Visit London Blog » Brixton Village Market Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Christmas Shopping Pit Stops Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:55:18 +0000 Full Stop's tomato and sundried tomato sandwich

As the festive season draws closer and Christmas shopping in London becomes more frenetic, the team at Twenty Something London share their favourite places for mid-spending spree stop-offs.


For upmarket vintage and flea market discoveries, Angel’s Camden Passage is the place to head. Stop off at The Breakfast Club, where the cheerful playlists are an instant energy boost and pancakes are a must-try. Once you’ve ticked some stocking-fillers off your list, head to retro-chic Public House and sample the eclectic menu – everything we’ve tried has been delicious. Tucked behind the Tube station is Candid Café, where an inconspicuous doorway conceals a quirky café serving food and tasty smoothies (cucumber, mint and melon is a firm TSL favourite).


Paramount's views

For those mingling with the mass shoppers in Central London during the run up to Christmas, Carnaby Street boasts great boutiques and high street staples. Try Mozzino, just off the beaten track. With Union Coffee and Italian-inspired sandwiches, it’s the ultimate in laid-back style.

Head underground to Spanish drinking den Sevilla Mia, which dishes up great small plates alongside traditional cocktails to keep you going. While high above, Paramount at the top of Centre Point is worth a visit just for the far-reaching views – it’s the perfect treat after a day exploring the bustling Oxford Street shops.

For those who adore pre-loved items, the vintage haven of East London is the place to take your shopping list. On Brick Lane is Full Stop, the quickest place for a pick-me-up – try its scrumptious avocado and sundried tomato sandwich. Once you arrive in trendy Shoreditch, check out Paper & Cup. As well as serving delicious locally baked cakes, this charity café trains former homeless people in barista skills. For something more substantial, head to Jaguar Shoes. With its themed cocktails and tasty pizza (from Due Sardi next door), you’ll soon wish you were local.


Mama Lan in Brixton Village

Brixton Village Market has grown a cult following among those on the look out for vintage gems and interesting boutiques. Head to Rosie’s for a coffee first. Watching her greet everyone by name will make you feel part of the community, and her brilliant coffee will get you ready for a day’s shopping. Once lunchtime comes around, delve into Mama Lan. Serving recipes from the market stalls of Beijing that have been passed down for over 40 years, it’s perfect for a rapid refuel. At the end of the day, TSL recommends the best burger we’ve maybe ever had, served with triple-cooked chips, all for under a tenner at Honest Burgers.


Speakeasy-style Montgomery Place

For upmarket gifts, Notting Hill and Portobello Market are the places to go. Kill two birds with one stone by checking out 202 – a café inside a boutique shop. The classical décor, tantalising menu and lovely items on sale are all so tempting. Negozio Classica is a slice of Italy in Notting Hill – it’s a fantastic place to stop for lunch and a glass of wine when shopping here. Once you’ve ticked off all the gift items on your list, head to Montgomery Place, a cocktail bar that pairs quality spirits and double-frozen “diamond” ice cubes with speakeasy style – it elevates an ordinary day out Christmas shopping to a new level.

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London’s Top Five Street Food Trends Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:56:23 +0000

Calling all foodies! If you want to sink your teeth into one of the latest food trends, visit one of London’s fabulous food markets.

Biskie inventor and London food market insider Annabel from Cutter & Squidge has spilled the beans on what’s hot on the London street food scene right now.

1. Go Local
What? Growing numbers of market traders are using ingredients sourced in and around London, including honey made from city-dwelling bees and cheese made using Home Counties milk.

Where? Spitalfields Produce Market sells locally sourced vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, bread and cakes. The market is open every Friday and on the second Saturday of every month. Buy Picco Salumis at Partridges Food Market every Saturday.

2. Authentic Oriental Street Food
What? Londoners love munching on authentic Oriental street food, from Gua Bao (Taiwanese steamed milk buns filled with meat) to Jiao Zi (pan-fried Chinese dumplings).

Where? Brixton Village Market where Mama Lan serves up Beijing street food, including handmade dumplings, noodle soup and street snacks. The Dumpling Van at Partridges Food Market serves up Jiao Zi, while you can try Gua Bao by Bao London at Netil Market.

3. Real Street Food
What? Forget over-processed fare, people are turning to premium comfort food: think gourmet hot dogs and hand-dived scallops. “There is a real focus on gourmet honest food in London because people are tired of over-processed sub-standard food,” explains Annabel.

Where? Borough Market is chock-full of tempting lunch-time treats. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

4. The Biskie
What? This culinary hybrid combines a biscuit, cake and cookie to create a crisp, soft and chewy taste sensation. Exotic flavours range from bakewell tart to green tea. “We believe in letting the natural ingredients speak for themselves; we use fresh whole fruits and never use artificial flavourings or colourings,” says Biskie creator Annabel.

Where? You can buy Biskies at Saturday Food Market at One New Change (first Wednesday of the month and every Saturday) and at Partridges Market every Saturday.

5. Gourmet Snacks
What? From handmade popcorn to frozen yoghurt, marshmallows to doughnuts, gloriously decadent snacks can be found at most London food markets.

Where? Portobello Road Market sells gourmet marshmallows from The Marshmallowist every Saturday from outside The Portobello Star pub. Exotic flavours range from blueberry and Portobello Road gin to raspberry and Champagne. Feast on churros and chocolate courtesy of Churros Garcia at Portobello Road Market every Saturday, and the Real Food Market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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