London is full of food markets and quirky events and wherever you are in the city, you’re never far from a street food stall. From Camden to Covent Garden there are many talented chefs without their own premises ready to serve up a tasty treat for you.
If you’re enjoying a casual day out and find yourself in the mood for some easy, tasty and budget-friendly food, here are our top tips.
Oli Baba’s serve meat-free Levantine cuisine, and they’ve built quite the reputation at Camden market. With lunchboxes packed full of fresh salads, crunchy sweet potato fries, flatbreads and the most delicious hummus, this is a great place to visit if you fancy a tasty health kick come midday. Their fame, however, stems from their halloumi fries launched in 2015 and the founders’ focus is now on these popular deep fried cheesy treats. If you’re a cheese lover, get them tossed in sumac spice or smothered in Nutella and you won’t regret it. Find Oli Baba’s at KERB Camden.
The Piadina Project
The Piadina is a little known northern Italian speciality, introduced to stall founder Jack Padoan by his grandad Gianni. Made up of flatbread and a variety of fillings often including Italian cream cheese, cured meats and salad, this is a dish that Jack was desperate to introduce to the UK.
In 2016, he achieved his longstanding dream, but at Jack’s stall the dish has an added British twist with some much-loved fillings from home. He refers to his creations as ‘handmade street food straight from Romagnola via Lincolnshire’, which sounds a bit strange but works when you try it for yourself. The Lincolnshire special is a great one to try, containing sausage, pancetta, burrata and a mushroom glaze. You can currently find Jack and his unique street food at KERB Gherkin, KERB Paddington and Victoria Park Market.
Scotchtails have taken the simple Scotch egg and made it into something heavenly at Borough Market. We didn’t think we needed artisan scotch eggs, but since we tried these ones we won’t settle for anything less. Their eggs are gooey and generously filled, with 15 varieties to choose from. The menu includes chorizo, sweet potato falafel, 5 chilli pork and mature cheddar and smoked bacon, amongst others. Don’t miss the sweet potato fries either; they’re the perfect accompaniment for dipping into yolk.
Skins have named themselves the reincarnation of the much loved 1980s loaded potato skin. The concept is a basic one – crispy, buttery potato skins are loaded with a whole host of filling combinations – but the result is far tastier and more addictive than you might expect. This street food stall once resided on Maltby Street Market, but has more recently moved into new event space The Magic Roundabout, which can, rather bizarrely and amazingly, be found within Old Street Roundabout. Popular fillings include the Fleetwood Mac and Cheese with bacon, crispy onions, jalapenos and sriracha butter, as well as a limited-edition Christmas dinner offering.
If you’re feeling a bit chilly and have had your fill of disposable cutlery and containers, and want to sit down and get comfortable at your next meal-time, then don’t worry because there are plenty of good restaurants in the capital, too.
If you’re looking somewhere to enjoy a sophisticated pre-theatre dinner in London, why not discover M Restaurant Victoria. Steaks, seafood and more can all be enjoyed at this incredible establishment near to the Apollo Victoria Theatre. To make a booking for a memorable evening call