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Monday, 26 May 2014

London Food Markets #2 - Real Food Festival

Second on my list of London food markets to visit was the Real Food Festival at Southbank.

Located just a 2 minute walk from Waterloo station, the Real Food Festival provides an amazing range of fresh produce and street food stalls. Not only that, but as part of the Southbank Centre, it is a very short walk to ever enjoyable liveliness of the Festival Riverside walk.
Although fairly small in size, the market does seem to offer everything you could possibly wish for on a sunny weekend afternoon...

...fresh fruit and veg

...a plentiful supply of bread, meat and cheese

...something sweet

...and arguable the most important ingredient, alcohol!

Of course if you're looking for something a bit more 'ready to eat', you can pick a treat from the numerous street food stalls and vans

All of which are served with a smile by the friendly stall holders!

Well, nearly a smile...
In all honesty, the Real Food Festival does suffer from the same affliction as Borough (which I reviewed in my first post of this series), in that it's just too popular for its own good. The small size of the market, combined with the popularity of the Southbank, means that at peak lunch times the stalls are almost impossible to see properly

However time your trip well (and as you can see below, the market runs for a long time each weekend), and there is a lot to enjoy about Southbank's Real Food Festival

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