Korean burritos, Angry Fries and obscenely gooey brownies
London has some of the world’s most incredible street food and with summer just around the corner, it’s time to take to the streets for some budget-friendly al fresco dining. Here’s our guide to the best street food markets and traders in the city…
5 best street food markets in London
Now with multiple locations across the city, KERB has grown into quite the street-food production. Traders rotate so you can expect to find something new and delicious every time: amazing coffee served up by Noble Coffee (pictured below), obscenely gooey brownies from Batch Bakery (pictured below) or authentic paella from Jamon Jamon.
Where & When? Outside the Gherkin on Thursdays; at Spitalfields on Wednesdays; or King’s Cross Granary Square Tuesday to Friday lunchtimes. kerbfood.com
A major player on London’s street food market scene, Street Feast operates in different guises and locations across the city, and draws in many of the best traders.
Where & When? Model Market is an indoor and outdoor night food market in Lewisham which runs on Friday and Saturday nights through to September 2015. Dalston Yard will return to East London in May 2015, running on Friday and Saturday nights, £3 entry after 7pm. Check the website for further updates: streetfeastlondon.com
For a street party with great food head to Paperworks in South London. Organised by the renowned London nightclub Corsica Studios, Paperworks is an open-air mix of street-food, cocktails, music and creative arts. Try their “Strawberry Mash” cocktail, a refreshing summery treat featuring fresh strawberry, lemon and mint shaken up with vodka, Cointreau and lemonade.
Where & When? Two minutes from Elephant & Castle tube, open Thursday to Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday to Sunday 2pm or 5pm-11pm. thepaperworks.co.uk
Once nicknamed the “curry mile”, Brick Lane offers so much more than just Indian cuisine. This area has become a trailblazer in the London street food and pop-up scene. Head to the bustling Boiler House market hall, where you’ll get a giant portion of Thai curry or Ethiopian stew for just £5, or try your luck with one of the pop-ups lining the street.
Where & When? The Boiler House food market at the Truman Brewery, Saturdays 11am-6pm and Sundays 10am-5pm. bricklanemarket.com
Leather Lane Market
Nestled between offices and Pret A Mangers not far from Holborn Station, Leather Lane is an unlikely location for a street food market. This buzzing weekday affair is loved by locals and serves up hot falafel wraps, fried gyoza, ramen bowls, burritos, hog roast and more quiche than you can shake a stick at.
Where & When? 10am – 2pm every weekday. Find a location map here:leatherlanestars
5 best street-food traders in London
Ever tried a Korean burrito? Here you get a hefty tortilla wrap filled with kimchi rice, gochujang sauce, cheese, pickled coleslaw, spring onion sour cream, and either slow-braised bulgogi ox cheek, confit Blythburgh pork belly, or grilled aubergine.
Where? Regulars at KERB, and check where they are next on their website map:kimchinary.co.uk
Bleecker Street Burger
New York-style double cheese burgers with a generous smothering of American cheese and a squirt of ‘secret sauce’, served in a soft, toasted bun. Don’t miss out on the Angry Fries either – sweet potato fries laden in blue cheese and extra-hot chilli sauce.
Where? Visit Bleecker Street Burger’s bricks and mortar store in Spitalfields: bleeckerburger.co.uk
Bill or Beak
Champions in the killer sandwich category. A toasted brioche bun with shredded duck and pork, coriander, spring onions, mint, chilli, tempura shallots and Vietnamese dressing — how does that sound?
Where? KERB at Granary Square every Friday 11.30am-2:30pm. Check the website for more locations around London: billorbeak.co.uk
Crispy baja fish tacos, well-loaded tostadas and double-pastrami cheeseburger sliders all feature on the menu at the wonderful Breddos Tacos. Order lots, eat lots, be happy.
Where? StreetFeast Hawker House, 260-264 Kingsland Rd
One of London’s best-loved pizza joints, Pizza Pilgrims has two permanent eateries in Soho but it does street-food too. Whether you go for the classic margherita, the pepperoni, or the Neapolitan, it will be delicious.
Where? Check out pizzapilgrims.co.uk for locations.