Reclaim Your Lunch Break

The delicious London street foods you should try at least once

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In the past few years, London’s street food purveyors have seriously upped their game. From the rise of hipster-friendly markets including Kerb and Street Feast, which take place all year round in various locations around the city, to interesting new traders who offer dishes you won’t even find on the most cutting edge restaurant menus, these are the mouthwatering takeaways which will take your desk lunch to the next level.

Halloumi fries from Oli Baba’s

Oli Baba’s halloumi fries, served at Kerb Camden, are an Instagram favourite for good reason. Deep fried in batter, then slathered with yoghurt, pomegranate seeds and mint, these taste even better than they look.

Dr Pepper & chipotle brisket tacos from Taco Dave

A relative newcomer on the London street food scene, Taco Dave has made up for lost years by polishing his recipes in record time. Everything on the menu here is worth coming back for seconds, but if you have to choose one thing then go for ridiculously flavoursome Dr Pepper & Chipotle Brisket tacos, which you can often find Dave dishing up at Kerb King Cross.

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The Candy Bacon Special from Mother Flipper

If you ever find yourself in SE4 on a Saturday between 10am and 2pm, it’s definitely worth making a stop at Brockley Market to indulge in a burger from Mother Flipper. Look out in for the candy bacon special, which is now staying on the menu for good thanks so a successful collaboration with another London favourite, Honest Burgers.

Spinach stew from Spinach & Agushi

One of London’s best vegetarian to-go dishes can be found at Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, where Ghanaian street food experts Spinach & Agushi serve up their delicious namesake stew (consisting of lashings of spinach and ground agushi seeds) with spicy jollof rice. There are also black bean, chicken and beef stews on offer for those who fancy an alternative or something extra.

Ice cream buns from Yum Bun

Yum Bun has been serving soft, fluffy, savoury-filled buns to hungry Londoners for a good few years now, but they really stepped things up a notch when they added ice cream buns to their menu at Street Feast’s Giant Robot venue in Canary Wharf. Filled with ice cream, fruit compote and finished with a variety of crispy toppings, these deep fried buns are the perfect end to a satisfying street food feast.

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The marshmallow brownwich from Chin Chin Labs

Serving arguably London’s best ice cream, Chin Chin Labs is most well-known for its smooth scoops which are frozen on the spot by way of liquid nitrogen in Chin Chin’s Camden and Soho ice cream parlours, and at Street Feast’s Hawker House. However, you’re missing out if you don’t order that scoop in a freshly baked brownwich and top it all off with a torched marshmallow, just trust us on this one.

Malted milk doughnut sundae from You Doughnut

Remember the sweet taste and irresistible smell of fairground doughnuts from years gone by? You Doughnut have worked out how to recreate that pleasure for London’s street food fans, but they’ve made them even better by adding toppings like salted caramel sauce and crumbled Maltesers. Place your order at Street Feast’s Dinerama.

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