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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

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.

We're not picking favourites, but Kerb's Camden Market site is pretty hot stuff at the mo. Get a whirlwind tour of its best eats (as of October 2017), here: 

London's best street food markets and food halls

Bang Bang Oriental

Meet Bang Bang Oriental: a gargantuan pan-Asian food court in Colindale (Colindale!). That’s a schlep for most, but it’s worth the trip. Bang Bang is, after all, the largest Asian food hall in Europe, with 33 individual kiosks offering a range of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Singaporean, Taiwanese and Malaysian cuisines, and seating for up to 450 people. The 32,000 square foot space also hosts the 300-cover flagship Golden Dragon restaurant. Don’t know were to start? Here’s our list of five things not to miss, from dim sum platters to fried intestine. Yum.

Monday-Thursday 11.30am-9.30pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-9pm

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Berwick Street Market

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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Boxpark Shoreditch

Venue says: “Beatbox now open! Pieminister pies and small batch coffee by day, music and events by night. Come down and have a drink and dance soon!”

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

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

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Brockley Market

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

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St John's

Camberwell Market

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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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 Thursday to Saturday, dishing up a mish-mash of global fare (from pizza and steamed dumplings to chargrilled seafood and Swedish BBQ) and punchy drinks (craft beer and shots abound at such subtly named spots as FünkenPümper and German Sex Dungeon), across a party-vibed former bullion truck depot. Not a quiet night out then, but a delicious one.

Thursday-Saturday, 5pm-late. Entry is free before 7pm, £3 thereafter

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Druid Street Market

Please note: Druid Street Market is currently closed. Time Out Food editors, September 2017.

Amorphous the sprawl of sunny weekend morning food stalls around Druid Street may be (Maltby Street and Spa Terminus are within stroking distance) – but the road’s namesake market holds its weight in this cram-packed little arena. It’s marginally less touristy than Maltby, and operates later hours than Spa, offering up everything from Instagram-ready breakfast bowls and cakey bits, to Bajan fish balls, pretty Peruvian salads and (squeal!) stilton and kimchi toasted sandwiches. This canny curation comes from food mag ‘At The Table’. Well done them.

Saturday, 10am-4pm

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Flat Iron Square

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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KERB Camden Market

The big daddy of London’s fertile food market scene, Kerb’s original King’s Cross site (back when it was called Eat Street… memories!) helped kick-start the area’s foodie regeneration. Now it’s doing something even more unlikely: making Camden cool again, with a hot host of global grub sellers doing genuinely interesting things around the canal. You’ve seen the Cheese Wheel, but how about Venezuelan cornbread pouches, New Orleans-style po’boys and Swedish/Mexican/Korean mash ups? YUH-HUH.

Monday-Thursday, 11am-6pm; Friday-Sunday, 11am-7pm

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More street food markets and food halls in London

Borough Market

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.

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South Bank

Broadway Market

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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South Hackney

Chapel Market

Chapel Market has no airs and graces despite the Islington area that surrounds it having shot up in desirability over the past decade. 

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By: Ashleigh Arnott