Food Shopping

Food shopping has ebbed and flowed in the area over the last 15 years. Many of the butchers and green grocers are now sadly gone and replaced by Tesco. However with the recent need for lower carbon footprint food and more organic supplies, the rise of local suppliers has become sustainable .Borough market (which is 3 stops away on the Northern Line) has introduced an enormous choice of food to all those who are truly interested in their daily diets. In turn the City and Country Farmers Market which is based in the grounds of St Marks Church at the Oval saw the opportunity and opened farmers market there. It opened on a Saturday in June 2007 and still opens its gates at 10.00 and closes at 3.00, it continues to be a busy and for some rather social period The quality is very good throughout the market, although prices can vary from stall to stall,  from good value to ‘luxury’ prices.

The following can be bought

  • Bread & Cakes
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meats include organic chicken, sausages, beef and lamb.
  • Fish, Fishmongers from the Kent area regularly visit
  • Butter & Cheese   Cheeses include a good goat stall in addition to excellent Montgomery and other cow’s milk cheeses
  • Eggs are available from the organic chicken woman

In addition to the Oval weekly market, there is a considerable daily market at East Street in Walworth where a large selection of Fruit and Vegetables can be found in addition to the myriad of twinkling stalls.


Konditor and Cook

22 Cornwall Road



020 761 0456

As Nigella put it, ‘fabulous cakes… the sort you’d make yourself if only you had the time, energy and inclination. Although in Waterloo and Borough market they had to be included in the list for all local food lovers



322 – 324 Kennington Lane



020 7735 5853

Although a snack bar and tea room, I had to include Bellamy’s in the shopping for food section as their cakes and Quiches are exemplary.

Malenka Continental Deli

58 Brixton Road



020 7091 0882

There is a quality selection of produce from Poland, Germany, Spain, Italy and Hungary with the intention of expanding further. In addition to fresh goods of meats, cheeses, bread and olives, there are many dried and bottled delicacies.



2 Brixton Road



020 7735 2121

A range of Italian produce including homemade pasta and sausage



8 Meadow Road

London SW8

020 7735 1497

Predominantly cooked foods with a small amount of pasta and fresh produce.

Toni’s Deli

39 South Lambeth Road



020 7582 0766

Established Delicatessen selling mainly ready made dishes and incorporating a selection of pasta and wine.


Portuguese baker and delicatessen

173 – 175 South Lambeth Road London SW8

020 7735 1997

There is a range of cheese and meats located in the ‘Tapas Alley’ on South Lambeth Road.


Arch 83 Godding Street



020 7587 1830

One of the larger wine stores in London, the shop sells by the case and discounts many of its lines on multiple purchases.

Various wines are available for tasting throughout the day


296 – 300 Kennington Road




A good selection of wines, beer and spirits and based in the ‘heart’ of Kennington.

There are tastings on Saturday on a variety of wines.

P J Frankland & Son – Butcher

6 Jonathan Street,London SE11

020 7735 5627

Martin Frankland runs the last remaining independent butcher in the area. There is a daily choice of free range meat and an Organic selection to order, in season game also available. Home-made sausages, pies, pasties and home cooked ham are all available daily between 7.00am and 7.00pm.

Will deliver locally

Fishmonger in Vauxhall

Madeira So Peixw

Fresh and frozen fish

South Lambeth Road

020 7587 1470

An impressive display of fish in the Portuguese area at Vauxhall.  In addition to the fresh and frozen fish and seafood there is a good selection of vegetables.

Italo Delicatessen, Bonnington Square

13 Bonnington Square

0207 450 3773

A fantastic new (2008) addition to the area, Italo Deli a whole range of fine Italian food, including bread, salami, cheese and coffee.  Even better, they’ll do deliveries for local customers when orders are over £15.


Nine Elms

62 Wandsworth Road



020 7622 9426

The usual selection of Sainsbury’s products, including clothes, homeware and a petrol pump.



Kennington Lane,London SE11

0845 677 9387

The closest supermarket to the ‘heart of Kennington’ although not one of their larger branches. Stock and quality is inconsistent but the car park is useful. In addition to the normal groceries there is a pharmacy.


177 – 183 Camberwell New Road



This is a smaller supermarket, but one with an ethical ethos. Many products are sold with the emphasis on fair-trade, environment, sustainability and local community support with Animal Welfare high in their remit too.


Kennington Road




A well stocked ‘local’ style shop with a comprehensive line of groceries including fruit and vegetables.