If you’re looking to eat al fresco, there are a few parks and garden squares that you can enjoy your lunch in. There are also fantastic food and farmers’ markets all over London, that sell not only fresh produce, but freshly prepared meals, breads, sweets and so on. It’s a great place to go and fill up on samples, or to pick up some top-quality grub to go…
There are lots of places to grab cheap eats and food on the go in London. If it’s a salad, soup or sandwich you’re after then it’s easy to find a Pret A Manger, EAT, Itsu and Marks & Spencer on just about every corner. Between them, they cover almost every sort of quick-food option. Independent cafes and delis are super popular in London as are the city’s many food markets and street-food stalls.
Picnic spots in London
If you’re looking to eat al fresco, there are a few parks and garden squares that you can enjoy your lunch in. There are the Royal Parks, like Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Green Park and St James’s Park, or there’s Hanover Square, Soho Square or Berkeley Square, all around central London. But, wherever you are, you don’t have to walk far to find a green patch. Best to have a quick look on the map to see what’s nearby.
Food and farmers’ markets in London
There are fantastic food and farmers’ markets all over London, that sell not only fresh produce, but freshly prepared meals, breads, cakes and so on. It’s a great place to pick some top-quality, freshly prepared grub .
• Borough market: based in Southwark, the closest station to this market is London Bridge. Fresh fruit, top-quality meat and meals that are hard to beat, Borough Market is smaller on Mondays and Tuesdays, but the full market is available Wednesdays to Saturdays (closed on Sundays), roughly 10am-5pm each day. If you check the website, you can also find out about any special events going on.
• Covent Garden’s Real Food Market: every Thursday, between 11am-7pm, this weekly market offers gourmet foodstuffs, rather than fresh produce, and is mouth-wateringly good.
• Exmouth Market: surrounded by boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants, Exmouth Market has a lunchtime food market Monday to Friday, roughly from 12pm-3pm, with foods from around the globe. It’s a 15-minute walk from Angel, King’s Cross, or Chancery Lane Tube.
• Brixton Market: there are several markets in this area, but when it comes to food you want to pay attention to the Food Corner (on the corner of Station Road and Pope’s Road), open 9am-2pm Wednesday to Friday. Also, on Sundays, they have a farmers’ market, open 10am-2pm, with jams, cheeses, meats, cakes, bread and flowers. The market is a one-minute walk from Brixton Station.