Get ready for some serious hunger pangs as we divulge six of London’s best street eats.
Cropwell Bishop Stilton and pear chutney toastie
Hackney Wick Turntables
The street-food offerings at new free pop-up party Turntables are strong: a true foodie fest of tempting traders are ready and waiting to ruin your dinner. But the snack that rules over them all has to be the crisp, oozing, too-hot-to-handle sandwich from The Cheese Truck. Yes, it’s all about the Cropwell Bishop Stilton, bacon and pear chutney triple threat. Turntables, 119 Wallis Rd, London E9 5LN. Various dates December 5 -20. 5pm- 11.30pm.
Korean BBQ Burger with spiced orange chutney
Urban Food Fest
Night markets in winter are more about coats and comfort food than sunglasses and cider, so it’s important that regular dishes get a wintry twist. At Urban Food Fest’s weekly shindig, the Galbi Bros’s punchy BBQ burger will feature spiced orange chutney on top of the usual gochujang-marinated pork and kimchi. Yum. Urban Food Fest Christmas market, Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High St, E1 6HU. Shoreditch High St Overground. Dec 20. Sat 5pm-midnight.
Ice Skate Vauxhall Market
Gliding around an ice rink actually uses up a lot of energy. As does repeatedly smashing into plastic barriers because you’ve forgotten how to stop. An effective (and indulgent) way to refuel post-skate is a visit to the stroopwaffel stand , where Dutch experts will prepare you a sandwich of soft and chewy spiced waffles and warm, creamy caramel. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, SE11 5HY. Vauxhall. Jan 4. Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-8pm; Fri, Sat 11am-9pm.
Smoked turkey thighs
Street-food collective Kerb’s latest project fills an old mirror factory with music, bars and more food than you could get through if December 25 did a ‘Groundhog Day’. The seasonal poultry of choice will get a Southern States makeover, thanks to Miss P’s Barbecue: make sure you don’t miss the smoked turkey thighs with homemade cranberry sauce – they are guaranteed to put your mum’s festive centrepiece to shame. The Clubhouse, 105 Monier Rd, E3 2PS. Hackney Wick Overground. March. Fri, Sat 6pm-midnight.
Pasticceria Perbellini Panettone
Real Food Market
You can’t buy mirth, but you can pick up the next best thing – proper winter grub – at this weekend market behind the Southbank Centre. If it’s full-blown festive you’re after, try the extra-special Christmas edition (December 19-23) and track down Flour Station which has imported big, fluffy, beautifully packaged panettone from northern Italy. Real Food Market, Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. Waterloo. Fri noon-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun noon-6pm.
Pork belly burger
Patty & Bun’s burgers are delicious meaty gifts, and it’d be a wise man or woman who sought them out. P&B’s menu for Night Tales will involve pork belly piled high with spiced pickled cucumbers, fennel and apple ranch dressing and slaw with chipotle mayo, all in a sourdough bun. Order it with crispy skinny fries laced with chicken-skin salt and dunked in roast chicken mayo. Happy holidays, everybody. Night Tales, 288 Old St, EC1V 9DP. Old St. Dec 20. Thu-Sat 6pm-midnight. £4 entry before 9pm, £5 after.
Take a look at our guide to London’s Christmas markets and fairs.