Foodie Heaven

On Lon­don’s South­bank

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For cul­ture and culi­nary artistry, I could not think of a bet­ter place to start than on Lon­don’s fa­mous South­bank and Bank­side. Stretch­ing from the Lon­don Eye to Tower Bridge, a two-mile prom­e­nade leads its vis­i­tors along the river­side of the city cen­tre, pack­ing in an in­cred­i­ble amount of at­trac­tions along the way. Work­ing up an ap­petite could not be more fun. En­joy the sounds of croon­ing street buskers and tal­ented per­form­ers; and find your pre­ferred pas­time with a vin­tage book mar­ket, food mar­kets and rows of pop­u­lar restau­rants, or the South­bank Cen­tre show­cas­ing art, theatre, dance, creative fes­ti­val events and more. Head to­wards Bank­side, and you can stir your creative juices at the Tate Mod­ern, or brush up on your Shake­speare at The Globe Theatre. And the list goes on and on.

When you start to feel a lit­tle peck­ish, it is worth a visit to the jewel in the South­bank’s culi­nary crown: Lon­don’s Bor­ough Mar­ket. Steeped in his­tory, the cob­bled lanes and old time build­ing fa­cades will give you a his­tor­i­cal peek into how the street traders of old went about their busi­ness. Nowa­days, you will find the place burst­ing with col­ors, tex­tures, tastes, aro­mas and vibes; with each trader pay­ing pas­sion­ate at­ten­tion to the qual­ity and prove­nance of the food they pro­vide. Not only can you fill your shop­ping bas­ket with out­stand­ing Bri­tish and in­ter­na­tional pro­duce (the cheese se­lec­tion alone is amaz­ing), but it also boasts a lunch mar­ket with stall af­ter ar­ti­sanal stall of­fer­ing freshly pre­pared dishes in­spired by tra­di­tions all around the world. Hon­estly, you will prob­a­bly cir­cle the place three times be­fore you make a de­ci­sion.

Try a chorizo and rocket roll at the Brindisa stall, made with high qual­ity im­ported Span­ish in­gre­di­ents. Breathe in the aro­mas of au­then­tic Thai street food at the Khanom Krok. Choose a de­li­cious veg­e­tar­ian dish in­spired by an Egyptian street food recipe - rice, lentils and ver­mi­celli spruced up with spicy tomato sauce and topped off with caramelized onions and chick­peas. A pop­u­lar choice is the scotch eggs and sweet potato fries from Scotch­tails. A per­fectly cooked egg, en­cased in a gen­er­ous por­tion of your choice of pulled pork (gin­ger pig, black pud­ding, chorizo or lamb and mint) and en­crusted in a per­fectly warm and crispy breaded shell – a top qual­ity take on a clas­sic fa­vorite. Cur­ries, pael­las and more… the se­lec­tion is vast, and I have not even men­tioned the ar­ti­san drinks and de­li­cious cakes and desserts also avail­able.

STORY AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY CAN­DICE MCMIL­LAN Any lo­cal Lon­doner is no stranger to the plea­sures of gourmet street food – and we are talk­ing re­ally good food. A great day out is just not com­plete with­out in­dulging in some­thing de­li­cious. Va­ri­ety is king...

Of course, you should not sim­ply take my word for it – stop by and dis­cover this foodie trea­sure for your­self. South­bank: www.south­ban­klon­don.com Bor­ough Mar­ket: www.bor­ough­mar­ket.org.uk

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