London’s best cheap street food stalls
By Kelly Henderson (follow Kelly on Twitter @kellythekiwi)
I love spending my weekends and days off strolling around markets, sampling all of the delicious street food on offer. With the increasing popularity of street food in London, I decided it was time to choose my favourites.
#1 SE Cakery
It would have been wrong for me to write this list without starting with something sweet! I am lucky enough to live in East Dulwich so can enjoy a regular fix of brownies from SE Cakery. I can never choose which flavour to get – Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter or Mojito Cocknie (that’s cocktail brownie). They’ve also created the Bronut – a combination of a brownie and a donut – amazing!
Where to find them: Model Market, North Cross Road Market
#2 Ladle & Skillet
I first discovered the deliciousness of Ladle & Skillet at their permanent location – Elephant Shack. All of the flatbreads are made from scratch right there in Elephant and Castle. They use only ethical and sustainable suppliers to create their products, including rare breed meats. I personally love the chickpea and lamb wrap but the choice is yours…
Where to find them: Southbank Centre Food Market
#3 The Veggie Table
One of my favourites at the Borough Market, this is a veggie lovers paradise! Unlike some vegetarian food outlets, The Veggie Table don’t use tofu, quorn or other fake meat products – all of their products are made with real vegetables and are really tasty! I’m always torn between the two burgers but if I had to choose it would be the Heavenly Halloumi.
Where to find them: Borough Market, Broadway Market, Whitecross Street Market
#4 Horn Ok Please
I first sampled this Indian street when I was working at a party and I have followed them around ever since. The Horn OK Please menu is entirely vegetarian and there are several options to choose from. Make sure you try one of their Pani Puri – delicious!
Where to find them: Borough Market, Southbank Centre Food Market and Kerb
#5 Gourmet Goat
I was a bit unsure about goat when I first saw this stall but I was curious to see what all of the people were lining up for. I was wrong to be a doubter! Gourmet Goat serves slow-roasted kid meat cooked with bay leaves, oregano, white wine and olive oil. Whether you choose to have it in a wrap or just in the box, make sure you have it drizzled in the pomegranate molasses that’s on offer.
Where to find them: Borough Market
#6 B.O.B’s Lobster
B.O.B’s Lobster are taking lobster from the fancy restaurants and serving it out of a 1957 VW campervan. You’ll find lobster rolls, lobster mac ‘n cheese, ahi tuna nachos and crab tater tops on the menu – as well as Prosecco on tap!
Where to find them: Dinerama, Dalston Yard
#7 The Rib Man
If you’re a meat and hot sauce lover then you need to find The Rib Man now! You can buy full racks of ribs, half racks, rib meat rolls and rib meat wraps… all covered in one of The Rib Man’s own hot sauces. Full rack of ribs covered in Holy F**k sauce anyone?!
Where to find him: Brick Lane Market, The Boleyn Tavern (West Ham home games)
#8 The Frenchie
For an unusual twist on street food and a sample of French cuisine in London, head to The Frenchie. Their Duck Confit burger is delightful. Shredded duck confit, crispy duck-skin scratchings, homemade chutney, rocket, mustard and your choice of melted cheese topping all served in a brioche bun – yum!
Where to find them: Southbank Centre Food Market, Camden Lock, Broadway Market, and Brick Lane Market
#9 Tongue ‘n Cheek
Tongue ‘n Cheek specialises in burgers with an Italian twist… and the burgers rate amongst the best I’ve tried. The heartbreaker patties are made from 50% ox heart and 50% dry aged beef but it’s the toppings that separate Tongue ‘n Cheek from the rest. Try a Belly Connection burger – you won’t be disappointed!
Where to find them: Kerb, Berwick St Market
#10 Mother Clucker
I love chicken and could eat it every day of the week so I love Mother Clucker and their southern fried chicken strips. The chicken is tea brined, soaked in buttermilk and then twice battered fried – this is not for the dieters but everyone can indulge every now and then!
Where to find them: Elys Yard (Truman Brewery), Kerb, Street Feast London
If you’re looking for something to wash your street food down, why not head to one of London’s Rooftop Bars? See which ones are our favourites here.
You may also want to check out our Top 5 London markets.