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.
Glitterati, specialising in vintage costume jewellery, is itself a hidden gem waiting to be discovered above 146 Columbia Road.
The range is unique with top-notch pieces by New York designer Miriam Haskell and other names synonymous with vintage chic. There are hats, scarves and bags for even more glam accessorising and a vast array of cufflinks, dating back from the Victorian era right up to funking up men’s shirts in the 1970s.
Green Island seems to have almost every ingredient you would ever want for a delicious supper or a summer picnic on nearby London Fields. They have a wide range of familiar vegetables, from red peppers to Cyprus potatoes as well as purple carrots, golden beetroot and exotic fruits such as kumquats and black figs.
Many items are organic and you can always order things not in stock.
Inner Space is a meditation and personal development centre in Covent Garden, often referred to as ‘London’s oasis of calm and insight.’ They run regular courses, seminars and meditations in Covent Garden and in the City. They also organise talks in the West End, Camden, Angel, Clerkenwell and Covent Garden.
Meditation sessions are held at lunchtimes, but you can also visit their quiet rooms in the basement during opening times.