Food markets have become a part of London’s fabric in recent years, as people are increasingly comfortable with the notion of eating exotic food on the go.
A number of street food festivals have popped up in recent years, and it offers both locals and visitors a great way to sample some of the tastiest and best value food in the city. Not everyone wants to go to expensive restaurants, especially if they are just looking for a quick bite during a day of shopping, so the Boiler House Food Hall really ticks all of the boxes.
The original structure dates back to the 1830s and to this day it boasts spectacular soaring ceilings and a distinctive landmark in the shape of the Truman Chimney that fits right in with trendy Brick Lanesetting. There are over 30 stalls at the food hall offering a range of international cuisine, with the flavours on offer meant to represent multi-cultural London. From Japanese and Italian, to Mediterranean and Asian fusion, there really is something for pretty much all tastes.
Since opening in 2010, this casual dining environment has proved to be hugely popular, with people coming from far and wide to enjoy the food and culture on offer. The open-plan setting means visitors don’t have to decide what they want until they get there, so you can sample cookery from as far afield as Poland, Malaysia, Morocco, Korea and Ethiopia.
Best of all, there is a secret beer garden for people to relax in after they have had something to eat. This is the perfect setting during summer months, and gives individuals the chance to recharge their batteries before checking out the other markets in Brick Lane – these are the Tea Rooms, Backyard Market, Sunday UpMarket and Vintage Market.
Saturdays 11 am to 6 pm
Sundays 10 am to 5 pm
Getting to the Boiler House Food Hall
The address is The Old Truman Brewery, 152 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU.
- The nearest Tube station is Aldgate East, which is about an eight-minute walk away. When you leave the station, head northwest on Whitechapel Road and then turn left on to Osborn Street. Walk down that road for 0.3 miles and the market will be on the right.
- The nearest overground is Liverpool Street, which is about a ten-minute walk away. When you leave the station, head southeast towards Sun Street Passage, then turn right on to Pindar Street. From here, continue on to Spital Square and follow the road to Lamb Street and Hanbury Street. Turn right on to Brick Lane and the market will be on the left.
- The 8, 26, 35 and 43, 47, 48, 67, 78, 149 and 242 bus services all pass the market.
Charges are payable on the gate to the attendants at the following car parks. All three are open 24/7 and are situated outside the Congestion Charge Zone. They are also less than five minutes walk away to the City of London:
- Brick Lane Car Park (91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL) – There is limited capacity at the weekends due to the market stalls, but a daytime pass (5 am to 7 pm) starts from £15.
- Ely’s Yard Car Park (1-15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR) – This car park is normally available every day of the week, with prices starting from £10 for a daytime pass (5.30 am to 7 pm).
Grey Eagle Street Car Park (Grey Eagle Street, London E1 6SN) – A 24-hour pass costs £10, but entry is limited to between 7 am and 11 pm.