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The Ultimate Guide To London’s Street Food

The Ultimate Guide To London’s Street Food

The streets of London are alive with food. From sizzling steaks to tasty Thai, nifty Nigerian pop-ups to charming cream teas, the capital is brimming with amazing street food vendors just waiting to tickle your tastebuds.

We’ve just come across this brilliant new guide to London’s street food scene, developed by the travel experts at Expedia. To whet your appetite, we’ve picked 10 of our favourites. Read on, get hungry, explore the guide, then go out for food!

Leather Lane, Farringdon

In a nutshell: Incredibly popular with workers through the week, this amazingly diverse market sits on the edge of the city, with St. Paul’s as a backdrop and the well-known and much-loved Smithfield Market just a short walk away.

Where to eat: Where to start? Try Boom Burger for amazing Jamaican grills and scintillating Spanish fare over at Embutique. There’s Thai at Kin, Mexican at Daddy Donkey, and, if you’re not hungry, a few food and clothes stalls smattered around.

What to do: After filling up, experience some of the best London has to offer. St. Paul’s, the Dickens Museum, and the Museum of London are all in the neighbourhood.

Hawker House, Canada Water

In a nutshell: London’s best-kept street food secret? Possibly. This Street Feast market, near Canada Water in south London, features 14 vendors across 2 floors of food heaven.

Where to eat: Amazing seafood at Prawnography, mind-blowing Mexican at Breddos Tacos, and Korean delights at Kimchinary.

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What to do: Go for a Thameside walk, visit the historic Mayflower pub, see the animals at Surrey Docks Farm, or experience some culture at CPG Gallery.

Broadway Market, Hackney

In a nutshell: A brilliant food market in one of London’s most exciting areas, Hackney. Broadway Market’s roots can be traced back to the 1890s when it acted as a drover’s route into the city. Today, it’s one of the best places for street food in the capital.

Where to eat: Greek treats at Isle of Olive, grab a haggis toastie from Deeney’s, and check out the Indonesian food at Makatcha.

What to do: Head to London Fields and the Regent’s Canal for a peaceful stroll. Pop over for a tipple at London Fields Brewery.

Street Food Union, Soho

In a nutshell: A fun time is assured at Street Food Union. Set in one of London’s most hectic districts, it offers an incredibly diverse range of food with historic theatreland all around you.

Where to eat: For super-healthy salads packed with flavour, try Radical Roots. Dixie Union is fried, Deep South heaven, and, if you’re a fan of Polish food, check out Pyrlandia.

What to do: Shaftesbury Avenue and the world of London’s theatre scene are a mere stone’s throw away. Enjoy a night of jazz at Ronnie Scott’s. The Tower of London and Tower Bridge are fairly nearby too.

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Partridges Food Market, Chelsea

In a nutshell: Every Saturday, Chelsea’s Duke of York Square plays host to Partridges, where around 70 vendors rock up to show off their wares. It’s great for home-grown produce and artisanal foods.

Where to eat: Amazing Argentinian fare abounds at Chango Empanadas. More South American goodness can be found at the Peruvian place Panka.

What to do: Shop in London’s high-end retail district. For the green-fingered among you, there’s Chelsea Physic — the oldest botanic garden in London. The contemporary art of the Saatchi Gallery is also close by.

Old Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch

In a nutshell: Immerse yourself in history at Old Spitalfields — it’s been going since way back in 1682. Today, just a stone’s throw from Brick Lane, this Grade-1-listed building has everything and more.

Where to eat: Probably the best burger in London is available at Bleecker Burger. Jamaican delights are everywhere at Cafe Caribbean. Or simply wander around and let your nose decide.

What to do: Brick Lane, with its vintage stores, bagel shops, and plethora of curry houses, is a must. Whitechapel Gallery is close by, and a little further afield sits the Westfield shopping centre.

Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell

In a nutshell: Just up the road from Leather Lane, Exmouth Market is a hive of wonderful street food and cute little coffee shops.

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Where to eat: Go Ghanaian at Spinach & Agushi, sample amazing salt beef at Nana Fanny’s, and sample the Mexican fare at Freebird Burritos.

What to do: Sadler’s Wells Theatre is just round the corner, the Charles Dickens Museum is close by, and the Barbican, London’s world-class cultural space, is a 20-minute walk away.

Borough Market, London Bridge

In a nutshell: This of London’s oldest (its origins date back to 1040) and best-known food markets. Exceptionally popular with tourists, and therefore exceptionally busy, it’s a great place to go for quality meat, veg, and coffee.

Where to eat: Mediterranean vendor Gourmet Goat is exceptional, sample some amazing cheeses from Alsop & Walker, and enjoy the finest Italian meats from De Calabria.

What to do: The Thames is a short walk away, where you’ll find the Globe Theatre. Tate Modern is in the neighbourhood too.

Portobello Market, Notting Hill

In a nutshell: Another of London’s famous markets, Portobello is known for its antiques, but it does some neat grub too, with well-known and independent traders rubbing shoulders.

Where to eat: Proper paella at Jamon Jamon, fried everything at Poptata, and the Swedish bakery Fabrique is amazing.

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What to do: If you’re in the area at the right time, you could experience the sights and sounds of Notting Hill Carnival. Strawberry Hill castle is a prime example of Georgian architecture and Kensington Palace is a must.

Southbank Centre Food Market

In a nutshell: Go round the back of the Royal Festival Hall for this brilliant food market, featuring vendors from all over the world.

Where to eat: There’s veggie Indian street food at Horn Ok Please, quality meats at Spit & Roast, and cool craft beers at The Hop Locker.

What to do: Aside from the Southbank Centre itself, the London Eye is a stroll away, the Millennium Bridge gets you to the other side of the river, and Tower Bridge is in the area.

Explore the guide and tell us about your favourite street food in London!

Featured photo credit: Dalston Yard Street Feast via streetfeast.com

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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