Best Places for Street Food in London

 
 
 
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Frank's Cafe
Giant Robot
Pergola Paddington
Roof East
Street Feast: Dinerama
Street Feast: Hawker House
Skylight Rooftop
Pitch Stratford
Pergola Olympia
 

 

London's street food scene has really taken off with rooftop pop ups, cheap eats with priceless views and urban food courts big enough to seat 1,000 people. We list the best.

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Pergola Paddington

The fashionable food court has taken its roof off and undergone a Mediterranean makeover for summer.

5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, London, W2 6PY

Tube: Paddington Station

 
 

One of London's most Instagram friendly food courts, Pergola Paddington has proved to be a big hit and the fashionable food court is back with a Mediterranean makeover for summer. Offering green foliage, day beds and white washed floors, the vast venue has two floors of dining space and al fresco seating for 850. There's a fully open air top deck and they've raised part of the roof downstairs (don't worry, they're kept some undercover seating for those rainy days). The four food suppliers are the Babek Brothers, serving kebabs and halloumi fries, Honi Poke, spicy wonton dumplings and small plates from An Choi, a new food trader from the Salvation in Noodles team, and Smash Patty, a new burger concept from the guys behind Patty & Bun. Book in for free for groups of up to 199 people or simply walk-in, no booking required. Oh and they're offering 2 for 1 on select drinks during 'Sundowner Hours', between 4 and 7pm, every Thursday and Friday.

 
 
 

Pergola Olympia

Pergola is back in west London and this time it's fully enclosed and open all year round.

Level Five Rooftop Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 
 

Pergola, who raised the bar with their rooftop pop up at the BBC, go to new heights with an all-weather botanical bolthole on the fifth floor of the Olympia Car Park while Olympia itself undergoes a £700 million regeneration project. West Londoners have been waiting for a return of their favourite rooftop hangout and this time, unlike the others before it, Pergola Olympia is fully enclosed and open all year round with vast floor to ceiling glass walls offering sweeping views across the city. Burger makers Patty & Bun, crustacean specialists CLAW and pizza peddlers Passo give you three independent restaurants to choose from and there's a huge open bar. Get a cocktail or a bottle of wine and choose a seat at the communal tables among the green foliage - a mix of overgrown ivy and botanical planters. Group bookings are free for up to 199 people - and there are upholstered booths available for those group bookings - or you can simple walk in, no reservation required.

 
 
 

Frank's Cafe

Enjoy cocktails and crab on toast on a rooftop in Peckham.

Peckham Rye Multistory Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: From 30th May 2019

 

On the 10th floor of the disused Peckham Multi-Story Car Park this summer you'll find parked cars replaced with drinkers enjoying cocktails and crab on toast at Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar. This temporary rooftop bar is back following years of success - it first opened in 2008 with over 30,000 people visiting in the three months it was open. Frank's is a winning combination of drinking, eating, art and one of the best views in London. It's part of the Bold Tendencies sculpture project initiated and run by Hannah Barry Gallery. The structure of the makeshift cafe / bar has been designed by Practice Architecture (Paloma Gormley - daughter of Antony Gormley - and Lettice Drake), and was set up by bartender Frank Boxer (who worked at the Anchor and Hope and set up the Italo Deli in Vauxhall) with chef Michael Davies. The result is a total transformation of a previously unlovely concrete car park - just add Campari cocktails.

 
 
 

Roof East

Games, street food and three bars eight floors up at the top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford.

Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 

On top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford, Roof East is back for spring/summer 2019 with the Rooftop Film Club setting up the sky high cinema from May. Games, street food and three bars serving rum and raspberry cocktails create a rooftop playground for grown-ups. If you like competitive sports choose from VR foosball, Sluggers batting cages , Birdies Crazy Golf or Lane Games - including S liders Curling, De La Bowl and Puck Buddies. For something more chilled, Flow East Yoga leads Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes every week. Street food is by Eat Chay, serving North Indian inspired Kolkati and signature Kati Rolls, as well as The Burger Project run by the King of Pop-Ups, Jimmy Garcia. E ntrance is free, so grab a drink at one of three bars and enjoy t he views over east London - you can see all the way to the Olympic Park with the red, looping curls of the Orbit rising above it. A great spot for a sundowner.

 
 
 

Street Feast: Giant Robot

Four street food traders and two bars under one futuristic rooftop at London's biggest roof garden above Crossrail Place.

Crossrail Place, London, E14 5AR

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 
 

Giant Robot - described by its Street Feast owners as 'spaceship engine room meets art-deco cruise liner' - brings together four street food traders and two bars under one rooftop at London's biggest roof garden in E14. At the east end of Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Giant Robot offers panoramic views of Canary Wharf as well as all-day dining and drinking. The indoor space, featuring a huge, wrap-around outdoor terrace, is open for lunch and dinner so you can leave your soggy sandwich in the office fridge and choose from four food outlets. Joining Little Jose - a tiny tapas bar from Jose Pizarro - are Yum Bun, BOB's Lobster and Thunderbird - the new one-stop chicken shop from wing kings BBQ Lab. At clocking off time the Island Bar is the place to go for after work cocktails, draught beers and craft cans.

 
 
 
 

Street Feast: Dinerama

Open all year round this Shoreditch food market has a party atmosphere and room for 1,000.

19 Great Eastern Street, , London, EC2A 3EJ

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: From 14th January 2016

 

With three street food markets across London - namely Dinerama in Shoreditch, Hawker House in Canada Water and Giant Robot in Canary Wharf - Street Feast can rightly lay claim to being London's foremost street food providers. Open from Thursday to Saturday, the two-storey Dinerama has a party atmosphere, helped by the busy crowds jostling to get a seat at the communal tables on the 1,000 capacity ground floor. Choose from six street food 'micro diners' and six food shacks from the likes of B.O.B.'s Lobster (for lobster rolls), BBQ Lab (for hanger-steak burgers) and Duck'N Roll (for Hoisin duck wrap). There's no shortage of places to get a drink either with a rooftop rum shack and a tequila container among the six bars. 

 
 
 

Street Feast: Hawker House

Every Friday and Saturday night in a massive Canada Water warehouse.

Hawker House, Canada Street, London, SE16 7PJ

Tube: Canada Water Station

 

Dates: From 06th May 2016

 

In a massive Canada Water warehouse you'll find six bars and eight street food sellers as Street Feast delivers a topical tiki paradise to Hawker House for summer. Open all year round, the warehouse can fit up to 3,000 in the summer when they open up their outdoor Land of Bamboo. Offering the winning combination of booze and music plus a rosta of London's biggest street food traders, Hawker House has everything from buttermilk fried chicken to wood-fired pizza, steamed buns to liquid nitrogen ice cream. The bars serve craft beer, cocktails, wine and spirits. Feeling lucky? Spin the whisky roulette wheel and you could win a bottle of top shelf liquor.

 
 
 

Skylight Rooftop

Urban lawn games, summer cocktails and major sporting events on top of Tobacco Dock.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 
 

From 2nd May 2019, Skylight returns with urban lawn games, summer cocktails and major sporting events on the big screen on top of Tobacco Dock . The summer season also boasts a Hendricks Summer Solstice party, Opera at Skylight and a Dog Day. Set on the top three levels of a former car park in Wapping, the 600 capacity Skylight has multiple bars, indoor and outdoor seating areas, private gardens booths, and two street food stalls, all set against some of the finest views in the city - you can see The Shard , The Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie from here. Grab a seat on the upper level - featuring brand new day beds for 2019 - for prime views and extended sun rays before enjoying a spectacular show of yellows, oranges and pinks when the sun sets in the shadow of London's most famous buildings. Food wise, visitors can choose between burgers and souvlaki with Flip Side and Yiro taking over the kitchens and a new refreshing seasonal cocktail menu has been added alongside spritzes, pitchers, bubbly and wine. Book in for a game of croquet on the upper deck or, if the British weather isn't on your side, there are two playing areas inside.

 
 
 

KERB Camden Market

35 top street food traders at Camden Market, 364 days a year.

Camden Market West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AF

Tube: Camden Town Station , Camden Town Station

 
 

KERB, the street food specialists who have been bringing first class kerbside eats to Kings Cross, the Gherkin and Paddington, have been permanently in Camden Market since August 2016. Thirty five traders come to this corner of north London 364 days a year. Joining KERB favourites Kimchinary, Mother Clucker, Luardos, Ghetto Grillz and Le Patate are newcomers like Arepazo Bros. whose Venezuelan arepas come with shredded beef, chicken or black beans, plus delicious plantain fries. Order drinks at the bespoke KERB and Camden Town Brewery bar serving signature lagers, ales and IPAs, or opt for local gin, Half Hitch, distilled on site.

 
 
 

Pitch Stratford

An open air space in the heart of Stratford styled on a Moroccan riad.

Bridge Road, London, E15 3PA

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 

Open from April through to autumn 2019, Pitch Stratford is back with a brand new look that's best described as Moroccan riad meets lush jungle. An open air space in the heart of Stratford, it offers street food, cinema and sports screenings as well as drinks in a colourful, outdoor setting a short walk from Stratford station - a perfect escape from Westfield Stratford City. Tiki inspired drinks, curated by The Umbrella Project (Discount Suit Company, The Sun Tavern) are served alongside beer by local brewery, Signature Brewing. Pakistani street food and supper club specialists Empress Market supply the food and there's one rotating guest street food truck, announced via the venue's social media channels.

 
 
 
 
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