BASED on our interviews with local brewers, cheesemakers, charcuteries, patisseries, bakers and writers, we have collated over 100 recommendations of where local artisans eat, drink, shop and buy some of the best of London’s larder. Today we share our second guide on London food producers guide to the city's best markets.
KYLEE NEWTON, NEWTON & POTT
Preserver and author of The Modern Preserver
I’m completely biased but I have to say Broadway Market. I have been going there since it started and I buy everything there, including what have to be the best organic eggs in London.
FRANKIE CROWLEY, FIENDISH & GOODE
Baker of English delicate dainties
Broadway Market for its diversity as well as Duke of York Square market for its great bread producers. We also do a brilliant market called Feast, which occurs once a month in West Norwood. It is a lovely community market and very different from what else we do. (Fiendish & Goode)
CONNOR FRIESEN, CO&CO Chocolate
Billingsgate Market with everyone yelling, “mind your legs, mind your legs”. It’s so lively. As a foreigner I’ve found going to places like Smithfields and Billingsgate have really helped me understand London. England is a nation of shopkeepers and there’s a real market mentality, especially in terms of how the streets are laid out in London, and how people are drawn to the High Street.
RUTH BARRY, BLACK ISLE BAKERY
I love Chatsworth Road market as well as my local farmer’s market in Angel as it has a really lovely atmosphere and great producers. (Ruth Barry, Black Isle Bakery)
MATT ATKINSON, COBBLE LANE CURED
Charcuterie of British cured meats
"Duke of York Square Farmer’s Market, that’s a great market. Maltby Street has a great vibe and there’s always a lot going on there. Kerb is starting to do more producer lead-markets, so they are worth checking out."
PHILLIP WILTON, WILDES CHEESE
“It’s a split between Partridges (Duke of York Square) and Borough Market. Borough is bigger but Partridges is cosy. It has a lot of interesting producers. It’s a great, small market - during the summer, you can grab a glass of champagne and even watch the tennis (during Wimbledon).”
ERIN HURST, PROVENANCE VILLAGE BUTCHER
Co-owner of Notting Hill’s village butcher
"Portobello Road. All of our herbs and vegetables come from the market. We know most of the stallholders by name. Friday is a great day to go as you have the food market as well as some of the antique dealers.'
JAYNE DUVEEN, JACOB’S LADDER
Co-founder of farm collaborative, Jacob’s Ladder
"I don’t have a favourite because all the markets that we trade at are excellent and have so much to offer in terms of range and quality. I have a great deal of respect for the people that set up Brockley Market and Crystal Palace Food Market because they love food themselves and they have inspired their local communities to join them in their passion to support good food producers. Another is Spa Terminus that has been initiated by Anita Le Roy of Monmouth Coffee and Randolph Hodgson of Neal's Yard Dairy. They are looking to bring together producers and traders who share similar principles to their own. This initiative can only be good and I envisage it becoming a very popular destination for all those that love good food."
JOE STELLA, STELLACELLO
Alchemist and distiller of alcoholic liqueurs based on family recipes
"There are so many to mention. London has fantastic markets. It’s hard to go past Borough Market as an epicentre that represents the best of British produce. In the East End, my local favourite is Broadway Market on a Saturday; the Bánh Mì reminds me of growing up in Melbourne. Then of course Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday, I love to watch the seasons change there, with the different flowers and plants. Something I find both beautiful and inspirational."
DAN CALLADINE, LONDON POP-UPS
Founder of London’s most informative site to London Pop-ups
London Borough Market but I’d encourage people to go to Maltby Street in Bermondsey. It’s a great market, not as well known, and you’ll never know what you’ll find. There’s also a great farmer’s market near the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum), where you can get Fosse Farm chickens that I really like."
KATH DICKERSON, KATH’S CAKES
"Venn Street Market in Clapham Common; you get lots of lovely British producers there."