Favourite Forks: London’s Best Summer Eats

24 July, 2014

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Rita’s Dining Pop-up at Oval Space

Rita’s Dining pop-up at Oval Space is a haven for heat-suffering Londoners, and is for sure one of London’s best summer eats. By the stark and somehow stunning old gas works, and removed from the Hackney hubbub, resides lively Rita’s – fitted with flowers and vintage pieces, blue and white-striped deck chairs, good music, and a seriously summery vibe.

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Rita’s Dining’s outrageously good buttermilk fried-chicken bun

Their singular food offering is strikingly simple and exceptionally executed: buttermilk-fried chicken with sriracha and garlic mayo and lettuce in a brioche bun. On-trend, fantastic quality and served with real generosity. Their drink options are a hoot, too; including their Dark and Stormy, punchy Aperol Spritz and, their most popular drink, the Frozen Margarita. Everybody loves a slushie – a drinks trend certainly on the up.

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A real sun spot: Rita’s Dining pop-up in Oval Space

Lima Floral

Peru’s Independence Day is on Monday, July 28th, so what better way to celebrate than with a cool, refreshing sea-bream ceviche? Their national dish and one made for the summertime.

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Sea-bream ceviche at the new Lima Floral

Lima’s new restaurant on Covent Garden’s Garrett Street embraces traditional Peruvian cuisine with their signature contemporary techniques. Lots of citrus, avocado, corn and tiger’s milk enjoyed in their welcoming and laid-back space.

Their citrusy ceviche is definitely one of London’s best summer eats, and I would recommend their unusual roast black quinoa, too. Served with an egg, sweet yakon reduction and avocado, it is an unexpected umami hit. Best paired with an ice-cold Margarita. When in Rome…

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The perfect summer tipple: a Margarita at Lima Floral

KERB at Southbank

KERB has dramatically and unapologetically returned to Southbank on select weekends over the summer – sending our Instagrams into a street-food-related tailspin.

Nothing beats browsing those stalls in the sunshine – the KERBanists, or vendors, are anything but safe – fusing and oozing with great produce, global influences and a lot of love.

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Popular cocktails at the bar at KERB Southbank

Bao London serves great little treats, like their classic milk bun Gua Boa, with slow-braised pork belly, home pickles, peanut powder and fresh coriander, and soya milk fried chicken and pomelo crunch. Annie Mae’s pimped out mac ‘n’ cheese has emerged as a firm favourite, as well as the “London via Jamaica via Atlanta” Miss P’s Barbecue, serving Georgia-style BBQ pulled pork with homemade slaw, served either in a sandwich or “skinny” – on its own.

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The classic Gua Boa at KERB Southbank. Photo credit: Leyla Kazim

Wapping Market

Describing themselves as ‘taking most of the Brockley Market Traders and plonking them in Wapping on Sundays,’ the one-month-old Wapping Market proves to be winning over London’s hungry inhabitants.

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New to town: Wapping Market. Photo credit: Wapping Market

Created by the people who are behind the beloved Brockley Market, Wapping Market boasts an impressive list of varied vendors: from Little Greenwich Smokery and their creatively smoked fish, to indulgent Crosstown Doughnuts, Mother Flipper’s legendary burgers, and lots of local farmers’ produce.

One of London’s best summer eats for a lazy Sunday, browse at your leisure their ‘locally sourced seasonal fresh fruit & vegetables, meat, fish and poultry, plants and flowers, ice-cream, award-winning coffee, artisan bread, cakes and weekend treats, quality breakfasts & brunches, charcuterie and cheeses.’

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An irresistible selection of Crosstown Doughnuts. Photo credit: Crosstown Doughnuts