It’s not often I head out for lunch at work. With five places to eat at my workplace, serving pretty much anything you can imagine, it takes some serious effort to get off my arse to go and find somewhere else to eat. Occasionally though, the intensity of my office gets to my head and I have to go out for an explore. That’s how I stumbled across Leather Lane market. I’d never heard of it before if I’m being honest – and I love a food market.
It’s probably as a result of never going exploring for lunch, and not having spent much time in this part of London before.
So forgive me if I sound a little like I’ve discovered a hidden gem – for me it is! Judging by the throngs of people also grabbing their lunch here on a sunny Thursday afternoon, it’s not a hidden gem for many!
Leather Lane market started as a bric-a-brac market. When I first arrived – starving – it threw me a little because the first stalls I came across where the bric-a-brac stalls and I was convinced I’d made a mistake. However, loads of food stalls and restaurants started to line the street. You can be guaranteed you’ll be able to find something to munch.
You’ll have probably heard of quite a few of the restaurants on Leather Lane. I’ve seen Grill My Cheese everywhere lately and I was so tempted to pick up some something. I mean, look at Baby Got Mac for God’s sake. Or don’t, the mere sight of it probably causes a heart attack. (If you do think you can handle it, you’ll find Grill My Cheese on Leather Lane Tuesday-Friday). It was a little early for me to be knocking back the pints, but if you find yourself on Leather Lane at a more decent time, do head to the Craft Beer Co. I’m already a fan of their base in Clapham.
Other places I would have loved to have tried were Kin and the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. I would have loved to have tried Crosstown Doughnuts too, but they’re only there on a Friday and I was there on a Thursday. Gutted. My waistline is
probably grateful though.
I did manage to find two places to have a bite to eat though. The first was Daddy Donkey, which started out as a stall on Leather Lane but now has a more permanent home on the street. I grabbed a naked steak burrito which was pretty bloody tasty. Afterwards, I headed down to Good & Proper Tea. A tea shop is not somewhere I would usually find myself because shock horror, I don’t really like tea. But I had to try their Earl Grey & blackberry iced tea and I wasn’t disappointed. Fully recommend.
When can I go to Leather Lane?
Leather Lane street market is open between 10-2 on weekdays. However, if you’re after a particular stall, check their opening hours. Some aren’t there on some days, some are there all the time. Permanent base restaurants obviously have their own opening hours. Try and time your visit right, I’ve walked through at 11 am before to find that many of the stalls weren’t open. But when I visited for food it was the more traditional office lunch break hours and it was packed. The nearest tube station is Chancery Lane.
Let me know if you go and the food you decide to have!