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Where to Eat: Street Food in London

3 April 2019 | Billie Manning

These markets have enough options to tickle anyone’s tastebuds

Spotlight on: Vinegar Yard
London Bridge is already a huge foodie hotspot, from Borough Market to Maltby Street, and now there’s going to be a new kid on the block: Vinegar Yard. Setting up just a hop, skip and a jump away from the station, this new street food market will be an all-day destination hosting art installations and pop-up shops alongside food and drink traders.
 
The most iconic of the art installations is sure to be the train carriage covered with giant ants whacked right at the entrance to the space, and there will be more from Joe Rush, a sculptor who has worked for Glastonbury – so his stuff is sure to wow. On the shopping side of things, Flea London will be taking over every weekend to make the yard a vintage-lover’s paradise, and there’ll be other vintage shops popping up in the week as well.
 
But let’s get to the food. Already confirmed (though the line up will change regularly to keep things fresh) are Baba G’s, Million-Pound Menu winners and general rulers of the street food scene with their Anglo-Indian ‘naanwiches’. You’ll also see Italian vendors Sugo with their ciabattas and Nanny Bill’s with their comforting, homey mix of croquettes, burgers and more. And if that doesn’t sate you, why not just go all in and get a flame-grilled steak from Up In My Grill? One thing’s for sure: at Vinegar Yard, you’re not going to get bored.
 
Boxpark Shoreditch street food market East London

Best of the rest:
Boxpark
What? The original, and some say, the best “pop-up mall”, which has now been popping for 8 years
Where? Wembley, Shoreditch and Croydon
Why? With three locations, there’s bound to be a Boxpark not too far from you. Boxpark also often host live events such as music and spoken word
 
Mercato Metropolitano
What? An eco-focused hall and garden with tons of food spots
Where? Between Elephant and Castle and Borough
Why? With an inside and an outside space, Mercato Metropolitano is a good idea whatever the weather. Plus, their environment- and people-friendly ethos has us feeling good about spending our money there
 
Flat Iron Square
What? A foodie hub that calls Devonshire House and the railway arches beside it home
Where? London Bridge
Why? This one is for people who are serious about the grub they’re grabbing: Bar Douro, Where The Pancakes Are and more all reside here 

Pop Brixton
What? An outside food court made of recycled shipping containers
Where? Brixton
Why? The shipping container aesthetic makes Pop a really fun and idiosyncratic place to spend a lunchtime, plus the Mexican options are divine
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