REAL FOOD MARKETThe South Bank isn’t just home to theaters and art galleries: it boasts an ever-rotating selection of 40 food stalls that provide a perfect lunchtime alternative to the chain restaurants in the area. Real Food, a culinary festival organizer with links to world-class chefs like Raymond Blanc, handpicks every food vendor for their impeccable quality and environmental credentials: expect grass-fed beef burgers, sustainably sourced smoked salmon and locally brewed beer.
For real meaty goodness, the Polish Deli London serves up deliciously juicy traditional smoked Polish hot dogs with coleslaw and gherkins, while The Frenchie’s sells duck confit in a soft brioche bun, topped with caramelized onions and grilled smoked cheddar. You’ll also find a smattering of artisanal food producers: it’s a great place to pick up more exotic wares, like premium coffee beans from The Ethiopian Coffee Company or locally made venison chili chorizo from Cannon & Cannon.
Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road; Friday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Real Food Market website