No longer is a quick bite boring; the city is thriving with pop-ups that have fast become culinary favourites. These are the London street food stalls to try now…
London street food favourites to have on your radar
Served from a fully-equipped, gorgeously-Instagrammable mobile kitchen in a sleek truck, the street food at Schmaltz is guaranteed to comfort any craving. Hot plates and popular classics will take you back to your uni days with the likes of a Posh Pot Noodle, while the salads and subs are ideal for a sunny lunch break.
Award-winning sandwich fanatics Sub Cult are famous for their gourmet U.S deli-style sub rolls, which they dish out from the hatch of the trusty Soul Roller. All subs are made to order using a unique and freshly-baked bagel-brioche bread creation.
LORDS OF POKÉ
On offer here is vibrant, fresh cut, Californian inspired poké. Each gloriously colourful rainbow bowl is packed with sustainably caught fish of the highest quality, from a specialist sushi fish supplier. Go for our favourite Cali bowl or go off-piste and build your own – the possibilities are endless. Find them at KERB, Paddington Central and Camden Market.
Mother Clucker serves seriously finger-licking-good fried chicken from a converted US Ambulance. This tea brined, buttermilk-soaked and twice-battered chicken is some of London’s best, so catch them now at their shop on Rosebery Avenue, Flat Iron Square, Hawker House or Model Market.
The humble scotch egg, very much confined to the nibbles menu of a gastro-pub; how good could it get? Exceptional is the answer. Scotchtails have perfected the spherical snack with a wide-ranging flavour menu that includes chorizo, beetroot and lentil, and five chilli pork. Find them at Borough Market.
This London street food favourite focuses on everyday Indian fast food with their famous naan rolls filled with everything from charred chicken to Keralan chickpeas. They’ve set up permanent shop at Spitalfields market meaning they don’t strictly count as London street food… they’re just too good to miss out.
Yum Bun’s steamed buns are pillowy soft and stuffed with punchy flavours and quality ingredients. Choose from British outdoor reared pork, free-range chicken or fresh British veggies and catch them at Spitalfields Market, Giant Robot, Hawker House and Dinorama.
The Gyoza Guys are obsessed with dumplings and as such, have perfected the dim sum snack. All four options on the menu are outstanding and the combo tray negates the stressful task of choosing just one.
Looking for vegan fare? Check out our post on where to get the best plant-based street food here.