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London For Foodies: Restaurants, Markets & Street Food Guide

City Guide September 20, 2023

 

English is the second most universal language. Food is first.

Welcome to the vibrant and diverse culinary scene of London! London is a city for foodies, and with so many selections, it can be a bit overwhelming. This is why we have made a dedicated London guide!

This London guide is your gateway to exploring the city's rich gastronomic offerings, from bustling markets that double as food halls to local restaurants. We'll explore must-try London street food, London markets, and London restaurants, complete with practical info and photos.

Markets, where stalls offer a treasure trove of fresh produce, artisanal products, and street food. The perfect place to visit for picky eaters and food lovers. There is something for everyone and every budget!

London also has world-class restaurants that satisfy even the most discerning palates. The city has everything from an intimate ambiance with Michelin stars to fun and quirky settings for a girl’s night out.

And let's not forget about the vibrant street food scene, where talented vendors serve up delectable treats on every corner. The streets of London are a playground for those seeking quick bites and unique flavors.

This guide will take you on a culinary adventure, and you will take you on a food tour in London, providing you with valuable information on the locations, closest metro stops, operating hours, and even recommendations. But by no means is this list an end all be all, but it aims to inspire and ignite your appetite for the next time you want a meal (or snack) in London!

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Must Try: Markets

Borough Market

Established in 1756, London’s Borough Market is a historic institution and the mother of all artisan foodie markets in London, as it has some of the best street food. Among the butchers, bakers, and cheesemakers, one standout vendor is Ginger Pig, renowned for their exceptional quality meats and charcuterie. Quench your thirst with refreshing, freshly squeezed juice.

And don't miss the exotic mushroom risotto, where creamy Arborio rice is cooked to perfection, topped with a generous pile of shaved Parmesan cheese, and don’t forget to add the truffle oil! If you visit on a Monday or Tuesday, a mini-version of the market operates with fewer traders, still offering a tantalizing selection of flavors to explore.

Location: London Bridge

Closest metro stop: London Bridge Underground Station

Working Hours: Tues-Fri 10 to 17:00, Sat: 9 to 17:00, Sunday: 10 to 16:00

 

Seven Dials Market

Seven Dials Market, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Covent Garden. Ordering in this market is streamlined with a buzzer system, making it convenient and easy to understand. Indulge in the mouthwatering creations of Deekenek Waffles, where golden, fluffy waffles are served with an array of delectable toppings.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to Boolay, where they craft heavenly creme brulee crepes, caramelized to perfection with a delicate crackle. And for pizza enthusiasts, Bad Boy Pizza is a must-visit.

Location: Covent Garden

Closest metro stop: Covent Garden or Tottenham Court Road Underground Stations

Working Hours: Mon-Tues 11 to 22:00, Weds-Sat 11 to 22:00, Sun 11 to 21:00

 

Netil Market

If you’re looking for a more traditional market setting, Netil Market is the place for you. What makes Netil Market truly special is its ever-changing lineup of rotating stands. Every visit brings a delightful surprise as local vendors showcase their unique offerings, ensuring there's always something fresh and exciting to discover, from pies to pots to piercings!

Location: Hackney

Closest metro stop: London Fields Overground Station

Working Hours: Tuesday - Thursday (limited traders): 9 to 22:00, Friday - Sunday (all traders): 9 to 22:00

 

Spitalfields Market

Conveniently located near Liverpool Street Station, this street food market welcomes a diverse crowd of locals and visitors seeking a combination of delicious bites and vintage finds. Nestled in the market, you can find Bleeker Burger, known for its legendary, juicy burgers that have gained a cult following.

If you’re in the mood for something sweeter, visit Humble Crumble, where comforting desserts reign supreme. Sample their delectable crumbles, bursting with seasonal fruits and a buttery, golden crumble topping. There might be a queue, but it’ll sure be worth it! While you’re munching, soak up the lively atmosphere- and immerse yourself in the local art scene at the nearby galleries.

Location: Spitalfields, East London

Closest metro stop: Liverpool Street Station

Working Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 – 18:00, Thursday 8 – 18:00, Saturday 10 – 18:00, Sunday 10 – 17:00

 

 

Camden Market

Camden Market is a vibrant and eclectic haven in the heart of North London with bustling stalls, unique shops, and mouthwatering street food. Beyond the food, Camden Market is a cultural melting pot, embracing diversity and creativity. However, we’re talking food here, and some must try’s include funky chips, where ordinary fries (or chips) receive a makeover, Yorkshire Burrito, where you can find an enveloped Sunday roast or indulge in a velvety hot chocolate from Chin Chin Hot Chocolate on a frosty winter night.

Location: Camden Town

Closest metro stop: Camden Town Underground Station

Working Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm (individual stall hours may vary)

 

Must Try: Restaurants

Dishoom

Dishoom is a culinary journey that transports you to the bustling streets of Bombay. With its warm and nostalgic ambiance yet modern interior, this restaurant serves a delectable blend of Indian flavors and British flair. The cuisine is very fairly priced, and the flavors are extraordinary.

There is usually a queue for walk-ins; if it’s long enough, they give you chai as you wait! Reservations can be made online in advance. Every dish at Dishoom is packed with flavor and will leave you wanting more.

Price: €€ - €€€

Neighborhood: Various locations across London (Covent Garden, Shoreditch, King's Cross)

Closest Metro Stop: Varies depending on the location

Working Hours: Varies by location

 

Circolo Popolare

The Big Mamma group outdid themselves with Circolo Popolare. This vibrant and whimsical restaurant brings the spirit of Sicily to London. The locale is adorned with colorful trinkets and greenery, making it a perfect Instagram spot.

But we’re not here for pictures- we’re here for the food and top-tier cuisine. Some highlights in the menu include the mouthwatering pesto burrata and the table-side spun carbonara. Make sure to pair your meal with one of their many cocktails! Tables get booked fast, so book ahead of your visit.

Price : €€ - €€€

Neighborhood: Fitzrovia Closest Metro Stop: Goodge Street

Working Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-15:45 & 17-22:30, Fri: 12 to 22:30, Sat: 11 to 22:00, Sun: 11 to 22:30

 

Din Tai Fung

Experience the art of the dumpling at Din Tai Fung, a renowned restaurant from Taiwan. The restaurant gained a cult following for its delicate and flavorful xiao long bao (soup dumplings). Each dumpling is delicately rolled out, filled, and folded with exactly 18 folds.

Alongside their famous dumplings, they also offer an array of Taiwanese dishes that will transport you to the bustling streets of Taipei. If you’re looking for authentic Asian dishes, remember this spot for your next outing.

Price : €€ - €€€

Neighborhood: Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Centre Point

Closest Metro Stop: Varies depending on location

Working Hours: Varies by location

 

Fish, Wings and Tings

This cozy Caribbean restaurant in Brixton serves a mouthwatering menu inspired by the islands, featuring fresh seafood, finger-licking jerk chicken wings, and meatless options. The owner is from Trinidad and has carried the flavors to the U.K. He makes it a point to hire local talents and to purchase from local suppliers. Fish, Wings and Tings is a staple to the community.

Price: €

Neighborhood: Brixton Closest Metro Stop: Brixton

Working Hours: Tues-Sun: 12-22:30, Mon: Closed

 

Duck and Waffle

Move over chicken and waffles. We have a new poultry combination in town. Duck and Waffle overlooks the city on the 40th floor, is open 24/7, and has been regarded as one of the best restaurants in London. I know it doesn’t sound real, but it is.

Everything on the menu is a highlight, from the full English breakfast to the duck and waffles. So if you’re looking for a view or have the 2 am munchies, this is the place for you. Reservations are highly recommended here!

Price: €€€

Neighborhood: City of London Closest Metro Stop: Liverpool Street

Working Hours: Open 24/7

 

 

Laytonstone Tavern

If you’re seeking a genuinely comforting and satisfying Sunday roast experience, book a table Laytonstone Tavern. The Sunday roast here is elevated to new heights with a tantalizing selection of five roasts. Choose between succulent Sussex Wagu Beef Top Rump, Free-Range Chicken Supreme, Crispy Pork Belly, Rump of Lamb, and the veggie choice Veggie Wellington. The tavern’s specialties go beyond roasts with its cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

Price: €€

Location: Leytonstone, Waltham Forest

Nearest Metro Stop: Leytonstone (Central Line)

Working hours: Mon - Thurs: 12-23:00, Fri: 12 pm- 1 am, Sat: 9:30 am-1 am, Sun: 12-22:00

 

Must Try: Street Food

Bread Ahead at Borough Market

Most Popular Item: HoneyComb Doughnuts – the signature treat that has captured the hearts and taste buds of locals and tiktokers, I mean tourists. Be prepared for an explosion of sweetness, satisfaction, and a honeycomb with each bite.

Working Hours: Tues-Fri 10 to 17:00, Sat: 9 to 17:00, Sunday: 10 to 16:00

 

Willy's Pies from Netil Market

Most Popular Item: While their menu varies, the classic Steak and Ale Pie is a local favorite, offering a rich and hearty filling encased in a golden crust.

Working Hours: Wed-Sunday: 10-17:00, Monday & Tuesday: Closed

 

Oli Baba's from Camden Market

Most Popular Item: The iconic Halloumi Fries are the star of the show!

Working Hours: Mon-Fri: 11-17:00, Saturday & Sunday: 11-18:00

 

Mother Clucker at Exmouth Market

Most Popular Item: The signature Chicken Strips, coated in a secret blend of spices. They are best enjoyed with their selection of delicious sauces.

Fun fact: All the chicken is Halal!

Working Hours: Mon-Fri: 12-15:00

 

Potato Mozzarella Corndog at Bunsik

Most Popular Item: The Potato Mozzarella Corndog offers a delicious fusion of comfort food and cheesy goodness.

Working Hours: Varies by Location

 

Black Pig at Borough Market

Most Popular Item: “The Best One” steals the show with succulent slow-roasted pork piled high on fresh bread and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Working Hours: Tues – Sat: 10 am - 5 pm, Sun: 10 am - 4 pm

 

London offers a vibrant and diverse culinary landscape, filled with various markets, restaurants, and street food stalls that cater to every taste and preference. From the bustling stalls of Borough Market to the eclectic mix of vendors at Camden Market, there is something to satisfy every craving.

These culinary destinations offer delectable dishes and a vibrant and lively atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in the local food culture. Whether you're a London local or a visitor exploring the city, these culinary hotspots will leave a lasting impression.

Remember, London's food scene is ever-evolving, with new eateries and markets popping up regularly. This list isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, simply recommendations to break the ice. Also, remember that exploring isn’t nearly as fun when you have luggage and baggage on you! Use Nannybag for safe, hassle-free storage in the city.

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