Foodies rejoice, for Secret London loves a good delicatessen as much as you do. Here are nine delis that are definitely worth a special trip.
Meats! Cheeses! Bread in all shapes, sizes, and flavours! There’s something truly special about London’s delis, with artisan food stretching as far as the eye can see, and on every shelf sits a feast for the senses. Whilst your budget may not stretch to deli shopping every week – if it does, we are extremely jealous – a trip to your nearest deli is always an eye-opening experience. You want a Spanish goat’s cheese that’s only produced on one remote mountain farm? They’ll have it here! Aching for some artisan salami hand-crafted by Italian monks? No problem! So, leave the Tesco shop for another week, and join Secret London for a delicious trip around London’s best delis.
1. General Store (Peckham)
Though it bills itself as a ‘neighbourhood grocery shop’, General Store is so much more than your standard village shop. For starters, the website looks like they’re throwing a medieval feast – just look at all the good stuff! The whole shop is practically overflowing with incredible fruit and vegetables, meat and cheeses, and they bake some pretty delectable breads and pastries, too! Quite simply, this place is the perfect excuse for a jaunt down to Peckham.
174 Bellenden Road, Peckham, SE15 4BW. Nearest station is Peckham Rye.
2. Lina Stores (Soho)
There are so many Italian delis in London that are molto bene, but Lina Stores may just be the best of them. Why? Well for starters, they’ve made fresh pasta in their Soho store for seventy years now, so you can be sure it’s damn fine pasta. They’ll sell you the finest products Italy has to offer, including some absolutely ripper coffee, or you can visit the online store. We’d recommend a visit though – nothing quite compares to the sights and smells of a real Italian deli!
18 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 0SH. Nearest station is Piccadilly Circus.
3. The De Beauvoir Deli (Hackney)
Having made the transformation from rundown auto shop to up-market deli in 2009, The De Beauvoir Deli has been providing food joy ever since. Amongst the big crowdpleasers here are the homemade sausage rolls and Scotch eggs, so if you’re planning a late autumn picnic, this is the place to be. They also grow their own produce on site, and source the rest of it from top-notch suppliers, so you’re certainly getting the best.
98 Southgate Road, N1 3JD. Nearest station is Haggerston.
4. Leila’s Shop (Shoreditch)
Shoreditch food hero Leila McAlister spent most of her formative years as a culinary nomad, so it’s no wonder her shop stocks food from all over the world. From honeys and jams to fresh fruit, all the products in Leila’s Shop are seasonal and picked out by Leila herself to ensure top quality. Her attached cafe uses this incredible produce to make some cracking food, which attracts regulars such as Ralph Fiennes and Alexa Chung. And if it’s good enough for Voldemort, then it’s certainly good enough for you. (See also: the best Shoreditch restaurants.)
15-17 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, E2 7JP. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
5. Melrose and Morgan (Primrose Hill/Hampstead)
Melrose and Morgan are big fans of artisan foods and ingredients, so they go the extra mile to get the good stuff. Whilst you’ll find the usual suspects of fab meats, cheeses, and breads, their in-house chefs also whip up some delicious treats. A sumptuous range of sandwiches sits alongside near-perfect cakes and tarts, and word on the street is that the salads are to die for. They’ve got locations in both Primrose Hill and Hampstead, so head along to liven up your weekly shop!
The Primrose Hill branch is at 42 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JD, and the nearest station is Chalk Farm. You can find the Hampstead location at Oriel Hall, Oriel Place, NW3 1QN, and the nearest station is Hampstead.
6. The Ham & Cheese Co (Borough Market/Bermondsey)
On the downside, you won’t find any sweet treats here. But that’s because of the massive upside – perhaps the best selection of delicious meats and cheeses in London. The Ham & Cheese Co are the dictionary definition of specialists, only sourcing from a handful of farmers and butchers across Italy and France, but this focus really does pay off. If you’re ever hosting a cheese and wine night, this really should be your first stop. Yes, even before the wine…
You’ll find them at Borough Market selling selected products from Thursday to Saturday, but they also open their maturing rooms on Saturdays where you can peruse the full range. These can be found at Arch 10, Dockley Road Industrial Estate, SE16 3SF, and the nearest station is Bermondsey.
7. Hack & Veldt (Chiswick)
Perhaps the best reason to make the journey out to Chiswick, Hack & Veldt have truly earned their place amongst London’s best delis. Since opening in 2012, they’ve been bringing the good people of west London all the deli staples, along with beautiful baked goods, artisan coffees, and craft alcohols throw in for good measure. They claim to only sell things they absolutely love, so head along and maybe you’ll fall for them too!
94 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, W4 1QN. Nearest station is Turnham Green.
8. Fink’s Salt and Sweet (Finsbury Park)
Should you need a late night deli fix, Fink’s is the place to head to. They open until 11pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with a fantastic range of meats, cheeses, breads and oils that will have your mouth watering in no time. The whole joint is housed inside an old Victorian butcher’s out in Finsbury Park, and it’s a top notch spot to pick up delicious treats both salty and sweet.
70 Mountgrove Rd, Finsbury Park, N5 2LT. Nearest station is Arsenal.
9. Dean and DeLuca (Mayfair, opening November 2017)
OK, so it hasn’t quite arrived yet. But it’s the biggest name in New York delis, and finally – FINALLY – Dean and DeLuca are heading to the UK. Opening this month in Mayfair, the American giants specialise in very high-end foods that also happen to be criminally delicious. Plus, with famous regulars like Helen Mirren and Taylor Swift, you might even end up hobnobbing with the stars. Should you choose to head along, please do Secret London a favour by finding the quiche that this writer once described as ‘life-changing’. Please.
117 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3LA. Nearest station is Bond Street.
Featured image: @linastores