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The Ultimate Guide To London’s Street Food

The Ultimate Guide To London’s Street Food

The streets of London are alive with food. From sizzling steaks to tasty Thai, nifty Nigerian pop-ups to charming cream teas, the capital is brimming with amazing street food vendors just waiting to tickle your tastebuds.

We’ve just come across this brilliant new guide to London’s street food scene, developed by the travel experts at Expedia. To whet your appetite, we’ve picked 10 of our favourites. Read on, get hungry, explore the guide, then go out for food!

Leather Lane, Farringdon

In a nutshell: Incredibly popular with workers through the week, this amazingly diverse market sits on the edge of the city, with St. Paul’s as a backdrop and the well-known and much-loved Smithfield Market just a short walk away.

Where to eat: Where to start? Try Boom Burger for amazing Jamaican grills and scintillating Spanish fare over at Embutique. There’s Thai at Kin, Mexican at Daddy Donkey, and, if you’re not hungry, a few food and clothes stalls smattered around.

What to do: After filling up, experience some of the best London has to offer. St. Paul’s, the Dickens Museum, and the Museum of London are all in the neighbourhood.

Hawker House, Canada Water

In a nutshell: London’s best-kept street food secret? Possibly. This Street Feast market, near Canada Water in south London, features 14 vendors across 2 floors of food heaven.

Where to eat: Amazing seafood at Prawnography, mind-blowing Mexican at Breddos Tacos, and Korean delights at Kimchinary.

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What to do: Go for a Thameside walk, visit the historic Mayflower pub, see the animals at Surrey Docks Farm, or experience some culture at CPG Gallery.

Broadway Market, Hackney

In a nutshell: A brilliant food market in one of London’s most exciting areas, Hackney. Broadway Market’s roots can be traced back to the 1890s when it acted as a drover’s route into the city. Today, it’s one of the best places for street food in the capital.

Where to eat: Greek treats at Isle of Olive, grab a haggis toastie from Deeney’s, and check out the Indonesian food at Makatcha.

What to do: Head to London Fields and the Regent’s Canal for a peaceful stroll. Pop over for a tipple at London Fields Brewery.

Street Food Union, Soho

In a nutshell: A fun time is assured at Street Food Union. Set in one of London’s most hectic districts, it offers an incredibly diverse range of food with historic theatreland all around you.

Where to eat: For super-healthy salads packed with flavour, try Radical Roots. Dixie Union is fried, Deep South heaven, and, if you’re a fan of Polish food, check out Pyrlandia.

What to do: Shaftesbury Avenue and the world of London’s theatre scene are a mere stone’s throw away. Enjoy a night of jazz at Ronnie Scott’s. The Tower of London and Tower Bridge are fairly nearby too.

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Partridges Food Market, Chelsea

In a nutshell: Every Saturday, Chelsea’s Duke of York Square plays host to Partridges, where around 70 vendors rock up to show off their wares. It’s great for home-grown produce and artisanal foods.

Where to eat: Amazing Argentinian fare abounds at Chango Empanadas. More South American goodness can be found at the Peruvian place Panka.

What to do: Shop in London’s high-end retail district. For the green-fingered among you, there’s Chelsea Physic — the oldest botanic garden in London. The contemporary art of the Saatchi Gallery is also close by.

Old Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch

In a nutshell: Immerse yourself in history at Old Spitalfields — it’s been going since way back in 1682. Today, just a stone’s throw from Brick Lane, this Grade-1-listed building has everything and more.

Where to eat: Probably the best burger in London is available at Bleecker Burger. Jamaican delights are everywhere at Cafe Caribbean. Or simply wander around and let your nose decide.

What to do: Brick Lane, with its vintage stores, bagel shops, and plethora of curry houses, is a must. Whitechapel Gallery is close by, and a little further afield sits the Westfield shopping centre.

Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell

In a nutshell: Just up the road from Leather Lane, Exmouth Market is a hive of wonderful street food and cute little coffee shops.

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Where to eat: Go Ghanaian at Spinach & Agushi, sample amazing salt beef at Nana Fanny’s, and sample the Mexican fare at Freebird Burritos.

What to do: Sadler’s Wells Theatre is just round the corner, the Charles Dickens Museum is close by, and the Barbican, London’s world-class cultural space, is a 20-minute walk away.

Borough Market, London Bridge

In a nutshell: This of London’s oldest (its origins date back to 1040) and best-known food markets. Exceptionally popular with tourists, and therefore exceptionally busy, it’s a great place to go for quality meat, veg, and coffee.

Where to eat: Mediterranean vendor Gourmet Goat is exceptional, sample some amazing cheeses from Alsop & Walker, and enjoy the finest Italian meats from De Calabria.

What to do: The Thames is a short walk away, where you’ll find the Globe Theatre. Tate Modern is in the neighbourhood too.

Portobello Market, Notting Hill

In a nutshell: Another of London’s famous markets, Portobello is known for its antiques, but it does some neat grub too, with well-known and independent traders rubbing shoulders.

Where to eat: Proper paella at Jamon Jamon, fried everything at Poptata, and the Swedish bakery Fabrique is amazing.

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What to do: If you’re in the area at the right time, you could experience the sights and sounds of Notting Hill Carnival. Strawberry Hill castle is a prime example of Georgian architecture and Kensington Palace is a must.

Southbank Centre Food Market

In a nutshell: Go round the back of the Royal Festival Hall for this brilliant food market, featuring vendors from all over the world.

Where to eat: There’s veggie Indian street food at Horn Ok Please, quality meats at Spit & Roast, and cool craft beers at The Hop Locker.

What to do: Aside from the Southbank Centre itself, the London Eye is a stroll away, the Millennium Bridge gets you to the other side of the river, and Tower Bridge is in the area.

Explore the guide and tell us about your favourite street food in London!

Featured photo credit: Dalston Yard Street Feast via streetfeast.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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