Forget the lunch ‘al-desko’ and ditch that boring week-day sandwich… we are bringing you the best of the best of London street food! Street food stalls are popping up all over the city with many favouring the artisanal food focused markets to shop-bought food. Our top five won’t just taste great, they’ll be sure to win those Insta-likes too. Napkins at the ready!
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The Kitchen Spitalfields Market, Street Feast Giant Robot, Dinerama, Public, Hawker House
‘Irresistibly soft, squidgy steamed buns, filled to bursting with a choice of far-out fillings.’
The journey of these warm pockets of joy started in 2010 in Hackney’s Broadway Market, and have been served at festivals and pop up shops since. Winning the ‘People’s Choice’ at the British Street Food Awards in 2016, the ingredients within them are dressed with punchy oils and crunchy toppings. Menu’s vary slightly at each venue although the flavours remain consistently fresh and mouthwatering. The menu includes roasted belly pork with hoi sin sauce and crispy aromatic tofu with black bean mayonnaise – they’ve even got sweet buns to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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Burger & Beyond
Street Feast Dinerama, Camden’s Daughter, Kerb Camden, Street Feast Public Woolwich
At Burger & Beyond each burger is cooked to order from a Citroen H Van, it doesn’t get more street food than that. The stall was started by a farmer and a gamekeeper who drew inspiration from burgers around the world, spending months selecting ingredients to create the best burgers in town. The B.B.B is their signature burger – a 45 Day Aged Beef Patty, Double American Cheese, Crispy Bacon with Burnt Butter Mayo and Pickled Onions. Paired best with a side of their crispy Tater Tots smothered in Mac & Cheese or Parmesan Bacon topping.
Image: Luana Falia
23 Westgate Street
Nearest Tube: London Fields Overground
Taking inspiration from the African continent, specifically the warm and subtle spices of Eritrea street food, Lemlem Kitchen was founded by owner Makda Harlow and now calls Netil Market it’s home. Born from the idea of popular staples such as tacos, wings and fries; these soft-shell tortillas form a base for ‘afro-tacos’ (shown above) which then have an added layer of spongy flatbread on top. As the bread is made in a similar way to sourdough, it creates a porous pancake-like surface to soak up all the flavours. The menu features coffee & black cardamom braised beef shin with jalapeño & mustard seed slaw, and a vegetarian split pea red lentil timtimo with pickled green chilli. Modern street food at its very finest!
Victoria Park Market (Every Sunday 10-4pm), Kerb Kings Cross and Kerb West India Quay
These guys know how to do grilled cheese sandwiches. The menu of these melt in your mouth masterpieces includes ‘The Classic’ and ‘Ham about town’, but we would recommend spicing things up a little. Introducing the ‘Spicy Boy’; a decadent creation filled with Sriracha, jalapeños and crispy shallots. Served up with sweet-potato fries and blue-cheese dip, we are in cheese heaven!Image: Scotch Tails
Nearest Tube: Borough Tube
Bringing the scotch egg into the artisanal 21st Century are Oliver Hiam and Dominic Hamdy. A genuine love and excitement for the scotch egg while at University led them to a pitch at Borough Market, selling their perfect egg creations to the masses. Made in small batches in Hackney there is plenty of choice from combinations on the menu, from chorizo, beetroot and falafel, pork and caramelised red onion and black pudding. Mix this with their condiments list of apple & pear chutney or piccalilli, and you won’t be disappointed!
Where’s your favourite place to get street food in London? Let us know about all the deliciousness in the comments!