Visit London Blog » one new change http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 London’s Top Five Street Food Trends http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/09/londons-top-five-street-food-trends/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/09/londons-top-five-street-food-trends/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:56:23 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35464

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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London Shopping News: Seven Dials Shopping Party, Soho Flea Market, Westfield Stratford City, Saturday Food Market http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/london-shopping-news-seven-dials-shopping-party-soho-flea-market-westfield-stratford-city-saturday-food-market/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/london-shopping-news-seven-dials-shopping-party-soho-flea-market-westfield-stratford-city-saturday-food-market/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 09:00:49 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33315 From fabulous flea markets to money-saving fashion events, here are London’s top shopping news stories:

Seven Dials shopping event

Great news fashion fans! Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden is hosting a traffic-free shopping evening  on 30 May where 120 stores will be offering 20% off from 5-9pm. The gorgeous shopping hub heaves with hip shops including Cambridge Satchel Company, Diesel, Kiehl’s, Office, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Superga, Twenty8Twelve and Urban Outfitters. Shoppers can also expect cutting-edge entertainment on the night – think mixology classes and balancing act window shows.

New Food Market

New market alert! One New Change Saturday Food Market is launching on 1 June with an appearance from celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine, who will be giving talks at 11am and 2pm, as well as signing copies of her new cook book Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts. After 1 June, the market will take place every Saturday from 10-4pm, serving up delicious fresh produce from across the globe.

Soho Flea Market

Roll up, roll up! Artisans, ceramicists, fashion and jewellery designers will be peddling their wares on Soho’s Dean Street on 2 June. The Soho Flea Market  will also be playing host to a slew of emerging music and comedy acts who will be performing on an outdoor stage.

Westfield Luxury Coach Service

Fancy visiting Europe’s largest shopping mall? It’s now become easier to shop at Westfield Stratford City thanks to a luxury coach service which will pick you up from central London and drop you at the East London shopping mall for five hours – just enough time to attempt to cram in the mall’s 220 shops and 70 eateries. Guests from outside the UK will be given a VIP pass, which guarantees discounts of up to 20% in a wide range of shops and restaurants. Happy shopping!

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Zizzi Opens at One New Change with Free Prosecco Bar http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/10/zizzi-opens-at-one-new-change-with-free-prosecco-bar/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/10/zizzi-opens-at-one-new-change-with-free-prosecco-bar/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:05:38 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=16344 Illustrator Amy Murray puts the finishing touches to the oven at Zizzi One New Change Illustrator Amy Murray decorates the wall at Zizzi One New Change Pizza at Zizzi Prosecco at Zizzi Zizzi One New Change Chef at Zizzi One New Change

The brand new One New Change shopping centre opens today near St Paul’s Cathedral and, to celebrate, Zizzi is opening a pop-up bar serving free prosecco and Italian nibbles.

I popped into the One New Change branch of Zizzi last night, where illustrator Amy Murray from Edinburgh College of Art was putting the finishing touches to the London-themed pictures on the walls.

The decor is inspired by the history of the local area, with milk churns and street signs for Milk Street, Bread Street and Honey Lane. Look out for the brilliant St Paul’s Cathedral picture on the pizza oven.

I enjoyed a tasty vegetarian risotto, and was impressed by the man on a neighbouring table, who devoured a huge pizza in just a few minutes. (Apparently Zizzi serves some of the largest pizzas in town.)

If you’re in the area this evening, call in for free drinks, free nibbles and a look at London’s newest shopping centre.

Zizzi’s free prosecco bar is on the ground floor of One New Change from 5.30-7.30pm today. The restaurant is also giving away free Prosecco Royales to diners, and collecting donations for the Prince’s Trust charity.

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Behind the Scenes at One New Change Shopping Centre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/10/behind-the-scenes-at-one-new-change-shopping-centre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/10/behind-the-scenes-at-one-new-change-shopping-centre/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 14:00:40 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=16175 The brown glass exterior of One New Change Jean Nouvel's architecture offers some interesting angles St Paul's Cathedral is reflected... ... and revealed! One New Change's open-plan interior One New Change office space The cool, futuristic-looking glass elevator shaft The glass and open spaces help incorporate the City surroundings One New Change liftshaft

Yesterday I got a sneak peek at One New Change – London’s newest shopping centre – opposite St Paul’s Cathedral on Cheapside in the City.

When it opens next Thursday (28 October), One New Change will have the honour of being Central London’s largest retail destination. It contains 60 stores over three floors (mostly high-end high street such as Reiss, Hobbs and Kurt Geiger) as well as several restaurants and food outlets, including Jamie Oliver‘s Barbecoa, an M&S Simply Food and a Gordon Ramsay restaurant (the latter is due to open in a few months’ time). Plus there’ll be office space for 3,000 workers.

I was impressed by the One New Change development. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the structure is predominantly steel and glass, which reflects and reveals the stunning St Paul’s in myriad ways. I also liked the fact the brown and red-tinted glass seemed to pay homage to the 70s styling of the nearby Barbican.

I was taken up to the roof – a huge space that’ll be open to the public and gives access to an incredible London panorama that takes in the London Eye, The Shard, The Barbican, the tip of The Gherkin and, of course, St Paul’s. (Photos from the roof are embargoed until next week so I can’t share them yet. But check our Flickrpool from next Thursday: www.flickr.com/groups/visitlondon)

Best of all, One New Change is handily located a short(ish) walk from VL Towers. I think I’m going to be a regular visitor!

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