London street food events this summer
A new adventure has begun. Last week was spent packing up the room I had been renting in west London and saying goodbye to my friend and former flatmate who is about to get married.
My plan for the remainder of the summer is to try living in areas of London I haven’t yet been a resident, by renting off friends or via Air BnB for around a month at a time. So I’m currently in Highbury & Islington until the end of July. Next month Finsbury Park is looking likely and in September I’ll either want to stay still or head east for a bit.
Living in London means we are never short of things to do or adventures to go on and, this month, that extends to the London street food scene. Now that the weather is more reliable, the summer night markets have sprung back up, as have the open air cinemas and outdoor eating events; there is a seemingly endless array of traders to choose from.
So in case you’re at a loose end, I thought I’d round up some of the latest street food spots.
Most of you now know about KERB at the Southbank, Street Feast in Dalston Yard, Urban Food Festival in Shoreditch, StockMKT returning to Kingston, Brixton’s Night Market, Camden Lock’s night market, and the Red Market near Old Street; but here are some newbies:
Regent’s Street: the Love London Food Festival is a celebration of world food hosted by the Real Food Festival Markets who I’ve written a lot about before (they usually run the Southbank market when Kerb isn’t there). Basically traffic will be closed for one day and you can eat street food from LSF-favourites including Anna Mae’s mac n cheese, Guasacaca Venezuelan arepas, Lick frozen yoghurt, Polish Deli and heaps of others that I’ve yet to try. There will also be street food from restaurants like Cinnamon Kitchen.
Sunday 13th July, Regent’s Street, 11am-4pm; lovelondonfoodfestival.co.uk
Carnaby Street: this street will be hosting a London street food fiesta, asking local restaurants to do special dishes on the street. On the list so far is STAX diner (the lady behind this is Bea Vo from the great Bea’s of Bloomsbury tea rooms), hirata buns from Shoryu Carnaby, French tartines from Antidote, and Singapore noodles from Cha Cha Moon.
Sunday 20th July, Carnaby Street, 11am-6pm, carnaby.co.uk
Covent Garden: I’ve had word of an ice cream cookie van called Milo & Hector’s trailing through Covent Garden, starting this weekend. I am dubious about ice cream sandwiches, because they’re hard to eat, giving you instant brain freeze when you bite into them – ice cream is designed to be licked, in my opinion – but this sounds like rather a sweet idea as the business is named after the co-founders two sons who absolutely adore ice cream sandwiches. For more brain freeze, head to Kings Cross to find the Stoli van which is giving out free pots of Gelupo lemon sorbet drizzled with Stoli vodka. It’s dreamy – I’ve tried it.
Daily until August 31st from 11am in the Covent Garden Piazza
StoliLemonade will be in Kings Cross N1C on July 11th – follow #stolilemonade on Twitter.
Camden: In two weekends’ time British Street Food Awards founder Richard Johnson is doing a street food tour around Camden market and the KERB street food stalls in Kings Cross. Tickets are £15 which includes tasters, and it’s in collaboration with the #floatingcinema.
Saturday 19th July, Floatingcinema.info
Tottenham: as they describe it, this new Tottenham Green Market will be six Saturdays of street food, craft beer, cake, coffee, bread, cheese, wine, pickles, dog treats and live music. The reason I’m telling you is because the founders of Street Feast have consulted on this market, so it’s bound to have a good vibe. Expect pizza from Peel & Chimney, ceviche from AJI, and sweets from Kooky Bakes.
until 2nd August, 10am- 3pm; @TottenhamGreenMarket
Stratford: The Real Food Festival founders are taking some of their best traders to Stratford’s East Village, including meatballs from The Cheeky Italian, salt beef sandwiches from Bell & Brisket, and some wonderful sweet things from French Revolution.
Find out more at realfoodfestival.co.uk
Spitalfields: Petra Barran’s brilliant street food community arrived this week and will continue to do lunchtime trading on the first Wednesday of each month. The line-up includes one of my current favourite traders, the Korean Kimchinary brigade, Batch Bakery for mega brownies and some Scottish things from Cast Iron Kitchen.
Every first Wednesday of the month, behind Spitalfields Market on Lamb Street, 11am-3pm; kerbfood.com
Hackney Wick: A new event called Street Food Sundays recently launched at the Crate Brewery, the idea being to do two very simple things: eat street food and drink craft beer. Permanent traders are The Rib Man and Pop Dogs, with different extras on rotation each week.
Every Sunday throughout the summer, 1pm-10pm, Unit 14a, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick; cratebrewery.com
Battersea: In partnership with the Everyman cinema, the Street Feast crew have added the Power of Summer to their ongoing roster. This means you’ll be able to book in to the open air cinema, drink from the apparently absolutely massive bar, or eat food including Seychelles street foodies Vinn Goute, barbecued stuff from HotBox, fried chicken from Spit & Roast and other bits and bobs.
Thurs-Sun from 10th July to 31st August by Battersea Power Station. For specific opening times and film listings visit streetfeastlondon.com
Lewisham: And if the Street Feast founders didn’t have enough to do already, the new Model Market here is also run by them, but it takes a different format. Remember the undercover winter spot, Hawker House (I tried stuff from Bao, Kimchinary and Bad Brownie)? Well this – I have yet to visit – is a cross between that and the current Dalston Yard outpost, and the trader line-up is very strong: kooky Indian street food from Rola Wala, Breddos Tacos, Yum Bun and more.
Fri and Sat, 196 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LS (entrance is around the corner on Molesworth Street) from 5pm-1am; streetfeastlondon.com
Wapping: This new market is a new favourite, sitting on the dock with plenty of walls to sit on while you eat. The sister to Brockley Market (one of my favourites until now), it has a heady mix of fresh produce stalls selling plump stone fruits, charcuterie, cheese and veg, and an array of great London street food traders. Highlights include the porchetta with fennel from Cheeky Italian, the fish dog (with plenty of Holy F+ck Mayo on top) from Hix Fish Dogs and the apricot doughnut from Crosstown Doughnuts. Soon they’ll have boats up and running so you’ll be able to eat then go for a float.
Sundays, Wapping Wall (go right out of Wapping station and keep walking), 11am-2pm; @wappingmarket