Things To Do In London: Visit Sunday UpMarket, E1
If you’re wondering where I’ve been lately… well, I’ve been busy eating. Eating non-stop. Eating like there’s no tomorrow. The food in London is 100% better than up north and bless the ol’ north, they are really trying very hard but it’s style over substance. In London, I am rarely disappointed and I’m just trying to make the most of it!
Last weekend, I visited Sunday UpMarket, a market on Brick Lane that I’ve been wanting to go to for YEARS. I love the vibe in East London, it’s got a lot of character and there’s such a buzz. I guess it’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of areas, but I LOVE it.
Before my visit, I knew that Sunday UpMarket to be a great market for homegrown, independent designers and creatives (well, it is in Shoreditch, after all!) but when I arrived, it was so much more than that. It was completely different to what I was expecting – in a good way!
You know where you’re getting nearer, follow the scent of food and you’ll find The Old Truman Brewery where the market is held.
The street food stalls immediately captures your senses and you suddenly get the urge to run inside and buy a portion of EVERYTHING! The smell, the colours, OMG ALL THE FOOD! There are so many of them that they kind of upstaged the independent designer stalls which are sort of pushed towards the back.
There is such a great vibe at Sunday UpMarket, and indeed around the Brick Lane area, and I think it’s a pretty perfect way to spend a Sunday! You can see it the food being prepped and cooked, it’s all piping-hot and oh-so irresistible, and you literally don’t know where to look first. Whatever food you can think of, Sunday UpMarket has it!
There was Indian, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Moroccon, South African, Brazilian, Mexican, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Spanish… oh my god, just so much food!
It has been several weeks since I had a home cooked food and I’ve been craving my mum’s cooking so naturally it was so tempting to make a beeline for the Chinese food stalls (salt and pepper squid, sweet and sour chicken, honey chicken, chilli tofu, green pepper and black bean, pork buns, dumplings… the whole she-bang!) but there were so many different types of food to try, I resisted and decided to be adventurous.
My favourite food stall there was the Korean fried chicken (below), it was delicious and I highly recommend it if you ever visit Sunday UpMarket! Priced range from £2-£6, and the portions are quite large, so it’s pretty reasonable considering it’s London!
In total, I spent £25 there and I left feeling incredibly full. We finished off our (multiple) lunch dishes with a Portuguese Tarts, Brazilian truffles (the strawberry, and churro flavours are awesome) washed down with a chilled Pineapple smoothie.
Don’t forget to save some room in your tummy as you’re met with even more delicious food stalls down Brick Lane Market! I came away with a big box of backlava for £5 – huge slabs of backlava that lasted the entire week!
Sunday Up Market is located in The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane (basically, follow the amazing aroma of food and you’ll find your way there!).
It’s open on Sundays from 10am until 5pm and the nearest tube station is Shoreditch High Street but it’s also a short walk from Aldgate East tube station too!
TOP TIP: Go on an empty stomach and fill yourself up!!