Here at Jenius Social we are always on the lookout for the next street food sensation - call it research for our range of street food classes (or downright gluttony). And often we find that the best grub can be found away from the throngs of Borough and Broadway. So why not seek out some of London’s lesser-known street food haunts this weekend?
The butchers, fishmongers and independent grocers may have largely disappeared from Brentford but its food market has been a roaring success since launching in 2013. Regular vendors at this sunday market include Boxed Fresh (barbecued Jerk chicken), Stakehaus (steak and chips) and La Stalla (speciality charcuterie). Irresistible and affordable, too.
East Dulwich has serious epicurean credentials: thoroughfare Lordship Lane is a hotbed for fine restaurants (like Toast and Franklin’s), delis and mongers of all kinds, while every Saturday sees the adjoining North Cross Road pedestrianised and turned into a bustling, family-friendly street food market. Grab a bag of freshly popped popcorn shaped like Marge Simpson’s hairdo, or if you’re in the mood for something a bit more substantial devour a haute dog from the aptly-named ‘Hogfather’.
While Southbank’s Real Food Market attracts serious footfall, the nearby Lower Marsh Market prefers to fly under the radar. But Waterloo residents appreciate its offerings, which consist of, among others, Pad Thai and Goulash during the week and gourmet baked beans and barbecue food on Saturdays.
Brockley Market may be relatively unknown to those living outside of the area but locals regard it as an institution. Running from 10am to 2pm every Saturday, the market showcases the culinary wares of Mark Hix’s Fishdogs, Mother Flipper and Spit & Roast Chicken. Ok, Lewisham College car park may not be the most salubrious of locations, but who cares when the food is this good?
There is something for everyone at Partridge’s - a Kensington food market that showcases the full breadth of London’s multicultural food scene. Alongside more traditional offerings, such as Fish and Chips from Fins and Trotters, sit novel preparations like Deeney’s Scottish Flavour’s haggis toastie. The cuisines of Morocco, Vietnam and the Caribbean are also represented.
On the last Friday of each month, Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market hosts Bite - a lively street food jamboree well worthy of your payday pound. Vendors change regularly but Meathead Meatballs, Oh My Dog! hotdogs and Peel and Chimney pizzas often feature.
Netil Market may be a tad more sedate than its neighbouring Broadway Market but it certainly isn’t lacking for lip-smacking street food. Hungover East Londoners are especially well catered for (it is on Saturday mornings, after all!), with calorific solace in the form of cheese toasties from Morty and Bob’s, Black Angus brisket from Howard’s Meat Co. and sourdough pizzas from Pizza Don’t Cry.
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