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The best summer street food in London

You may have grown up knowing that you shouldn’t buy food from the side of the road, but today, London’s street food is in a league of its own. Whether it’s the classic such as stacked burgers and stuffed tacos, or more unique offerings including vegan kebabs and BBQ pits, street food in the capital is at its best. Read on to see SquareMeal’s pick of summer street food in London.

Bite Me Burger Co at Cha Chaan Teng, Covent Garden

What’s on offer: The seemingly indefatigable Adam Rawson has moved on to yet another pop up. This time he’s serving up a selection of mini-burgers, including the likes of Beef Encounter and the Duck Me: duck patty, truffle mayo, smoked hoisin and Swiss cheese.

Where: 36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY

Champagne crab shack at 100 Wardour Street, Soho

What’s on offer: 100 Wardour St is hosting a ‘Champagne Crab Shack’ with seafood pop up merchants Claw until 0 June. Giant fishing nets set the scene, while crab, lobster and crayfish rolls are paired with sides of greens, chips and of course, glasses of champers.

Where: 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN

Strictly Bangerz at Copeland Park, Peckham 

What’s on offer:  The best of British bangers using the finest produce this trio can get their hands on – strictly no bunz though. The fragrant Merguez sausage with adjika and kohlrabi slaw packs a real punch, but do take a punt on the Yorkshire brisket beef sausage with sauerkaut and mustard aioli. You won’t regret it.

Where: Copeland Park, behind Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

Champagne crab shack at 100 Wardour Street, Soho

What’s on offer: 100 Wardour St is hosting a ‘Champagne Crab Shack’ with seafood pop up merchants Claw until 0 June. Giant fishing nets set the scene, while crab, lobster and crayfish rolls are paired with sides of greens, chips and of course, glasses of champers.

Where: 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN

Jimmy’s BBQ Club, South Bank

What’s on offer: Jimmy Garcia’s latest project is a Thames-side barbecue pit. Serving a changing six-course tasting menu, dishes include the belt-busting likes of lamb cutlets served with salsa verde, and toasted marshmallows with lashings of chocolate sauce.

Where: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

Les Deux Amies at Boxpark Shoreditch

What’s on offer: From two French food enthusiasts comes this range of homemade, gluten-free crêpes and galettes, featuring sugary toppings such as banana, chocolate sauce and mini-marshmallows, as well as savoury and build-your-own options.

Where: 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

Poptata at Boxpark Shoreditch

What’s on offer: This street food outfit recently landed in Boxpark to provide Shoreditch’s hungry with perfectly cooked, thick-cut chips, which are slathered in melted cheese and a variety of sauces – turns out (cheesy chip) heaven really is a place on Earth.

Where: 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

Smoke & Salt London at Pop Brixton

What’s on offer: Operated by two former chefs from Notting Hill’s The Shed, Smoke & Salt combines fine and casual dining, with its modern, seasonal dishes which use international flavours and techniques including brining, curing, fermenting and smoking.

Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ

What The Pitta at Boxpark Shoreditch

What’s on offer: Doner kebabs may once have been the preserve of drunken 2am eating, but they’ve gone rather posh in recent years. What The Pitta has moved into Shoreditch to serve up its signature vegan version of the classic post-night-out meal.

Where: 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY

If you prefer to sit down and eat, here’s a short list of pop-ups-gone-permanent that we’re a fan of:
The Cheese Bar
Made of Dough
Patty & Bun
Pizza Pilgrims
Smokestak
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

For more street food in London, take a look at SquareMeal’s pop ups page, and to see more food porn, make sure to follow SquareMeal on Instagram.

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