Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Frankie from Fiendish & Goode. Hopefully, we will publish this My London interview over the next few weeks post The BBC Good Food show for Fiendish & Goode. So keep on watching this space for this interview.
Owner Leila McAlister has created a unique food store/ grocer in Leila’s Shop (@Leilas_Shop ), right next door to her original cafe. Outside, fresh produce is displayed in woven baskets, glazed bowls and wooden crates. From the awnings of this once-fruit monger hang festive shopping baskets and on a Saturday morning, if you're lucky, you might stumble upon a food producer offering tastings surrounded by eager locals and foodies. Inside, Leila’s straight-from-the farm approach continues with more seasonal produce, cheeses, breads, leaf teas and coffees. Again platters and baskets are used including those originally used by porters at the old Covent Garden Market. Like a country larder, this cramped and inviting space has all the feel of a home kitchen – crowded and filled with treasured ingredients and wares.
Address: 15-17 Calvert Ave, E2 7JP. Tel. Phone: 020 7729 9789
Opening hours: Wed – Sat, 10.00 – 18.00; Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
Online: No; however, for those in the area, seasonal boxes can be delivered.
Golborne Road is a neighbourhood that wears its heart on its sleeve. Vibrant, colourful and staunchly local, it's a community passionate about its diversity and peoples. Lisboa Delicatessen makes our list of London’s best grocery stores for Portuguese and Spain imported goods. Located at the end of Golborne Road (directly opposite Lisboa Patissiere), this long-term resident is distinctively local, a must-go food institution among Londoners. The deli offers a range of chorizos as well as must-try morcela and merguez sausages. There are cheeses like Manchego as well as olives, Iberian oils and saffron, hams and wines. You’ll even find fresh walnuts when in season. Be sure to explore the bacalhau room – stocked with salted cod perfect for fritters. On your way out be sure to buy some pao bread from the bread bin.
Address: 54 Golborne Road, W10 5NR Tel. 0208 969 1052
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30-19.30; Sun & Bank Holidays, 10.00-13.00
Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar are the team behind the aptly-named design consultancy – People will always need plates. Working to the philosophy that the everyday should be functional as well as beautiful, their tableware frequently draws inspiration from London’s most iconic landmarks. Popular commissions include mugs, plates, and tea towels of the Barbican Centre, Sir John Soanes Museum, Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall along Southbank, Battersea Power station, and Trellick Tower, Kensall Rise. Each design is as iconic as the architectural building that it is based on- distinctively monochrome enhanced by a single pantone colour. The duo have published a book of their drawings, London Buildings: An Architectural Tour.
You will find People will always need plates at most London museums and design stores. A unique souvenir of your trip to London or a worthy design feature to your London table.
Tel: 01442 876907;