It’s rare that I venture out of my south-east enclave, but when I do, Spitalfields has the pull factor to east London. Many of the traders I found at Peckham Salvage Yard (which you can read about here) have a weekend stall at its divine indoor market. And while you shop up an appetite, there’s no shortage of dining options.
This is the first post of a series I’m putting together, which aims to help Airbnb guests (whether to my home or others’) find ways to enjoy London without having to go down a route of ‘tickbox travelling’. If you’ve got any of your own suggestions, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll hopefully include it later in the series!
Anyway, these photos aren’t going to salivate over themselves; so it’s back to the bites.
Every Friday, Spitalfields plays host to a number of delicacy-filled food stalls for the Startisans Market. It celebrates the capital’s newest generation of food start-ups and artisans with a stall for every different world cuisine you can think of. From Columbian Arepas to Greek Souvlaki, try some new flavours and support these amazing street food vendors.
There are plenty of food trucks at Spitalfields E1, and each one is full of flavour and authenticity. For a soul-nourishing breakfast, head to Le Swine for the best bacon butty in London. Take your taste buds to the states with an authentic Philly cheesesteak from the Liberty Cheesesteak Company. Look out for the signature pinstripe food truck!
And if that’s not enough, check out the UK’s first duck-only restaurant, The Duck Truck. Try out mouth-watering goodies like the duck burger (above) and duck fat chips, or go for a (slightly) healthier option with pan fried duck breast & pomegranate salad.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then look no further. Cake wizards Konditor & Cook have giant brownies to die for. If you fancy a smaller snack, head to Lola’s for the prettiest cupcakes in London. You’ll also find Crosstown Doughnuts for experimental treats such as crème brûlée or apricot and lavender doughnuts.
If that isn’t enough, Spitalfields E1 has recently welcomed three new food traders! Say hello to Smokoloko, serving delicious smoked meats out of a locomotive-turned-barbeque. I’d suggest getting yourself some warm, cheesy goodness from The Toastie Truck, or check out the super stacked bagel burger from The London Bagel Co.
To reiterate, this is the first post of a series that aims to help travellers find ways to enjoy London without having to go down a route of ‘tickbox travelling’. Want to see something in the series? Comment and if it’s a good’un, I’ll be sure to include it!