Fantastic, cheap food in London
London is renowned for being expensive, but eating out there doesn’t have to cost the earth. Yes, for a treat it’s great to experience the fine cuisine of the Michelin star awarded restaurants in London, but for the traveller on a shoe-string, something in a slightly lower price bracket might be better suited. If you want to taste London on a budget, then head for the fantastic food markets located around the city. Market stalls run by locals, full of fresh, local produce, alongside an array of unimaginable and unrecognisable ingredients.
Broadway market stretches from Regent’s Canal to London Fields in the trendy East-End borough of Hackney. Although predominantly a fresh food market, you can find fashion, crafts, music and art amongst the 80+ stalls here. This is the perfect market to come to if you want to be certain that you will find quality, speciality and variety in your food. Whatever you need for your recipe, from the everyday fruit, vegetables, bread and meat, to the strange and exotically sourced products that will add that something special to your meal, you will find it here for a good price.
Greenwich has been home to a Royal Charter Market since 1700, and, for the keen historian, is also the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I! The market itself attracts over 2 million visitors a year to its streets filled with arts, crafts, antiques and food. Wednesday is best for visiting simple fruit and vegetable stalls to pick up the store cupboard basics to create a healthy meal on a budget.
This market is the favourite of London foodies. If you are into your food, then this is the place to visit. Located in south-east London, beneath railway viaducts, Borough market has all the food you could imagine! Traders sell artisanal products like preserves, fudge, bread and cheese, all made at home in their own kitchens. The fish is sourced from all over the UK and is always deliciously fresh, and the fruit and veg is of very high quality. You can find international food stalls here, and make sure you check out what events and chef demonstrations will be on while you are there. It may be a little pricier than some other food markets, but it is definitely the one most worth a visit. If you want to beat the rush and pick up the best deals, get there between 8 and 10 am – it gets very busy after that!