London’s best street food markets and food halls

Find street eats at every corner with this list of London's best markets and halls for grub on the go
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By Time Out London Food & Drink |
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You can barely swing a tote bag without hitting an artisanal street food stall or provenance-first farmers market in London these days. They’re everywhere. To make traversing them a bit easier, we’ve collated food-focussed markets and food halls old and new (that is, where ready-to-eat food is available) into the city best and the still-notable rest. Whether it’s a quick coffee, lunch-on-the-go or a perch down dinner you’re after, you’ll find it here.

When you've eaten your way through this one – check out our roundup of the best stalls

 

London's best street food markets and food halls

Bang Bang Oriental
Jamie Lau
Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Bang Bang Oriental

icon-location-pin Colindale

Meet Bang Bang Oriental: a gargantuan pan-Asian food court… in Colindale! Yes, Colindale. The long journey might be a turn-off, but this is the largest food hall of its kind in Europe, with 27 individual kiosks offering a whole range of oriental cuisines and seating for up to 450 people. The vast space also hosts Chinese beauty parlours, a community dance rehearsal studio and the 300-cover flagship Golden Dragon restaurant. Don’t know where to start? Here’s our list of five things to eat at Bang Bang Oriental, from dim sum platters to fried intestine. Well worth a trip out to Zone 4.

Monday-Thursday, noon-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 11.30am-10.30pm; Sunday, 11.30am-9.30pm

Shopping, Markets and fairs

Berwick Street Market

icon-location-pin Soho

A bastion of ‘old Soho’, Berwick Street Market is a vibey strip dotted with shouty fruit-sellers, florists and fabric merchants in among the foodie offerings. Snaking lunchtime queues are a daily sight, with local workers hankering for jam-packed falafel wraps, riffed up salads, Greek souvlaki, old-school sarnies and modish puds. There’s no seating, but Soho’s swell for wandering. Ever in danger of gentrification, this market’s a slice of trad London to treasure.

Monday-Saturday, 8am until 6pm

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Borough Market

icon-location-pin South Bank

The best-known market in London and a foodie institution unto itself. The main market operates Thursday-Saturday, with a lighter version the rest of the week.

Restaurants, Street food

Boxpark Shoreditch

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Shoreditch can be a bit of a raucous hellhole on weekends, but Boxpark – a shipping container complex next to the Overground station – is worth braving the boozy throngs for. Cram into one of the teeny units to scoff fare from small traders, from decadent duck burgers and Greek skewers to vegan fast food and pearl teas. It’s been open for half a decade now, making it an old hand on the street food scene. Doesn’t time fly?

Monday-Saturday, 8am-11pm; Sunday 10am-10pm

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Brixton Village and Granville Arcade

icon-location-pin Brixton

You can’t move in Brixton for fab food spots these days – and Brixton Village (aka, the old Granville Arcade, located down Coldharbour Lane) is a gastro ground-zero of sorts. Its strengths lie in its whatever-ya-fancy variety. Superlative BBQ? Got it. Japanese okonomiyaki pancakes? Sure! Unfinishably gigantic plates of home-style Colombian cooking? Si señor! The vibe’s a little more refined and less yuppified than nearby Pop Brixton, too.

Daily, 8am-11.30pm

Shopping, Markets and fairs

Broadway Market

icon-location-pin South Hackney

A crowded and buzzy parade of a Saturday market near London Fields, with fresh farm produce and ready-to-eat bites.

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Brockley Market

icon-location-pin St John's

South London’s finest is a Saturday morning staple. Stylish SE4 locals mill around, stocking up on succulents and farm produce while snaffling down artisanal coffee, imported wines and fine street food. It’s long been a trendsetter: foraging heroes Mike + Ollie and cult burger faves Mother Flipper started out here, and still ply their trade on a weekly basis. Queues can be lengthy – and seating’s limited to a few benches – but everything here is worth the wait.

Saturday, 10am-2pm

Restaurants

Camberwell Market

icon-location-pin Camberwell

SE5’s transformation from grimy transport deadzone to bona-fide foodie haven continues apace, bolstered by the teeny gem that is Camberwell Market. Its location on the Green gives it a fêtey feel (there are used book and vintage thread stalls, and the Salvation Army band have been known to parp up), but the food is anything but amateur: think grilled-cheese sarnies, Japanese soul food, Malaysian home cooking and mega mac’n’cheese.

Sunday, 11am-5pm

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Jean Goldsmith
Shopping, Music and entertainment

Chatsworth Road Market

icon-location-pin Lea Bridge

A bustling Sunday market with an array of street food, produce and crafty bits’n’pieces.

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Restaurants, Street food

Dinerama

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Street Feast’s Shoreditch base is a tastemaking street-food hub, having chucked up folks such as Smokestak, Breddos Tacos and Farang. It does a roaring good trade from Wednesday to Saturday, dishing up a mish-mash of global fare (from pizza and steamed dumplings to chargrilled seafood and vegan Mexican classics) alongside punchy drinks in such subtly named spots as FünkenPümper and German Sex Dungeon. Dinerama may be housed in a former bullion truck depot, but the vibe is strictly ‘party’. Not a quiet night out then, but a delicious one.

Wednesday-Saturday, 5pm-late. Entry is free before 7pm, £3 after

Restaurants, Pop up restaurant

Feast Bar & Kitchen

icon-location-pin Brook Green

Brought to you by the guys behind Pergola, this den of deliciousness is housed in part of the old BBC Television Centre, but now feeds and waters up to 350 fun-loving peeps at a time in a cleverly designed inside/outside space – think alfresco vibes in a plant-filled space, but under one massive year-round roof. Currently, the cooking is in the hands of comfort-food kings Morty & Bob’s, famous for their burgers, wholesome salads, grilled cheese sandwiches and potent bloody marys. 

Monday-Friday, noon-late

Venue says From the team that gave you the Pergola's and the Prince, Londons new street food restaurant, bar and live music venue.

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Restaurants, Food court

Feast Canteen

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On the ground floor of Hammersmith’s Kings Mall, this 350-seater spot from the people behind Pergola and the Feast Bar & Kitchen is a reinvention of the ‘canteen’ concept for twenty-first-century Londoners. Expect a rotating line-up of five street-food traders, including such hot tickets as Breddos Tacos, SIN (Salvation in Noodles) and Sinchow (famous for its kooky riffs on the rice-paper roll), with Other Side Fried and other acts waiting in the wings. Eat in, take out or plump for home delivery – it’s all there.  

Monday-Sunday, 11am-8pm

Things to do

Flat Iron Square

icon-location-pin Southwark

This snazzy food court and bar/venue, sprawled through a few Borough railway arches, may look a tad sheeny, but don’t be fooled: this is keenly curated stuff. Fab fare – from manti dumplings to ramen, Levantine bits and tip-top toasties – can be scoffed in the midst of the indoor crowds, or on outdoor tables under heaters (there are a couple of sit-in restaurants too). FYI: one of the guys behind it is Jon Spiteri, king of London maître d’s and a co-founder of St John. Respect.

Daily, check www.flatironsquare.co.uk for opening times of individual stalls.

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Shopping, Markets and fairs

Greenwich Market

icon-location-pin Greenwich

A covered historic market with a sprawling range of takeaway eateries.

Venue says Christmas Late Markets: Wednesdays December 5, 12, 19 until 8pm. Handmade gift ideas from local designers. Festive music and mulled wine too

Restaurants, Street food

KERB King's Cross

icon-location-pin King's Cross

This is where the big daddy of London’s fertile food market scene, Kerb, had its original King’s Cross site in 2009 (back when it was called Eat Street – memories!) It helped kickstart the area’s foodie regeneration back then, and there are loads of familiar global traders (aka Kerbanists) on show these days – from Baggio Burgers and Melter Meatballs to Truffle and Wandercrust – plus ‘in-Kerb-ators’ from the brand’s talent scheme. This site is also fab in summer, with Granary Square’s fountains as a backdrop and lots of benches (or canal steps) to sit down on.

Wednesday-Friday, noon-2pm

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Restaurants, Contemporary Global

The Kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market

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The best way to describe The Kitchens in Spitalfields is as a street food market and restaurant hybrid. Launched by Nuno Mendes (of the Chiltern Firehouse and nearby Taberna do Mercado), it features ten rotating kiosks ranging from Breddos Tacos to pasta guys the Sood Family. However, we’re sold on the Insta-famous crispy shengjianbao (Shanghai’s pan-fried ‘soup dumplings’) from Dumpling Shack.

Monday-Friday, 11am-8pm; Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm

Leather Lane Market
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Shopping, Electronics

Leather Lane Market

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A weekday sprawl of stalls – stretching from Clerkenwell Road to High Holborn – Leather Lane mixes old-school tat’n’threads charm with newfangled foodie appeal (helped along by the road’s status as a coffee mecca). It’s understandably popular with lunching local workers, desperate to get their mitts on a mac’n’cheese toasted sarnie or a banging burrito. If the weather turns, it’s lined with great brick-and-mortar spots too (some of which used to be stalls).

Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm

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Maltby Street Market

icon-location-pin Bermondsey

This heaving strip of a weekend market – largely set down Bermondsey’s Ropewalk alley, between railway arches and the LASSCO salvage warehouse – first started taking shape way back in 2009. Back then, it was just coffee kings Monmouth cupping up for a couple of hours every Saturday. Now, it’s a proper institution, and the main pretender to Borough’s crown. Street food, booze and produce of every shape abounds, emptying the wallets of tourists and locals alike.

Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm

Restaurants, Food court

Market Hall Fulham

icon-location-pin Walham Green

You know porky barbecue restaurant Pitt Cue? Well, its co-founder has joined forces with a property investor to open a series of food halls across the city. First up is Market Hall Fulham – complete with a 10-kitchen line-up from your wildest gastronomical dreams. Take a tour and you’ll find the likes of Yard Sale Pizza, a new Thai joint from Smoking Goat’s ex-head chef and loads more, all in an abandoned Edwardian tube station ticket hall. Sounds spooky, but you’ll only be shaking in your boots if you drink too many espressos from the Press Coffee stand.

Venue says Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, seven days a week. Oh and don't forget brunch on weekends!

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Restaurants, Food court

Market Hall Victoria

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The lovely crew who brought us Market Hall Fulham weren't happy with having just one food hall, so they created this one at Terminus Place in Victoria. This spooky Edwardian building is now a vibrant, opulent space, with a huge line-up of traders including noodle gods Koya, skewer specialists Fanny's Kebabs, salt-beef maestros Monty's Deli and hand-made pasta purveyors Nonna Tonda. Go hungry. 

Venue says Showcasing a diverse and eclectic offering of food and drink across three floors with eleven kitchens, a coffee shop, and three bars

Things to do

Model Market

icon-location-pin Lewisham

Street Feast’s boozy Lewisham hub, open Friday and Saturday (from 5pm) in a former covered market.

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Shopping, Street vendors

Netil Market

icon-location-pin South Hackney

A little bro to the creative complex of Netil House just down the road, this London Fields hub is a quirky gem, filled with rickety stands and more charming than the nearby Broadway and Schoolyard Markets. It’s best known for birthing Bao, but there are cracking cakes, Afro-tacos (yup, you read that right) and zippy pizzas too. Not much cover, but you can brave the hipsters and plonk down in the park opposite on sunny days.

Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm

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© Piccadilly Market
Restaurants, Street food

Piccadilly Market

icon-location-pin Trafalgar Square

Charmingly located in the courtyard of beautiful St James’s Church, Piccadilly, with a special food market on Mondays and Tuesdays till 5pm.

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Pergola Olympia

Did you know the geniuses behind Pergola also have a year-round rooftop spot in Kensington, on top of Olympia London? You do now. This site, unlike the other one in Paddington, is open year-round and primed for good times whether it's a scorching summer or a snowy winter (in other words, there's heating). Food-wise, British seafood experts Claw are in residence with crab rolls in tow, while burger legends Patty & Bun flip pattys, and pizzas come courtesy of the professional Italians from Passo.

Wed-Thurs, 4pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 12pm-11.30pm; Sun, 12pm-10pm. Check Pergola's website for further details.

Restaurants, Pop up restaurant

Pergola Paddington Central

icon-location-pin Paddington

Following the success of Pergola on the Roof in White City, the bright sparks behind the format have launched this even bigger behemoth, which includes 850 seats (fully protected from wintry weather), two bars on different levels and a rockin’ foodie offering that currently features burger barons Patty & Bun, tropical Mexicans Yucatan, duck obsessives Canard and Vietnamese BBQ joint MAM. Pergola’s communal tables (in the covered and heated space) are large enough to accommodate birthday parties, but also work well for those ‘I’m-only-staying-for-one-but…’ after-work nights.

Wednesday, 6pm-11pm; Thursday-Saturday, 12pm-11pm; Sunday, 12pm-10.30pm. Open October 2018 until January 2019. Check Pergola's website for details.

Venue says Hidden alfresco garden and rooftop: drinking/dining in the heart of London, with 850 seats, seven day-beds, four restaurants and two bars.

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Pop Brixton

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Operating out of an eclectic jumble of shipping containers, Pop Brixton is a community initiative dedicated to supporting young local businesses – including indie food operators. Expect a host of boundary-busting traders and cafés ranging Baba G’s Bhangra Burger and Mama’s Jerk to Viet Box and Other Side Fried, plus several permanent restaurants including highly rated small-plates outfit Smoke & Salt. The vibe is open air but weatherproof, with regular live music and entertainment tossed into the mix.

Sunday-Wednesday, 9am-11pm; Thursday-Saturday, 9am-midnight

Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Prince

icon-location-pin West Kensington

The Prince is a big ol’ comfy corner boozer in West Brompton. Well, maybe that’s understating things: it’s actually the old Prince of Wales pub, plus four interconnected townhouses and a massive English garden with a retractable roof. Inside the houses, there are three bars and four restaurants with a rotating cast of ace street-food vendors: currently, the roster includes Patty & Bun, the Begging Bowl Canteen (offshoot of the Peckham hit), chicken peddlers Coqfighter and Foley’s Bao & Yakitori Grill.

Sunday-Monday, noon-10pm, Tuesday-Thursday, noon-11pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-11.30pm

Venue says One street, three bars, four restaurants, 850 seats and an enclosed woodland garden - fully heated and covered! Book via our website.

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Restaurants, Street food

Spa Terminus

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First there was Borough Market. When that got too touristy, everyone decamped to Maltby Street. When that went over, those-in-the-know nipped around the corner to the railway arches of Spa Terminus. It’s home to a range of producers – coffee roasters, butchers, bakers, cheesemakers – and opens to the public on Saturday mornings. Cruising from arch to arch is a pleasure, though note that there are two main sites – so make a beeline between Spa South and Druid Street for the full experience.

Saturday, 8.30am-2.30pm

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Restaurants, Street food

Street Food Union

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However strong your resolve to take a packed lunch to work every day, if you work in Soho there’s always the lure of Street Food Union, a collection of a dozen or so street-food stalls that set up shop on Rupert Street six days a week. Traders are on rotation, but newcomers are frequently added to the line-up, which currently includes self-explanatory stalls such as Slingin’ Po’ Boys, Don Arepa, Confit Street, Lils Falafel and the thrilling-sounding Yorkshire Burrito (yes, it's in a Yorkshire pudding).

Monday-Saturday, 11am-3pm

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