London Slow Food & Living Market~

London’t first slow food Sunday market features produce from 30 vendors and artisans selected for exceptional quality.
It is the only dedicated slow food market in London and is located on High Holborn Street.
Slow food refers to regionally produced, fresh, clean produce, which has been thoughtfully harvested using responsible practices.
The aim of the market is to foster connections, and a sense of community between small scale rural producers, and urban London dwellers.
There is amazing chocolate and lots of it!
The items for sale here are not mass produced. The food takes time and care to produce.
Obviously, it is much better for you, and tastes entirely better then the produce created by large scale agri-businesses so prevalent in the USA.
Fresh tomatoes burst with flavor like tomatoes should, and bread is prepared from scratch and tastes divine.
There are wonderful local artists with displays as well. All in all it makes for a most enjoyable, and tasty, Sunday stroll!
Cheers to you from London’s Slow Food Market~
For more about Slow Food in the USA, check out:

205 thoughts on “London Slow Food & Living Market~

  1. WE need people like this in this world to come together to grow food the way it was meant to be grown. It has grown so difficult to find food that even tastes good anymore. No taste means dead food. Even the organic foods are tasteless. I remember the days of my youth when food tasted SO good. How I long to have those days back again! Beautiful post, Cindy!!! Just beautiful!!! Love, Amy ❀

    • You are so right. I suspect there are hordes of people who have no idea how fresh picked and properly grown produce is even supposed to taste. How can we ask people to eat fruit and vegetables when the junk they buy at the grocery store is utterly tasteless.?

  2. Great post! I LOVE markets and have a ton of pictures from them. There are markets like this one in the USA as well, as in any other place in the world. I have to write a blog one day πŸ™‚ I have amazing pictures from a State fair in Utah, USA. Thank you for sharing!

    • The best food of this nature that I have had in the US in the Amish and Mennonite communities. It tastes utterly unlike the food one buys in the grocery store. We do have an active slow food movement in the US, see the link, and people can google where to find the closest slow food market.

      • True, it tastes different. My grandmother was a self-sufficient farmer who went to the grocery shop to mostly buy her salt and sugar. I used to be quite spoiled with a quality food, and it was hard to get used to the regular products. I guess the world’s population doubled since then and someone has to eat whatever they get…

  3. Did you see how big those cheese where? Those should be delicious. And the chocolate….. I think you took that picture not because of the chocolate but because of the stud standing behind the stand

    • Yes, that is a real problem, the more businesses that go organic, the more the prices do drop though. Many of the orchards around The Holler are organic, and they actually require less expense than the non-organic orchards, no pesticides, herbicides, leading to resistant insects, resistant plant disease, and the host of other problems organic herbicides and insecticides can create. Some orchards still aerial spray with helicopters which of course is super expensive and spread the chemicals in the wind over the organic orchards.

  4. Looks like a very interesting place, Cindy! Actually, it’s a little after midnight and I would love to have some fresh bread with butter on it. None here though. We just moved from a house to this apartment. Feeling a little disoriented right about now. Yep. yummy bread…comfort food!l

  5. I love London in the summer, I hope your having a fabulous time, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, Wigmore Hall, the West End ☺️ my brothers first job in London was in Holborn so I know this area well. I love artisan markets too, great photos.

    • It is such a fun city, and spring and summer are optimal times to visit, but a friend who lives there told me Christmas is pretty special too. I would love to spend a Christmas in Europe seeing all the Christimas displays, but all my family would need to come too!

  6. Oh, dear, if I thought I was hungry before I opened your post. Everything looks so yummy! I love our local farmers market. I would so rather buy my products from the local farmers! Great photos! πŸ™‚

  7. We love open markets like these. Food forms an intrinsic and important aspect of a nation’s culture. Fresh foodstuff and delicacies sold in the open market is as close as one can get sans a homecooked meal to an authentic culinary experience.

  8. These look fabulous! A much nicer experience than shopping in a supermarket. I love going to local markets to source food, plants and crafts.

    • I love Brazil! You definitely have more healthy growing and food production practices than is so common in the US and one can taste the difference. Good for Brazil! ❀

  9. Okay, Ging & I are in the kitchen eating like hogs now!! lol πŸ˜‰ What a beautiful market place. And the food…..Yes!!! Loved this post & the last Cindy. Sharing it now. πŸ˜‰ xoxo ❀

    • I wish I was at your place eating like a hog with you! I am dieting. I am always dieting. Except of course, when I’m not! πŸ˜‰ So great to hear from both of you and cheers, hugs, and thanks you’s two’s, are flying your way!

  10. I love that, ‘slow food’. What a perfect name for this genre of foods and art. I’m in awe of their set up too. The tents are really creative and market tables gorgeous. Even all the pots and topiaries in the background are perfectly manicured and displayed. We have a fantastic market in downtown Edmonton too. Although it doesn’t look quite this stylish, there’s an amazing array of goodies and crafts every Saturday till October. So fun to meet and chat with the person that grew your carrots πŸ˜€

    • You have an artists eye my friend and I agree, the set up here is one of the nicest I’ve seen. They had driftwood horses around that were just gorgeous. The visual appeal of the food, the booths, the artistry of it all was a treat to the eye, and of course, everything tasted awesome, so I was a very happy camper!

  11. Cindy,
    The first photo brought back wonderful memories of going to the Sunday market in Clapham last summer. The bread from that particular vendor has got to be some of the best in London! Great post. Thank you! Rona

  12. I just read an article in the latest edition of the Colonial Williamsburg mazagine. It was about the excavations done in 2013 to locate the prior market places in the historic district and present reconstruction that is going up. The article traced the origins of colonial market places to English market places, very much like what you have photographed here. Of course, guess where the English markets originated… yes, Roman and Greek forums. All roads lead to…

  13. Wish I could have dived through the computer scene and landed at that fabulous market! Don’t know if you have Masterchef over there but we’ve just finished a series here and I am hooked. My son gave me a fabulous cookbook by Matt Preston and I made a slow-cooked Beef Stew with herbed Dumplings for dinner. It had such a weird hotchpotch of ingredients like Swede, apple cider and Vegemite but it turned out really well. I watched Julie & JUlia recently and bought Julia Child’s cookbook and am working up to making the Beef Bourignon. xx Rowena

    • Cooking is so much fun and making Julia’s recipes is a blast. I make her Bourignon, potatoes dauphinese, roast chicken, many of her recipes, even though I eat much less meat these days, and only buy from organic small scale farms, which helps me cut down. One of my favorite recipes isn’t Julia’s, but Julie’s from the movie. It is the the bruschetta on sour dough that has been crisped in olive oil. Julia makes it in the movie and I found the recipe. Everyone says it is the best bruschetta they have ever had. These recipes are phenomonal for special occasions. If I ate them regularly, I would get fat! I am making sour dough bread today, but I doubt it will be as good as these artisan loaves!

  14. Cindy, the photos were great and I think everything looks delicious in fresh farmer’s markets. We have two downtown sidewalk days/eves. Saturday morning and a perfect mid-week Wednesdays after work, time to refill our vegetables and fruits. From May until sometime in September. After this time, our Delaware Community market is set up like a co-op in a shop. I look for sales there on things like inside herb garden produce. This was my community service announcement which you actually began!

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