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London's best street food

Pack some napkins – our guide to London’s best street food delivers everything you need to know about the city’s top on-the-hoof eats

If you're food-obsessed but don't have the disposable income for London's best restaurants, street food is your saviour. Fun events, food markets and even London's best night markets are now bursting with stalls serving up cheap eats of an exceptional standard in dinky disposable containers. So we've done the rounds to dig out the best street food stalls in London. If we've missed something delicious we'd love to hear about it in the comment box below.

Reviews by Ashleigh Arnott, Alexi Duggins, Laura Richards and the Time Out Food & Drink team.

London's best street food: 50-41

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Makatcha

Makatcha

The options at Makatcha are those of an airline kitchen: beef, chicken or veg. Fortunately their rendang is so completely packed with fragrant flavours that it doesn't matter which you go for. Here the coconut and lemongrass-packed Indonesian speciality comes with a pile of fluffy white rice and some crunchy, gently pickled veg. A billion times better than plane food.

Don't miss: Beef rendang (£6).

Find it at: Schoolyard Market, Chatsworth Road Market, Elys Yard, Old Truman Brewery.

But first check: @Makatcha_Eats 

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Hot Box

Hot Box

Meat, meat and more meat is the ethos of this carnivore-pleasing barbecue fest. Think fat, precision-grilled USDA prime beef ribs and charcoal-y pork ribs in a sweet scotch bonnet glaze that’s got more kick than the Karate Kid. The real winner’s their Swine Bun, though; a seeded potato bun stuffed with slaw, spicy pulled pork and massive chunks of something that is definitely sausage, but which is described to sound much more sexual (‘hot links’).

Don't miss: Swine Bun (£8).

Find them at: Street Feast, Model Market.

But first check: @HotBoxLDN

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Crabbieshack

Crabbieshack

London’s come down with a serious case of crabs. From Kent to Kerb at King’s Cross, Crabbieshack brings fresh soft shell catches from the Folkestone coast, covers them in a Maryland-inspired Old Bay batter and serves them up in fluffy seeded buns. The result is a crunchy burger leagues lighter than the queues at nearby Platform 9¾. Each riff on the bun is refreshing and zesty, with toppings applied liberally but never overpowering the crustacean star of the show.

Don't miss: Soft shell crab burger with pickled cucumber, coriander and wasabi lime mayonnaise (£6.50).

Find them at: Kerb.

But first check: @Crabbieshack

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Club Mexicana

Club Mexicana

What’s in a name? Read the title of these burrito merchants’ stand and you might think that their sole ethos is dishing up Tex-Mex. Hell, taste the melty deliciousness that is their Beer Battered Cheeze Fries and you’d probably think the same thing. But this is actually an entirely vegan stand whose South American cuisine is nigh-on indistinguishable from carnivore-friendly stuff. A ‘To-Fish’ taco features seaweed-wrapped, deep-fried tofu that could’ve come out of the sea on a line.

Don't miss: Beer Battered Cheeze Fries (£4).

Find them at: Street Feast, Model Market.

But first check: @clubmexicana

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Allihopa

Allihopa

Top quality home-smoked fish is the star of Allihopa’s menu, and what a treat it is too. In proper Scandi style, their lunchboxes are fairly minimalist; your choice of fresh rye bread or crusty sourdough, some light potato salad, a few crunchy pickles. A light lunch where the ingredients pack punch.

Don’t miss: The open sandwiches (£6).

Find them at: Kerb.

But first check: @Allihopa_LDN

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Deeney's

Deeney's

Up until 2012, the Scottish street food scene was as miserable as a soggy sporran, limited to deep-fried Mars bars and a tin of Irn-Bru. Then came along the haggis toastie, getting the kilts of the capital’s sandwich fiends in a right old twist. The Macbeth from Deeney’s melds cheddar with hot haggis, sharp caramelised onions, tangy mustard and peppery rocket. Offal-phobes may opt for a veggie haggis version in the Lady Macbeth.

Don't miss: The Macbeth (£5).

Find them at: St Katharine Docks, Fridays; Broadway Market, Saturdays; Chatsworth Road Market, Sundays.

But first check: @Deeneys

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Pilau Pot

Pilau Pot

Like the best ever version of a leftover takeaway, Pilau Pot offer a gigantic naan bread filled with marinated meats cooked to order, salad, your choice of chutneys and sauces and, for an extra 50p, piles of fresh pilau rice. As the name suggests, they also serve it in a pot, but you know you want the giant naan.

Don’t miss: Marinated chicken pilau wrap (£5.50).

Find them at: Leather Lane Market.

But first check: @PilauPot

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The Cheese Truck

The Cheese Truck

Even a terrible cook can create a passable toastie – you just put your bread together and melt – but you'd better believe that The Cheese Truck have reached new heights in the art of melted sandwich fillings. Each portion is packed with more dairy than you’d deem reasonable to have in your fridge. Goat’s cheese, honey and walnut; stilton, bacon and pear chutney; queso Chihuahua, chorizo and rocket… it’s a veritable cheese board of oozing options.

Don't miss: Cropwell bishop stilton, bacon and pear chutney (£5.50).

Find them at: Maltby Street Market every Saturday and Sunday.

But first check: @CheeseTruckLDN

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Ta Ta Eatery

Ta Ta Eatery

We’ve heard that the pair of chefs behind Ta Ta Eatery have worked with Chiltern Firehouse’s Nuno Mendes, so it’s no wonder their frequently changing menu is consistently interesting and delicious. Dishes are usually some kind of Asian/European mash-up, and almost always involve perfectly sticky rice.

Don’t miss: Korean chicken wings (£3).

Find them at: Druid Street Market.

But first check: @tata_eatery

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Hank's Po Boys

Hank's Po Boys

A party of New Orleans-inspired ingredients combine for these hearty sandwiches that come stacked with flavoursome beef brisket, slaw and horseradish mayo, or blackened fish and Louisiana house sauce, or whatever special concoction they’ve been working on. But make sure to save space for The Party Boys – little Cajun crawfish croquettes that are worryingly moreish.

Don’t miss: The Party Boys crawfish balls (£5).

Find them at: Kerb, Southbank Centre Food Market.

But first check: @hankspoboys

London's best street food: 40-31

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Howard's Meat Co

Howard's Meat Co

Josh Ebworth (we’re not sure who Howard is) takes his smoked meat very seriously, and it sure is evident in the tender and delicious dishes he’s serving from a Netil Market hatch each Saturday. The Texas-style menu includes smoked pork belly with very impressive crackling and slabs of oak- and cherry-smoked brisket.

Don’t miss: Smoked chuck cheeseburger (£7).

Find them at: Netil Market.

But first check: @HowardsMeatCo

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Oli Baba's

Oli Baba's

Remember when you didn’t know what tabbouleh was? Luckily Levantine cuisine is everyday fare in London these days, though there’s nothing everyday about Oli Baba’s lunchboxes. Big piles of fresh, herby salads, crunchy sweet potato fries, smoky Turkish-style flatbreads and a big pile of super creamy hummus make up the sort of meal that would make even a butcher consider going veggie.

Don't miss: Sababa box (£6).

Find them at: Kerb, Dalston Food Market.

But first check: @Oli_Babas

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White Men Can't Jerk

White Men Can't Jerk

Sorry, but they bloody well can. These guys jerk like the best of ‘em on their affectionately named smoking grill Tallulah, which gives the Caribbean treatment to wings, burgers or whole chunks of meat served with rice and peas, slaw and salsa. We love the mess-making jerk chicken bun the best, though, stacked tall in brioche with slaw and salad spilling out the sides.

Don’t miss: Jerk chicken bun (£8).

Find them at: The Magic Roundabout and Street Feast.

But first check: @WMCJ_LDN

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Stakehaus

Stakehaus

Taking your street food lunch to new levels of fancy, Stakehaus are grilling hot, pink, juicy slabs of beef and serving them up with the crispiest chips, a dash of salad and some very impressive sauces. The chimichurri is intensely herby and has just the right acidity to complement the rich chunks of meat. And all for less than a tenner. This one calls for a stake-out.

Don’t miss: Steak and chimichurri (£8).

Find them at: Kerb and Street Feast.

But first check: @STAKEhaus

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Cooking Cooks

Cooking Cooks

It’s safe to assume that these guys won’t be appearing on our Best Street Food Puns list, but what they lack in wordplay they make up for in handmade pasta cooked to order and smothered in super fresh, punchy Italian flavours. Plus they’re the only stallholders we’ve found that could represent their national colours with carbohydrates.

Don’t miss: Pulled pork ragu (£7).

Find them at: Street Food Union, Duke of York Square, Startisans.

But first check: @CookingCooks

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Butchies

Butchies

There's more than one top-notch fried chicken outlet on this list – London must use a lot more buttermilk than it used to – but as well as making crisp, juicy poultry Butchies are good at piling up the toppings. The buns, which are named after cult TV characters, involve additions such as kimchi, chicken crackling and garlic- and lemon-flavoured Thai basil sauce. This bird comes with some fancy accessories and tastes all the better for it.

Don't miss: Rust Cohle – smoked streaky bacon, chicken crackling, cheese and homemade barbecue sauce (£7).

Find them at: Broadway Market.

But first check: @Butchies_London

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Scotchtails

Scotchtails

Sometimes all it takes is one person to do something brilliantly to put everyone else’s efforts to shame. Such is the case with Scotchtails – take one bite of their generously meaty, perfectly gooey scotch eggs and you’ll shun the lesser offerings of your local pub for life. There are 15 varieties to choose from and their crisp sweet potato fries make ideal soldiers for that bright orange yolk.

Don't miss: The traditional cumberland sausage scotch egg, served with sweet potato fries on a bed of rocket (£6.90).

Find them at: Borough Market throughout the week and occasionally elsewhere.

But first check: @Scotchtails

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Bill or Beak

Bill or Beak

Fortunately no birds’ mouths were used in the making of Bill or Beak’s stonking pair of sandwiches, both of which are innovative versions of much-loved poultry classics. The Beak option involves grilled corn-fed chicken thigh topped with caesar dressing, tempura capers, rosemary and garlic croutons and parmesan, which certainly puts the ubiquitous salad it’s inspired by to shame.

Signature dish: Bill – braised duck and pork in viet dressing with mint, coriander, spring onions and tempura shallots (£7).

Find them at: Kerb King’s Cross on Fridays, Kerb Gherkin and Model Market.

But first check: @BillorBeak

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BBQ Dreamz

BBQ Dreamz

Marinated ox heart isn't something you'd expect to be eating on a drizzly lunchbreak in King's Cross, but Filipino barbecue connoisseurs BBQ Dreamz serve up their signature skewers, cooked to taste and served with a spicy cane vinegar, at Kerb's lunchtime markets across the capital. Their vibrant menu is adding some serious sophistication to London's street food scene.

Don't miss: Lemongrass ox heart skewers (£2.50 per skewer, £4 for two).

Find them at: Kerb street food markets and Broadway Market School Yard on Saturdays.

But first check: @BbqDreamz

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F.A.T

F.A.T

This stall is mainly a chance for Freddie Janssen to sell jars of excellent pickles, but there’s no better use for her homemade kimchi than in a kimchi and stilton toastie. It’s hot and buttery on the outside, melty and salty in the middle, with just a little crunch from the fermented cabbage. Sandwich of dreams.

Don’t miss: Stilton and kimchi toastie (£7 large).

Find them at: Druid Street Market.

But first check: @Freddielookatme

London's best street food: 30-21

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Nazarí

Nazarí

We couldn't have told you what Andalucian cuisine involved before we tried Nazarí’s flavour-stuffed chicken wrap, but we sure like it now. The brother and sister team take the best Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours to create dishes that have twice the taste per mouthful; the chicken’s slow-cooked with garlic, parsley and Moorish spices and wrapped up with a rainbow of Ottolenghi-ish salads.

Don’t miss: Chicken asado wrap (£6).

Find them at: Kerb.

But first check: @nazarifood

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Banh Mi 11

Banh Mi 11

One of the London street food scene’s original stars, Banh Mi 11 is still cooking up a storm, and their Vietnamese baguettes are brimming with big flavours. Ask them what new fillings are on offer – they’re never short of utterly delicious.

Don’t miss: Imperial BBQ Pork Banh Mi (£5).

Find them at: Broadway Market.

But first check: @Banhmi11uk

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Kothu Kothu

Kothu Kothu

For what looks like a stir-fry made with leftover crepes, Sri Lankan street speciality kothu roti sure has a lot going on. Strips of a flatbread called godhamba roti are piled with vegetables, egg and curry on a hotplate and chopped up using a pair of metal blades, resulting in lightly curried comfort food that brings a new flavour with every mouthful.

Don't miss: Mutton kothu roti (£6.50).

Find them at: Kerb.

But first check: @Kothu_Kothu

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Miss P's

Miss P's

In his efforts to bring authentic Atlanta-style barbecue to a meat-hungry audience, Pitmaster G (more formally known as Gianluca Ivaldi) will never compromise on his smoking techniques. Fuelling smokers with lumpwood charcoal and oak gives his pulled pork, beef brisket, Cajun catfish and ribs a remarkable flavour, which is only enhanced by being served with the bare minimum – barbecue sauce and coleslaw.

Don't miss: Black angus beef brisket sandwich (£9).

Find them at: Kerb.

But first check: @misspsbarbecue

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LemLem Kitchen

LemLem Kitchen

Modern street food classics such as tacos and chicken wings are given an Eritrean twist in Lemlem Kitchen, and the results are very special indeed. Spongy injera flatbread makes a fine base for the ‘Afro-Taco’ toppings; tender anise chicken with zingy orange and fennel slaw and colourful pickles is a highlight.

Don’t miss: Afro-Tacos (£6).

Find them at: Netil Market.

But first check: @lemlemkitchen

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Skins

Skins

The name doesn’t exactly whet the appetite, but don’t let it put you off a portion of crispy, golden little potato boats that are the perfect vehicle for some calorific but completely delicious fillings and genius garnish combinations.

Don’t miss: Fleetwood Mac and Cheese with crispy onions, bacon, jalapenos and sriracha butter (£6).

Find them at: Maltby Street Market.

But first check: @skinsgimmesome

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Laffa

Laffa

There are many Middle Eastern flatbreads being toasted, filled and rolled in London, but this is the only stall so committed to the wrap itself that it’s named after it. Laffa offers expertly flavoured salads, meats and sauces, cooking ingredients to order and piling them up into a herby, fragrant bundle of joy.

Don’t miss: Aubergine and halloumi wrap (£6).

Find them at: Street Food Union.

But first check: @Laffastreetfood

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Mother Flipper

Mother Flipper

Mother Flipper's thing is putting their patties – all served medium – onto the grill as balls, and then smashing them down with a spatula to give them a good crust. Some come topped with huge wedges of avocado, others dripping oozy Swiss cheese: but they’re all pretty damned hefty.

Don't miss: The Dirty Barbie – double patty, double cheese, candied bacon, candied onions, barbecue sauce (£10).

Find them at: Brockley Market, Model Market.

But first check: @MotherFlipperuk

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Rola Wala

Rola Wala

Rola Wala offers a range of chewy naan rolls and flavoursome hot bowls that’ll leave your taste buds tingling, just like the street-side snacks served across India. The menu offers as much for vegetarians as meat eaters, with tantalising ingredients like slow-cooked beef brisket and beetroot, coconut and chana dal served alongside tangy chutneys and piquant pickles to create an explosive flavour combination.

Don't miss: Kashmiri chicken tikka naan roll (£6.50).

Where to find them: Street Feast and Model Market.

But first check: @RolaWala

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Sambal Shiok

Sambal Shiok

A Malaysian burger may sound like a dubious concept – hell, we've only just recovered from last year's ropey Japanese rice burger trend – but shelve your judgement until you've tried the delights at Mandy Yin's Sambal Shiok stall. Her patty de résistance is the chicken satay burger. A soft brioche roll, succulent chicken, deliciously nutty satay sauce, sweet pickled red onion and a splash of SS's signature sambal chilli sauce for extra zing. It's a freaking taste sensation.

Don't miss: Chicken satay burger (£6 for a single, £8 for a double).

Find them at: Rupert Street Market Fridays and at Street Feast Dinerama from May 29.

But first check: @SambalShiok

London's best street food: 20-11

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Morty & Bob's

Morty & Bob's

When it comes to turning two bits of bread and a pile of grated cheese into something really special, Morty & Bob's have the magic touch. A secret blend of three British cheeses is combined with a secret cheese sauce for extra ooze and some finely chopped onions for a gentle alium drop kick at the end. You can add bacon or sautéed mushrooms with truffle oil, or go 'Straight Up', but you'll always get a juicy, crunchy pickle on the side.

Don't miss: The mushroom and truffle one (£6).

Find them at: Netil Market.

But first check: @MortyandBobs

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Only Jerkin'

Only Jerkin'

Jerk fish fingers in ginger beer batter is surely the sort of innovation that street food stalls were made for, but make sure you try the whole menu here, because Only Jerkin’s fried chicken is freakin’ delicious. As is their homemade jerk ketchup. And the sweet potato and fennel fritters. Basically, save space for this one because a combo box is where it’s at.

Don’t miss: Jerk chicken nuggets in ginger beer batter (£7).

Find them at: Druid Street.

But first check: Facebook.com/onlyjerkin

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The Grilling Greek

The Grilling Greek

Like a Eurovision entry amidst a sea of indie bands, The Grilling Greek's truck is cheerful, colourful and fiercely patriotic. Which figures, given it serves up a fine menu of Mediterranean classics such as giant Kalamata olives, red pepper hummus and really bloody good souvlaki. Fresh, soft pitta holds tomato, red onion, a good dollop of 'Mama's Tzatziki' and juicy, smoky chunks of grilled meat (or halloumi). 

Don't miss: Chicken souvlaki in pitta (£5.50).

Find it at: Kerb.

But first check: @thegrillinggreek 

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Spit & Roast

Spit & Roast

We’re lucky Justin Unsworth and Ross Gardner (ex-head chef and owner of Medcalf) chucked in their restaurant jobs to sell chicken, because their bird is seriously good. The original line was in free-range rotisserie poultry, but their fried chicken is now stealing the show (though occasional guest appearances from jerk pork belly-topped poutine see the queues lengthen considerably, too).

Don’t miss: the buttermilk fried chicken bap (£6). 

Find it at: Kerb King’s Cross, Kerb Spitalfields, Kerb Gherkin and Brockley Market.

But first check: @SpitandRoast

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Savage Salads

Savage Salads

Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it sucks, and these guys aren’t half proving it. Using hearty ingredients, Savage Salads sell lunchboxes that are full of food to make your mouth water and your mum proud. The queue for their stand is always worth the effort – the results are incomparably better than the supermarket salad-bar equivalent and you get a welcoming smile rather than a self-service checkout at the end of it.

Don’t miss: Anything – have chicken and halloumi and all the salads (£6).

Find it at: Berwick Street Market and St Giles Market.

But first check: @savagesalads

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Decatur

Decatur

Buying oysters from a street food stall seems like risky business, but you’re more than safe in the hands of Decatur; their shellfish are covered with garlic butter and cajun spices then chargrilled to order. You’ll be licking the shell clean by the end.

Don’t miss: Chargrilled oysters (three for £6.50).

Find them at: Druid Street Market.

But first check: @DecaturLondon

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Pokē

Pokē

No, Facebook isn't reviving its creepy sexual harassment feature. Say aloha to poké, the Hawaiian bowl food that’s surfed onto these shores, and when done by Pokē (where’s the punny name, guys?) is every bit as fresh and vibrant as you'd imagine. Fleshy sashimi-style salmon or spicy tuna comes with black rice and edamame for textural crunch and pickled cucumber and ginger for a luau in your mouth. 

Don’t miss: Ahi (tuna) poké (£6.50).

Find them at: Kerb and Street Feast.

But first check: @eatpokelondon

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Yum Bun

Yum Bun

Nice buns just don’t cut it for these guys; the carbs they’re cooking up are nothing short of fantastic. Each fluffy, steamed pocket holds a stack of ingredients that’s more enticing than a bacon sandwich on a hangover. Choose from roast duck, Japanese fried chicken, the not-to-be-overlooked portobello mushrooms with miso glaze or any of their other charming little flavour grenades.

Don't miss: Slow-roasted belly pork with cucumber, spring onions and hoi sin sauce (£3.50).

Find them at: Model Market and Street Feast.

But first check: @yumbun

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BOB's Lobster

BOB's Lobster

As well as the eponymous crustacean, Rob Dann and team serve crab tater tots, ahi tuna tacos, fried oysters and an uber mac and cheese that’s made with four cheeses, lobster bisque béchamel, chunks of lobster tail and crispy fried shallots. BOB’s makes some of fine dining’s most exclusive confections affordable and it serves them wearing a bowtie and a smile.

Don't miss: The lobster roll (£14).

Find it at: Street Feast and Hawker House.

But first check: @BOBs_Lobster

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Street Kitchen

Street Kitchen

Despite the chrome airstream caravan out of which it operates, novelty junk grub couldn’t be further away from the remit of this classy operation, which serves up a range of bistro-style British dishes centring around chunks of grilled meat and veg. More grown up than most, then, but it’s all in line with the expectations of the suited and booted punters. More importantly, it tastes amazing.

Don't miss: Crispy chicken with warm crushed potatoes (£7.50).

Find them at: Devonshire Square, Finsbury Avenue Square and Battersea (plus permanent venues in Broadgate Circle and London Fields).

But first check: @Streetkitchen

London's best street food: the top ten

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Weligama

Weligama

Sri Lankans eat egg hoppers for breakfast or as a snack, usually, which means you have an excuse to eat one of Emily Dobbs's flavour bombs whatever time of day it is. Your choice of rich, fragrant curry is piled onto an egg in a sort-of pancake basket, and your task is to load as many of the pickles and garnishes onto each mouthful as you can while not painting your t-shirt with an accidental pickle rainbow.

Don’t miss: Aubergine curry egg hopper (£7).

Find them at: Druid Street Market.

But first check: @weligama_ldn

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Spice Box

Spice Box

You’d think a low-calorie vegan curry would be the least enticing dish on the market, but we knew from the moment they piled on the pickles that SpiceBox are serving something special. There’s so much flavour in their colourful curries you’ll never go back to vindaloo, and with the option of cauliflower rice as your 'carb' it's pretty much Weight Watchers approved. Which means doughnuts for dessert.

Don’t miss: Summer veg, coconut and cashew korma (£4).

Find them at: Druid Street Market.

But first check: @SpiceBox_UK

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The Rib Man

The Rib Man

Proof that you’re better off starting a business because you’re really bloody good at it than because you think it’s on-trend, Mark Gevaux has been selling ribs on the streets of London since 2007. While working as a butcher he started cooking ribs on disposable barbecues as samples at farmers’ markets. Demand was high and The Rib Man was born – his smoky, succulent baby backs have been shredded, piled high into white baps and drizzled with some insanely spicy sauces ever since.

Don’t miss: the chance to prove your heat tolerance with loads of Holy Fuck sauce on your rib roll (£7).

Find him at: Brick Lane every Sunday (but beware it usually sells out before 2pm) and at The Boleyn Tavern (E6) before every West Ham home game.

But first check @theribman

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Sub Cult

Sub Cult

Ben and Gaz have been putting soul into submarine rolls for a year now. Things generally kick off with a fist bump, then there’s the difficult menu decision while Ben wafts a freshly made sub under your nose; a dash of silly small talk keeps you entertained while you wait; and finally there’s a delicious party in your mouth. Combinations include a gentle but winning version of surf and turf:seared scallops, pulled pork, calamari and parsley mayo.

Don’t miss: The Subterranean (£5).

Find it at: Model Market, Brockley Market, Maltby Street, Leather Lane.

But first check: @subcultsubs

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Smokestak

Smokestak

When David Carter bought a 4.5-ton smoker from Texas he was in pursuit of nothing less than smouldering-hot American barbecue perfection, and it’s fair to say he’s mastered the art of flame-grilling. Carter believes that USDA-approved cuts make for better eating and sources his meat accordingly. US classics such as beef brisket are smoked just right and coated with gently sweet sauces that really bring out their flavour. Simple dishes which are simply delicious.

Don’t miss: the St Louis Pork Ribs (£7).

Find it at: Model Market and Street Feast.

But first check: @smokestakUK

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Mother Clucker

Mother Clucker

At Mother Clucker, they do fried chicken right. These soul food specialists do crispy, spicy coating and tender, juicy chicken like no-one else. This is Southern cooking the way it should be – and very few people in London do it as well. Combined with a side of mac and cheese, it may not be diet food, but who wants to eat diet food? That crap's for rabbits.

Don't miss: Southern-fried chicken strips (£5).

Find them at: Ely's Yard.

But first check: @motherclucker

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Mike + Ollie

Mike + Ollie

Mike Richardson studied design at Goldsmiths before realising that his calling was in creating magnificent flatbreads. Ollie is no longer a part of the operation but the name had already stuck, and let’s be honest, calling a food stand just ‘Mike’ would be pretty ballsy. His freshly made wraps are brimming with seasonal treats such as pan-fried Eastbourne mackerel fillet, beetroot-braised shallots, rhubarb hot sauce and homemade pickles.

Don’t miss: Lamb flatbread (£7).

Find it at: Brockley Market on Saturday mornings.

But first check: @mikeandollie

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Kimchinary

Kimchinary

What do you get when you cross the punchiness of Korean cuisine with the Mexican folded wonder that is the burrito? One of Kimchinary’s incredible wraps is what, in which every element is laced with a flavour you didn’t see coming. Hanna Söderlund’s fascination with fermentation is part of what led her to create this unique and winning menu.

Don’t miss: Slow-braised bulgogi ox cheek burrito (£6).

Find them at: Kerb markets on a rotating basis, Dalston Food Market, Street Feast and Dinerama.

But first check: @kimchinary

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Bleecker St

Bleecker St

Five years ago a lawyer named Zan Kaufman had the best burger she had ever eaten in New York City’s East Village. These days she is serving Londoners her own best effort from her black food truck (a permanent stand in Old Spitalfields Market), and even in our patty-packed city it’s knocking the ball out of the park. The only thing fancy about Bleecker is the meat: rare-breed, pasture-fed, dry-aged beef becomes juicy burgers with beautifully pink middles.

Don’t miss: Bleecker Black (£10)

Find it at: Old Spitalfields Market daily and Street Feast.

But first check: @bleeckerburger

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Bao

Bao

Shing Tat Chung, his sister Wai Ting and his girlfriend Erchen Chang are running what is probably Soho's most queued-for restaurant, but in street-food world a visit to their stand in Hackney’s Netil Market has long been unmissable. Their brief menu of Taiwanese treats is all-star: handmade steamed milk buns piled with ingredients we never even knew our English bellies were craving, and nuggets of soya milk-fried chicken which are what KFC would be like if deities had deep-fat fryers.

Don’t miss: Pork belly gua bao (£3.50).

Find it at: Netil Market on Saturdays.

But first check: @bao_london

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David P
David P

Also, Chai Naasto in Beckenham, fantastic Indian 'Street food with a seat'

bobby c
bobby c

I can't believe THE ORANGE BUFFALO aren't on this! Their wings are out of this world! 

Mike T
Mike T

My current favourite is The Muffin Man. AWESOME

James F
James F

WOOOHOOO!!! Loving London and her incredible street food. I'm new to this place, if anyone wants to hang out hit me on Iceberg to get socializing! iceberg.travel/meet/london/