Summer is (almost) here and the time is right for eating in the street – two metres away from each other, of course.
The government is allowing outdoor, open air markets to reopen before regular shops and restaurants, with markets permitted to get back up and running from June 1 after being closed since the last week of March.
This means some are reopening this week – but not all of them. Below is a list of our favourite street food markets in London, along with details of whether or not they are operating. We'll keep this list updated as we hear more news on their plans.
From historic London favourites to foodie gamechangers, these are the street food markets you can get a taste of in the capital.
Lockdown update: The market has now reopened as of June 1, with food and drink traders operating takeaway and delivery services only.
A walk down Regent’s Canal comes with more than a few eating and drinking options: Camden Market has hundreds. This north London legend has it wrapped up all over the world, with the likes of Oli Baba's cooking up halloumi fries, Only Jerkin' offering a Caribbean-inspired twist on fried chicken and Katsu House offering Japanese curry in a bun. Vegans are also in luck, with Young Vegans selling its meat-free pies and Rudy's Dirty Vegan Diner
When: Everyday, 10am-6pm
Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF, camdenmarket.com
Lockdown update: As an essential food retailer, the market has remained open for grocery traders throughout the lockdown. It will, however, this week welcome back a selection of its street food traders on Fridays and Saturdays, which will operate on a rotating basis in the Green Market area.
Borough Market’s reputation as London’s ultimate street food haven is well deserved not least for its staying power. Believe it or not, this behemoth of the London street food scene has its roots in a 12th century market that traded on the same site. Today it’s home to some of London’s best loved street food purveyors: pick up a chorizo roll from Brindisa or a cheese toastie from Kappacasein for maximum happiness.
When: Monday-Saturday, various hours
8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL, boroughmarket.org.uk
Lockdown update: The market is currently operating as a click-and-collect grocery market, with collection times allocated alphabetically by surname to help social distancing. The Standard has contacted Brockley Market for confirmation of plans for its street food offering, but is yet to hear back.
Car parks don’t get much more exciting than this one in south east London. Perfect for a leisurely weekend peruse, a trip to Brockley’s weekend market sees Mike + Ollie serving up fabulous flatbreads, Mother Flipper flipping their famed burgers and Luardos loading up bountiful burritos.The extensive number of quality ingredient producers who also sell at the market mean you can take amazing tastes home to your kitchen too.
When: Saturday, 10am-2pm
Lewisham Way, SE4 1UT, brockleymarket.com
Southbank Centre Food Market
Lockdown update: The market remains closed, with no reopening date yet slated.
An artistically inclined stroll down the Southbank wouldn’t be complete without some mind-sharpening fuel. Move from riverside to Waterloo-side of the Southbank Centre for some street eating in the cultural centre’s own street food market. Barbecue favourites Street Pig BBQ are on hand with barbecued meats, Horn OK Please creates veggie Indian dishes, with the savoury treats ripe for topping off with pasteis de nata from Galeta.
When: Friday-Sunday, various hours
Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, southbankcentre.co.uk
Lockdown update: All markets remain closed, with no reopening date yet slated.
Since it launched just five years ago, Kerb has gone from strength to strength on the street food scene. The organisation now hosts five separate markets in locations across London, from Camden to West India Quay, as well as indoor food court Seven Dials Market. Expect innovative fare from the traders here, with food from a diverse lot including ex-prisoner run Liberty Kitchen, vegan enthusiast Club Mexicana and Filipino food favourite BBQ Dreamz, which triumphed on the BBC's Million Pound Menu series.
When: Various times and days, market dependant
Various locations, kerbfood.com
Lockdown update: All Street Feast markets remain closed, with no reopening date yet slated.
This Shoreditch haunt quite literally rose from the ashes after a fire at the site in 2015, but is back to its old, hard partying self. Run by food fanatics Street Feast, Dinerama is a permanent site home to the likes of cheese peddler Raclette Brothers, ice cream expert Chin Chin Labs, burger buff Tucka Burger and a bar called German Sex Dungeon. If you don’t feel like spending the evening in hipster heaven, Street Feast also look after food markets Giant Robot (Canary Wharf), Model Market (Lewisham) and Hawker House (Canada Water).
When: Wednesday-Saturday, 5pm-Late
19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ, streetfeast.com
Lockdown update: The market remains closed this, and says it will not reopen until after June.
Has all that sunbathing on London Fields worked up your appetite? Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Hackney oasis is Broadway Market, which boasts both permanent restaurants, cafes and bars and a top street food market on Saturdays. Traders include ice cream favourite Nonna's Gelato, haggis toastie sensation Deeney's, and fried chicken fan Butchies.
When: Saturday, 10am-4pm
Broadway Market, E8 4PH, broadwaymarket.co.uk
Maltby Street Market
Lockdown update: The Standard has reached out to Maltby Street Market for confirmation on reopening dates, but is yet to hear back.
Bermondsey residents have it so good with this petite but perpetually packed weekend market. Spilling out of the railway arches and into the street are some really superb food start ups and established stars. Out in the street, grab gooey toasties from The Cheese Truck or seriously reasonable steak from The Beefsteaks, or keep it sweet with Bad Brownie. Inside a railway arch or two, pick up Spanish jamon at Bar Tozino or a gin cocktail at Little Bird bar.
When: Friday-Saturday, various hours
Maltby Street, SE1 3PA, maltby.st
Street Food Union
Lockdown update: The Standard has reached out to Street Food Union for confirmation on reopening dates, but is yet to hear back.
Those on the lunchtime hunt in Soho are spoilt for choice anyway, but Street Food Union is a welcome perk. Sandwich fixes come in the form of American subs from Bayou and wraps from Lil' Falafel, which sit side-by-side with salad boxes from Dorothy's Deli and Filipino rice dishes from Spoon and Rice.
When: Monday-Friday, 11.30am-2.30pm
51-53 Rupert Street, W1D 7PQ, streetfoodunion.com
Leather Lane Market
Lockdown update: The Standard has reached out to Camden council for confirmation on reopening dates, but is yet to hear back.
Leather Lane has slipped into misnomer territory in the latter stages of its 400 year history. You might be pushed for a new pair of brogues at this market, but you can definitely find a darn good lunch. Leather Lane has been home to some of the capital’s hottest street food success stories over the years (burrito bosses Daddy Donkey and sourdough saviours Crosstown Doughnuts to name but a few) and is the Clerkenwell gift that keeps on giving.
When: Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm
Leather Lane, EC1N 7TJ, leatherlanestars.wordpress.com