Brockley Market

IN A NUTSHELL

Celebrating its 5th anniversary in September 2016, Brockley Market is one of London's newest markets, located in increasingly trendy South East London. The award-winning weekly food market was launched by founder and photographer Toby Allan in response to the area's previous lack of quality produce.

Today the young, thriving market is a hive of activity, boasting top quality, seasonal produce and a buzzing street food scene. From a Great British breakfast, to a continental brunch or a Lebanese lunch, the street food vendors of Brockley Market cook up a true smorgasbord of tempting treats from all over the world – perfect for foodies with adventurous tastes.

ABOUT THE MARKET

Located in Lewisham, a stone's throw from New Cross, Greenwich and Deptford, this easily accessible South London market is a "must-visit" spot for keen cooks and dedicated foodies, both from the local area and further afield.

With top quality produce including freshly caught seafood, locally roasted coffee, award winning teas, organic bread, charcuterie, spices, culinary plants and flowers, Brockley Market is an absolute treasure trove for food lovers, whether searching for inspiration for their next dish, or just looking to sample some seriously scrummy street food.

A warm and welcoming market, Brockley has launched numerous street food stalwart’s careers including occasional visits from Convent Garden's The Bowler, where you’ll discover an array of meatballs and "vegballs" inspired by diverse world cuisines on offer. The Bowler's founder explains: "I count my first outing to the inaugural Brockley Market as the start of my street-fooding. Brockley is such a great market for its produce and hot food and continues to hold a very special place in my history and heart". Don't miss the chance to sample The Bowler's insanely good pork shoulder & beef chuck steak meatballs in homemade spiced tomato sauce.

If meatballs don't take your fancy, heed food blogger Helen Graves' advice and grab a chargrilled cauliflower wrap from Mike & Ollie. A trip to Oli Baba's stall is also well worth it. Their "meat-free Levantine cuisine, combining traditional, authentic Middle Eastern ingredients with local British, seasonal produce" is a foodie's dream. Do yourself a favour and try the halloumi fries served with za'atr yoghurt, pomegranate molasses, mint, sumac and pomegranate seeds.

For something slightly less virtuous (but no less delicious), make your way to Sub Cult’s stall to put some "soul in your roll". The relative street food newcomers have been going from strength to strength, winning two British Street Food Awards in 2015 and reaching third place on Time Out’s top 50 street food vendors list. The team were "inspired by the new wave of chefs and foodies leaving their kitchens and respective offices to bring restaurant quality food to the streets". Pick up their Submarine sub for a real treat.

THINGS TO DO NEAR LEWISHAM

It may not be the most glamorous part of London, but the South East is seriously up-and-coming, with dozens of cool corners well worth exploring. Easy to access via the DLR, with a very handy bus network, mean that things to do near Lewishamand Brockley Market abound, especially if you enjoy great food and an underground vibe.

Head to nearby Peckham to enjoy treats and drinks from passionate vendors in on-trend spots. Take in amazing views of London from the South at Frank’s (on top of Peckham’s multi storey car park) in the summer months, stop by local Persian institution Persepolis for exotic ingredients and incredibly affordable, lovingly made mezze, grab an authentic taste of Peckham from JB’s Soul Food & Jerk Chicken, watch a rooftop movie at the Bussey Building or get down and dance crazy at the institution which is CLF Art Cafe’s South London Soul Train.

For a more upmarket day out, hop five minutes down the DLR to Greenwich, where you can explore the sprawling park, stand on the Meridian Line, visit the Royal Observatory, check out the Cutty Sark, stop in at the National Maritime Museum and explore its own vintage market. For the best cuppa and cake in the area, take a saunter over to the quiet, unpretentious and charming Royal Teas.

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