Their organic food shop is full of organic, vegetarian whole-foods and ecological household goods. They have a huge selection of organic fruit and vegetables, fresh bread, local honey, home-made takeaways, oils, dried fruits, organic champagnes, wines and beers, artisan cheeses, dairy produce, honey, toiletries, plus loose teas, coffees, nuts, seeds, beans, grains, herbs and spices, supplements, herbal and homeopathic remedies.
Every day of the week, a team of butchers are busy in the rear kitchens, stuffing 47 varieties of sausage. From Essex county pork to German bratworst, and strings of traditional Cumberland or Spanish chorizo, there are plenty to choose from.
There is even a lemon, coriander and chicken sausage, but not vegetarian options in this meat emporium.
Whether you are looking for ripe tomatoes and red onions for a ragù or a cos lettuce and radishes for a summer salad, FAM have every vegetable you would ever need. The bunches of verdant spinach-like saag, dill, mint and parsley look so fresh, it feels as if you have picked them yourself.
The original Fernandez & Wells, a former clothes boutique, opened in January 2007. With hanging hams in the window, slabs of York Stone street paving on the floor and thick oak counter, this is their version of a European market stall in an English setting.
The offering here revolves around their core products: cured meats, cheese, bread and wine. For lunch this can be in the form of sandwiches, such as the Grilled Chorizo, Roasted Red Pepper, Rocket and Olive Oil or made to order, the 36 month cured Jamón Ibérico de Bellota with tomato and a drizzle of olive oil (named by the Evening Standard as one of the best sandwiches in London). Alternatively, the cheese and cured meats come on platters, which can be accompanied by a glass of wine, continuing through the evening until 10pm every night of the week.
This tranquil boutique can be found above the lively Freud Bar on the northern fringes of Covent Garden.
They specialise in selling their own British designed range of stainless steel espresso and tea infusing machines as well as a very sophisticated range of porcelain crockery. Their distinctive Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebraic and other alphabet mugs, cards and tea towels can only be sourced here.
They have come a long way since George Baldwin first opened his doors on 77 Walworth Road, South East London in 1844.
In the last 170+ years, Baldwins has passed from the loving care of George Baldwin whose family helped to establish 12 shops (before downsizing) to the Dagnell family, who have enabled Baldwins to grow into the thriving and vibrant store you see today: London’s oldest and much loved Herbalist.
Now located on 173 Walworth Road, thei store still captures the nostalgic atmosphere of the original apothecary – wooden floors, high old fashioned counters and shelves stacked with herbs, oils and ointments.
This small patisserie has over a hundred different chocolates, from cocoa-dusted truffles to marzipan, this Belgian chocolates are perfect miniature interval travels during a evening at the theatre. They also have a huge range of Turkish delight.
It is hard to decide whether to call the German Deli a shop or a café – it is both, of course, and this unusual venue is located in the middle of industrial Hackney Wick. Many of the surrounding buildings now house small businesses and art galleries, so the German Deli has a varied clientele.
Try their bratwurst and sauerkraut sandwiches or a slice of lemon cheesecake with a pot of lime-flower tea.