A street food revolution is happening. Some of the best food in the capital is being served on plastic plates, in paper napkins or between slices of crusty bread - on the street. Here are the top spots in Central and West London.
When and Where: Covent Garden Piazza (WC2), Mon – Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, Finsbury Avenue Square (EC2), Mon – Fri 11.30am – 2.30pm, and The Hatch (nr. Ransome’s Dock, SW11), Mon – Fri 12pm – 2pm.
Serves: Fresh, seasonal and local produce, including a range of fish, meats and a mix of veg, cooked to restaurant standards and served in a takeaway box.
Order This: Any beef or chicken dish, or anything with potatoes for that matter. Whatever you order you won’t be disappointed with portion size or the incredible flavour.
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When and Where: Berwick Street Market (W1), Mon - Fri 10am–3pm, Eat Street on King’s Boulevard (N1), Tues 11am-3pm, Broadway Market (E8), Sat 10am–5pm, Venn Street Market (SW4), Sat 11am-4pm, Chatsworth Road Market (E5), Sun 11am – 4pm. If you work near Canary Wharf (E14), they also deliver to offices for lunch every Weds & Fri 11.30am–1.30pm.
Serves: Vietnamese baguettes stuffed with all sorts of amazing ingredients, from pork belly marinated in caramel(!) and lemongrass, to fresh tofu flash-fried in sweet and sour sauce.
Order This: The Fish Q Banh Mi (catfish fillet, marinated in turmeric and galangal and grilled with dill and spring onion) is like a temple to texture – crunchy bread and soft sweet fish fillet.
Where and When: Portobello Road Market (W11), Sat 9am-6pm, Broadway Market (E8), Sat 9am-4pm, and at The Real Food Market (London Southbank, SE1), every Fri, Sat & Sun 10am-8pm.
Serves: Delicious crispy, chewy and sweet churros, for the last forty years - since the owner’s mother (the amazingly named Encarnacion Garcia Fuenteseca) bought her first churros oven.
Order This: These sugar-coated Spanish doughnuts can be served with Valor chocolate or cinnamon, and need nothing else. Simply delicious.
When and Where: Pitches 100-101, Leather Lane Market, London, EC1 7TE, 7.30am-4pm.
Serves: Kick-ass Mexican grill – their words! The biggest burritos known to man – my words!
Order This: It has to be their breakfast burrito. Filled with coriander-lime rice, black beans, sausage, egg, cheese, guacamole and topped off with a salsa of your choice, it really is the breakfast of champions, if you finish it that is.
Where and When: Always at Portobello Road Market (W11), Sat 12pm-6pm. They pop up at eat.st on King’s Boulevard (N1), Thurs and Fri 10am-4pm and The Real Food Market (London Southbank, SE1), Fri & Sat 12pm–10pm and Sun 12pm–6pm.
Serves: Pans of bubbling paella almost as big as Majorca. Paella Valenciana (chicken) or Seafood Paella, using local ingredients wherever possible – and always providing stellar quality. There are veggie options too.
Order This: We can never resist the Seafood Paella – garlicky saffron rice, decorated with tiger prawns, squid, and green-lip mussels. It’s like a seafood disco – so get involved and pull a mussel.
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Note: Although we've tried to provide you with everything you'll need, street food locations are subject to change so check the vendors' websites or Twitter feeds for the most up-to-date info.