Enjoy the best of London’s street food whatever the time of year. It’s not just in summer that the street food traders are serving fantastic food – you can still enjoy it even in the depths of winter. Knowing just where to go is one of central London’s best-kept secrets.
A short walk over London Bridge brings you to Borough Market. Although it looks very Victorian in style, there has been a food market on this site for almost 1,000 years. Browsing round the stalls offers plenty of choice from stall holders like Roast to Go, Chorizo Grill, while fresh fruit and veg specialists Turnips offer a fantastic opportunity to try unexpected pizza style veg combinations.
Just across the river at Spitalfields is another historic market. Old Spitalfields Market houses 42 traders serving the best food and drink in the area ranging from Dumpling Shack to Poppies and Taiwanese desserts at Wheelcake Island.
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Although only open between Wednesday and Saturday, Street Feast’s Dinerama combination of fun, entertainment and the fantastic street food has made it extremely popular. You can watch football, enjoy some music while trying out winter food and drink specials such as Turkey feasts, vegan cranberry & blackberry Black Forest doughnut sundaes or traditional Pigs in Blankets.
Feeling peckish around Victoria railway station or while shopping in Oxford Street? Head for the Market Halls, which offer everything from vegan food to kosher options. Choose your eating area – there is plenty of choice including a rooftop bar.
If you are staying at any of the budget hotels in North London, you are not far from some stunning street food. Tucked away on North Audley Street is Mercato Mayfair, specializing in a global artisanal food offer. Everything is sustainably sourced and has superb green credentials. Try hand made pasta, grilled meats or a tasty Neapolitan pizza. You can even find some foodie gifts to take home as souvenirs.
Always busy with fantastic shops and tourist attractions like the London Transport Museum and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has its own street food market at Seven Dials. An atmospheric banana warehouse has become the home of street food traders like Yum Bun, Strozzapreti and Club Mex. Cheese lovers will find Pick & Cheese irresistible – if only for the sheer choice on the conveyor belt containing numerous cheese pairings. And if you feel like relaxing for a while, sit back with a book from the market’s very own bookshop. Alternatively, you can book any of the hotels near Wembley Stadium and consider paying a visit to all street food markets in London.