It’s time to get Real about Food this summer


Regardless of whether you are a foodie or not, the Real Food Market is always a delight.

Boasting a wide range of local produce and giving you the chance to see rising stars that are taking the street food scene in London by storm, the festival is a fantastic day out for the whole family and will enable you to even do some of your grocery shopping in the process.

Running three days a week at the Southbank Centre, the market prides itself on offering the very best of ethically produced food and drink from over 40 stall vendors. These tend to be a mixture of individuals who rear and grow their own foods and independent local traders. It is the main ethos of the event to connect consumers with great food producers, offering an alternative to leading high-street supermarkets. Whether it is muesli cereals, meat, cheeses, seasonal fruit and vegetables, charcuterie or delicious desserts, there really is a lot to get your teeth into.

If you are visiting London on a weekend trip, and you want to take a break from all the major tourist attractions, this may be the perfect place to head to – there are even street food vendors available if you are feeling a tad peckish.

The market runs from 12pm to 8pm on Fridays, 11am to 8pm on Saturdays, and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays. It is situated on Southbank Centre Square, behind the Royal Festival Hall.

For those who still haven't had their food fix, book yourself into a London hotel and make sure to also attend the Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch. Running every Saturday until June 21st, the markets are completely free to attend and they consist of 15 street food stalls and trucks that change every week, meaning that no two visits will ever be the same. Here, you can try wood-fired oven pizza, sushi, shawarma, jerk chicken and burritos, among others.