London, by those who know it best!

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You get to hear my views on London a lot, where I’ve been eating, drinking holes I recommend etc etc. But hey, they say a change is as good as a rest so I thought I’d bring you London by some of the people who know it best, more bloggers of course!

Read on to discover their fav spots and you might find some hidden gems and new places to try, enjoy!

First up Miss South from North/South Food and Brixton Blog shares with us her favourite places to shop for food from afar in South London. Her book, Recipes from Brixton Village, is coming out on May 22nd.

Crackerjack Food and Wine, 394 Brixton Road SW9 SW9 7AW

It looks like a standard Sarf Lahdahn neighbourhood food store but when the neighbourhood is Brixton, you’ll understand the appeal.  Packed with Filipino, Colombian, Polish and African Foods, I get a lot of inspiration and cured meats from here. Don’t miss the frozen arepas or Colombian corn pancakes for a great breakfast.

Khan’s Bargains, 135 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST

Set aside at least an hour for a trip to the world of Khan’s.  This enormous shop stocks everything.  I love the wall of pulses, get giddy in the spice aisle, snap up amazing oils for both food and face and get my kitsch fix throughout the store.  A visit to Khan’s is a bit like a holiday.

Longdan Express,128 132 Walworth Road, London SE17 1JL

Another shop just made for a good browse.  I take a list of the Chinese and Vietnamese goodies I need, wander up and down then buy twice as much as I came for.  Why is shopping so much more fun when you’re not quite sure what you are buying? I work up an appetite and then visit next door for dumplings and summer rolls.

Next up, for all you street food fans, London Street Foodie Victoria Stewart tells us which stalls to head to for the tastiest bites South of the River!

Brockley Market Lewisham College Car park, SE4

This is one of my favourite markets in London because it combines fresh produce with hot, high quality street food. Mike from Mike & Ollie, a weekly trader, forages for a lot of his ingredients before turning them all into fresh homemade wraps. It’s one of the best places to come for Saturday brunch (I also love Fleisch Mob’s sandwiches) then take home a shortbread owl from Cinnamon Tree Bakery to eat for tea, and fish to cook for supper. Organiser Toby Allen has just been granted permission to start a similar one in Wapping on Sundays.

Every Saturday

Maltby Street Market: Ropewalk 41 Maltby Street, SE1

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People are quick to compare this with Borough Market down the road, but really this very special market has a completely different personality being small, friendly and sociable. People make pilgrimages across London at weekends for the St John doughnuts. These are brilliant, but should you trek across the city to find they have all sold out, my recommendation is to head to nearby Monty’s Deli stall for the pastrami and salt beef sandwiches which are so big you should really share them – but you won’t want to. After that buy almost any of the charcuterie from Islington-based business Cobble Lane Cured, or wonderful smoked salmon from Hansen & Lyderson, and finish up with a salted caramel Bad Brownie or a waffle with toasted coconut marshmallows on top from Waffle On.

Every Saturday and Sunday.

Last but by no means least, Rosana McPhee from Hot and Chilli tells us her favourite spots when only the most delicious food is going to fill that hole!

Fujiyama Japanese Noddle Bar: Brixton 5-7 Vining Street

My favourite place for some sushi-love. They also serve bentos, soups, rice and delicious noodle dishes. Fresh and tasty Japanese fare at great prices. They also, have a lunchtime deal menu.

Eat in and take-away delivery within 3 miles.

Le DeliCorner, Brixton, 21 Upper Tulse Hill SW2 2SD

Small, clean and stylish cafe located at Upper Tulse Hill. Great coffee, sourdough breads and small but well formed deli. Fantastic and friendly service with WiFi. Good variety of freshly made sandwiches, continental breakfasts, soups, light lunches and it will be open till late from April. A hidden gem in Brixton Hill!

Bravi Ragazzi, Streatham, 2a Sunnyhill Road SW16 2UH

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Keeping the tradition of Neopolitan Pizza alive in Streatham. A delightful and surprisingly good sourdough pizza baked in a wood fired oven. You see your pizza being prepared and baked. Eat in and take-away.

Have you visited any of these highly recommended spots, or got your own? We’d love to hear about it.

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