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Locations


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Locations


SHOREDITCH

 

Boxpark Unit 54

2-10 Bethnal Green Road

E1 6GY

Monday - Sunday

11.30 - 22.30

 

 

SOUTHBANK FOOD MARKET

REOPENS 27 JANUARY

 

Belvedere Road, Southbank Centre

SE1 8XX

Friday - Saturday              Sunday

11.30 - 20.00                    11.30 - 18.00

ELEPHANT & CASTLE

 

The Artworks Unit 16

Elephant Road

SE17 1AY

Monday - Sunday

11.30 - 22.30

 

 

BRICK LANE MARKET

REOPENS 22 JANUARY

 

Outdoors Market

Spot 17A

Sunday

10.00 - 16.00

CITY

 

Queen Victoria Street, off Bow Lane

St Mary Aldermary

EC4M 9BW

Monday - Friday

11.30 - 14.30

 

 

FENCHURCH STREET MARKET

 

 

Fenchurch Place

Outside Fenchurch St Rail Station

Tuesday - Friday

11.30 - 14.30

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Our Story


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Our Story


OUR STORY

 

Hello!

We are Efthymios and Neofytos, two Londoners born and raised in Athens and Cyprus. We launched The Athenian at the end of 2014, AS a small street food venture offering freshly made souvlaki prepared in the healthiest, most authentic way possible. 


What is souvlaki? 


Ask any Greek and they will be sure to tell you that souvlaki is our nation’s favourite food to eat on the go. A quick, healthier alternative to fast food, it consists of a pita wrap filled with grilled meat (or cheese as a vegetarian alternative) and served in a way we love. Its name comes from a medieval word, meaning ‘little skewer’, after the cooking method. 

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Our Inspiration


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Our Inspiration


OUR INSPIRATION

 

The inspiration for our own pursuit of cooking began in the remote mountain village of Vamos on the island of Crete. It was here that a local lady, Mrs Koula shared her own secret recipes with us. We were so blown away by Mrs Koula’s culinary skills that we wanted to recreate that unforgettable experience here in London. 


On moving to the UK, we realised that Greek cuisine was being somewhat misrepresented here. We were often disappointed by out-dated, unappetizing dishes and our search for lovingly-made, mouth-watering souvlaki was nearly impossible.


That’s how The Athenian came about: we wanted to bring something new to the people of London, with an updated image of Greek cuisine, to the city’s thriving food markets. By paying us a visit you will find souvlaki the way it is meant to be made: simple, fresh and authentically Greek.  

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Our Values


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Our Values


OUR VALUES

 

WE CARE ABOUT PEOPLE: HERE AND IN GREECE.

By creating our own little business here in London, we help support people back home in Greece by sourcing our products from small, independent producers and farmers as well as local businesses here in the UK. We aim to keep our carbon footprint low where we can, without ever compromising on the authentic Mediatorranean  experience we want to bring to our customers. 


We are proud to say we can trace back all of our carefully selected ingredients:

 

Our pitas are like us - Athenian. Chasiotis, our suppliers can trace their origins back to 1944 and the original conception of the modern day Greek pita. The flatbread is handmade in Athens and we import it directly to our shops.

 

The halloumi we serve hails from Messinia in Southern Greece and actually has another name, Talagani. Compared to traditional Cypriot halloumi, Talagani has a deeper and creamier taste, with a delicate mint undertone and is handmade in small batches.

 

The perfect growing conditions of mountainous Karpenisi give us our  aromatic Oregano and Thyme.

 

A staple of a healthy mediterranean diet, olive oil features in all our dishes. The oldest olive tree in the world is on Crete, so where better to get ours? Our pitas are grilled on a light layer of extra virgin olive oil.

 

 

Kalamata, southern Greece gives us our distinctive wine colored olives.

 

 

 

Our feta is from the Peloponnese, where grazing for the sheep and goats that provide the milk for this cheese is rich and varied.

 

 

Our unique dips - tyrokafteri, tzatziki, souvlaki sauce and melitzanosalata - are all lovingly handmade in our kitchen.

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Our Logo


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Our Logo


OUR LOGO

 

The Little Owl


In Greek mythology, a little owl represented or accompanied Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom. The city of Athens took its name from Athena and her little owl was printed on its ancient currency. It is still used today on our one Euro coin.  The Athenian’s logo has been created by the Greek-Italian Nicola Zamboni and the Brazilian illustrator Fernando Volken Togni. 

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Hello, Athens!


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Hello, Athens!


IN October we travelled to Athens in order to meet with people who represent our idea of modern day Athens with unique businesses, some of them are our suppliers and some young entrepreneurs.

By publishing their stories we’re hoping to convey that Athens, and Greece as a whole is full of ideas, talent, businesses and products of incredible quality. We hope you’ll be inspired by this project, as we started it to change the image people have of Greece and Athens - to portray success stories.

Living Postcards

The new face of Greece.

Tina & Olivia

Let's talk about Food Styling.

Daphnis & Chloe

Our boutique herb supplier.  

Stavros Bilionis

Athens based graphic designer.

Monthly Flavors

Hand-Picked food boxes.

Chasiotis 

Our handmade pita supplier.

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Say Hi


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Say Hi


If you have a question we're happy to answer it! Please use the email below and we will get back you!

info@theathenian.co.uk