can browse thousands of antique pieces, art, furniture, ceramics, books, jewellery and more whilst sampling delicious baked treats which they can stock up on to take home to share with family and friends. Lastly, for any true foodie, the Brixton Farmers’ Market sets the tone like no other when it comes to fresh, local produce. Held each and every Sunday from 10am – 2pm, its four hour opening window allows plenty of time to peruse and pick out fruit, veg, meat, poultry, cheeses and artisan breads, not to mention tasty cakes and jams!
Although relatively new, Southbank Centre’s very own Southbank Centre Market is quickly gaining a name for itself as a food lover’s destination. Open every weekend from Friday through Sunday (and Monday; bank holidays only) next to Royal Festival Hall, its central location welcomes passers-by to take in trying freshly made treats from international street food stalls.