A Photo Tour of London’s King’s Road Market

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Has The Mouse gone abroad? Hehe, not at all.

You know how I love pictures—especially when they involve food. (Check out my photo tours of Boston’s legendary Haymarket, Brooksby Farm in Peabody, Lyndell’s Bakery, and Salem at Halloween.)

My dear friend Kang over at London Eater kindly agreed to do a photo tour of London’s King’s Road Market for me.

Kang is eating his way through London—and sharing the experience with inimitable excitement, charm, and style. Oh, and knowledge. He knows a thing or two about good food. Check out his blog and I think you’ll see why we’re so fond of him here at The Hungry Mouse.

One quick note…we have a new format!


I wanted to bring the site more in line with the way I present my recipes: visually. That’s why we’ve smooshed our layout around to make more of our content readily accessible and user friendly for you. We hope you guys like it!

And with that, take it away, Kang!

Walk with me at King’s Road Market in London, won’t you?

by Kang Leong of London Eater

Writing my first guest post for an American audience had me scratching my head about how to best describe the city I live in. London has had its fair share of US media attention. I can remember when Ross went to London to get married and Rachel shared a plane with Hugh Laurie (Now Dr. House, then one part of the acclaimed British comedic duo Fry & Laurie — yes folks, he is indeed, English.)

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And then of course, there was that film about a fictional American mega star (played by Julia Roberts) falling in love with Hugh—Mr. Floppy Hair—Grant. It sent (and continues to send) millions of tourist from all over the globe to the now legendary Portebello Market in Notting Hill, London. I’m about to burst bubbles because Portebello ain’t the only cool food market in the Big Smoke—there are cooler ones.

How many more?

The short answer is a lot more, certainly within London, there are plenty of food markets set up along closed roads during the weekends where locals can buy fresh produce.

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The great thing about food markets of course, is the buzz, the atmosphere of bustling haggling, the chatter from the crowds and the smell. Oh, the smell always gets me going.

I live in a fairly affluent part of London in the Kensington & Chelsea borough, the main high street for that part of London is called King’s Road—it’s where Prince William’s girlfriend lives. In addition to a smattering of shops of all sorts of posh brands which I will never afford; it is home of Saatchi Galleries and it turns into a mini food market on weekends.

Let’s get the tour on the road

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So you may or may not have noticed but in London , we like our sweet things. At least I do, pudding is the most important part of my meal (I never miss out) and one of the food trends on the rise over on this side of the pond are cupcakes. I managed to snap a picture of quite a beautiful rainbow of colours on sale at the cupcake vendor. Mmmm.

Now here’s a little known fact about London—it’s completely multicultural and that means that it is possible to find rather authentic world cuisines as there are large communities dotted around the city to support those foods.

Here, is a vendor selling some Malaysian curry puffs:

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Right next to some brilliant French style artisan breads.

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Over in Europe, we love our stone baked breads and sourdoughs, bit of Serrano or Parma ham, bit of mozzarella, in the oven for 10 minutes and that’s the making of a great lunch.

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Speaking of cured meats, here’s the man in charge of a delicious leg of parma ham. Yum. Perhaps the greatest bit about food markets is the people. He saw me snapping away at all the wonderful food and as I panned my camera to him, this dude jumped back from his ham and gave me a “whoa”.

Whoa.

The raw stuff
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Personally, I think that the best beef in the world is Kobe beef. I’ve had Australian wagyu, which is nice, but it pales in comparison with the Japanese stuff. I’ve only ever had low grade Kobe beef and I’ve heard great things about Prime USDA beef, but they don’t export to the UK, so I can’t really deliver my piece about it.

As for British beef, it may not have the best rep but it’s actually pretty good. No let me rephrase, English beef is horrible, but Scottish Beef is gold. They come from the Aberdeen Angus breed and I’m guessing it has something to do with the healthy grass diet and the rain in Scotland. Scotch beef is full of flavour, tender and when dry aged properly, can rival the best of them out there.

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Scotland also means rock oysters!!

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Yet more sweet things in the form of pastry. Lots of icing and this picture with all the Burgundian red reminds of the Christmas that’s just gone.

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And speaking of the multiculturalism, here’s a shot of some Mediterranean food.

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And some Caribbean delights! While the food looked great, the shop owner didn’t quite appreciate me snapping photos of her food and I was turned away moments after I took the shot.

Lasting moments

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I’m really more a coffee than a tea person and if you’re looking for the real cream tea, you need to head north to Yorkshire than in London. Having said that, it’s still a lovely basket of scones there. Mmmm…

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Finally, it just would be injustice if I didn’t include a picture of pie! The usual suspects come in flavours of chicken and mushroom, cheese and onion but my favourite has got to be steak and Guinness. If you’re ever on the wrong side of the Atlantic, this should be at the top of your eating list.

And that’s it, I hope you enjoyed this little virtual trip around this London food market, hope I did sufficiently to whet your appetite and perhaps tempt you to do a trip to London in the near future. ‘Til then, happy eating!

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Kang Leong runs London Eater, a food blog about the best places to grab a bite in London, as well as commentary on general food trends, latest developments in London, and wine. Go have a nibble with him at LondonEater.com.

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Copyright 2008-2009 The Hungry Mouse/Jessica B. Konopa. All rights reserved. Content and pictures for “Walk with me at King’s Market Road, won’t you?”, copyright Kang Leong, republished here with permission.

19 COMMENTS

  1. wow – such a fabulous post! Makes me feel better about leaving NYC to go back to Europe. Because from Zurich I can always just on an Easyjet plane and about 2 hours later I’m in London! How cool is that? Moving back may not be so bad afterall 🙂

  2. Jessie – thank you for the chance to guest blog here, I really am honoured 😀 and I think everyone is pretty much in agreement that the redesign is really slick! I love the feature article dominating the top of the page with the rotating popular posts on the side – it’s really eye catching and also showcases your wonderful photos of your recipes, yummy 🙂

    Elisa – lol, glad to hear you enjoyed the post!

    Hugging the coast – Im happy that it evoked memories of your holidays – that’s always a good sign!

    Alisa – glad you felt hungry 😛

    Natasha – thanks so much!

    Jessie – thank you! do check your email too, I sent something your way, hope you will like it 😀

    Mara – lol! yes do come!

    Olga – glad you felt hungry – that’s the desired effect 😀

    Bunny – Thank you for the kind words!

    Gera – thank you so much again for your comments 😀

  3. What beautiful photos. It reminds me of the outdoor market I visited in Budapest in October. These London pics make me sigh and smile with wishes to go back to Hungary. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hey Ryan, This market is in King’s Road London , nearest tube station is Sloane Square and it is right outside the Saatchi and Saatchi Gallery , hope that helps!

  5. Hi Kang,
    I am going to visit London next week and my sister told me about this excellent food market in King’s road. So, while I was searching in internet to find when this food market takes place, I found your site, and I admired these extremely gourmandizinggggggggg photos of yours!
    I would be grateful if you give me any information on which day/week/… this food market takes place.
    Thanks in advance
    maria

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