The colours and flavours of a multicultural London

After Thailand and before heading to Brazil, I indulged in a couple-of-weeks layover in London, to sort out some stuff and enjoy a bit of freezing weather. It happened anything that can happen in London winter time: rain, storms, snow, wind, hail and -0°s. An exhaustive sample in case I had forgot what it was like living here.

Nevertheless, I always enjoy the English capital, and since I have already visited most of its iconic landmarks, this time I decided to take my time and become a Londoner. Sort of.

What I find as one of the absolute best aspects of London is its multiculturalism, this is why for a quintessential London experience able to blend its British and cosmopolitan characters, I suggest heading to some of its markets and trying the different dishes served alongside one of their most popular eats, fish and chips.

While Portobello Market in the gentrified Notting Hill neighbourhood mainly displays the vintage and outlandish sides of the city, Brick Lane Sunday Up Market between Brick Lane and Spitalfields devotes a huge space to food stalls, showcasing an intoxicating feast of colors, smells and flavors from all over the world for a more than reasonable price: with 5£ you can order a meal at any of the stalls and be fully satisfied.

Enjoy the mouthwatering visual journey!

Welcome to Borough Market, delicious and pricey. Here you can find just about everything you are looking for.

Welcome to Borough Market, delicious and pricey. Here you can find just about anything foodie you are looking for.

Meringues anyone?

Meringues anyone?

I was literally drooling at the sight of all the cheese stalls

I was literally drooling at the sight of all the cheese stalls

Honey and pollen and all bee products, delicious

Honey and pollen and all bee products, delicious

Spices from around the world

Spices from around the world

Bread and focaccia in different tastes, keeping drooling

Bread and focaccia in different tastes, keeping drooling

Croissants can never be missing, fortunately

Croissants can never be missing, fortunately

A little history here, the original sign showing this market has been there, albeit with a different look, for a very long time

A little history here, the original sign showing this market has been there, albeit with a different look, for a very long time, selling potatoes, unsurprisingly…

The cutest mushroom stall I've ever seen

The cutest mushroom stall I’ve ever seen

We're now at Portobello Market in Notting Hill which, apart from quirky vintage, sells also food, like these delicious savoury pies

We’re now at Portobello Market in Notting Hill which, apart from quirky vintage, sells also food, like these delicious savoury pies

Savoury pies with different fillings, glad to see how huge the vegetarian choice was in London

Savoury pies with different fillings, glad to see how huge the vegetarian choice was in London

Savoury and sweet so we don't need to look further

Savoury and sweet so we don’t need to look further

Cakes were all over the place, the passion fruit one was divine, indeed

Cakes were all over the place, the passion fruit one was divine, indeed

More cakes

More cakes

Welcome to Brick Lane, picturesque, quaint and multicultural. Every weekend a lovely market sprawls all around this area, from here to Spitalfields.

Welcome to Brick Lane, picturesque, quaint and multicultural. Every weekend a lovely market sprawls all around this area, from here to Spitalfields.

The Chinese stall at Brick Lane Sunday Up Market

The Chinese stall at Brick Lane Sunday Up Market

Tibetan food

Tibetan food for the case of an always multicultural London

Flavors from Thailand

Flavors from Thailand

Moroccan here, if I'm not mistaken

Moroccan here, if I’m not mistaken

This was heaven, I came two Sundays on a row to Brick Lane market only because of this stall. Vegetarian Ethiopian, try their typical Ethiopian spongy bread as a pancake filled with sauces and beans, you'll thank me later

This was heaven, I came two Sundays on a row to Brick Lane market only because of this stall. Vegetarian Ethiopian, try their typical Ethiopian spongy bread as a pancake filled with sauces and beans, you’ll thank me later

Haven't tried this one, too much meat for my system, but don't they look like a rap band ready to sing?

Haven’t tried this one, too much meat for my system, but don’t they look like a rap band ready to sing?

Sweets and cakes in Brick Lane, just if you are not satisfied enough

Sweets and cakes in Brick Lane, just if you are not satisfied enough

This was in Old Spitalfields Market, another vegan food stall, specialized in salads of all kinds and with the most delicious type of hummous with herbs and spices you will ever find. Here too I came two Sundays on a row just for the hummous.

This was in Old Spitalfields Market, another vegan food stall, specialized in salads of all kinds and with the most delicious type of hummus with herbs and spices, you will ever find. Here too I came two Sundays on a row just for the hummus.

 

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12 Comments
  1. There’s so much available in London, even in smaller neighborhoods/squares. You could spend a week just zipping from one set of vendors to another. Don’t forget your Oyster card – most efficient way to get around.

  2. Hey Angela
    Great photolog this one. I am literally hungry after going through this post although I may not get any of these delicious cuisine at this time :-)
    A truly mouth watering post…could be summed up perfectly in just one word if I may: scrumptious :-)

    Only the best,
    Nikhil

  3. Ça a l’air délicieux, si je ne savais pas d’être à Londres, je me croirais en France, par exemple, ou en Sardaigne, sans oublier L’Inde!

  4. Fotografie bellissime, ti sembra di sentire il profumo del pane, dei dolci….

  5. That place looks amazing and your photographs really do it justice.

  6. Love markets and this market looks fabulous! The food looks delicious — making me hungry! Thanks for sharing. Great Photos!

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