There’s a hysterical scene in the Brit classic Absolutely Fabulous “Ab Fab” where Patsy and Eddy drive their Alfa Romeo literally up to the front door of uber chic fashion mecca Harvey Nichols. They fill up three carts and steal a case of champagne. It’s a fabulously chic dream to do the daily shopping in such a beautiful space, and completely removed from every day life. Especially during the holidays, visiting amazing markets can be a great way to spend the day and pick up a few luxurious food gifts. We do have markets of our own in New York, but none can compare to the beauty and history-filled romance of the markets in London.
Harrods Food Hall
Where kings and queens get their provisions. Amazing architecture and even more amazing selection of top notch produce. Harrods began as a humble grocer and tea merchant in 1834. During the holidays it does get jammed, but you just have to keep calm and carry on shopping.
Fortnum and Mason
Founded in 1707, Fortnum’s is the purveyors of the best teas, wines foods and hampers in the world. Amazing packaging and tasty teas and cookies, it’s a very popular spot for gift shopping.
Borough has long been synonymous with food markets and as far back as 1014, and probably much earlier, London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. In the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since.
A must: get the toasted cheese sandwich from Kappacasein
One of the oldest markets in London, over eight hundred years! Top restaurants around the country buy their meat at this wholesale meat market.
Old Spitalfields Market
Built in 1876, it is one of the finest surviving Victorian Market Halls in the capital. Nestled in the cobbled streets between Brick Lane and Bishopsgate, Old Spitalfields Market is steeped in history; a market has operated on the site since the 1600s. (During the same time American folks were knee deep in dirt and Captain John Smith was flirting it up with Pocahontas).
Leadenhall Market is one of London’s hidden gems and is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation since 1411. Under the elegant Victorian roof there are stalls selling flowers, cheese and meats, and also various speciality shops, pubs and restaurants. Stop by Hotel Chocolat for some fabulous handmade chocolates.