Skye Gyngell’s foodie London

The Spring chef picks her favourite markets, cafes and restaurants

Chef Skye Gyngell
Chef Skye Gyngell | Image: Matt Munro

“Spa Terminus in Bermondsey is a great food market tucked under some disused railway tunnels. It’s open to wholesalers during the week, and to everyone on Saturday mornings. My first stop there is Kappacasein Dairy – a rarity in London as its produce is made nearby, on Maltby Street. I’ll buy a slice of Bermondsey Frier cheese and some butter there, and then head to Fern Verrow, a Herefordshire biodynamic farm that brings its best produce to London on Saturdays, before visiting The London Honey Company for a delicious runny borage or a late-spring one called Isle of Purbeck.”

Spa Terminus sells organic cheese on Saturday mornings
Spa Terminus sells organic cheese on Saturday mornings
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“I often meet my daughters for a late lunch at the Rose Bakery in Dover Street Market. We’ll eat big, beautiful salads – tuna and butterbean or lentil and sweet potato – washed down with green tea. Sometimes we go to Columbia Road Flower Market for coffee and banana bread at Lily Vanilli, or we’ll drive to Violet Cakes on Wilton Way in Dalston for a cinnamon bun – chefs don’t eat properly.”

Violet Cakes in Dalston
Violet Cakes in Dalston
Fashion retailer Dover Street Market’s Mayfair store
Fashion retailer Dover Street Market’s Mayfair store

“In the evening I might meet friends at Sufi, a great Iranian place on Askew Road; I love informal restaurants and sharing food so we usually have meze – and always the excellent smoky aubergine dip. Or we sometimes have an early dinner at Barshu, a Sichuan restaurant in Soho, where we’ll eat boiled beef slices in an extremely spicy sauce before heading to the cinema.”

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Take a culinary tour of Sicily with Skye Gyngell in March-April 2017. Click here to find out more

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