With so many culinary influences to draw upon from a diverse population, London’s delis are some of the best in the world. It’s hard to go long without hearing of another new deli opening, while others have remained neighborhood favorites for decades. One thing is for sure, everyone has their favorite and it would be hard to complete a week of shopping without dropping by to pick up some fresh or homemade produce. Marie Teather dons her tote shopping bag and finds the best five delis in London.
With a food store, bakery, restaurant and bar, Villandry has grown to become a culinary institution. Located on Great Portland Street in Marylebone, the flagship store is an all day French restaurant, food store, bakery, and bar all under one roof. There's a huge selection of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, wine, cakes, takeaway dishes and sandwiches. It’s virtually impossible to escape without some delicious delicacy.
2 Union Market
Opened earlier this year Union Market offers everything Londoners love about delis from fabulous choice, to first-class provenance, inspired know-how, and an opportunity to buy from traceable British growers and food suppliers.
A state of the art kitchen is visible through the old ticket office counters of the former train station building, where fresh food is prepared. Weekend brunches, cream teas, full English breakfasts, healthy light lunches, salads, and snacks are available throughout the day, and the chef’s recipes will be drawn from every continent; whilst the ingredients come from closer to home.
Union Market, 472 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1BY
020 7386 2470
3 The Mount Street Deli
With an emphasis on food sourced from small artisan producers Mount Street Deli caters to Mayfair’s well-heeled clientele. The daily-changing menu offering classics such as pistachio meringues, soft and hard cheeses, artisan hams, homemade chutneys and jams, fine wines, and mountain rhododendron honey. With sleek Italian marble work surfaces the deli even goes as far to offer some of the best coffee to be fond outside of Italy.
The Mount Street Deli, 100 Mount Street, London, W1K 2TG
020 7499 6843
4 Franze & Evans
Franze & Evans is an Italian deli packed full of delicious specialties from every region of Italy as well as a selection UK delights. Drop by to fill up on hearty meal that may be lasagna, risotto, salad or soup or take away one of their homemade sauces and a bag of pasta and make your own meals at home. The store also makes sandwiches on the spot from the selection of Italian meats and cheeses.
101 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DL
020 7033 1910
5 Rossyln Delicatessen
Winner of the various Best Deli awards this historic Hampstead institution is a food lover's dream, stocking all the best produce at reasonable prices. From classy caviar and French wine to Oreo cookies for homesick Americans, this place really caters for trendy North London types.