If London is doing one thing exceptionally well at the moment, that would be our selection of food trucks, stands and pop-ups. Londoner’s are producing everything from burritos to pizza to homemade ice cream out the side of a van and do you know what? We’re doing a bang up job of it! The city is buzzing with events solely dedicated to our incredible selection of food stands and trucks. As summer is upon us these are some of the most fun venues to attend at the weekend. We’ve chosen our favourites and present you with the best street food stands in London, so be sure to keep an eye out for them. Prepare yourself with a snack, you’re gonna be hungry by the end!
1. Bleecker Street Burger
If you’ve read my post about burgers in London you may recognise this name, or you may just recognise it because you’ve been told about their drool-worthy burger creations that come out the side of a truck. However, unlike many burger vans this one has the highest quality meat which makes it all the more delicious. Their ‘secret’ sauce is what makes the burger especially delectable, if I could buy a permanent supply for my fridge as home I would be one very happy girl.
You’ll find them at: Street Feast Dalston Yard until the end of September, they also now have permanent residence in Old Spitalfields Market
2. B.O.B’s Lobster
This is quite possibly my all time favourite street food van of all time. If you’re not a fan of lobster then maybe skip to the next one however, on second thoughts, maybe I can tempt you by the end of this little blurb. Okay so imagine mac and cheese, the best, naughtiest, richest mac and cheese you can imagine. Now imagine that with tender chunks of lobster. Pretty fantastic right?! Well if you make it to B.O.B’s Lobster this is what you most definitely have to order. It’s also compulsory to order their Lobster brioche because it may be the best in London. That’s a pretty bold statement but I stick by it, after you’ve visited you will too.
You’ll find them at: Street Feast Dalston Yard and Street Feast Shoreditch from the end of May-September.
3. Yum Bun
Quite literally the perfect name. Irresistibly soft steamed buns are how they accurately describe themselves. You can choose your filling of either pork, duck, shrimp, chicken and mushroom. The sauce is also super delicious. I definitely got through far too many portions of their pork buns. They were amazing. Don’t underestimate how filling they are, the old ‘eyes bigger than your stomach’ saying is easily applicable here. Nevertheless if you’re an ambitious eater like me you’ll power on through multiple servings of their buns because they really are THAT good!
You’ll find them at: Street Feast in Dalston Yard and Lewisham
4. Anna Mae’s
I don’t know about you but I adore mac and cheese and a good Mac n’ Cheese doesn’t come much better than it does at Annie Mae’s. They produce a mighty fine take on the American macaroni dish, a personal favourite which I think will certainly get you salivating is their ‘Don Macaroni’, I remember the exact moment I ate this and you definitely won’t forget yours. Think Mac n’ Cheese topped with crispy bacon and basil oil. Yep, that’s right. Perfection. I’d recommend wearing trousers with an expandable waist band when you pay them a visit. And on that note…
You’ll find them at: Kerb – this travels round London on a weekly basis, so keep an eye on their website for more details.
5. Mother Flipper
Another burger delight for you all because who doesn’t love a choice of burgers. This homemade burgers have something special to offer your taste buds. Especially when it comes with a big side of fries. I’m just gonna put two words out there… Candied. Bacon. Mother Flipper are worth the trip to Brockley Market all by themselves. They have one of the most delicious and original burger menus I’ve seen. They’re not cheap but the meat is super high quality and the burgers are homemade so it’s definitely worth the couple of pounds extra you’ll be paying.
You’ll find them at: Brockley Market
6. Club Mexicana
I feel the name may just give this one away a little. This is Mexican with a vegan twist. I thought I’d add this one in in the middle so for any plant-based foodies out there you don’t feel left out with all this talk about burgers. You have a delicious choice of corn tortillas that can be filled with either beer marinated wheat-meat, refried black beans or BBQ pulled jack-fruit and all of your regular toppings such as the holy grail that is guacamole. Even for any non-vegans these guys are so delicious you won’t notice the difference.
You’ll find them at: Street Feast Dalston Yard, Kerb King’s Cross, Spitalfields and The Gherkin Lost Village
7. Batch Bakery
My goodness are you in for a sweet treat here! Their constant evolution of the most incredible brownies is really quite inspiring. There’s something for everyone here, they aim to cater to all dietary requirements by striving to serve up delectable treats to one and all. Yes that includes vegan, low sugar, wheat and gluten free, they really do know what people are after. Gluten free means they’re technically healthy right…? They have so many different twists to their brownies it’s hard to keep track, to name a few; Peanut butter pretzel fudge, beetroot, cookie dough, mint fondant and wait for it… Chocolate brownie Ice Cream sandwich. That’s the one that did it for me. Be right back, just running out to grab one.
You’ll find them at: Kerb King’s Cross and Camden Lock. Check out their website for updated market locations!
Oh Luardo’s, where do I begin. If you’re a fan of Mexican street food the you will love everything they serve here. Their burritos are quite incredible, you’ll be rolling yourself home from their van after one, or maybe that was just me, having requested every topping imaginable. Highly recommend the beef cooked in chipotle be sure to top it with their delectable guacamole, it’s definitely some of the best in town!
You’ll find them at: Whitecross Street Market, Kerb King’s Cross and Brockley Market
9. The Bowler
The Bowler aka the master of all manner of food balls. Bare with me here, hopefully by the end of this it will sound slightly more appetising. Whether you’re after a portion of meat balls, chickpea and spinach or even chilli-chicken balls with a Thai twist these are your guys. They’re taking your traditional meat ball to a whole new level with their knack for spot-on flavourings and for serving up exactly what you never knew you were craving. All of their meat is sourced from organic farmers and is of incredibly high quality if you needed any more persuasion!
You’ll find them at: Kerb, the gherkin.
A burrito like no other. A fusion of hispanic and Korean, your taste buds will be shocked and pleased in simultaneous measures at the perfection of this combination. The soy pulled pork shoulder smothered in Korean chilli paste and all manner of weird and wonderful toppings (cheddar cheese and coleslaw) will have you berating yourself for ever doubting that these cuisines are anything but perfection wrapped up in a bundle of foil. However, have no fear if you’re more of a taco kinda person, of course they’ve got you covered too! If you’re already salivating at the thought then…
You’ll find them at: Dalston Yard Street Feast and Kerb Spitalfields
11. Spit and Roast
Well I couldn’t very well get to the end of the list and not have given you the location of the best fried chicken this side of Kentucky now could I? If you’re seeking deep-fried buttermilk chicken these are your guys. Get it on it’s own or in the bap (you should get the bap) served with homemade coleslaw and a bit of Korean Hot Sauce thrown on for good measure. They also do rotisserie chicken and pork which by all account is equally as delicious, however for me it’s all about that buttermilk chicken. All of their meat is free range and of very high quality, even if that may be ruined by the deep frier it’s being put through before you eat it, you can hold on to the claim it was good for you at one point.
You’ll find them at: Model Market with Street Feast and Kerb Granary Square