As much as we all love food, there are so many different places to get it. Restaurants, take away shops and pubs. But the one type of food store that has an undisputed and unrivalled energy and vibe is a street food market.
London is no stranger to food markets, with dozens of them scattered across the city – some permanent and some, like Christmas markets, only popping up for a few weeks.
One of the most popular is the street food market known as The Global Kitchen, which is a permanent part of culture at Camden Lock. This buzzing part of the town is always busy, with tourists and locals alike coming out to enjoy the dozens of different types of food from different nations.
Camden food market favourites are the Philly Cheese Steak store, where you get a sub sandwich filled with diced steak (or chicken), diced vegetables and mountains of melted cheese, or the Spanish Paella – slow cooked in a massive, authentic Paella pan.
Another of the more famous food markets is Borough Market. This market, renowned for its fresh produce, provides some of the most delicious and healthy weekend lunchtime snacks around.
Eat My Pies, which moves between White Cross Market on Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays at Broadway Market in Hackney on Saturdays, is quintessential
British street food at its best. Serving products such as scotch eggs, pork pies and custard tarts, Eat My Pies aims to “make great British food available to the great British public”. And that they do, in spades. The smoked-haddock scotch egg is something out of this world, but be sure to save some space for the chorizo pie.
The historic Berwick Street Market, situated in the heart of Soho is a great West End location, where you can pick up a great lunch for around £5 and head to Soho Square to sit on the grass and enjoy the food and surroundings.
The covered arcades of Brixton Market have been transformed over the last couple of years. Brixton Village Market and Market Row are now home to more than 20 cafés, restaurants and takeaways. Brixton is famous for its Afro-Caribbean street food. These areas have become Brixton’s culinary hub. The community atmosphere ramps up on Thursday and Friday nights, when the market stays open late and musicians play. Be advised that many of the stalls take cash only.
Not all street food is served from fixed stalls. The rise of the City Tucker is upon us. These food vans are stylish and serve some of the best food in London.
Anna Mae’s Smokehouse which alternates between Kerb at Canary Wharf and The Gherkin on Thursdays serves up the most amazing all-American Mac and Cheese. Also on the menu is The Notorious P.I.G, a pulled pork sandwich drenched in BBQ sauce and served with a side of sweetheart cabbage and sesame coleslaw. The Texas Red Chilli with jalapeño corn bread and sour cream is another winner.
For those of you who feel street food mostly caters for only meat eaters, don’t worry, London has you covered. Wholefood Heaven which parks on Whitecross Street, EC1 most Thursdays and Fridays, caters for all you veggie needs. Their Buddah Bowls are famous for enlightened customers across the capital. They consist of seasonal vegetable curries with homemade relishes, such as carrot and kimchi pickle, rice and tofu.
Around this time of year, there are Christmas markets across the city who sell all sorts of delicious festive treats.
From 19 to 23 December, the much loved Real Food Christmas Market opens at Southbank Centre Square where you can find the best mince pies, Christmas pudding, glazed ham and all manner of traditional treats, the stalls are laden with the best seasonal, expertly produced food and drink around.
In addition to the Real Food Christmas Market, the South Bank is also hosting the popular traditional German Christmas market in November and December. Foodies with a sweet tooth can also stock up on chocolate and cocoa products when the Christmas Chocolate Festival makes a welcome return to Southbank Centre Square.
There are always new types of street food stalls and vans popping up around the city, so if you think you have tried almost all of them, wait a month and go back out on the hunt for new stalls, vibes and flavours.