Food courts, food halls or indoor food markets…whatever you call them, they have been popping up like crazy in London! Food courts aren’t a new concept, but the trend has changed and instead of inside shopping malls you’ll more likely them in old and unused buildings that have been repurposed into indoor food halls.
Here are some stops for your London food markets itinerary that will cover you from the rain, provide you a seat and fill your stomach with lots of tasty treats.
Seven Dials Market – Food Court In Covent Garden
Situated in a former banana warehouse, the Seven Dials Market is a rather impressive looking food market, with eateries which make me want to come back again and again. Vendors include Club Mexicana (vegan Mexican), Pick & Cheese (British cheese) and Nanban (Japanese ramen and curry).
The current vendors are: Monty’s Deli, Claw, Pick & Cheese, Club Mexicana, Nanban, Yum Bun, Yin, Strozzapreti, El Pollote, Truffle, Ink, Big Shot
If you can only get one thing: get yourself a chair at the Pick & Cheese conveyor belt!
Eataly Foodmarket near Liverpool Street Station & Spitalfields
This may well be the closest thing we’ll taste of Italy this year! At this giant food hall specialising in artisanal Italian products, you’ll find a market to stock up on ingredients to cook at home, but if you’ve out cooked yourself over the last 13 months you might want to treat yourself at one of the many restaurants within.
Eataly’s vendors include: Terra Bar, Terra, Central Bar, Cucina del Mercato, Pasta e Pizza, La Terrazza di Eataly and Aperol Spritz bar
Mercato Metropolitano Elephant & Castle – Food Market In Elephant & Castle
This massive indoor and outdoor complex contains an on-site brewery, Italian food shop and over 40 vendor stalls including Hermanos Tacos (Mexican tacos), Guasacaca (Venezuelan arepas) and Ze Spatzle Club (German spatzle). Mercato Metropolitano Elephant & Castle also offer a variety of workshops on their site, so make sure to check out the most recent offerings here.
The current vendors are: Caffe Latino, V For Vegan, Badiani, Butcher’s Grill, Leggero, Ophra’s Dogs, Oshpas, Pasta London, Okonomiyaki, The French Corner, Pad Thai House, Your Mums Truck, Deja Brow, Molo, Turkish BBQ Kebabs, Burhero, Fresco Pizza, Little Sicily, Champagne & Fromage, Lebanese, The Italian Job, Bottles and Battles, Vietnamese, Kalimera, Juzu Ramen, That’s Food, German Kraft, Jim & Tonie, Ze Spatzle Club, Baba G’s, RiceOn
If you can only get one thing: Try the German pasta dish from Ze Spatzle Club
Mercato Metropolitano Mayfair – Food Hall in Mayfair
This central London spot is set in a former church and just looks amazing, plus it even has a crypt filled with wine and cheese!! The market consists of several bars, a speciality foods store and seven food vendors including Lala (Turkush pide), Steamy & Co (bao buns) and Fresco (Neapolitan pizza).
The current vendors are: Steamy & Co, Pasta London, Badiani, Lala Mayfair, German Krafts, Fresco, ChaCha Mayfair, Santo Grill & Wine, Molo, Jim & Tonie
If you can only get one thing: Give the pide at Lala a go.
Arcade Food Theatre – Food Court in Soho
Situated on the ground floor of the Centre Point tower, this food hall, sorry…food theatre, is the place you want to visit if you want more of a traditional, upmarket restaurant feel. It felt a bit like a fancy hotel lounge filled with delicious treats. I’m not sure who their target audience is, but it’s fair to say their offer is a bit different from the other food halls I’ve mentioned, and that means you’ll feel it in your bank account as well. At the Arcade Food Theatre you’ll find offerings such as Chotto (Japanese Peruvian), Pastorcito (Mexican) and Flat Iron Workshop (beef).
The current vendors are: Pophams, Casita Do Frango, Chotto by Chotto Matte, Flat Iron Workshop, Lina Stores, Le Bab, Pastorcito and TŌU
If you can only get one thing: Treat yourself to a hazelnut praline (or anything really) from Pophams
Market Hall Victoria – Food Hall In Victoria
This food hall paradise is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a place to eat near Victoria Station. In addition to 11 vendors, there are also three bars, a rooftop patio and a coffee shop. Vendors include Soft Serve Society (soft serve ice-cream), Monty’s Deli (deli) and Gopal’s Corner (Malaysian Tamil inspired food).
The current vendors are: Fanny’s Kebabs, Monty’s Deli, Press Coffee, Flank, Gopal’s Corner, Baoziinn, Soft Serve Society, Cookdaily, Squirrel, Kerbisher & Malt, Nonna Tonday, Super Tacos
If you can only get one thing: Go for Monty’s Deli egg and cheese bun!
Market Hall Oxford Street – Food Hall In West End
The arrival of the Market Hall on Oxford Street introduced some much-needed life into the Oxford Street food scene that always felt a bit short on non-chain options. Hungry shoppers can indulge into a range of cuisines and vendors include Super Tacos (Mexican tacos), Goodbirds (rotisserie chicken) and Yatai (Japanese).
The current vendors are: Super Tacos, Pleasant Lady, Pastaio, Yatai, Paradise Slice Pizza Shop, Cookdaily, Goodbirds, Hotbox, Fanny’s Kebabs, Love Mini Pancakes, Gopal’s Corner, Baoziinn
If you can only get one thing: Opt for the chicken katsu sandwich from Yatai.
Market Hall Fulham – Food Hall in Fulham
This former Edwardian Underground station ticket hall is now a happening spot with a bar, a fitness studio and food vendors including Hotbox (Texan barbeque), Machan (Sri Lankan dishes) and Fanny’s Kebabs (all things kebabs).
The current vendors are: Ahi Poké, Love Churros, Fanny’s Kebabs, Hotbox, Butchies, Press Coffee, Made of Dough
If you can only get one thing: an oat latte from Press Coffee.