One of the best ways to explore a city is through your stomach. Being a dynamic melting pot of cultures, London offers an exciting range of culinary delights, inspired from different parts of the world. Read on to find out how to explore London with a new lens as you set out on a culinary expedition.
A culinary trip around the British capital would be entirely incomplete without a trip to Borough Market. The market was originally set up in 1885 and is still popular for offering artisanal food and fresh organic produce. The food available here is of very high quality and includes a wide range of delectable options to choose from. The market is relatively quiet around 10:00 AM as this is when vendors from around town begin to pour in and set shop. At this hour, you could find a few bakeries open, serving freshly baked breads and confectioneries. Try the famous cheese and olive sticks from Bread Ahead – you may interestingly find them stacked like Jenga. If you’re heading to Borough Market a little later towards brunch time, definitely try the sausages and burgers, available at various vendors around the market. For dessert, you could indulge in freshly picked, bright red strawberries topped with whipped cream or chocolate.
Another great place to visit for food in London is Brick Lane. The buzzing market, especially on Sundays is lined with cafes, food stalls and food trucks offering delicious options to satisfy your appetite. Most London restaurants are open throughout the week but if you truly want to experience the market vibe, you must visit Brick Lane on a Sunday. Sundays are also when you’ll get to try maximum types of food, guaranteed to leave you spoiled for choice. Street food vendors from around the world set up their stalls here, right from the corner of Cheshire Street to the Santander bike stand. Right outside Old Truman Brewery, which is an important landmark, you’ll spot Ely’s Yard. This is an old service yard that now houses a myriad of colourful American street food trucks. The Orange Buffalo and Mother Clucker are popular picks. Spend enough time walking around the market, admiring the vibrant street art and eating to your heart’s delight.
If you’re staying at one of the centrally located London hotels such as The LaLiT London, you can travel along the length and breadth of the city hassle free. The best way to get around London and experience the city like a local is to get an Oyster card. This will make it much easier for you to commute using public transport, as opposed to burning cash and time on taxis. You’ll have to top it up with credit before you set out on your culinary expedition but it is much simpler and also less expensive than buying individual tickets to specific destinations.