London continues to offer a vibrant and healthy scene for lovers of fine dining, with some of the best restaurants on the planet calling the English capital home.
However, what some visitors to this bustling metropolis might not realize is the fact that the city also offers a wealth of outstanding street food options for those interested in enjoying a more relaxed and informal way to eat out.
Offering flavours from around the world, here we look at just some of the many outstanding street food events and venues that London has to offer:
Dinerama, Shoreditch YardAddress: 19 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EJ
Open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon until midnight (9 pm on Sundays), Dinerama is a street food festival that draws on influences from across the globe to give all those who head along a fantastic array of options for their dining pleasure.
With six street diners accompanied by five street food pop-up shacks, two food trucks, a resident DJ and more than one million twinkling LEDs, the venue delivers everything from American BBQ to Asian street delicacies, and more besides.
Queues of hungry revellers are not an unusual sight at this popular street food venue, as the crowds of knowledgeable foodies all hope to get hold of the best delicious treats before they run out.
It is not just a fantastic bite to eat that is on offer at Dinerama though, as the venue also features a rooftop bar complete with dedicated rum and tequila vendors, meaning partygoers can kick off their evening in style (and even stay for a few drinks once all of those tasty morsels have been snaffled).
Model Market, Lewisham High StreetAddress: 196 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6LS
Friday and Saturday nights in Lewisham are a great place to be for lovers of street food, as the Model Market brings a tantalising array of flavours to treat the tastebuds of hungry guests.
Running from 5 pm until 1 am, entry is free before 7 pm and will cost £3 after. The range of dishes on hand will include jerk chicken, Italian staples and smoked delights from the venue’s own resident smokehouse, plus more.
A meringue dessert bar completes the barrage of deliciousness that revellers will be faced with, while a night at Model Market offers plenty more than just cracking food.
Another venue with a resident DJ and a vinyl-only playlist policy, the tunes will be jumping late into the night for Model Market visitors, while this is an attraction that boasts the highest concentration of street food traders to be found anywhere in London – visitors should therefore strap in for what is sure to be a delight for the senses when they head along.
Street Feast, Dalston YardAddress: Hartwell Street, London E8 3DU
Another attraction with its heart set on cornering the London street food scene, Street Feast is a great place to visit for all those wishing to sample more than 50 of London’s best-loved street food vendors.
Street Feast opens it doors at 5 pm and will keep serving dish after dish of deliciousness until the stroke of midnight. Again, entry is free before 7 pm and rises to £3 after.
An array of high-profile names from the capital’s street food scene take up regular residence at this popular venue, including B.O.B’s Lobster, Rola Wala, Slider Bar, Bredo’s Kimchinary, You Doughnut!, Smokestak and many more besides.
Street Feast at Dalston Yard is a temple to outstanding street food and with so many delicious treats to enjoy, visitors will not be left wanting come the end of the evening.
Southbank Centre MarketAddress: Southbank Centre SE1 8XX
Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays between the hours of noon and 8 pm, the Southbank Centre Market features a range of delicious and freshly-prepared street foods that will have visitors coming back time and again.
An array of delicious dishes are always available for those keen to push their culinary horizons, with vendors specialising in all manner of traditional and exotic fare. Food on offer can range from salmon with horseradish one day to Mexican chimichangas the next.
The market is held at the Southbank Centre every weekend and even takes place on bank holidays. Each week there is a different theme and speciality that will entice the crowds, with full details of upcoming events available by visiting the Southbank Centre website.
Summer Tales, Old StreetAddress: Red Market 288 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP
A busy and bustling venue in the heart of London, Summer Tales is a seasonal offering that unfortunately has packed up after a busy summer trading period, but there is every likelihood the event will be returning next year given its significant popularity.
The Summer Tales market was a vibrant addition to this year’s London street food scene, with an array of popular vendors offering their wares throughout the summer months.
Returning in 2016, the sun-drenched Summer Tales is likely to feature such standout attractions as rope swivel chairs and hammocks for relaxing, private multi-level jungle huts for groups, an array of concept bars and not to mention some of London’s best street food providers.
A host of big names attended this year – Pizza Pilgrims, Bel-Air Food and Forza Win, to name just a few – and many more top food sellers will be expected to join this busy festival to street food in the future.
Urban Food Fest, Shoreditch High StreetAddress: 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU
A nationwide event spanning both London and Manchester each weekend, Urban Food Fest is an attraction dedicated to showcasing the best that street food vendors in each city have to offer.
Urban Food Fest takes place every Saturday and is open from midday until midnight. It is free to enter.
Visitors can be assured of finding some of the best street food in the whole of London when planning a trip, as there is such a wide variety of cuisines to choose from and quality, knowledgeable purveyors to interact with.
Food lovers can enjoy everything from traditional Italian wood-fired pizzas to Middle Eastern wraps of shredded beef, chicken and lamb. A wide selection of sweet treats can also be enjoyed, with regular stallholders dishing up Brazilian salted caramel and churros, chocolate truffles and much more.
Organised as a way to bring the best in street food to as many people as possible, Urban Food Fest has picked up a number of awards, including been voted Time Out magazine’s Number 1 venue for food lovers.