London street food news: burgers on Liverpool Street, a Wapping street food market, London’s latest street food residencies, and more…
Right-o, it’s been great fun telling stories of street food from around the world (here, here, and here) but it’s about time I let you in on some London street food news, since there is plenty to share from the City, Borough, the Square Mile, Wapping, Battersea, Kings Cross, the Southbank and.. Hackney.
So, in list form (because we all love an easy-to-read list of 10) here is what’s hot this week:
1) A NEW BURGER WAR IS ABOUT TO BEGIN…
Patty & Bun, the excellent burgermeisters who make it worth visiting what is otherwise an oddly unadventurous but tourist-packed St James Street, are opening a second site. This time they have decided to take on the big guns, McDonalds, and are settling down bang opposite them at 22-23 Liverpool Street, EC2. I say Bring It On. Incidentally, I wrote something towards the end of last year for the Evening Standard on London Street Foodies starting up restaurants and residencies in London. Have a read here.
2) BRRRUP… WAPPING STREET FOOD ALERT
Toby Allen, the man who has made Brockley Market so brilliant, is launching a new one in Wapping shortly with much positive support from Tower Hamlets Council. On Sunday 27th April he will be “taking most of the Brockley Market Traders and plonking them in Wapping on Sundays”. The location is great, it’s on Brussels Wharf, next to the old Wapping Project site, and it will open from 10am-2pm. It will be street food vendors (think LSF favourites Mike & Ollie, Spit & Roast (pictured above), Mother Flipper, Fleish MOB and guest appearances from Dosa Deli, The Bell and Brisket and the new Cheeky Italian) alongside a fine food produce market, with around 35-40 stalls. Given that it’s also near the water, Toby is hoping to get people boating and sailing, and “trying to create a destination.” Here’s to eating buns on boats..
3) THE GREAT DOUGHNUT SHIFT
For those of you who can’t get enough of those St John custard doughnuts sold at Maltby Street Market every Saturday, you should probably know that Justin Gellatly, the man who made them, has since left to co-found his own business, the Bread Ahead Bakery, in Borough Market. It’s old news to everyone in Doughnut World, but to everyone else – that is where to get in on the salted caramel action.
4) KERBY AT THE GHERKY
Before I left, the lovely KERB Gherkin market had been asked to shut down, meaning that all those City folks were stuck having to look at pictures of what everyone at KERB King’s Cross was getting for lunch. Well following a successful petition to get it back, it’s been re-instated, and what a joy. On Thursdays, between 12-2pm you can get a rotating slider of traders including LSF favourites Tongue ‘N Cheek, Jamon Jamon and The Bowler, and more. My friend who works nearby and who was mighty pissed off when it closed down, sums it up nicely here: “It makes hungover Thursdays so much more bearable.”
5) HOT HAWKERS
Call me repetitive, but recently I trundled off to Hawker House, the latest from the Street Feast / Tweat Up team, and had a blast. I’ve fallen in love with the fried chicken and hot sauce from Bao London, the Malteser brownies from Bad Brownie, and Kimchinary, whose little cardboard pot of dukbokki (glutinous rice floury pellets with spring greens and spice) were bouncy and and wondrous. That, paired with some good whiskey, catching up with a friend and a bit of a boogie made for an excellent Friday night. On that note, I heard news yesterday that Street Feast is going to be at Field Day festival at Victoria Park. More info here.
6) MOVERS AND SHAKERS
A quick roundup of some of the latest street food residencies around London: the lovely Doodle Bar in Battersea SW11 is continuing to innovate, and has begun introducing new traders under its roof alongside the Street Feast team. Have a look here for updates. Meanwhile there is Mother Flipper making burgers at Camden Town Brewery on Fridays, Tongue ‘N Cheek has an Italian Sunday Roast menu at The Joker on Penton Street, and Speckmobile is on for another six weeks at Star of Kings pub in Kings Cross.
7) BURGERS ON THE ‘BANK
I’ve heard that Bleeker St Burger (which was rated one of London’s top 20 burgers for us by the mighty Burgerac) has an extended pitch on the Southbank by the skatepark from 12-7.30pm Sun-Wed/12-9.30pm Thurs-Sat. Oh, hello.
8) STREET FOOD DINNER PARTY
Since I’m a few weeks away from writing a post on my Vietnamese street food adventures in Hanoi, I thought I’d send you off on an adventure via UnMapped Magazine, a lovely new online magazine that I wrote a piece for a few weeks ago. This article is called The Street Dinner Party.
9) A DEMOCRATIC DELI
If you’re on Twitter you’ll know that Abiye Cole, the man behind LSF favourite Big Apple Hot Dogs and the accompanying wholesale business that makes sausages for the likes of Russell Norman’s Mishkin’s, is opening what I’m calling his democratic deli, Cole & Sons, near King’s Cross. There will be a space for street food traders to pop up outside, and any food producers to stock their products on the shelves. I will be covering this in proper detail in the London Evening Standard shortly, so keep an eye out for that in coming weeks.
10) CALLING KENSINGTON & CHELSEA COUNCIL
I work on High Street Kensington and to my knowledge there is absolutely no street food around there during the week whatsoever. If anyone would like to change that, even just for one lunchtime per week, my colleagues and I would be eternally grateful. I am very bored of going to the same old high street chains for my lunch. Perhaps there is mileage in using the lovely space next to the library…
That’s it for now. Next week: a final Melbourne street food adventure.