Food markets have always been a staple of daily London life, where people went for their week's groceries and to catch up with the local gossip. South London's Borough Market was the first gastronomic star, turning from traditional fruit and veg stalls to somewhere you could buy hand-rolled pasta and fresh oysters, seaweed still intact. It attracted so many visitors it has now expanded threefold, with off shoot markets, as well. Borough Market was just the first however; East London's Broadway Market soon followed suit.
In recent years, perhaps a product of these uncertain times of recession, a veritable army of culinary creatives has emerged offering everything from kimchi burgers to colonial style kedgeree in roving street stalls and food trucks, just as we've seen around the globe. It seems these days that the whole world and their dog are gourmands, in fact, you can even buy gourmet dog food at some of the more chichi markets.
The city's hunger for street food shows no sign of abating, and more markets than ever have popped up to cater to the epicurean masses. This list covers the whole gamut, from traditional local fruit and veg markets that have been here since the 19th century through to Friday night foodie festivals in Dalston, fast becoming the of-the-moment alternative to restaurant dining.