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!
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.
10. Street Food Union
Where? 51-53 Rupert St, Soho, W1D 7PQ
Why 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.