Discover the best street food London has to offer, from juicy burgers, to vegan sushi and sweet treats. London's street food markets host a regularly changing line-up of traders, who can also be found at the numerous London street food festivals and food and drink pop-ups across the capital.
Biff's Jack Shack
Enjoy burgers and “wings” without the meat at vegan specialist Biff’s Jack Shack. Using fried jackfruit as its key ingredient, you’ll be able to get messy with plant-based street food that also includes the likes of vegan "bacon jam" and "blue cheese" sauce.
Ever wondered what prison food is like? Liberty Kitchen’s meatballs are made by current and past inmates of Pentonville Prison, as part of a social enterprise scheme. The “Ball No Chain” range includes Italian-style beef meatballs, a Greek-influenced lamb alternative, or a veggie option with broad beans and lentils.
Find them: KERB King’s Cross on Wednesdays.
Bite into succulent fried chicken at Mother Clucker, made using a secret blend of spices. The halal chicken here is first brined in tea, then soaked in buttermilk, and twice battered for crispiness and taste. Pair it with Cajun fries for a spicy hit.
Find them: Ely’s Yard at The Old Truman Brewery (Mondays to Sundays), Flat Iron Square (Wednesdays to Saturdays), KERB West India Quay (Fridays), Hawker House (Fridays and Saturdays), Model Market (Fridays and Saturdays) and at a permanent venue on Exmouth Market (Mondays to Sundays).
Spinach & Agushi
Go Ghanaian with Spinach & Agushi, whose flavour-packed stews fill a spot, whatever the weather. Be attracted by the aromas of chicken groundnut stew with peanut sauce, or spinach and agushi featuring melon seeds; and pair your dish with jollof rice and fried plantain for an additional taste of west Africa.
Find them: Exmouth Market on weekday lunchtimes, and Saturdays at Broadway Market and Portobello Road Market.
The Rib Man
Brave The Rib Man’s devilishly hot sauces on whole and half racks of ribs, or in rolls and wraps – or opt for smoky BBQ if you can’t take the heat. Former butcher and avid West Ham United fan Mark Gevaux has built up a loyal following, so get there early to avoid disappointment.
Get down and dirty with Mother Flipper's burgers, including its signature candy bacon burger topped with bacon fried in maple syrup. Keep an eye out for sister venture Korean Wings by Mother Flipper for sticky and spicy Asian wings.
Find them: Brockley Market on Saturdays and KERB markets on selected dates.
Feast on gyoza and crunchy Asian salads lovingly served by friends Xochi and Ben out of the back of a converted 1948 Ford pickup. The daily changing menu at Rainbo features the signature Japanese dumplings topped with pickles and dressings, as well as katsu dishes and an Asian take on Scotch eggs.
Find them: Food markets across London on selected days, or Mondays to Fridays at its restaurant in Finsbury Avenue Square the City.
Try Elote’s famous eloté de callejeros, a mix of chargrilled corn on the cob with creamy chipotle and queso fresco for a true taste of eastern Mexico. It’s not all about the corn, however, with tacos, carnitas and a range of vegan dishes on its menu.
Find them: Maltby Street Market, KERB markets on selected dates and at various pop-ups.
Opt for something sweet as you get stuck in to one of Waffle On’s delicious handmade waffles. Find everything from “apple strudel” to British classic strawberries and cream, or savoury options such as buttermilk chicken or bacon and egg.
Find them: Maltby Street Market on Saturdays and Sundays, and Brockley Market on Saturdays.
Wahaca Street Kitchen
Sample food on the go from Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca. Moving away from the small plates restaurant concept, ex-Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers has created two roaming street food kitchens serving burritos, tacos and salads using ethically sourced ingredients.
Choose from numerous toppings at wood-fired pizza van Wandercrust. The creatively named options (think Grayson Peary, which includes pear, mozzarella and gorgonzola) or Italian classics such as margherita are built on dough fermented for more than 30 hours for that extra flavour and springy texture.
Find them: KERB markets on selected days.
Head to the brilliantly named You Doughnut for little doughy balls of heaven. The handmade doughnuts are covered and filled with all sorts of delights, ranging from their signature salted caramel to white chocolate, vanilla and cardamom, or sweet and sticky maple syrup.
Find them: KERB markets on selected days and at Street Feast’s Dinerama.
Uncover more London street food at the many daily or weekly food markets; including dedicated street food markets in London. For more foodie havens, take a look at our pick of the top food hubs in the capital.