London's best street food
Pitching up in weekend markets, an ever-expanding troupe of London street food traders are revolutionising the London dining scene
Like a cheap eat? Want to know where to eat when you're at one of London's food markets? Here’s our guide to affordable street food in London's best food markets, from sit-down cafés to takeaways, tried and tasted by Time Out's Eating & Drinking reviewers.
Berwick Street Market
Berwick Street Market, between Broadwick Street & Peter Street, W1. Oxford Circus. Mon-Fri; stall times vary, but arrive noon-2pm for lunch.
Historic Berwick Street Market, situated in the heart of Soho, only has a handful of food stalls operating on weekdays (Monday can be pretty quiet, so visit from Tuesday for a wider choice of food). But we include it here for the central West End location, and the fact you should be able to pick up lunch for around a fiver. If it’s a nice day, head to Soho Square to sit on the grass. The selection changes daily, but the following stalls are often present.
In addition to the delicious baguettes, pho soups and noodle salads from Vietnamese favourite Banhmi11 (www.banhmi11.com), expect to find the Pizza Pilgrims (www.pizzapilgrims.co.uk), aka brothers James and Thom Elliott, who operate from the back of a tiny Piaggio Ape three-wheeler van – yes, there really is a pizza oven in there. For real meaty goodness, the burgers from the Tongue ’n Cheek (www.tonguencheek.info) van deliver a choice of prime cuts of beef with cheddar, or pork belly with gorgonzola. Other options may include falafel wraps from the suitably named Jerusalem Falafel, beef tagine from Moroccan Box, Mexican burritos from Freebird Burritos (www.freebirdburritos.com), Indian fare including curries, samosas and paneer wraps from Tandoor, and pork pies, sandwiches and cakes from the Bread Man. Further south towards Shaftesbury Avenue, on Rupert Street, you’ll find a smattering of other stalls, including Somboon Thai Food, which dispenses curries and noodle dishes.