London’s street food markets have become almost painfully fashionable. In fact, there’s never been a better time to seek out the capital’s tastiest wood-fired pizzas, artisanal burgers and other hip treats, scoffed casually on a wooden bench with pint in hand. And can who can blame the hordes of hungry Londoners that have helped this trend to run and run? Spend an afternoon at any half-decent market and you’re assured of good food, great company and prices more reasonable than a sit-down supper. It’s a no brainer, really. Here’s are three to make for this week.
Mare St Market
The latest venture from Marc Francis-Baum, the founder of Barworks, Mare St Market is a recent addition to London’s overflowing stable of street food destinations – it opened at the end of March. Inhabiting a curated space in Hackney where creativity, food and commerce exist under one roof, the market features everything from record shops, to florists, to a podcast studio. How very 2018. The food on offer is the brainchild of Francis-Baum’s Creative Food Partner Gizzi Erskine, who oversees the casual deli and off-license, selling tartines and salads, as well as the raw seafood bar and the communal ‘Open Kitchen’, which showcases some of the country’s best produce in both pizza and burger form. There’s also the more formal ‘Dining Room’, which serves modern British classics cooked in a wood-fired oven. Handily, the entire market operates a cashless payment system, making this a truly modern update of the traditional market set up.
Come here for an elevated take on the classic food market concept, plus everything you need in a single, chic setting.
There’s nothing quite like spending a summer afternoon-cum-evening in a Street Feast food market with a group of mates. Model Market, which opened in 2016, is the south London branch of the brand. Based in an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham, the market has plenty to offer food and fun lovers alike. On offer is classic Street Feast fare: crisp fried chicken from Mother Clucker; melt-in-the-mouth steamed buns from Yum Bun; moreish Indian flavours from Frankie Goes To Bollywood. Our advice? Grab a cocktail from Rum Shack, and climb up to the rooftop to catch the sunset. Ah, summer.
Come here for great food, cool tunes and a vibe that’ll have you partying into the evening.
Street Food Union
London’s West End workers will already be familiar with this Soho gem. Open Monday to Friday every week, Street Food Union brings the capital’s best food vendors together in one place. From New Orleans po’ boy sandwiches, stuffed with chicken, slaw and cheese, to Korean BBQ wraps and the Yorkshire Burrito – a roast dinner wrapped in a massive Yorkshire pudding, basically – this is a true food lover’s paradise during the week. On Saturdays the space turns into the newly launched Soho Vegan Market, with traders including vegan pie ‘n’ mash joint Young Vegans, vegan Indian food from SpiceBox and dairy-free cakes from Lele’s Vegan Patisserie.
Come here for your lunchtime fix of innovative street food concepts from some of London’s best up-and-coming traders.