Street food is one of those things that I’d love to explore, but never feel brave enough (as a fussy eater) to do. I’ll often get a serious case of food envy whenever my friends come back with colourful and delicious dishes. If you love food, hop on the tube and get exploring – these places are for you.
Located in Shoreditch, in a former truck yard, this was the place that inspired this post. It has a vibrant, buzzing, dog-friendly atmosphere, as you’d expect from a stylish Shoreditch venue. There are currently ten street food vendors. This included Poncho’s burgers, which I had, Fundi pizzas, which looked amazing (food envy) and Up In My Grill, who specialise in steak. There are also steamed dumplings, jerk chicken, kebabs, fried chicken, Taiwanese steamed buns and meat-free Mexican classics – everything you could ever want in one place. After, don’t miss You Doughnuts for a seriously tasty treat. Plus, alongside all the food choices, there are tons of different bars with everything from tropical cocktails and craft beer to wine and bubbly.
KERB are the street food experts in London. There are nine markets scattered across the city on different days, the nearest to campus being the Gherkin on Thursdays. It attracts more of a young professional lunch crowd, but there’s nothing quite like standing at the centre of London’s skyscrapers with delicious food. Each week there are different traders, serving every kind of food you can imagine from all around the world. Next Thursday, for example, there are burgers, flatbreads, Mexican, Indian, Taiwanese and Korean BBQ. Check out all the traders hereand see where they’re popping up next.
Camden was probably the first street food market I ever experienced, not that I’d have realised back then. It’s home to some of the most unique vendors around, and perhaps the most all in one place, using the area’s creativity to create incredible dishes and concepts. Where else can you find coconut pancakes, liquid nitrogen ice cream, curry-naan bread wraps and a stall dedicated entirely to cheese? The possibilities are limitless. Plus, while you’re there, you can soak up Camden’s alternative atmosphere and explore all the crafts and vintage goodies in the market.
Southbank Centre Food Market
If you’ve ever been past the Southbank Centre on the weekend, you’ve definitely smelt the delicious scents coming from the market. Discover flavours from across Europe and Asia. From Europe, there’s a Polish deli, traditional souvlaki, Sicilian cannelloni, seafood, Dough Bro’s wood-fired pizzas and crepes. Explore the flavours of Asia with different varieties of chicken katsu, pad thai, Punjab-inspired biriyanis and Korean BBQ. The Southbank Centre hosts all kinds of arts events throughout the year and is worth checking out if you haven’t already.
If you’re looking for a fun activity to combine with great food, head to Swingers crazy golf. There’s much less choice with only three/four vendors at each venue, but the ones they do have are pretty decent. At the City, I tried Patty & Bun’s burger which was good, but there’s also Breddos and the popular Pizza Pilgrims – which I’ve heard are worth trying. Over in the West End venue, there’s Made of Dough for all your pizza needs, plus Hackney Gelato for tasty desserts. You can even get cocktails ordered straight to your hole as you play. Check out my review of Swingers here.