The 8 Best Street Food Markets in London
There are few cities around the world that rival London’s impressive food scene. Known for the wide variety of cuisines available at a moment’s notice, London is any foodies’ dream come true. However, though there are several pubs and restaurants worth visiting during your holiday, it’s important not to forget all the street food markets also scattered throughout the city!
From historic Borough Market to the newly established Maltby Street Market, there is no shortage of street food market options!
Below are 10 of our favourite street food markets in the city. Keep in mind that these do not run every day, so please check their opening hour / days before visiting!
Though several of these markets are very well known, Borough Market is arguably the most famous of them all….and for good reason! Borough Market originally opened in 1014 (!!!) and thus celebrated its 1,000 year birthday in 2014. Originally called Southwark, Borough Market currently resides in its original location — just south of London Bridge. Come hungry as most food stalls offer samples, and you’ll certainly want to pop into a nearby pub for a pint at the end!
- Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 17:00
- Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
- Saturday: 8:00 – 17:00
- Borough Market is CLOSED on Sundays.
Nearest Tube or Overground: London Bridge
Types of stalls: Cheese, olives, meat, fruits and vegetables, and chocolates.
Camden Market is the heart and soul of Camden Town — a vibrant neighbourhood known for once being the home to several aspiring musicians, including Amy Winehouse. Camden Market is actually comprised of several smaller markets, each of which sells food, clothing, art, trinkets, or some combination of the aforementioned. The best variety of food options is in the section of the market right along the river called KERB.
- Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00
- Saturday – Sunday: 11:00 – 18:00
Nearest Tube or Overground: Camden Town
Types of stalls: Ethnic take-away street food.
Maltby Street Market is a hidden gem that opened in south London in 2010. The market space is a lot smaller than some of the others, which means that only the very best vendors are able to secure a place there. Also, photographers will love the picturesque location, so don’t forget your camera!
- Saturday: 9:00 – 16:00
- Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00
Nearest Tube or Overground: London Bridge or Bermondsey
Types of stalls: Innovative take-away meals and many samples.
Dalston Food Market is an amazing little market located in an uber-trendy part of the city. The stalls in this area tend to be cheaper than those in some of the other markets, making this a budget-friendly option.
- Thursday – Friday: 11:00 – 17:00
Nearest Tube or Overground: Old Street or Barbican Station.
Types of stalls: Wide variety of ethnic food stalls.
Leatherlane Market lacks all of the pretensions that some of the other markets boast. Described as “a bit scruffy” and “down to earth”, Leatherlane Market features several fruit and vegetable stalls, as well as a variety of cheap street eats.
Open: Weekdays 10:00 – 14:00
Nearest Tube or Overground: Chancery Lane or Farringdon
Types of stalls: Fruit and vegetables, and cheap street food.
A favourite market amongst many locals, Brockley Market in southeast London is a bit of a journey from the typical tourist haunts. However, do not be put off by its location — Brockley Market is a vibrant hub of ethnic cuisine, fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet sweets, and an impressive array of meats and poultry. It is especially worth a visit during the holiday seasons.
Open: Saturdays 10:00 – 14:00
Nearest Tube or Overground: St Johns or Elverson
Types of stalls: Fruit and vegetables, meats and poultry, ethnic cuisine, and seasonal treats.
Broadway Market first began in 1900 when Fred Cooke began selling jellied eels in the East End. Though the market was forced to close for several years due to the crumbling infrastructure of the surrounding area, Broadway Market finally reopened in 2004. Today, there are 135 stalls selling a variety of produce, artisan bread, cakes, and artwork.
Open: Saturdays 9:00-17:00
Nearest Tube or Overground: London Fields
Types of stalls: Fruit and vegetables, breads, cakes, art and and merchandise.
Though not as famous as some of the other markets, Berwick Street Market has been around since 1778. The variation in stalls is immense; expect to find stalls selling different ethnic cuisines, fruits and vegetables, and meats and cheeses, as well as clothing, art,
antiques, and flowers.
Open: Monday – Saturday: 8:00 – 18:00
Nearest Tube or Overground: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus
Types of stalls: Fruit and vegetables, meats and poultry, take-aways, flowers, art, and antiques.