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Best Street Food in London

Check out our round up of the best street food in London, from burgers to Yorkshire pudding wraps, Burmese food to chicken wings

Here’s the best street food in London and the best food trucks in London. We’ve found the best street food markets, from Street Food Union in Soho to Broadway Market in Hackney and Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey, and eaten at the best street food stalls. We aren’t just about London though, here are our favourite street food stalls across the UK.


Nonna’s Gelato

The Nonna’s team creates imaginatively flavoured gelato from its family-run north London kitchen. Using traditional Italian techniques with British produce, Nonna’s mouth-watering flavours include rich espresso sorbet, homegrown mint choc chip and an Eton mess concoction. We’d particularly recommend the chocolate ripple made with porter from Hackney-based Five Points Brewing Company.

A Pie Party

Claire Connor is bringing American-style sweet pies to the London street-food scene. Try a slice of classic chocolate pecan, indulgent Biscoff blondie or blueberry crumble at Victoria Park Market on a Sunday. @apieparty

BBQ Dreamz

Couple Lee and Sinead run BBQ Dreamz, serving Filipino food at London’s KERB, Broadway and Brockley markets. Try crispy pork belly with sticky rice, or chicken stew with pineapple. Look out for a permanent site coming soon.

BBQ Dreamz street food selection at MeatLiquor

Gujarati Rasoi

Gujarati Rasoi serves traditional home-style, vegetarian Gujarati food in east and south London. Expect thalis with paneer and greens and creamy dals, as well as samosa chaat, a popular street-food snack of samosas, sev, chickpeas, chutneys and cooling yogurt.


From the team behind Hackney’s Marksman pub comes Bunshop, a new stall within Market Hall Victoria. Four savoury buns (filled, baked and then steamed) will change seasonally, but expect the likes of welsh rarebit with mushroom, and beef and barley with horseradish cream. @bunshop_london

Only Jerkin’

Jess Olson and Luke Dawes set up Only Jerkin’ in 2016. Choose between jerk chicken nuggets in ginger beer batter and sweet potato fries, or jerk fish fingers with chilli mango aïoli. Daily at KERB Camden. @onlyjerkin

Jerk chicken nuggets and fries at Only Jerkin'

Soho Vegan Market

The current enthusiasm for vegan food shows no signs of waning and this new weekly market is bringing plant-based street food to the fore, with a rotation of the best vegan traders in London. Head to Rupert Street in Soho for Vegals’ smoked carrot and cashew cream cheese bagels, jackfruit tikka masala from Spicebox, and Eat Chay’s chilli lemongrass soya Vietnamese bánh mì baguettes. Saturdays, 11am-4pm.

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Karl Burdock set up Schmaltz with the aim of offering high-end dishes with a street-food twist. Chicken (using foodies’ favourite Label Rouge) is the focus. Choose between chicken burgers, chicken noodle soup or the signature chicken sandwich. A brioche-style bun made to match the shape of the breast is filled with an earthy mushroom purée, topped with a juicy breast and salty chicken skin. Try the chilli version with whipped feta. Find the van (pictured) at Liverpool Street, London EC2.

Schmaltz Mushroom Sandwich

Slingin’ Po’ Boys

The guys at Slingin’ Po’ Boys have travelled to every corner of Louisiana to perfect their po’ boy recipe. Their version of this iconic sandwich is crusty white bread laden with Cajun-spiced chicken and juicy shrimps blackened on a flat grill, squeaky American cheese, zingy habanero jam and ’slaw. You can ramp it up with debris fries – Cajun-spiced chips topped with a beef gravy, mustard and horseradish dressing. Catch them at Street Food Union market in Soho, London. @slinginpoboys

Slingin Po Boys Street Food London

Yorkshire Burrito

Yorkshire man Henry Preen is bringing the Great British roast to the streets of London with his stall, Yorkshire Burrito. Choose between roast chicken with lemon and black pepper in white wine gravy, rare breed beef brisket in red wine gravy, or slices of roasted pork belly with crackling and apple sauce, before its wrapped into a giant Yorkshire pudding with rosemary- roasted potatoes, greens, sage and onion stuffing and plenty of gravy. There’s also an indulgent veggie option of roasted cauliflower cheese served with all the trimmings. Look out for Yorkshire Burrito popping up in pubs across London, or catch Henry at Street Food Union Market in Soho, or Broadway Market in Hackney.

We met the man behind Yorkshire Burrito and chatted to him on our podcast, here are his tips for the best roast dinner.

Yorkshire burrito

Dumpling Shack

A shack dedicated to dumplings? That’s our kind of street food stall! Pay dumpling enthusiast John Li a visit at Dumpling Shack in the School Yard Market off Broadway Market in Hackney, London or at their new fixture in Old Spitalfields Market. His pan-fried soup dumplings (here’s the recipes for our epic version) provide Chinese comfort food at its best, filled with chilli crab, pork and prawn, or a veggie fix of shiitake mushrooms with leeks, water chestnuts and glass noodles, all with an umami hit. Slather in homemade chilli sauce for extra punch.

In search of more dumplings? We went on a dumplings crawl and to some other street food restaurants in China Town, here were our favourite places.

Dumpling Shack Street Food London

Mama’s Jerk Station

It now has permanent sites at Pop Brixton and Deptford Market Yard, but the roots of Mama’s Jerk Station go back generations, to Jamaica. There, in her kitchen garden, owner Adrian Luckie’s great grandmother, Mama Charlotte, used to grow the ingredients that went into her jerk marinade, a secret family recipe which today puts the sweet, aromatic heat into Mama’s 48-hour marinated BBQ chicken wings or its chicken wraps with fried plantain and tropical mayo. A jerk marinade usually includes fresh thyme, allspice berries and scotch bonnet chillies among other ingredients, but Mama’s goes that extra mile in its barbecuing, by mimicking the pimento tree wood that is the traditional BBQ fuel in Jamaica, “We add pimento flavour to the coals and wood in the drum smokers to give the food an even more authentic flavour,” says Adrian.

Mama's Jerk Station

Bleecker St.

A New York corporate lawyer-turned-burgerevangelist, Zan Kaufman’s uncompromising approach (50 day-aged grass-fed beef; handmade sesame seed buns; homemade burger sauce), has very much impressed London’s patty perfectionists. Refreshingly, Zan likes to keep her burgers relatively simple. The Bleecker Black which sandwiches black pudding between two chunky, loosely ground medium-rare burgers swaddled in gooey American cheese is about as elaborate as her burgers get. Bleecker has quickly spawned a mini-empire that includes sites at Old Spitalfields Market. From £6;

Bleecker Street Burger London

Laffa Food

The Laffa guys are all about filling Middle-Eastern flatbreads with marinated Eastern Mediterranean fillings. Think refreshing lemon and za’atar chicken, spicy merguez sausage and silky grilled aubergine with halloumi. Visit them at Street Feast Hawker House in Canada Water every Friday and Saturday night.

Saucy Chip

Saucy Chip is a relative newcomer on the street-food block (owner Jules Heaton gave up a six-figure salary as marketing and comms director at the O2 to launch in 2014). And yet its paper plates, heavy with hand-cut, super crispy, triple-cooked chips, and (this is where it gets really interesting) gravy, served from a converted Citroën H van, command huge queues at any festival it appears at. No ordinary gravy for the ‘rock’n’roll’ chips – it’s 24-hour- steeped beef gravy, with door-stop-sized hunks of the most tender meat and aromatic stems of rosemary, which is then topped with a combo of red leicester and cheddar. Carby, cheesy, meaty. It’s what day-two festival hangover dreams are made of. Look out for them in a field near you soon (including Bestival and On Blackheath).

Saucy Chip Street Food

The Bowler

After ‘putting his balls on the line’ six years ago, Jez bought a van on eBay and became one of the first street food trucks in London, serving meatballs at food festivals, markets and private catering events. Six years later he’s still in the business and has developed the menu over the years. The pork and beef Björn balls are rich and tender served with a super smooth creamy mash and a sweet lingonberry jam or try the ExciThaiBalls served with a fragrant Thai green curry sauce and nutty wild rice. Find The Bowler at Kerb Market or at food festivals.

Rola Wala

Rola Wala is known for its Indian-inspired sourdough naan wraps and grain bowls that can be filled with anything from slow-cooked beef brisket and fiery vindaloo– style lamb shoulder to vegan beetroot dahl, garlicky saag wala and black chickpeas with charred sweet potato. Visit the Rola Wala van at Broadgate Circle (at Liverpool Street Station, London) from late November, or at permanent sites in Leeds’s Trinity centre, Oxford’s Westgate centre and Brushfield Street in Spitalfields.

Rola Wala Street Food London

Sub Cult

Ben and Gaz, the brains behind Sub Cult, sell USA-style sub rolls for breakfast and lunch, filled with anything from salmon and cream cheese to slow-cooked pork and crackling. The moreish sub rolls are made at east London bakery Rinkoff, and are a specially created combination of bagel and brioche, with a sweet flavour and light texture. Try the Skandi Sub for breakfast, a combination of oak-smoked salmon, peppered cream cheese, beetroot kimchi, lemon and dill; or the Rodeo Sub, packed with rare roast beef, sweet shallot jam and rich truffle mayo, for lunch. Sub Cult will be around for the next 18 months at Whitecross Place, during the week, or can be found in their Soul Roller van at Brockley Market on Saturdays and Malty Street Market on Sundays.

Sub Cult Street Food London
Credit Tom Bowles

Babek Brothers

Babek Brothers, Elliot and Sam, rustle up gourmet kebabs with tongue-in-cheek names (Nigel Fromage, anyone?!) using charred meats from their parents’ farm in the South West and freshly made Indian-style bread. The brothers will soon be taking  their kebabs to Street Feast’s Hawker House. Try Kim Koftashian’s lamb kofta with garlic yogurt and smoky relish, or classic Indian Tikka Turner filled with spicy tikka chicken breast, mint yogurt and coriander. There’s also an umami vegetarian option combining Cypriot halloumi with garlic yogurt and sticky fig jam.

Babek Brothers Kebab

Cyprus Kitchen

“In Cyprus, every meal is a celebration”. This is the ethos of Cyprus Kitchen, Nick Lazarides’ ode to his childhood memories of Cypriot gatherings around grilled meats, homemade pitta breads and fresh salads. Nick’s pitta pockets are stuffed with the likes of 10-hour slow-roast pulled lamb, charred halloumi and oregano marinated chicken, topped with Cypriot salads, tzatziki and pomegranate bursts. Find Cyprus Kitchen on Saturdays at E17 Village Market.

Cyprus Kitchen Street Food

The Kitchens at Old Spitalfields Market

Spitalfields now has a selection of 10 street-food traders right at its heart. Berber & Q, Breddos Tacos, Dumpling Shack and Rök are a few familiar faces, but there are new names, too, including seasonal fresh pasta from Sood Family, simple Asian dishes from Bar Barbarian and indulgent desserts from Happy Endings. Don’t miss out on nose-to-tail hearty dishes from Flank (by Brighton chef Tom Griffiths), including bone-marrow crumpets with tender beef cheeks and Marmite sauce. 


East London’s Lahpet London is showing the capital what Burmese cuisine is about from a converted railway arch. Popping up for the foreseeable future at clean and bright working space Tuck Shop, Lahpet serves a selection of fritters and traditional Burmese dishes including coconut noodles, minced lamb with pickled tea leaves, and fragrant Burmese-style laksa. The must-order tea leaf salad – crunchy, fiery and fresh – mixes red cabbage, tomatoes and fried garlic with bitter tea leaves, peanuts and daikon. 

Lahpet Burmese London


The guys at CLAW take sustainable fishing seriously – that’s why they only source crab and lobster from Salcombe. The menu is shellfish heavy, obviously. Warm brioche rolls are filled with crab or lobster and lemon mayo. Fries coated in smoked paprika, sesame seeds and shallots come with sweet white and brown crabmeat and samphire. CLAW now has a permanent home at Finsbury Avenue Square, London EC2. Don’t panic though, the stall will still be appearing at food festivals nationwide.

Le Bun

Le Bun takes French regional dishes and adds American twists – think fried confit chicken waffles, le bourguignon buns and duck confit buns. Catch uber-cool founders Tim and Andy at various festivals this summer, including Wilderness, Boardmasters and Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival. @lebunuk

Le Bun Street Food

Cooking Cooks

The Cooking Cooks brings classic Italian dishes with modern twists to the streets. Try poppy seed pappardelle with slow-cooked pork ragu or butternut squash ravioli with sage butter. Catch them at various festivals throughout the year.

Cooking Cooks Street Food


Bokit’la brings the ultimate Caribbean street food to London. The bokit, created by working class French Caribbeans, is soft, deep-fried dough stuffed with silky aubergine, salt fish or chicken, all marinated in a secret blend including lime, garlic and sweet chilli. Bokit’la trade on Thursdays at Lyric Square, Hammersmith and Fridays at Brixton market.

Fancy street food but want to sit in and enjoy it? Jennifer Joyce also share her top street food restaurant secrets here.