Lon­don’s call­ing

We cross the bustling Bri­tish cap­i­tal to check out three famed food mar­kets

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Fresh lo­cal pro­duce, ar­ti­san cheeses and sausages, home­made cakes and ex­otic fin­ger food are just a few of the many culi­nary de­lights that fill food mar­kets across Lon­don. With so many tempt­ing bites to dis­cover, these foodie hotspots have be­come pop­u­lar places to meet up with friends at the week­end, source a few tasty treats to take home, or while away an af­ter­noon over a de­li­cious lunch and lo­cally brewed beer – for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. If a trip to Lon­don is on the hori­zon, make sure you check out these bustling, en­er­getic and eclec­tic food hubs.

Brix­ton Vil­lage & Mar­ket Row

At the junc­tions of Elec­tric Av­enue, At­lantic Road and Cold­har­bour Lane, Brix­ton SW9

TRAVEL TIP: Take the tube to Brix­ton sta­tion PLAN YOUR TRIP: weare­brix­tonvil­lage.co.uk

OPEN: Seven days a week, from 8am Head to trendy, mul­ti­cul­tural Brix­ton in South Lon­don for a leisurely stroll-and-rum­mage around Brix­ton Vil­lage, a re­vi­talised ar­cade boast­ing 83 busi­nesses of all shapes and sizes. Here you’ll find ev­ery­thing from fresh pro­duce to jew­ellery, cloth­ing, fab­ric, art, mu­sic and beauty prod­ucts, with an­other 45 shops, eater­ies and stalls to ex­plore in Mar­ket Row on the op­po­site side of the road (At­lantic Road).

As you roam from one to the other, you’ll find bud­get­friendly food from all over the world, in­clud­ing Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, India, Asia and South Amer­ica. Get ready for the day with hot cof­fee and fresh-baked bread at one of the many cafes and restau­rants, treat your­self to a sweet or savoury snack for lunch or take your pick of in­ter­na­tional cuisines for an evening meal out. On Thurs­days and Fri­days live mu­sic fills the air, its fun-lov­ing at­mos­phere draw­ing in lo­cals and tourists.

On a sunny week­end, a seat at the long ta­bles and benches out­side is the place to be, but should the un­pre­dictable weather fail to co­op­er­ate, the cov­ered out­door seating will see you right – af­ter all, there’s not much that can dampen the spir­its when your plate is piled high with gourmet burg­ers, pizza or other tasty treats from across the globe. Here are a few spots we rec­om­mend check­ing out when you get hun­gry:

> Hon­est Burg­ers sells 1600 por­tions of chips a week, so it’s no sur­prise their fries are con­sid­ered top notch.

> For au­then­tic pizza made with sour­dough and baked in a wood-fired

oven from Naples, stop by Franco Manca.

> If Thai hits the spot, visit small fam­ily restau­rant Kaosarn

– their sal­ads are de­li­cious.

> For a proper Eng­lish pie, Salon is a must.

> Brix­ton Vil­lage Grill serves good-qual­ity fish and meat

in gen­er­ous por­tions.

Maltby Street Mar­ket

WHERE: 41 Maltby Street, Rope­walk, South­wark SE1 TRAVEL TIP: Take the tube to Lon­don Bridge – it’s a 10-minute walk from there PLAN YOUR TRIP: maltby.st

OPEN: Satur­day 9am–4pm and Sun­day 11am–4pm Maltby Street has be­come a pop­u­lar week­end des­ti­na­tion since open­ing in south­east Lon­don in 2010. Un­der the Vic­to­rian rail­way arches you’ll find artists’ stu­dios, crafters’ work­shops and din­ing spa­ces where you can en­joy hand­made food or sip an ice-cold gin and tonic. Its lim­ited size and pic­turesque char­ac­ter make this a great place for some laid­back brows­ing, with lots of his­tory to soak up along the way (the traders have plenty of tales to tell about the area).

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