You must experience just some of the street food markets in London – there have been so many great new ones opening in the last few years. Some are grab and go with no allocated seating where as others have been set up with plenty of indoor seating. Traders can change frequently so make sure you check their website before you visit. The list below is grouped together in areas covering all of London.
South London Street Food Markets
Borough Market was the first street food market in London that I visited over 10 years ago. Situated opposite London Bridge station, the market is housed by Southwark Cathedral offering a vast selection of fresh produce from fruit & vegetables and cheese to fish and cured meats. There are also plenty of street food vendors to choose from – definitely try Shuk’s amazing Tel Aviv inspired pitta and get a sweet treat from Bread Ahead.
Eclectic Vinegar Yard is just moments from London Bridge on the way to Bermondsey with a huge seated outdoor area, part of which is covered when it rains. The street food traders are Nanny Bills (amazing burgers), Sugo UK, Baba G’s, Bad Boy Pizza Society and Nik’s Kitchen. Open 7 days a week!
Maltby Street Market is open to hot food traders on Saturdays and Sundays, located in Bermondsey (near London Bridge). Traders include The Beefsteaks (amazing steak + chips!), Gyoza Guys, Duck Frites and Le Pepia (Venezuelan).
Situated right by London Bridge station is Flat Iron Square which is open every day bar Monday’s. Street food wise, there is plenty of choice ranging from Baz & Fred (pizza), Edu (Spanish cuisine) and Breddos (Mexican) to La Nonna (pasta) and Mother Clucker (fried chicken). There are also live DJ sets every Friday and Saturday evening.
Mercato is such a great space in Elephant & Castle open every day with plenty going on under one roof including cookery classes, a cinema and over 40 vendors, including a microbrewery. Traders include Pasta Lovers (pasta), Rice On (Korean Food) West Indian Bake (Caribbean food) and Karapincha (Sri Lankan food).
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Southbank Market is open from Friday to Sunday, located conveniently by the River Thames. Food traders include Street Pig BBQ, Shrimpy, The Curry Shack and, of course, desserts from Choco Fruit.
Street Feast are one of the original street food companies in London. Sadly the pandemic has not been kind to them but Model Market in Lewisham is back open Thursday to Sunday with a 400 seating capacity. Traders include One Tonne Burger, Raastawala, and Fundi Pizza.
East London Street Food Markets
Boxpark have three venues in London – Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley. You can shop before you eat from their independent traders and then indulge in delicious street food. Traders include two of my favourites – Black Bear Burger (amazing burgers and nuggets!) and The Athenian (souvlaki and gyros). Coqfighter (fried chicken) Mao Chow (Chinese street food) and Salt Shed (steaks and burgers) are also solid choices.
You are spoilt for choice for street food in Spitalfields with traders both inside and outside the market. They are split between Spitalfields E1 and Old Spitalfields Market so keep an eye on both websites for updates.
As part of Spitalfields E1, traders include Charred (smoked meat), The Duck Truck (all the duck dishes!) and Bamboo House (Asian food). Old Spitalfields Markets includes ‘The Kitchens’, a number of traders all positioned in the centre of the market open 7 days a week. These include Yum Bun (awesome bao buns), Dumpling Shack (oh their xiao long bao!) and Guasa (Venezuelan food). The legendary Bleecker Burger also operate in Old Spitalfields Market.
My local market for so many years! Victoria Park Market is open every Sunday offering local produce as well as hot food from traders. These include Cluck Farmyard (fried chicken) Jollof Mama (African food), Eat Lah (Malaysian food) and Chubby Dumpling (all the dumplings!).
Walthamstow Sunday Social operates (unsurprisingly) every Sunday! Hot food traders include The Yeerologist (Greek food), Don Arancini (Italian food), Paella Shack (paella and seafood) and The Chimney Baker (sweet treats).
On the top of a multi storey car park in Stratford is Roof East, a vibrant bar and playground with activities from Birdies and Sluggers plus a rooftop film club. Street food wise, traders include Cheeky Burger, Kolkati (Indian food) and East Side Pizza.
Central London Street Food Markets
Seven Dials is an indoor two level food court in the heart of Covent Garden open 7 days a week with 2 bars and 11 food traders. These include Bong Bong’s (Filipino food), El Pollote (fried chicken) and Truffle (burgers). A real vibrant venue and plenty of seating.
Market Halls has venues in the West End, Victoria and Fulham. It has been closed since March 2020 but finally reopens on 29 July 2021 with traders to be announced.
Mercato Mayfair is a stunning food hall in Mayfair in an old restored London church from the same team as Mercato Metropolitano based in Elephant & Castle. Downstairs is home to an underground bar with cosy alcoves and seating at the bar and the other two levels have various food traders.
North London Street Food Markets
Camden Market is one of the original street food markets in London and still thriving today. As well as plenty of retail shops and independent stalls there are many hot food traders to choose from. These include Elia Greek Streetfood, Petare (Venezuelan food), Only Jerkin’ (chicken with a Caribbean twist and Oli Baba’s (THOSE halloumi fries).
Buck Street Market features twenty-six sustainable food brands, all of which have vegan or vegetarian options on their menus, and over fifty ethical fashion traders. Food includes Hip Hop Chicken, Bun Co (Taiwanese) and Magic Falafel.
This is the largest food hall offering Asian cuisine with a seating capacity of over 450 and over 30 traders. These include Little Thai Silk, Four Seasons (get their duck!) and Royal China.
West London Street Food Markets
Pergola is a great space in both Paddington and Olympia decked out in floral with plenty of seating. Food traders include Filth & Co (burgers), Salt Shed (grilled meats), Niji Kitchen (Japanese) & Rudie’s Jerk Shack (Jamaican).
Entering the pub garden leads you to a deceptively large wonderland of neon lighting, greenery, ample seating, a long bar and several eateries to choose from. Food is served from Filth & Co, Boludo and Rudie’s.
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