Find street food that’s ‘reet good at these markets and halls.
If you want to try some of London’s famous street food, be warned: the street is not exactly the place to look. Instead, try these abandoned halls, former warehouses and covered markets – they’ve all embraced the trend for casual-but-brilliant dining, and regularly host tons of different street food vendors for you and your friends to try.
Get ready to EAT ALL THE THINGS at our favourite street food markets in London – bon appetit!
1) Mercato Metropolitano, Borough
This sprawling street food market, with oodles of space to sit indoors and out, is open seven days a week and home to 21 street food stalls and bars. While the first hall has a loose Italian theme, head deeper inside ti find ribs from Prarie Fire BBQ, raclette from Champagne & Fromage, biodynamic wines from France and other edifying edibles.
Live bands occasionally stomp through cover versions from atop a brewing tank, while vintage fairs, supper clubs and other events also take place here. The brilliant Backyard Cinema is also on the premises. More info.
2) Dinerama, Shoreditch
Open Wednesday-Sunday, this Shoreditch staple from the Street Feast squad hosts ten street food traders and five bars, currently serving up Taiwanese steamed buns, veggie Mexican fare, doughnuts and ice cream… and plenty more besides. There’s an entrance charge of £3 after 7pm. More info. (See also: the best restaurants in Shoreditch.)
3) Pop Brixton
This colourful cluster of shipping containers in south London is a gastronomic wonderland, incorporating 21 different restaurants and stalls – including a few award-winning small-plates options sure to thrill any foodie. It’s open seven days a week: find out more about Pop Brixton’s restaurants.
4) KERB Camden
Arguably the most epic street food line-up in London with 34 traders, this outdoor market runs seven days a week, but is strictly a daytime affair, catering for hungry tourists and Secret London writers. There’s something for everyone, including as-seen-on-social hits like halloumi fries and the infamous ‘cheesy wheel of pasta.’
This location is packed with market stalls, so you’ll need to enjoy your tray of treats perched on a kerb somewhere nearby (hence the name!) More info.
If you’re headed Brick Lane way, make sure to stop by the Kitchens in Old Spitalfields Market for some of the best street food in the area. Ten outstanding east London chefs keep well fed – Breddos Tacos, Berber & Q and Rök are among the recognisable names here. Open all week long: find out more about Spitalfields Market here.
6) Hawker House, Canada Water
A rotating cast of nine street food traders rock up to this expansive warehouse on Fridays and Saturday evenings; Korean BBQ, buttermilk fried chicken and steamed dumplings could all be yours. A large ‘Land of Bamboo’ outdoor terrace opens in the summer, with additional bars and tropical cocktails. More info.
7) Borough Market, London Bridge
Open in full Wednesday – Saturday, this internationally-famous market has long offered fresh ingredients you can cook at home. But in keeping with the times, there’s an ever-growing street food offering, currently at 28 different stalls: everything from Levantine-inspired mezze to ‘reinvented Scotch eggs’ can be found here. This is a very busy working market, so you’ll need to purchase, escape, retreat and eat! More info.
8) Giant Robot, Canary Wharf
Street Feast’s outpost in the financial district offers seven-day-a-week sustenance to locals from 11am onwards. It’s a compact offering of two bars and five food stands: dumplings, yummy buns, fried chicken, sliders, tacos and steak ‘n’ chips are all currently on offer. There’s an outdoor terrace for sunny days, and also an attractive roof garden to explore! More info.
Taking over the sixth floor of Peckham’s multi-storey car park is Peckham Levels. Now well-insulated from the elements, the family-friendly hall hosts six street food traders, serving up vegan pizza, Kurdish meze, and fried chicken burgers among other dishes. There’s also a cocktail bar, a wine ‘n’ brunch spot and vegan-café-meets-gig-venue Ghostnotes on site – it’s well worth exploring. More info.
10) Model Market, Lewisham
This south-east London courtyard opens every Friday and Saturday night, bringing together nine traders and four bars. Check it out.
11) KERB King’s Cross
Another all-outdoor market from KERB, you’ll need to be right on time – it pops up in Granary Square for just two hours on Wednesday-Friday lunchtimes. Still, you’ll find ten brilliant traders dishing out poké, Vietnamese summer rolls, and good old cheese toasties, to name but a few. More info.
12) Public, Woolwich
A cavernous new space in south-east London, Public is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, with eight street food traders vying to wow the Woolwich locals. More info here.
13) Bang Bang Oriental, Colindale
This epic food hall in north London celebrates the cuisine of east Asia, with 27 different stalls to choose from. Dishes from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Phillipines and all corners of China await, from bite-size treats to spicy curries and quirky desserts. It’s open seven days a week, too. More info here.
Open Wed-Sun, this huge rooftop space (which is thankfully covered, in large part) seats 850 and has four different food options for indecisive eaters. Try Canard’s duck-oriented dishes, Patty & Bun’s decadent burgers, Vietnamese freshness from Mam or tasty tacos from Wahaca-in-disguise, DF/MEXICO. More here.
15) Market Hall, Fulham
This former tube station entrance at Fulham Broadway has been revamped and re-opened, and is now open seven days a week, with nine brilliant street food kitchens competing for your affections. Yard Sale Pizza, Butchie’s Fried Chicken and Hotbox BBQ are just a few of the more well-known names in residence. (The team behind this place are opening two larger venues, in Victoria and the West End, later this year.) More info.
16) Hawker Union, Wood Green
The Street Feast empire continues to grow with this sizeable new site in Wood Green. Five bars and five street food merchants (currently Petare, Black Bear Burger, White Men Can’t Jerk, Root & Coal, plus a rotating dessert bar) do the honours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The pool tables are a nice touch, too! Find out more.