Let’s Go Al Fresco!
Our guide to summery lunches from around the Market and the best places to eat them out in the open.
While the shaded tables of our covered Market are a great spot to spend your summer lunch break, if you’d rather grab a take out and make a break for the sunshine, there’s no shortage of spaces in E1 where you can catch a few rays.
What to Eat / The Heat Wave from Ahi Poké
Their menu promising Hawaiian Poké with Californian vibes makes Ahi Poké the perfect place to grab some summer-appropriate food on the go. Join the fast-moving queue and grab a ‘Heat Wave’, a delicious mix of quinoa, salmon, smashed yuzu avocado, red onion, kimchee cucumber and coriander, whose name is inspired by its Sriracha mayo dressing.
Where to Eat / Lamb Street
Find a free bench, or a comfy-looking curb, in the little modern square directly opposite the Market’s pretty Lamb Street stores. Not only is it one of the sunniest spots in E1, it’s also a prime people-watching spot. There’s even a central modern sculpture, perfect for lunchtime inspiration (and leaning on if you can’t find anywhere to sit).
What to Eat / Flank Burger
Flank’s new menu is packed with covetable dishes not to miss, from Dive Bar Wings to Smoked Brisket Naan. While everything’s available to take out, their burgers are the perfect package. Their Fried Chicken Sandwich, with fiery chilli sambal sauce, garlic mayo and sweet dill pickles is already a Market favourite. While newcomer the Classic Flank Burger, made from aged beef short rib, brisket and flank topped with sweet onions, sweet dill pickles, lettuce, mustard and ketchup, is a serious contender for London’s best burger.
Where to Eat / Christ Church Steps
A neighbourhood icon, Christ Church Spitalfields has been a meeting place for centuries. As well as offering weekly Sunday services and a unique events space, in the week its picturesque steps are the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by. Join the others lunchers and tourists on the beautiful Portland stone stairs and enjoy one of the area’s best vistas.
What to Eat / Jian Bing from Pleasant Lady Trading
Beautifully wrapped and exactly a handful, Jian Bing from Pleasant Lady Trading are the ultimate street food. Each order is made fresh… the dough batter is crisped on the traditional hot plate until golden brown, an egg is cracked, a nutty sauce is layered, and fresh vegetables added along with a choice of Jian Bing the has a choice of Iberico Char Siu Pork, Cumin spiced Lamb, or Grilled Miso Chicken. These pockets of deliciousness are best enjoyed right away, so make haste if you are heading out for some sun.
Where to Eat It / Bishops Square
Next door to the Market at Spitalfields E1 you’ll find the summer city oasis of Bishops Square. Here there’s ample bench seating, if you are lucky maybe even a deckchair, so it’s a great spot for a lunch that feels leisurely, even if you haven’t got long. Room for dessert? They often have a gelato seller here, as well as a Pimms stall. And why not? It is summer in London after all…
What to Eat / Goat Curry from Cafe Caribbean
Warren and the team at Cafe Caribbean serve up plates of sunshine all year round from their space on the Lamb Street side of the Market. While we’re mad about their Ackee and Salt Fish and Jerk Chicken, it’s the Goat Curry served with rice n peas that we just can’t live without this Summer.
Where to Eat It / Christ Church Garden
A pretty pocket of green right at the heart of E1, the gardens of Christ Church are like a little local secret, rarely noticed by the passing traffic and tourists. Proper seating space here is limited, so pack a blanket, lean on a tree, or prepare to get cosy with your neighbour on one of the highly sought after bench spots.