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London’s best street-food markets and food halls

There are great eats on every street corner of the capital. Here are London’s best markets and food halls for some grub on the go

By Time Out London Food & Drink
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London’s food markets are back. There have been a few casualties (bye, Dinerama and Hawker House…). Still, there’s plenty of choice out there, plus some big new names, like the enormous Eataly at Liverpool Street. On this list you’ll find food-focused markets and food halls (ie, places where you can find something to eat right there and then, not just produce to take home and cook). Whether it’s a quick coffee, lunch-on-the-go or actual proper dinner you’re after, you’ll find it here.

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London’s best street-food markets and food halls

Bang Bang Oriental
Bang Bang Oriental
Jamie Lau

Bang Bang Oriental

Restaurants Pan-Asian Borough of Brent

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.

Berwick Street Market
Berwick Street Market

Berwick Street Market

A bastion of old Soho, 300-year-old Berwick Street Market is a strip dotted with shouty fruit-sellers, florists and fabric merchants in among the 20 or so street food vendors. Snaking lunchtime queues are a daily sight with local workers, tourists and shoppers hankering for goodies from the likes of Afghan Delights, Greek2Go, Paella Fellas, Savage Salads and The Jerk Drum. There’s no seating and not all the food traders are open every day, but Soho’s still swell for wandering. Ever in danger of gentrification, this market’s a slice of traditional London to treasure.

Mon-Sat 8am-6pm.

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bread ahead at borough market food
bread ahead at borough market food
Photo: Borough Market

Borough Market

Restaurants Borough

Dating back to the thirteenth century, this historic institution is now regarded as the mother of all artisan foodie markets in London – a sprawling cornucopia of home-grown producers and gourmet goodies from across the globe. Wedged in among the butchers, bakers and cheesemakers, you’ll find a host of street food stalls selling everything from French confit duck sandwiches to aromatic Ethiopian stews, Spanish chorizo sarnies, Tuscan porchetta-inspired spit roast and even gussied-up scotch eggs (courtesy of Scotchtails). A mini-version of the market operates on Monday and Tuesday, with a limited number of traders.

Mon-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm.

Boxpark Shoreditch

Restaurants Street food Shoreditch

Shoreditch can be a bit of a raucous hellhole on weekends, but it’s worth braving the boozy throngs for a trip to Boxpark – a shipping container complex next to the Overground station. Cram yourself into one of the teeny tiny units to scoff fare from a rolling roster of small traders: Eat Chay (Vietnamese/Korean vegan), Voodoo Ray’s (monster pizzas), Snog (frozen yoghurt), Rudie’s Jerk Shack (Jamaican) and more. Boxpark has been around since 2011, making it an old hand on the street food scene. Doesn’t time fly?

Mon-Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.

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Brixton Village & Market Row

Restaurants Camberwell

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

Mon 8am-6pm, Tue-Sun 8am-11.30pm.

Broadway Market stalls shops
Broadway Market stalls shops

Broadway Market

Arguably London’s trendiest market, this crowded, buzzy parade is the food-loving hipster’s hangout of choice and an East End classic known for its vibe, as well as its quality. It usually welcomes well over 100 stalls selling a fabulous array of stuff, including plenty of delectable street food from the likes of Deeney’s (Scottish toasties), Lord of the Wings (chicken galore), Makatcha (south-east Asian classics), OSU Coconuts (vegan pancakes) and Zardosht (two sisters taking a fresh look at Persian food).

Sat 9am-5pm.

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best street food in london, bbq dreamz
best street food in london, bbq dreamz
Photograph: BBQ Dreamz

Brockley Market

Restaurants Brockley

South London’s finest is a Saturday morning staple right through the year. 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 and the vibe is super-friendly.

Sat 10am-2pm.

Buck Street Market

Restaurants Camden Town

The revamped Buck Street Market is Camden’s answer to Boxpark and Pop Brixton – a multi-purpose village space spread over three levels and built from 52 old shipping containers, many of which house booze and street-food vendors (including Camden Market regulars). It also boasts a rooftop garden and terrace for eating alfresco. Traders include Hip Hop Chicken, Miguel’s Pizza, Killa Waffles and loads more.

Open Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Rooftop Tue-Sun 11am-11pm.

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Camden Market (West Yard)

Restaurants Camden Town

Camden Market’s West Yard (the cobbled bit next to the canal and behind Lock 17) was once synonymous with KERB’s brilliantly creative street-food collective, who revamped the site and helped to make the neighbourhood cool again – thanks to a hotlist of global vendors selling genuinely interesting and imaginative grub. The traders are still there, but KERB is no longer involved – although you’d hardly know it given the line-up of street-food stalls, cult cafés and terrace bars peddling their wares on the site. It’s an ever-changing feast but do look out for names such as Petare, Tongue ‘n Cheek, Young Vegans and Chin Chin Labs. Also check out new pub (!) The Farrier.

Chatsworth Road, Homerton 2015
Chatsworth Road, Homerton 2015
Chatsworth Road © Kriss Lee

Chatsworth Road Market

It’s now run by Hackney Council rather than the local Traders & Residents Association, but this bustling Sunday market is still a winner – although it’s nothing on the scale of its whopping 200-stall forebears. There’s always plenty of street food to be had among the antiques, everyday goods and crafty bits and pieces. Keep an eye out for the likes of Paddy Field (sushi-style Japanese rice parcels), the Pie Cart, Souvlaki Street, Hanoi Kitchen, Deeney’s (Scottish toasties) and other tasty outlets.  

Sun 11am-4pm.

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Deptford Market Yard
Deptford Market Yard

Deptford Market Yard

Located in a complex of historic railway arches off Deptford High Street, the Market Yard is a hip hub of indie shops, bars and on-trend street-food eateries. If you’re peckish, head to the Tapas Room for Spanish nibbles and fine wine or Mama’s Jerk for funky Caribbean classics. If you’re simply after some booze, set your sights on Taproom SE8 (a real ale and craft beer mecca with pizza) or Little Nan’s Bar, where the cocktails are served in teapots. Individual stalls may vary their trading hours.

Monday-Friday 7.30am-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday, 10am-10pm.

Eataly
Eataly
Photograph: Eataly

Eataly

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A kind of epicurean B&Q superstore, this 42,000 square foot temple of gastronomy features a huge retail market, several restaurants, takeaway food stalls, a drinking and dining terrace, and even a cookery school. The market offers more than 5,000 products alongside 2,000 wine labels, constituting London’s biggest cellar. Eataly’s two indoor restaurants are Cucina del Mercato and Pasta e Pizza will both open on May 20. A fine-dining restaurant, Terra, is planned for the autumn.

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flat iron square
flat iron square

Flat Iron Square

This snazzy food court/bar/venue, sprawled through some Borough railway arches, may look a tad shiny, 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 at outdoor tables under heaters (there are a couple of sit-in restaurants too). There’s also brand-new sister venue St Felix Place open now too.

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

Greenwich Market
Greenwich Market
Stefano Baldini/Alamy Stock Photo

Greenwich Market

Although famous for its jewellery, crafts and antique stalls, this 200-year-old covered market at the heart of Greenwich’s UNESCO World Heritage Site also does a good line in street food – on any given day you’ll find more than 40 pitches selling everything from artisan sarnies to Ethiopian veggie food. Da Fish Ting is renowned for its epic soft-shell crab burgers, Chuckling Wings specialises in crispy chicken coated in shards of ramen, while Brazilian Churros speaks for itself.

Daily, 10am-5.30pm

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The Kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market

Restaurants Contemporary Global Spitalfields

The best way to describe The Kitchens in Spitalfields is as a street food market and restaurant hybrid. Launched by Nuno Mendes (of Chiltern Firehouse fame), it features up to ten rotating kiosks ranging from Flank (nose-to-tail British cooking) to Thousand Knives (Japanese small plates) and Yum Bun (steamed buns) – although 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
Leather Lane Market
Andy Parsons

Leather Lane Market

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.

Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm.

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Maltby Street Market
Maltby Street Market
Maltby Street Market

Maltby Street Market

Restaurants Bermondsey

Found on Bermondsey’s Ropewalk, between the railway arches and the LASSCO salvage warehouse, this heaving strip of a market started taking shape 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 contender to Borough Market’s crown. Street food, booze and produce of every shape abounds, emptying the wallets of tourists and locals alike. Look for names like The Cheese Truck, Comptoir Gourmand, Devi’s, Gyoza Guys and Waffle On.

Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm.

Market Hall Fulham

Restaurants Food court Fulham

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 ten kitchen line-up from your wildest gastronomical dreams. Take a tour and you’ll find the likes of Super Tacos (from the Breddos boys), Made of Dough (sourdough pizzas), fried chicken peddlers Butchies, Hot Box (Texan barbecue), Ahi Poké and more – all in an abandoned Edwardian tube station ticket hall. Sounds spooky, but you’ll only be quaking in your boots if you drink too many espressos from the Press Coffee stand.

Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 8am-11pm, Sun 10am-10.30pm. Traders’ opening times may vary (check Twitter for details).

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Market Hall Victoria

Restaurants Food court Victoria

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. What was a shopping arcade is now a vibrant, opulent space with three bars, a coffee shop and 11 kitchens – including big names such as salt beef maestros Monty’s Deli, handmade pasta purveyors Nonna Tonda, noodle gods Koya Ko, skewer specialists Fanny’s Kebabs, healthy eaters Squirrel and more. There’s also a 100-seater roof terrace.

Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-10pm. Traders’ opening times may vary (check Twitter for details).

Market Hall West End

Restaurants Oxford Street

Housed in part of the old BHS building on Oxford Street, the West End sibling of Market Hall Fulham and Victoria features a mix of local producers, retailers, restaurants, street food vendors, four bars, event spaces and a demo kitchen. It feels like eating in an insanely big restaurant, not a street market.

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street food markets, netil market
street food markets, netil market

Netil Market

A little bro to the creative complex of Netil House just down the road, this London Fields hub is a quirky gem, filled with an ever-changing rotation of rickety stands and more charming than the nearby Broadway and Schoolyard markets. There’s not much cover, but you can brave the hipsters and plonk down in the park on sunny days.

Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm.

Pergola Paddington

Restaurants Pop up restaurant Paddington
It’s back! Pergola Paddington is now open for the warm-weather season and the theme this year is high summer on the Balearic coast. The mighty behemoth has alfresco seating for 850 revellers, plus bookable day beds, bars and a rockin’ street-food bonanza. Traders will come and go, but the starting line-up features kebab kings the Babek Brothers, Honi Poké, An Choi (from the Salvation in Noodles team) and Smash Patty (from the guys behind Patty & Bun). If that’s not enough for you, Pergola’s offer also includes DJs all weekend and bottomless brunch on Sundays.   
 
Wed noon-3.30pm, 6-11pm; Thu-Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm. Check Pergola’s website for details of traders.
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Pop Brixton

Restaurants Brixton

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 from Baba G’s (bhangra burgers etc.), Mama’s Jerk and Sakeya (a Japanese fish bar) to Viet Box and Other Side Fried (buttermilk chicken in a bun), plus several permanent restaurants including highly rated small plates from Smoke & Salt. The vibe is open-air but weatherproof, with regular live music and entertainment tossed into the mix.

Sun-Wed 9am-11pm, Thu-Sat 9am-midnight.

The Prince

Restaurants Food court West Brompton

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 ‘woodland’ garden with a retractable roof. Inside, there are three bars and three restaurants with a rotating cast of ace street food vendors. Currently, the roster includes Filth & Co burgers, Latin street food from Boludo and Rudie’s Jerk Shack (jerk, in a shack).

Mon-Tue noon-10pm, Wed-Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun 11.30am-10pm.

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Southbank Centre Food Market

Restaurants Street food South Bank

While culture vultures flock to the Southbank for arty attractions, fans of world food circle around its food market beside the Royal Festival Hall seeking their weekly fix of street nosh, booze, coffee and artisan produce. If meat is required, try 28 Well Hung or Woodwards Farm burgers – others fill up from the Curry Shack, Crêpes à la carte, or Korrito (Korean barbecue in burritos, rice, bowls and salad boxes). As for booze, get real ale from the Hop Locker and sparkling wines from Grays & Feather.

Fri noon-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm.

Spa Terminus

Restaurants Street food Bermondsey

First there was Borough Market, then came Maltby Street, but those in the know nip around the corner to the railway arches of Spa Terminus. This producers’ collective isn’t strictly street food, but if you’re hooked on all things artisan, it’s the business: coffee roasters, butchers, bakers, cheesemakers, olive specialists, ice cream churners and alike all ply their trade here, and you can buy their wares on Saturdays. Cruising from arch to arch is a pleasure but be aware that there are two main sites – so yo-yo between Spa South and Druid Street for the full experience.

Sat 8.30am-2.30pm.

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Street Food Union

Restaurants Street food London

If you’re in Soho, why not head to Street Food Union, a collection of a dozen or so stalls that sets up shop on Rupert Street five days a week. Traders are on rotation and newcomers are added regularly, but the line-up currently includes self-explanatory names like Confit Street (fine French food) and Lil’ Falafel, plus more obscure-sounding outfits such as Oshpaz – a quirky one-off specialising in authentic ‘plov’, Uzbekistan’s legendary national dish (slow-cooked lamb on the bone, in case you were wondering).

Tue-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm.

Venn Street Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Clapham

From humble beginnings as a monthly gathering of local food producers, Venn Street Market has evolved into something of a community hub in Clapham Old Town. Locals still come here to stock up on organic veg, deli essentials, fresh fish and so on, but there’s also a smattering of street-food stalls for those needing a bite to eat between shopping. The line-up varies, but current pitches include Le Petit Moulin, Moen & Sons (sizzling herby hog roasts) and Makatcha (curries).

Saturday, 10am-3pm

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Victoria Park Market

Restaurants Street food Victoria Park

Organic meats, locally baked bread, small batch cakes, raw honey, charcuterie and natural wines…these are just some of the artisan goodies on sale at this foodie-orientated market in the verdant surrounds of Victoria Park. Its Sunday opening times are also perfect for picking up a casual street food brunch or lunch – perhaps a ‘Philly cheezesteak’ from Jake’s Vegan Steaks, some custard ‘pateis de natas’ from Galeta, a Vietnamese noodle bowl from Hanoi Kitchen or even a melting magnificent cheese sandwich courtesy of Meltsmiths. Sometimes there’s live jazz, too.

Sun 10am-4pm.

Vinegar Yard near London Bridge
Vinegar Yard near London Bridge
Photograph: Haydon Perrior

Vinegar Yard

Things to do London Bridge

From the people behind Flat Iron Square, London Bridge’s latest food and art hotspot is stuffed with design installations, ethical pop-up shops, vintage clothing and, of course, street food vendors. Among the headliners are Baba G’s Indian ‘pachos’ and ‘naanwiches’ (fresh from winning ‘My Million Pound Menu’), Nanny Bill’s burgers and Up in My Grill’s great steaks, plus coffee from The Gentlemen Baristas and booze from the venue’s open-air bar.

Daily 9am-11pm.

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