Britain’s reigning street food queen, Petra Barran, is the brains behind KERB, a street food collective in King’s Cross. KERB rotates its traders, so you can visit four days a week and still try something new. Regulars include the award-winning Yum Buns (its Taiwanese-style pork buns are a must-try), Jolly Nice ice creams with oh-so English flavours like gooseberry and elderflower, and Big Apple Hot Dogs. KERB is a moveable feast, with spin-off markets now at The Gherkin and Citypoint, and from 25-28 April 2013 at London’s first ever Sundance Festival at the O2.
KERB, King’s Boulevard, London N1C. Tues-Fri, kerbfood.com
Architects, designers and other Clerkenwell creatives all head to Exmouth Market to refuel. Top Spanish restaurant Moro has its own stall – don’t miss its incredible duck and chorizo rice with almond alioli. Other picks include buckwheat crepes from Crepes and Gallettes, and salads from Seed. Follow the crowds heading into Spa Fields Park behind the market to eat your lunch basking in the sun.
Exmouth Market, London EC1R. Mon-Fri. exmouth-market.com
Real Food Festival
Real Food Market has colonised the plaza behind the Southbank Centre with a collection of tempting street food stalls and the best regional producers. Treat yourself to lobster and chips from the Whitstable Shellfish stall, crisp risotto balls from Arancini Brothers or the excellent Bhel Puri from Indian street food van Horn OK Please. And bring a tote bag so you can cart home fantastic cheeses, bread and other treats.
Real Food Market, Southbank Centre, SE1. Fri-Sun, realfoodfestival.co.uk
Berwick Street is home to one of London’s oldest markets, and in the last few years it’s built a reputation as a street food hot spot. It’s here you’ll find the cult Pizza Pilgrims van, serving up Neapolitan-style pizzas (just look for the long queue). Also worth checking out are Freebird Burritos and BanhMi11 which serves the traditional Vietnamese baguette stuffed with pork and herbs, as well as a delicious tofu version.
Berwick Street Market, Berwick Street, London W1. Mon-Sat (but check the website as not all stalls are there every day) berwickstreetlondon.co.uk
East London’s fashion crowd make a beeline for Broadway Market in Hackney every weekend. There’s a well-established collective of street food traders, including a Climpson and Sons coffee cart, beautiful handmade chocolates and cakes at the Cocoa&Me, and authentic Mexican from The Taco Stand. The market is so popular that there are spin-offs in a nearby schoolyard and adjacent Netil Market where you’ll find the Lucky Chip burger van on Saturdays.
Broadway Market, London E8. Sat-Sun, broadwaymarket.co.uk