You may have grown up knowing that you shouldn’t buy food from the side of the road, but today, London’s street food is in a league of its own. Whether it’s the classic such as stacked burgers and stuffed tacos, or more unique offerings including vegan kebabs and BBQ pits, street food in the capital is at its best. Read on to see our pick of summer street food in London.

Words: Eamonn Crowe

London restaurant bar pop up food drink event

Bite Me Burger Co at Cha Chaan Teng, Covent Garden

What’s on offer: The seemingly indefatigable Adam Rawson has moved on to yet another pop up. This time he’s serving up a selection of mini-burgers, including the likes of Beef Encounter and the Duck Me: duck patty, truffle mayo, smoked hoisin and Swiss cheese.

Where: 36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY

London restaurant bar pop up food drink event

Champagne crab shack at 100 Wardour Street, Soho

What’s on offer: 100 Wardour St is hosting a ‘Champagne Crab Shack’ with seafood pop up merchants Claw until 30 June. Giant fishing nets set the scene, while crab, lobster and crayfish rolls are paired with sides of greens, chips and of course, glasses of champers. 

Where: 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN

London street food pop up vendors

Cook Daily at Boxpark Croydon

What’s on offer: CookDaily’s blend of international vegan dishes has now arrived in Croydon. Opt for a healthy stir-fry, filling ‘chickn’ and mushroom pie, or the Caribbean-inspired ‘Hard Bowl’, made with yam, plantain, ackee and wholemeal dumplings.

Where: 99 George Street, CR0 1LD

London restaurant bar pop up food drink events

Jimmy’s BBQ Club, South Bank

What’s on offer: Jimmy Garcia’s latest project is a Thames-side barbecue pit. Serving a changing six-course tasting menu, dishes include the belt-busting likes of lamb cutlets served with salsa verde, and toasted marshmallows with lashings of chocolate sauce.

Where: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

London street food pop up vendors

Les Deux Amies at Boxpark Shoreditch

What’s on offer: From two French food enthusiasts comes this range of homemade, gluten-free crêpes and galettes, featuring sugary toppings such as banana, chocolate sauce and mini-marshmallows, as well as savoury and build-your-own options.

Where: 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

London street food pop up vendors

Poptata at Boxpark Shoreditch

What’s on offer: This street food outfit recently landed in Boxpark to provide Shoreditch’s hungry with perfectly cooked, thick-cut chips, which are slathered in melted cheese and a variety of sauces – turns out (cheesy chip) heaven really is a place on Earth.

Where: 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

Smoke and Salt north London bar restaurant

Smoke & Salt London at Pop Brixton

What’s on offer: Operated by two former chefs from Notting Hill's The Shed, Smoke & Salt combines fine and casual dining, with its modern, seasonal dishes which use international flavours and techniques including brining, curing, fermenting and smoking.

Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ

London street food pop up vendors

What The Pitta at Boxpark Shoreditch

What’s on offer: Doner kebabs may once have been the preserve of drunken 2am eating, but they've gone rather posh in recent years. What The Pitta has moved into Shoreditch to serve up its signature vegan version of the classic post-night-out meal.

Where: 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

If you prefer to sit down and eat, here’s a short list of pop-ups-gone-permanent that we’re a fan of:

Made of Dough London restaurant bar pizza Peckham

The Cheese Bar

Made of Dough (above)

Patty & Bun

Pizza Pilgrims

Smokestak (below)

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Smokestak Shoreditch Barbecue BBQ restaurant David Carter London Squaremeal Square Meal

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This article was published 15 June 2017