If we took one thing away from our painstaking trawl of London’s greatest street food villages, promenades and converted warehouses…
…it was a second box of raclette from Kappacasein.
But we also took home something in a more enriching, metaphorical sense; that is, a refined, tried-and-tested collection of the finest fresh produce and street food markets in London, which, today, we would like to share with you – because sharing is caring.
Except when it comes to raclette.
Maltby Street | Bermondsey
Without a doubt, the flag (and bunting) bearer for London food markets is the Maltby Street Market. Tucked down a secluded alley, lined by repurposed railway arches and festooned with strings of bulbs, it has the feel of an industrialised village fete. You’ll find a constantly changing mix of traders here, from a 1940s drinking den run by small-batch distillers, Little Bird Gin; to indecent amounts of melted cheese, courtesy of The Cheese Truck (also behind Camden’s The Cheese Bar). Follow the tracks south, and you’ll come to the quieter Spa Terminus market, an artisanal wholesaler open to the public on Saturday mornings with stalls from Neal’s Yard Dairy, Monmouth Coffee, Cannon & Cannon and more.
Details: Open Saturdays 10-5pm, Sundays 11-4pm | Maltby Street, SE1 3PA
Berwick Street | Soho
One of the oldest street food markets in London, the independent Berwick St. Market has been flogging edible wares since 1778. After a huge petition signed by the likes of Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry, the market narrowly avoided redevelopment under private owners, and now sports an eclectic mix of old-school traders (including London’s longest-running flower stall) and newer street food vendors, touting everything from Balkan burgers to paella.
Details: Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm | Berwick Street, W1F 0PH
Brockley Market | Brockley
Not just somewhere to pick up your weekly essentials of fresh fruit, veg, and pre-bottled negronis aged in Bordeaux wine barrels, Brockley’s cash-only marketplace boasts a cohort of street vendors at the top of their game. Expect appearances from the likes of Chubby Dumpling, serving, you guessed it…; Sub Cult, with their mighty, doorstop sandwiches; and Mike and Ollie, specialising in seasonal, handmade flatbreads, unlike any other you’ve tried before.
Details: Saturdays, 10am-2pm | Lewisham College Car Park, Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT
Whitecross Street | Barbican
Once denounced as a ‘Squalors’ Market’ in the 19th century press, the formerly alcohol-riddled Whitecross Street has cleaned up its act, and today is one of the busiest street food markets in London, serving copious amounts of dishes to the working masses on weekday lunchtimes. Sporting an eclectic spread of up to 50 independent and longstanding vendors, expect to find anything from Korean-Japanese fusion to traditional pies on your jaunt down the street – and don’t forget a caffeine injection from Fix to see you through.
Details: Monday–Friday, 11.45am–2.15pm | Whitecross Street, EC1
Canopy Market | King’s Cross
Canopy Market takes the best wine bars, designers and street food traders, and puts them all under one gorgeous, restored Victorian glass and steel roof. On Fridays they stay open as a night market with live musicians, DJs, and craft beer bars; and you can peruse jewellery and homeware stands as you chow down on freshly-made pasta or Korean BBQ.
Details: Fridays 12-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm | West Handyside Canopy (just off Granary Square), N1C 4BZ
Southbank Centre | Waterloo
It can be tricky for riverside markets to expand sometimes.
But they usually cross that bridge when they come to it.
And the Southbank Centre’s bustling street food market on Upper Ground is no exception; pitching up each weekend to swathes of ravenous visitors. The sprawling marketplace behind the Royal Festival Hall is a labyrinth of different cuisines; try East African vegan dishes at Ethiopiques, The Polish Deli’s pierogi dumplings, and flaky Portuguese pasteis de nata at Galeta.
Details: Fri 12-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm, Sun & bank holiday Mondays 12-6pm | Southbank Centre Square, SE1 8XX
Broadway Market | Hackney
A more bustling, vibrant affair than Netil Market round the corner, Broadway Market occupies a former sheep-droving route into London. And as one of the city’s best known markets, it might still feel that way – but it’s worth braving the crowds for a peek at the independent bookstores, cafés and restaurants lining the promenade; as well as occasionally diving into the throng to scoop a haggis toastie from Deeney’s; salt beef from the Jewish Deli, or miniature multicoloured pavlovas from Meringue Girls – before retreating for an al fresco feast in London Fields or by Regent’s Canal.
Details: Saturdays, 9am-5pm | Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
Netil Market | London Fields
A quieter, more relaxed affair than Broadway Market round the corner; this creatives’ hub plays host to a low-key market every Saturday, with stalls ranging from vintage homeware and handmade jewellery to a well-curated collection of street food. It’s been the making of several now-stalwarts of the London scene, including BAO and Lucky Chip, and is now home to the likes of Morty & Bob’s, and Lemlem Kitchen – whose light and fluffy ‘Afro-tacos’ are best enjoyed on the sun-drenched mezzanine terrace overlooking the whole set-up.
Details: Saturdays 11am-6pm | 13-23 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
Westgate St. Market | London Fields
Just down the road, you’ll also find Westgate St. Market – a street food village that pops up every Saturday in a leafy school playground. Here, with an occasional live soundtrack, you’ll find craft stalls manned by local makers; pop up bars; and a rotating line-up of local culinary talent featuring the likes of La Chingada, Hot 4 U, and HOKO, selling Hong Kong French toast and milk tea from their cafe-kiosk.
Details: Please note, Westgate Market is currently on pause. Saturdays, 9am-5pm | London Fields Primary School, Westgate Street, London Fields, E8 3RL
Borough Market | Borough
Hulki Okan Tabak
Disclaimer – we are not the first to say this, but Borough Market’s pretty good. That means that you’ll be rubbing shoulders not only with the finest artisanal and old-school produce traders when you visit, but probably ¾ of London’s tourist population, too. But that’s entirely by-the-by when you’re on a mission to track down giant truffles, wine-soaked Italian cheese, and Kentish nut oils. Take a well-deserved break from the polite elbowing with a score of street food dishes, like slow-roasted meat baguettes from Hobbs, raclette made with Bermondsey cheese by Kappacasein, and er, upmarket goat from Gourmet Goat.
Details: Weekdays 10am-5pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm | Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
Portobello Schoolyard | Notting Hill
Fresh out of Portobello mushrooms? Well, you can restock at this new food market just off Portobello Road. Aside from fresh produce (from award-winning farmers, no less), you can scoop natural wines from Wingnut Wines, doughnuts by Crosstown, and four different ages of comté from France – and peruse stalls from not one but two Michelin starred chefs. The Square’s Phil Howard is here hawking his cook-at-home pasta boxes, while former Leroy chef Sam Kamienko is selling his hit lockdown bagels. Plus, there’s live music, hot street food, and lifestyle stalls, too.
Details: Saturdays, 10am-4pm | Vicente Cañada Blanch Spanish School, 317-318 Portobello Road, London W10 5SZ
KERB at The National Theatre
Bringing the best street food talent to the streets of London, KERB are back outside The National Theatre from now until the end of summer. Traders include Filipino-inspired Bong Bong’s; Baba Dhaba, with their Pakistani street eats; Lebanese food truck Lil Watan; and Milk Tree gelato rounding it all off with something sweet. –
Details: Wed-Sun, from 12pm | Theatre Square, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
Brick Lane Markets | Spitalfields
Brick Lane has long been a hub for street food in London, with regular markets popping up throughout the week. Find stalls scattered along the street on Sundays, as well as street food vans parked in fairy-lit yards and hawker-style markets in the old brewery buildings. Every now and again, the vast Old Truman Brewery plays host to Vegan Nights, a bustling night market with DJs and all-vegan traders.
Details: Something on daily, check here for details | 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QR
Camden Market | Camden
The first stalls set up shop here in 1974, and while many longstanding traders are being squeezed out with new developers, the food offering’s still noteworthy – set up camp at the street food village overlooking the canal, or explore the cobbled passages to uncover Chin Chin ice cream made with liquid nitrogen; Yolk Breaker’s egg buns; and pies from the Young Vegans. Plus, you can stock up on fresh produce at the Saturday farmers’ market; gin from the Half Hitch micro-distillery; posh pantry goods at The Camden Grocer; and rare-breed beef at Roadkill butchers – who don’t actually scrape their stock off the roads, but do source it all from ethical farmers.
Details: Open daily from 10am-late | Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH
Mercato Metropolitano | Elephant & Castle
Market doesn’t really do this place justice, considering that – besides a sprawling collection of international traders peddling everything from fresh pasta dishes to Japanese donburi – there’s also an artisanal Italian supermarket, a brewery, a co-working space, a barbershop aaand a mushroom farm. And it’s a formula that’s proved so popular, they’ve now opened another Mercato in an old Mayfair church.
Details: Open daily from 12-11pm (midnight Fri & Sat) | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
Old Spitalfields Market | Spitalfields
King Charles I gave Spitalfields its official market license in 1638.
But luckily, it didn’t get the chop.
Now it’s home to boutiques, restaurants, vintage stalls and street food, the latter of which you can score at trader vans parked outside the market (like the Duck Truck and Le Swine), or in the market’s pop up kitchens.
Details: Open daily | 16 Horner Square, E1 6EW
Vinegar Yard | London Bridge
Vinegar Yard comes to us courtesy of the same team behind nearby Flat Iron Square, except this time they’ve brought in a train carriage and a whole army of oversized ants. Seriously. You’ll also find various leading food vendors such as My Million Pound Menu winners Baba G’s; a huge open-air garden; numerous bars; andddd a weekend flea market. One visit and you’ll be itching to go back…
Details: Open Mon-Wed 5-10pm; Thurs-Sat 12-10pm, Sun, 12-8pm | 72-82 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 3QU
Victoria Park Market | Hackney
Every Sunday the Nightwalk – a beautiful pedestrianised street in Victoria Park – comes alive with a fresh produce and street food market. Visitors can bag themselves loaves of freshly made bread, cheeses, olive oils, ice cream, and more, before tucking into plates of hand-made dumplings from Gyoza Guys or cheesy savoury crepes from Crêpes à La Carte. You’ll also often find live music, and there are stalls selling locally brewed craft beers and wine, rounding it off into an ideal sunny afternoon.
Details: Sundays, 10-4pm | Victoria Park, between Bonner Gate and Gore Gate, E2 9JW
North End Road Market | Fulham
As unpretentious as they come, Fulham’s North End Road market is run by locals, for locals. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have plenty to boast about, though – aside from stalls hawking a cornucopia of fresh fruit and veg, you’ll also find a thriving street food scene with stalls representing cuisines from all over the world. It’s also blessed with a considerable number of vegan stands, too, and the whole market’s nearly plastic-free.
Details: Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm | North End Road, Fulham, SW6 1NW
Venn Street Market | Clapham
Every Saturday, Clapham’s Venn Street becomes a little pedestrianised paradise, with tables and chairs spilling onto the pavements from the cafés and bars lining the street, and a pop-up market running along its centre. Fresh produce is the main draw here, with stalls hawking fresh fish, fruit and veg as well as pantry goods, fresh bakes and even biltong. But those just swinging by for a quick bite won’t be disappointed either, with stalls cooking up dishes from Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, and beyond.
Details: Saturdays 10am-4pm | Venn Street, Clapham SW4 0AT
Greenwich Market | Greenwich
Greenwich Market boasts some 120 stalls, overflowing with antiques, collectibles, curios, and all manner of thoroughly interesting bric-a-brac. But a not-insignificant 46 of those stalls are street food vendors, serving up Italian cannoli; veggie Ethiopian dishes; fresh oysters; ramen burgers; vegan pizza; Andean empanadas and – apparently – the longest sausage in London.
Details: Daily, 10am-5.30pm | Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 9HZ
North Cross Road Market | Dulwich
Dulwich’s North Cross Road already has a supremely browsable collection of delightful independent shops peppered along its width, so you might be tempted to think that the market springing up every Saturday is merely the icing on this retail cake. Well, allow us to disabuse you of this falsehood right now. The market is the cake. Here you’ll find dozens upon dozens of richly varied stalls, slinging goods ranging from pastries to Polaroids, fish to furniture, bread to bicycles, and everything in-between. There’s also plenty of street food to get your mitts on – everything from tartiflette to a giant hog roast. You’ll want to get there early though, as it’s known to sell out fast.
Details: Fridays & Saturdays 8am-5pm | North Cross Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9ET