Discover the Best London Street Food Markets

By Vanessa Teo

Looking for a quick and delicious bite to eat while you’re exploring? These London street food markets are packed to the brim with tasty eats to suit every taste, craving and budget!

London may well be known for its historical landmarks, award-winning theatre, beautiful architecture and proud culture, but we would be doing the city an injustice if we didn't mention its booming food scene. From a full-English at the local greasy spoon to Michelin-starred dining, London truly has it all for every type of foodie. But as many Londoners and visitors alike will tell you, some of the best and most affordable international food in the capital can be found in its bustling food markets. So if you're looking to get a taste of the capital's diverse culture without breaking the bank, grab some amazing London street food at any of these markets.

Borough Market

Probably London's most famous food market, Borough Market is a firm fave for locals and visitors. Around the corner from Southwark Cathedral and the London Bridge Experience, part covered, part open-air, this heritage landmark merges amazing produce with delicious street food. And being a stone's throw away from the river, there are plenty of perfect spots to perch with your tasty haul. From traditional Thai and Egyptian street food to a whole spit-roast hog, Caribbean soul food and more, you'll be spoilt for choice at this London institution. 8 Southwark St, London, SE1 1TL http://boroughmarket.org.uk Opening hours: Mon-Tues: Limited Market, 10.00 - 17.00; Wed-Thurs: Full Market, 10.00 - 17.00; Fri: Full Market, 10.00 - 18.00; Sat: Full Market, 8.00 - 17.00

Maltby Street Market

This weekend market, located in Bermondsey and south of Tower Bridge, is smaller than some of its food market counterparts, however don't let that discourage you. This packed our food market not only boasts delicious artisanal eats but with stellar views of The Shard, it's a perfect weekend pitstop. You'll find fewer produce vendors compared to Borough Market, so here it's all about the eating. With a mix of veteran vendors and pop-ups, there's always something new to try! Don't miss St John Bakery, Monty's Deli and African Volcano's amazing burgers. 41 Maltby Street, London, SE1 3PA https://www.facebook.com/maltbystreet Opening hours: Sat 9.00 - 16.00; Sun 11.00 - 16.00

Berwick Street Market

Wandering around central London? Need some sustenance between the shopping? Situated in the heart of Soho, Berwick Street Market is one of London's oldest and most delicious. Boasting a mix of fresh produce as well as hot food stalls, you'll easily find queues every lunchtime. Top tip? Get there before 12.30 or after 1.30pm! Offering fantastic value for money, be sure to stop by Savage Salads for hearty and healthy fare, classic sandwich rolls from Jimmy's Old School Rolls and Hong Kong-style egg waffles at Bubblewrap. Berwick St, London W1F 0PH http://www.berwickstreetlondon.co.uk Opening hours: Mon - Sat 08.00 -18.00

Brixton Market

Brixton is probably one of the best places in London to be hungry. With a huge range of international cuisines, from traditional Ethiopian coffee and Senegalese stew to Colombian home-cooking and more, you can go all around the globe just south of the Thames. If you want to go a little off the beaten track, this community-run market should definitely be on your list. Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PD http://brixtonmarket.net Opening hours: Mon - Thurs lunchtime only; Fri - Sat 10.00 - 17.00; Sun 10.00 - 14.00

Kerb

With food markets and pop-up markets all across London, Kerb is killing it at the street-food game. From Paddington and Kings Cross to West India Quay, the Gherkin and Camden, you can find an amazing selection of the city's most exciting food vendors and chefs. Think Filipino BBQ, Venezuelan arepas, Korean fusion, Southern fried chicken, gourmet mac 'n cheese, halloumi fries, ice-cream sandwiches and much, much more! Camden Market, West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AF http://www.kerbfood.com Opening hours: Mon - Thurs 11.00 - 18.00; Fri - Sat 11.00 - 22.00; Sun 11.00 - 19.00

Street Feast Dinerama

Head East for everything trendy and Insta-worthy... the food being no exception. This Shoreditch street food market is a mecca for all food lovers. Be prepared to indulge, with stalls serving mouth-watering dishes such as smoked meats, modern tacos, crispy duck burgers and doughnut bites. 19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ http://streetfeast.com Opening hours: Thurs - Sun 12.00 - Late

Southbank Centre Market

Food lovers will adore wandering the 40-odd stalls at Southbank Centre Market. Next to the National Theatre and brimming with fresh, creative and tasty culinary creations, the vendors at Southbank Centre Market are carefully curated for their commitment to sustainable, ethical and quality produce. From cheese and charcuterie to pastries, fresh pasta and more, this weekend market is well worth a visit! Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk Opening hours: Fri 12.00 - 20.00; Sat 11.00 - 20.00; Sun 12.00 - 18.00; Mon (Bank Holiday only) 12.00 - 18.00

Druid Street Market

Just around the corner from Maltby Street Market, this weekend food market launched in 2015 and has already garnered a loyal fanbase. With regulars as well as the occasional pop-up, Druid St Market has got some of the best locally sourced produce from freshly churned butter to homemade kimchi and local ice-cream all the way from Battersea. Druid St Market, Bermondsey, London SE1 2HH http://druid.st Opening hours: Sat 10.00 - 16.00

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London Winter Pop Ups 2019

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The difference between the way Coppa Club resolved this seasonal riverside space utilisation mind boggler, and the way we would resolve this seasonal riverside space utilisation mind boggler, is the reason Coppa Club are a successful riverside space utilising restaurant/bar and we are not. We thought.....outdoor heaters? A blanket, perhaps? Maybe spill something hot down ourselves? Whereas they thought... Winter igloos. Yes, winter igloos. Transparent warmth pods sitting right on the Thames, encasing your own dining table, complete with sheepskin throws, comfy cushions and festive candles. This year the winter igloos are woodland themed, with evergreen trees growing around and inside them. There’s a Christmassy set menu to enjoy from the comfort of your booth. And, of course, you get such spectacular views out onto the Thames in winter...whilst warm. That’s your reason to book. Until April 2020. 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, EC3R 6AH. For more details and to book, click HERE. 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You can book out a hot tub for you and your friends, and enjoy getting waited on by dedicated staff members bringing you cocktails and nibbles that you’re entrusted not to lose in the bubbling cauldron. If hot tubs aren’t your way to aprés-ski, don’t worry. There’s plenty more to Winterland than that. Bookable hunting lodges, log cabins and igloos offer plenty of scenic shelter within the enchanted wintery woodland by the Thames. Head to one of the two bars for mulled wine, hot chocolate, seasonal cocktails and beer, because as any good woodsman or woodswoman knows, there are more ways than shelter to keep warm when the cold comes in. The street food on offer also comes with a remit to warm as well as delight and satisfy. Flameless cheese fondues, sourdough pizzas and gourmet burgers are amongst the culinary lineup at this popular ticketed event. Until March 2020. Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 2TY. For more details and to book, click HERE. The Emerald City, Queen of Hoxton The true Wizard of Oz hides behind 1 Curtain Road. Queen of Hoxton, always delightfully, wilfully out of step with the rest of London’s pop-up lineup is going green this winter, paying homage to the magical landscape of The Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz. Look behind the magician’s cloth to find lions and tigers and green cocktails, including the Emerald Bellini and the punchy Green Lady. Oh my. The rooftop has been transformed into a maze of emerald dens, lit by fire pits and with the scent of toasting marshmallows in the air. As ever, Queen of Hoxton provides a wealth of immersive entertainment to draw you in and hold you close. Just tap your shoes together and some naked neon life drawing will appear. Or some drag bingo. Or hip hop karaoke. The whole space is masterfully curated to make you feel like going anywhere but home. Never mind Kansas. You’re not in London anymore. Until April 2020. 1 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX. For more details and to book, click HERE. [caption id="attachment_5948" align="alignnone" width="1000"] queenofhoxton.com[/caption] Skylight, Wapping Skylight at Tobacco Dock in Wapping has undergone its seasonal costume change. Where it was once all rooftop cocktails, games and tucking into food whilst enjoying the view, it’s now rooftop cocktails, games and tucking into food whilst enjoying the view ON ICE. They’ve got Europe’s only rooftop ice rink, primed for ice hockey slap shotting and skating. And they've got plenty of igloos in an area festooned with Christmas lights. They’ve got a bar stocked with seasonal drinks and plenty of warming street food treats for you to wrap yourself up in. Special events include cocktail masterclasses, Christmas tune singalongs and a big New Year’s Eve party. It’s gonna be wapping. Until January 2020. Tobacco Dock, Wapping, London E1W 2SF. For more details and to book, click HERE. [caption id="attachment_5949" align="alignnone" width="1000"] tobaccodocklondon.com[/caption] Backyard Cinema: Christmas at the Snow Kingdom, Wandsworth Do you ever feel the magic of Christmas movies is wearing off? Maybe as you get older. Perhaps you're getting wiser. Maybe because you look out the window and it isn’t snowing and the air isn’t filled with love, actually. Perhaps streaming services have made Christmas movies such a year round possibility, you’ve been mainlining them all year, so now the Miracle on 34th Street actually takes place around June. You watched The Nightmare Before Christmas on Halloween. You’ve watched Elf and its bloopers many, many times already this year. You’ve needed to. It’s the only thing that helps you sleep. You can stick up some fairy lights and burn the advent candle from both ends, but still the magic doesn’t come. The Christmas has been sucked out of Christmas movies. Well, let Backyard Cinema sort that out for you. Find the secret entrance, take on an enchanted ball pool river and head into their Snow Kingdom cinema to watch a festive film this Christmas. Seasonal cocktails and dreamlike scenery pump festive cheer and wonder into their roster of Christmas flicks, reinvigorating old classics and sprinkling newer wintery watches with a little of Santa’s magic dust. Until February 2020. Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, 13 Wandsworth Plain, Wandsworth, London SW18 1ET. Fore more details and to book, click HERE. [caption id="attachment_5950" align="alignnone" width="1000"] backyardcinema.co.uk[/caption] Montague Ski Lodge, Bloomsbury We’re at the end of our list of the best London Winter Pop Ups and this is the first mention of fake snow. We can only apologise. Sure, you might think fake snow is a bit naff. And sure, in some cases you might be right. But this isn’t just any fake snow. This is fake snow at the Montague Ski Lodge, situated within the exclusive Montague on the Gardens hotel, a four star Bloomsbury jewel. If anywhere in London is going to know how to do the whole aprés-ski thing with panache, confidence and elegance, it’s somewhere like The Montague. Candied pecans, mulled wine, hot spiced cider and wooly rugs. Ski paraphernalia, twinkling lights, little lanterns that glow in the night. A centrepiece bar serving a selection of Schnapps and flavoured vodkas. Pine trees and fake snow and reindeer and snowmen. It’s all classic and classy. Even the fake snow. Until 5 January 2020. The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ. For more details and to cook, click HERE. Right, time to pop up and pop off. We hope you've enjoyed this run through of London winter pop ups. If you have some other London winter pop ups, let us know in the comments below.
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