Eating fresh produce and gourmet street food in London is relatively easy, and even more so if you venture south of the river where the Kent countryside border provides an excellent boost of rustic energy. Exuding community spirit and sporting a range of foodstuffs wider than your imagination, we have picked the best food and farmer’s markets in South London; all containing delicious delights.
Set in a college car park, the Brockley Market is not only award winning, but it has been highly commended by some big food critics, including the BBC, The Evening Standard, and the Huff Post. Produce is locally sourced and includes everything from vegetables, fish, poultry, ice cream, flowers, award-winning coffee, and artisan bread. The weekly market has a relaxed atmosphere, giving visitors a pleasurable experience browsing an array of stalls. Street food outlets are also at hand serving up quality breakfasts and brunches.
Situated next to Royal Festival Hall, just a stone’s throw away for the River Thames, is a bustling city marketplace and every foodie’s dream destination. What’s distinctive about the Southbank Centre’s market is the strong aroma of food, which precisely captures the freshness of its trader’s goods cooking or baking. Food offerings are aplenty with stalls contributing everything from refreshments to breads, savoury favourites and much more. Our personal favourite is the chorizo and cheese roll, marinated in olive oil and quilted in cheese; which is blow torched onto the meat; how’s that for street food? The market is open every week, Friday to Sunday.
Horniman Museum and Garden’s is a gloriously idyllic setting for a farmer’s market. Available products are all sourced close-by from south east London and Kent, and include fresh fish, meat, artisan pies and scotch eggs from The Pie Cart, fresh juices, sushi, craft beer and lots more. A selection of hot food is also on sale for visitors to fill-up their tummies in the serene gardens. The market is open every Saturday, from 9am till 1:30pm.
Established in 1737, the popular Greenwich Market combines a food marketplace with eclectic craft and design stalls, meaning there is something for everyone. The food court boasts various international cuisines for visitors to chow down on, along with sweet treats for the sweet toothed. Vegan, vegetarian and organic outlets are amongst other homemade food. Antiques, fashions, art, music, fabrics, crafts and jewellery are just some of the endless stands at the ready. London’s much loved market is open six days a week, Tuesdays to Sundays, with more foodie stalls at the weekend.
Situated in the heart of town on Camberwell Green, Camberwell Farmers’ Market possesses a real, original urban feel. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, varieties of meat, chicken and homemade pies are all on hand, along with Thrognall Farm who provide the freshest produce direct from Kent. Flour Power presents wonderfully fresh artisan bread which is an absolute delight. Beautiful flowers, chutney and jams are also available, with visitors having the chance to taste the delicacies. Overall this is a fresh food market brought right to the heart of the community every Saturday between 10am and 2pm.