6 Must-Visit Street Food Markets in London

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Dan Splarn divulges the details on where to find six of the finest street food markets in London

Ever wasted the whole of your lunch break because you just couldn’t decide what to eat? Same. We’re here to help, though, selflessly touring the town in the name of research as we round up some of the best places to find delicious street food in London.

From world-famous markets steeped in history to more secretive hideaways at the heart of the foodie community, here’s our top six picks for London’s street food markets.

1 Borough Market

Borough Market

There’s really only one place to start. A melting pot of beautiful flavours, colours and aromas showcasing street food cuisine from all corners of the globe, Borough Market is among the most decorated and historical of its kind. The Market dates back over 1,000 years, but come by today and you’ll find a bustling hangout at the top of its game – a must visit for anyone with a foodie-based bucket list.

Wear your loosest fitting jeans and prepare to be totally spoilt for choice; you can fill your boots with chorizo rolls, salt-beef sandwiches, shawarma wraps and all kinds of vegan and vegetarian-friendly treats before you’ve even taken ten steps inside. Not only a place to chomp your way into a food coma in the shadow of The Shard, Borough Market also leads the way when it comes to sustainability – participating in the FoodSave scheme which sees much of the surplus produce from stalls distributed among local charities.

Where: 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
When: Open Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays

2 Broadway Market

Broadway Market

Escape the hustle of nearby Mare Street and follow your nose to this gem of a marketplace, where over 100 street-food stalls come to sell their artisanal wares every Saturday from 9am until 5pm. Broadway Market is perfectly nestled between Regent’s Canal and London Fields, meaning you can tuck into something tasty before retiring to chill by the water or soak in some sun at the park this summer. Bliss.

There’s usually live music to have a little dance to, coffee lovers should check out Climpson & Sons (you can thank us later) and those searching for boozy refreshments need look no further than the historic Cat & Mutton.

Where: Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
When: Saturdays, 9am – 5pm

3 Whitecross Street

Whitecross Street

Whitecross Street Market is one of the best at spoiling its patrons for choice. A huge hit with workers from offices nearby in Barbican and Old Street, look for the side-road where even the people at the back of the queues have smiles on their faces – the food here really is that good.

Special mention must go to the team in the Burrito van, but you really can stock up on pretty much any cuisine that takes your fancy here, from pizza to pancakes and curry to churros. Whitecross Street Market offers superb value for money – generous portions are usually about £5 – but the only downside is a lack of space to sit down, so you may have to eat on your feet.

Where: Whitecross Street, EC1Y
When: Weekdays, 11.30am – 3pm

4 KERB, King’s Cross

Kerb

Be sure to say hello to the Mother Flipper guys when stopping for lunch at KERB in King’s Cross. These heroes cook up burgers lavished with cheese, lettuce, onion, gherkin and bacon fried in maple syrup – and we’re getting a bit flustered just thinking about it.

Burgers not really your thing? That’s cool, there’s still lots of excellent vendors to pick between here. Hanoi Kitchen cook up mouth-watering Vietnamese baguettes, Yaay Yaay have nailed the art of Thai comfort food and are seriously enthusiastic about it, while Salt Shed promise the type of honey mustard short ribs that are going to end up all over your face. Perfectly positioned at the centre of King’s Boulevard, you can also get your KERB fix at their outposts in Camden Market, Paddington, The Gherkin and London Bridge, too.

Where: King’s Boulevard, NC1
When: Wednesday – Friday, 12pm – 2pm

5 Maltby Street

Maltby Street

Promising a regularly rotating line-up of street food merchants, a wonderfully intimate atmosphere and a carefully crafted selection of gin cocktails – why would you ever need to leave?

The Maltby Street Market is a much more quaint and laid-back affair than the bustling Borough Market just a 5-minute walk away. It’s a marketplace renowned for its decorative nooks and crannies, with 31 traders and 5 stalls reserved for an ever-changing line-up of guests. Indulge in foods from the likes of Gyoza Dumplings, Herman ze German and The Cheese Truck before rounding off your visit with dessert from Dhan Waffles and a cocktail at the Little Bird Gin Bar.

Where: Maltby Street, Ropewalk, Southwark SE1 3PA
When: Saturdays: 9am – 4pm Sundays: 11am – 4pm

6 Street Feast

Street Feast

If you took the ‘Go Hard or Go Home’ mantra and applied it to food markets, you’d definitely end up at Street Feast. These roaming street food specialists have been going big since 2012, returning to London every summer to transform disused public spaces into hubs for eating, drinking and socialising in the sunshine.

Street Feast has launched four food markets in 2017 – Dinerama, Hawker House, Giant Robot and Model Market – and each comes offering a superb line-up of market-traders and cocktail shakers aplenty. Rum Shack and Gin Kitchen take good care of the drinks, while the foodie offering spans everything from Yumplings to Tacos Del Ray and Mother Clucker fried chicken to Hotbox – which is some of the best BBQ you’re likely to wrap your lips around this summer.

Where: Canary Wharf, Canada Water, Shoreditch and Lewisham
When: Opening times vary depending on site

Written by Dan Splarn. Find Dan on Twitter @splarny91

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