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

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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.

Kerb

King’s Boulevard, N1C 4AH (Tue-Fri). Gherkin, St Mary Axe, EC2 (Thu). CityPoint, Ropemaker St, EC1 (Fri). UCLU, Malet Place, off Torrington Place, WC1 (last Wed of month). All 11am-2.30pm.


A street-food revolution is underway in London and it’s being helped in no small part by Kerb, the snappy new name for eat.st, which began life a few years ago as a small collective of street-food vendors trading on the walkway north of King’s Cross station. Since then, the operation has grown to become a large community of food stalls and vans, appearing regularly at four locations across the city.


King’s Cross Kerb is still the main site, running Tuesday to Friday. There are half a dozen stalls (changing daily) all offering something different – from pizzas and pulled pork to mussels and meringues. The bar is set high for Kerb vendors; to qualify, traders must adhere to exacting standards of ‘flavour, personality and kerb-side spirit’. Bhangra Burger (www.bhangraburger.com) passes the test with flying colours with its masala fish wrap (£6), which features crunchy cabbage, fresh mint and sweet mango sauces, and a spicy fish marinade. Meat-heads will love the sticky, pulled-from-the-bone pork provided by The Rib Man (www.theribman.co.uk). There’s usually a sizeable queue for his wraps, rolls and ribs (from £6) – add a little extra spice with the homemade chilli sauce. Burritos and burgers are standard fare on the street-food scene, schnitzel and knödel less so. But Austrians Franz and Marco are plugging the gap with their Speck Mobile (www.speckmobile.com), serving soft pork dumplings, beef goulash, breaded schnitzel and sauerkraut (£5-£6.50).


For dessert, try the sweet bites (£4 for six) offered by You Doughnut. Delightfully crunchy on the outside, light and fluffy in the centre, these mini doughnuts come topped with maple coffee syrup and chopped pistachios.You can run with the Kerb vibe and just turn up, or check the website to see who’s trading where and when.


Kerb also appears in the City twice a week and in Bloomsbury once a month.


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19 comments
Mark B
Mark B

 Are there some missing here?  There were more in the actual magazine which said see the website for more.  It seems to be see the website for less.

Helen Edwards
Helen Edwards

Lovely photo of my husband Mark dishing up his schnitzel at Kerb... Fleisch Mob.. check him out in his Lederhosen! www.fleischmob.co.uk

doesthebellyrulethemind
doesthebellyrulethemind

Bahn Mih 11, is amazing, now at Shoreditch and other places. Can't believe you missed them.

James
James

Spinach & Agushi is very tasty but the prices are not what it says above its more like rice and 2 stews £6 small and also they have half prices deals at the end of the day where I got sick of the food they served me next morning, they need to warm the food before serving people.

Sophie
Sophie

Happy Vegetarian falafel stall in Portobello - the best, freshest falafels and friendliest service in London. And cheap to boot, highly recommned this one.

NoodleDo
NoodleDo

Goddards Pie & Mash- Are we referring to the one on Deptford High Street? If yes, then it is still open to business.

BanhMi SaiGon
BanhMi SaiGon

Just to let you know that Ca Phe VN has launched its own Banh Mi brand - BanhMi SaiGon from our Broadway Market Saigon Street Cafe. We have ended our association with Banhmi11 and now will compete with them head to head at Broadway every saturday ! Let the Banh Mi Battle commence! My partner Tuyen is back in the business after giving birth to our daughter Lotus last year & is preparing the ingredients for our excellent South Vietnamese Five Pork Banh mi, we are also in the finals of the British Street Food Awards in September! our press release below Ca Phe VN has launched its own Banhmi – Banh Mi SaiGon – every Saturday at the Saigon Street Cafe – Benjamin Close, Broadway Market E8 10-5 5 pork, traditional Southern style baguette – excellent light bread with cha bong, steamed pork, cha, gammon ham, pate, pickled diakon & carrot, cucumber, spring onion, coriander, gravy, Vietnamese mayonaise & chilli. Ca Phe VN 07780784696

Pienmash
Pienmash

The shop did close, but there is a Goddards stall in the Fountain Market near the railway, selling the pie and mash we have loved for years!

Hannah Chamberlain
Hannah Chamberlain

Goddard's in Greenwich closed in 2007 at least, if not earlier, and this review was posted in July 09! It was a sad loss that this review doesn't see fit to register at all. Does Time Out ever actually visit the places it reviews?!

Pete
Pete

Goulston St by Petticoat Lane has an embarrasment of choice when the market's on in the week (not sure about weekends) - 2 Thai vans, 1 Chinese, 1 Indian. And then there's the chippie and other delights like the Brazilian cafe nearby. The sort of quality stalls they had in Spitalfields before it turned into Centreparks.

Guacho
Guacho

WE LOVE DE LA PANZA!!!!!

jojo
jojo

it would be useful to actually review some of these stalls. luardo's does wonderful freshly cooked burritos, with homemade guacamole, salsa etc at a very reasonable fiver. whereas Caribbean Food sells offcuts of terrible chicken in flavourless tepid water also for a fiver. Sunny's olive tree has 15 salads, all freshly prepared, offering a great variety of flavours and textures. In the summer, the most popular stall in the market...

Chiswell
Chiswell

What about the great Whitecross Street Food Market

Anita
Anita

Most of the markets are in East London except for Portobello.. how about stalls in Acton Market, Berwick Street, Ealing etc?

Steve
Steve

You missed out the Leather Lane market in Farringdon - Some great food from around the world...its right outside my office door!

Sarah
Sarah

Good point about Lower Marsh, I recently worked in the area for a few months and it's a great little street with a regular street market which has a good range of tasty food.

Rob
Rob

Spinach & Agushi is the best but it's also some of the spiciest food I've ever eaten.

Eggmeister
Eggmeister

Time Out missed out the REAL London street food .... those disgusting unidentified ingredient sausages frying with onions on illegal (but still rife) grills wheeled about the west end.

Sally
Sally

What about Lower Marsh?

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