Exmouth Market

In A Nutshell

Effortlessly fashionable, Exmouth Market offers irresistible weekday lunch eats from around the world, right in the heart of London, a short stroll from Sadler’s Wells Theatre and King’s Cross. Whether you’re peckish for a salt beef sandwich, hungry for hearty Ghanaian stew or in the mood for artisan mac & cheese, you’ll find the perfect treat to tantalise your tastebuds at this lunchtime, weekday market.

Open Monday to Friday, from noon until 3pm, this popular market entices a loyal crowd, getting particularly busy on Thursdays and Fridays. Although dedicated to delicious street food from around the world, the market is also a great spot for London shopping and restaurant, with dozens of stores and eateries lining the street itself.


If you’re feeling hungry around lunchtime in Central or East London, Exmouth Market is exactly where you want to head, especially if you’d like to try something brand new. A short walk from King’s Cross, Angel, Russell Square and Farringdon, this well connected weekday market features flavours from every corner of the globe.

For something you’ve never tried before, head to Ghanaian street food innovators Spinach & Agushi. Their incredible aubergine and courgette stew with chicken thigh in rich palmnut sauce is a true taste sensation. For something authentically home-grown, Nana Fanny’s salt beef is an absolute "must try", made to Nana Fanny’s 1944 secret recipe in East London by her descendants for over 75 years. For an equally big dose of flavour, this time from South of the Border, make sure you stop by Freebird Burritos, to add your choice of filling and sauces to your pick of meal. We’d recommend the smoked shredded beef - smoked over hickory wood for 12 whole, flavour-instilling hours.

With over 20 lunchtime vendors to choose from, there is plenty of foodie goodness for food-lovers of all tastes at Exmouth Market. Once you’ve found your ultimate treat, head towards Exmouth Market’s 100 year old church and discover the hidden park behind it to locate the perfect spot to enjoy your grub in peace, with plenty of seating. Missed the market? Don’t panic, the street itself is full of yummy cafes and restaurants, along with tempting, independent stores for keen shoppers.


Whether you’re eagerly waiting for the lunchtime market to open, or need to walk off your yummy lunch after diving in to Exmouth Market’s delicious stalls, you’ll find an abundance of great things to do in Islington near the market itself.

For an educational day out, the Charles Dickens Museum located towards Russell Square offers a fascinating insight into the life and literary world of one of London’s most famous authors. While, towards Farringdon, the Barbican hosts regular exhibitions of art, photography and more alongside its world class schedule of incredible music, dance, theatre and cinema.

If you’re searching for even more culture, the Victoria Miro Gallery is well worth a visit for any lover of contemporary art, while the Shaw Theatre presents an eclectic programme of shows and St Luke’s hosts the London Symphony Orchestra for both practice and performances in a stunning setting.

The very finest in British and world dance can be discovered at the famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre, a short walk from Exmouth Market. Whether contemporary dance, ballet, hip hop or Bollywood dance take your interest, you’ll discover something inspiring in Sadler’s Wells’ schedule.

If you’d like to take a stroll after your excellent, Exmouth Market lunch, Regent’s Canal offers the perfect opportunity to walk off your food. More intrepid visitors can walk West along the water, all the way to London’s well-known Regents Park, home to London Zoo.

For nightlife close to Exmouth Market, modern music lovers should make their way to Scala, while those with a more folky bent should look up Islington Folk Club. For something completely out of the ordinary, why not visit Dans le Noir for dinner in the pitch black, served by blind waiters? Alternatively, close by, offal innovators St. JOHN specialise in dishes which use the whole of the animal - not one for the faint-hearted.

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