London’s a bastion of culinary creativity and there’s everything from Michelin starred restaurants to open air markets to 24/7 bagel shops to keep your mouth watering. The English capital is also home to a number of up and comers who don’t always have the money for a full on retail space, but they can just about afford a van. Here’s the best London food trucks to try while you’re in town.
Good old American fare – think unfussy New York style burgers slathered in thick slices of American cheese, signature sauce and some serious meat.
Stops at: Canary Wharf, Southbank and sit-down location in Spitalfields Market
Nearby landmarks: Canary Wharf financial district, Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch
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MACARONI. AND. CHEESE. What else do you need really? Come and get a taste of this American street food staple from down south, made in gigantic steaming batches and given unusual twists – BBQ sauce, anybody?
Stops at: Follow their Instagram/Twitter for updates
Step away from the savouries, it’s time to spoil your dinner. You Doughnut specialises in bite-sized – you guessed it – doughnuts, though they’re better than the standard Krispy Kreme fare with everything from salted caramel to vanilla and cardamom fillings.
Stops at: KERB, Kings Cross, Dinerama
Nearby landmarks: Kings Cross (Platform 9 ¾), Brick Lane, Spitalfields Market
Taking Mexican fusion to the next level, Kimchinary throws Korean and Swedish tastes into the mix. Their burritos are to die for and substitute the regular lime rice for kimchi fried rice, which is reason enough to start running.
Stops at: KERB Camden, KERB King’s Cross, KERB London Bridge
Forget Domino’s – once you’ve had a bite of Well Kneaded’s sourdough pizzas, you’ll never want to go back. With an adventurous menu wheeling and dealing seasonal fare, it’s got strong ties to the Wandsworth community.
Stops at: Clapham, KERB
Nearby landmarks: Clapham Common
Dumpling queens, it’s time to come home. Rainbo specialises in colourful and creative gyoza, as well as salads if you’re feeling a little healthier. A number of their proceeds goes towards Food For Freedom as well.
Stops at: KERB, Camden Market
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If the name doesn’t put a smile on your face, it’s Southern fried chicken will. Be extra decadent and grab a side of mac and cheese to go along with your chicken strips.
Stops at: Hawker House, Ely’s Yard, KERB Camden, KERB West India Quay, Hawker House
Nearby landmarks: Camden Market, Canary Wharf
Bringing together Middle Eastern and Mediterannean flavours, you’re going to want to get a load of Nazari’s falafels and stuffed chicken wraps. Run by a couple of culinary-inclined siblings, it’s a bet that’s paying off.
Stops at: KERB Camden, Bermondsey Square
Nearby landmarks: Camden Market
Looking for an authentic burrito? Look no further than Luardos’ fluorescent pink graffiti truck, which touts burritos stuffed with slow cooked pork, garlic chicken and more.
Stops at: KERB Camden, KERB King’s Cross, Whitecross Street, Brockley Market
Nearby landmarks: Camden Market, King’s Cross (Platform 9 ¾)
This posh food truck takes seafood for a casual spin, serving up goodies like tuna sashimi wonton tacos, creamy seafood bisque poutine and market fresh lobster rolls.
Stops at: Street Feast Dinerama, Hawker House, Giant Robot
Nearby landmarks: Shoreditch, Canary Wharf financial district
You’ll probably have seen videos of The Cheese Truck’s gooey toasties going viral on Facebook. Toasting thick slices of cheese between hefty chunks of sourdough, it takes the comfort staple to new and decadent heights.
Stops at: Maltby Street Market, Peckham Festival
The main event from Baba G’s 🙌🏼 all hail the lamb crazy jalfrezi burger || lamb burger, mint riatha, mango pulp, mini onion bhaji, chilli pickle encased in an onion seed bap. I MEAN. Up there in the top 3 ☝🏼 #babags #babagsburger #lambburger #indianstreetfood #bhangraburger #lovefood #foodporn #burgerporn #camden #camdenmarket #london #instafood #instaburger #onthetable #yas
If you can’t quite hack the queues at Dishoom, Baba G’s is a great way to get a taste for modern Indian fare and you won’t have to waste two hours in line. Putting a twist on the classic hamburger, Bhangra brings a world of spices and traditional Indian tastes to the American staple with lamb jalfrezi, mango chutney and more switching things up.
Stops at: Cubitt Square, KERB, POP Brixton
Nearby landmarks: Southbank Centre, Southbank, London Eye, Brixton Market
Obsessed with the old ‘manage a trios’, todays trios: Juice – turmeric, lemon & ginger (otherwise known as Face Puller) / all the greens (wakey wakey) / beetroot, apple, ginger (aka Beet me up). Pots of joy: kefir, oats, spirulina / mango, coconut, chia / coffee, cardomom, cacao, chia #onset #filmcatering #craftservices #happycrews #healthyyummies
Not all street food needs to be slathered in grease and deep fried (though it certainly helps). Healthy Yummies specialises in top of the line healthy recipes made from the freshest seasonal produce around.
Stops at: Follow their social media to find out where
Escape to Spain for a meal at Jamon Jamon, where they’ll be whipping up hilariously huge pots of paella that’ll get your taste buds tingling. Follow your nose and scoop up an order of their seafood paella, vibrantly coloured and teeming with squid, prawns and mussels.
Stops at: Portobello Road
🚋 Cutty Sark: 😱😱😱 @cegatograzi escolheu Cubano de Chorizo para o almoço. Jack cheddar, peppers, pork, mustard. Direto do Munchies do Greenwich Market. Mais legal que os donos são brasileiros / A cubano sandwich for lunch, from @ejmunchies at Greenwich Market. The owners are brazilian 😋😁 #londonfood #londonfeast #londonout #londoneatingout #london4all #foodanwine #instafood #foodie #foodieinspiration #instafat #gordicefeelings #londonfatty #food #foodlover #londonfood #londonfeast #londonout #londoneatingout #ldn #london_only #london4all #foodanwine #full #instafood #foodie #londonbestfood #timeoutlondon #instafat #gordicefeelings #londonfatty #lunch #food #foodlover #thelondonlifeinc #london #london_enthusiast #oqtemphoje #londrescomovcnuncaviu #vemcomagente #streetfood #londonsbestfood
Now, this one’s a tried and tested secret – you’re not likely to find them on many other lists. These guys are tucked away in a quiet corner of Canary Wharf and serve up incredible Cuban sandwiches, filled to bursting with fresh ingredients and grilled to perfection.
Stops at: Greenwich Market, Canary Wharf