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Where to find the best Street Food in London

July 21, 2023

London is jam-packed with top-notch street food spots offering delicious fare from all four corners of the globe! If you’re looking for the best street food in London, then look no further. Now that summer is here it’s time to discover alfresco dining London style, and head to one of these street food spots!

1. KERB King’s Cross

Where? Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AA When? Wednesday-Friday, noon-2pm Why go? To see the place where London’s street food revolution really kicked off 

Just a stone’s throw from Clink78 and Clink261, KERB is one of the mighty forerunners of London’s thriving street-food market scene, dating way back to 2009 when it was known as ‘Eat Street.’ That’s almost 10 whole years of bringing innovative and delicious dishes to the streets of King’s Cross! A sure hit with the Clink team and guests alike, there’s a host of traders (fondly known as ‘Kerbanists’) doing business here. From Truffle and Wadercrust through to Melter Meatballs and Baggio Burgers, you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Make your choice and find a spot in Granary Square and watch the fountains dance in the courtyard – it’s an especially nice spot during the summer. 

Woman holding a tray of street food

Salt Shed at Kerb King’s Cross

2. The Kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market

Where? 16 Horner Square, E1 6EW When?Monday-Friday, 11am-8pm; Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm  Why go? For dumplings you’ll be dreaming about for days 

Launched by Nuno Mendes of London hotspot Chiltern Firehouse and nearby Taberna do Mercado, this recently-opened street food operation has, as you might expect from this savvy restauranteur, a pretty slick and streamlined feel. Housed inside Old Spitalfields Market (which is also host to a number of other shops and stalls worth checking out) The Kitchens is a kind of street food market come restaurant hybrid. Take your pick from ten rotating kiosks with food offerings from all around the world. Recent residents have included Insta-famous crispy shengjianbao (Shanghai’s pan-fried ‘soup dumplings,’) Breddos Tacos, Pasta Guys and Happy Endings retro ice cream sandwiches. Umm … yes please!

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3. Spa Terminus

Where? Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Rd, SE16 3SF When? Saturday, 8.30am-2.30pm Why go? For artisan producers and chilled Saturday vibes For those in the know, Spa Terminus is the place to go searching for artisan producers on a Saturday morning. Where Borough Market and Maltby Street have become a bit on the touristy side, Spa Terminus has still managed to retain a relaxed feel where weekend-moochers are free to wander around the stalls that include coffee roasters, butchers, bakers and cheesemakers.   Head to Spa South and Druid Street to experience the best of what’s on offer.

Shelves of bread for sale at Spa Terminus

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4. Dinerama

Where? 19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ  When? Wednesday-Saturday, 5pm-late. Entry is free before 7pm, £3 after Why go? For the East London party vibes  Street Feast, the people behind Shoreditch based Dinerama, sure know how to put on a riotous and delicious street food offering. Running from Wednesday until Saturday, East Londoners head here to tuck into offerings from some of London’s finest vendors, serving up a smorgasbord of global street food offerings – from pizza to chargrilled seafood, steamed dumplings and vegan Mexican inventions. Well known names include Smokestak, Breddos Tacos and Farang. Finding its home in a former bullion truck depot, the site has been transformed to give it a proper party feel that’s the ideal spot for  letting loose come hump day!

Large crowds at Shoreditch based Dinerama

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5. Netil Market

Where? 3 – 23 Westgate St, London E8 3RL When? Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm Why go? For Netil Market’s quirky and chilled vibe  Around Hackney’s London Fields are a network of creative complexes, so there’s plenty to explore around this vibrant area. Netil Market is the quirky little sister of Netil House and a street food spot worth checking out. With its rickety stands and interesting array of vendors – from ‘Afro-tacos’ to delicious cakes and delectable Bao Buns, you’re bound to find something new to try. In case of rain, cover is fairly limited but on a sunny day there’s plenty of space in London Fields to find a spot and chow down on your chosen dish.

People relaxing and shopping outside at Netil Market

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6. Pop Brixton

Where? 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ When? Sunday-Wednesday, 9am-11pm; Thursday-Saturday, 9am-midnight Why go? To support a great community initiative whilst tucking into some of London’s most innovative street-food Dedicated to supporting to young, local businesses, this community initiative operates out of a rambling collection of shipping containers (and what trendy food joint doesn’t have a hint of industrial chic about it?) With live music and entertainment on the agenda, Pop Brixton is a great place to spend a few hours. Traders here love to get experimental, pushing the ever-expanding boundaries of street food with offerings such as Baba G’s Bhangra Burger to Viet Box, Mama’s Jerk and Other Side Fried. There’s a fair few permanent restaurants dotted around Pop Brixton too, with small-plate connoisseurs Smoke & Salt leading the way.

People dining on colourful benches at Pop Brixton

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7. Brixton Village and Granville Arcade

Where? 53 Atlantic Road, Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ When?Daily, 8am-11.30pmWhy go? Because there’s all sorts on offer bound to tickle your taste buds You don’t have to travel far in Sw9 to land on a plate of tasty food and Brixton Village (aka the old Granville arcade) is no exception. Brixton Village offers up a slightly more refined and less hipster-fied experience than Pop Brixton, with more permanent establishments taking the majority of real estate here. You can grab pretty much whatever takes your fancy with huge plates of home-cooked Columbian food, Japanese okonomiyaki pancakes and some banging BBQ food.

Entrance to Brixton Village and Granville Arcade

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8. Camberwell Market

Where? Camberwell Green, Camberwell, London SE5 7ANWhen? Sunday, 11am-5pmWhy go? For it’s quaint, fete-like feel  Where once lay a slightly grubby transport deadzone, SE5 is now a proper foodie destination. The small but perfectly formed Camberwell Market is testament to this. The market sits on Camberwell Green, making it feel a bit like you’re wandering around a quaint British village feta on a Sunday afternoon. The standard of food on offer, however, is well beyond what you might expect at such an event with epic grilled cheese sarnies, Gyoza, Japanese Soul Food, Indonesian home cooking and jazzed up vegan burgers all on offer. Also here are a good few used book and stalls selling vintage clothes (and the Salvation Army band have even been known to pop up!) Make an afternoon of it and experience London ‘village’ life at its best.

9. The Prince

Where? The Prince, 14 Lillie Road, West Brompton Crossing, SW6 1TT,When? Sunday-Monday, noon-10pm, Tuesday-Thursday, noon-11pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-11.30pmWhy go? For a modern take on a traditional British pub Formerly the Prince of Wales Pub, this old comfy boozer in West Brompton has been converted, along with four interconnected townhouses, to create a network of spaces that play host to a rotating cast of street food favourites including Patty & Bun,the Begging Bowl Canteen, Foley’s Bao and Yakitori Grill. Inside is a huge English garden with a retractable roof for those predictably unpredictable British summers! Hit up The Prince for a lazy afternoon of boozing and munching.

10. Street Food Union

Where? 51-53 Rupert St, Soho, W1D 7PQWhen? Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pmWhy go? For street food that’s always going to beat your packed lunch  Try as you might to make a packed lunch for work every day, there’s always going to be some kind of tasty offering trying to break your resolve. This is true no more so than if you work in Soho and Street Food Union is right on your doorstep. Setting up on Rupert street six days a week, this collection of a dozen delectable street food vendors are going to beat your tuna sandwich by a long way. With Lils Falafel, Confit Street and Yorkshire Burrito (indeed that is a burrito in a yorkshire pudding), you’ll be sure to find a Soho feast to suit.

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