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It’s a happy thought that so much of the best and most traditional English food and drink suits the winter months so well! Lovely summer trifles with strawberries and Victoria sponge cake with jam and cream all have their place in our hearts, but winter is when English food shines and satisfies.  What you need this time of year are pies, puddings, spiced biscuits, roasts with gravy & all the trimmings and some good cheese.

Staying in one of our holiday short lets London this winter? Come with us on a culinary tour of the capital and find out who is offering the best seasonal fare in town.


The Real Food Market close to King’s Cross Station is especially festive and friendly now and you will find many stalls offering the very best seasonal wares such as pies, hampers, a wide selection of cheeses, puddings and cured meats. The justifiably famous and always wonderful Borough Market is another one that delights and temps you even more than usual in the winter. This year we are told that the mulled English cider, hot gingerbread and nutmeg jam are not to be missed. We have plenty of holiday short lets London close to both of these central neighbourhoods.


Fortnum and Mason’s Department Store on Piccadilly has plenty of old world charm and sophistication. You will be amazed at the range and variety of the beautiful chocolates and tea on sale here, in fact, this beautiful store is world famous for both! The Champagne Truffle Drum (a beautiful grey and green container rather like a small hat-box!) is their best seller.  Come and peruse the hampers, large and small, the champagne & wine, the teas and coffees, spiced and flavoured or otherwise, plus some lovely liquors and preserves.


London’s pubs have come a long way, especially those serving food.  There are some truly amazing public houses serving traditional English food of the highest quality now in London Town, with plenty of flair and style!

Smokehouse in Islington is the gastro pub to choose for traditional roasts and other lovely meat dishes, grilled over charcoal and locally sourced. There will be some proper English puddings on offer here too, served with custard or cream. The selection of beer and ale is outstanding and the wine comes from small, family run vineyards.
The Harwood Arms in friendly Fulham has a Michelin star and it’s own vegetable roof garden – what’s not to like about that?  Wander down the pretty side streets of this popular and pleasant neighbourhood and pop into the Harwood – it is likely to be the best pub lunch you have ever had in central London.  Fulham is one of the most popular choices in our holiday short lets London repertoire.


There aren’t many real greasy spoon caff’s left.  These are the old fashioned, traditional cafes where the tea is served strong and in large mugs, (it’s known as builders tea.)  You can get your full English breakfast (eggs, sausage, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms and toast) here, served the way it should be!
The Regency Cafe in Westminster is a very popular greasy spoon which has been voted one of London’s best and most charming. Westminster is, of course, one of the most cultured and historically interesting parts of London to choose a holiday short lets London to stay in.



Stroll over to Brick Lane Market from your short let london home

Brick Lane has become one of the most well known of London Street markets. The Indian restaurants lining half the street are legend; the bagel deli’s often have queues reaching out of their doors and onto the street; and the shops and market stalls dedicated to vintage clothing are numerous and stuffed with great finds.  Any of our fabulous short let London homes will have a quick and easy journey time to Brick Lane Market where you can browse, shop, marvel and eat to your heart’s content.


Brick Lane is well worth seeking out when you visit London and is easy to get to from any of our short let London holiday homes.  If you are after kitsch collectables and unique clothing items that would not sit well in a high street store on Oxford Street, this is the place to come.  Find an original and quirky gift for yourself or a loved one, a fun piece of bric-a-brac, or a lovely accessory or piece of clothing that will have you explaining to everyone who sees you where you bought it. Come early to nab the bargains and the best that the markets have to offer, before the crowds arrive – it will be worth it.

After all that browsing and haggling, you will need to re-charge your batteries.  Choose from the many excellent Indian and Bangladeshi curry houses all around Brick Lane that have some of the best food of this kind in all of London. Don’t fancy a curry?  There are many food stalls inside the market offering up a wonderful variety of local and international wares that are too lengthy to go into here. Rest assured you will not go hungry! When you need a good cup of coffee later in the day, the local Italian cafes will be happy to help.


The Old Truman Brewery now known as Brick Lane Market houses several markets which are:  The Sunday Upmarket, The Backyard Market, The Tearooms, The Boiler House Food Hall and finally, The Vintage Market. The Vintage Market is definitiley one of the most popular and you will find vintage clothing and accessories here from the 1920’s to the 1990’s and also vintage records and other bric a brac. Check the Brick Lane Market website for opening hours and more information about each of the markets before leaving your short let London apartment to avoid disappointment.


Without a doubt it is the street art that gives Brick Lane real curb appeal and has everybody snapping away on every corner, so go with your camera for a real sensory feast. The art is ever changing, expanding and moving around, as new artists arrive, eager to impress –  so even if you have been before, it’s worth coming again to see what’s new. This urban art on London’s ancient and historical streets and walls will thrill and amaze all generations; it is the old and the new working together in a thrilling, exciting way.

Whether you have chosen a short let London home in the cool East End or the historic City, make sure you head off to Brick Lane Market to have a good look around. There is something here for everybody.