(Part 1) When you’re ready to experience the best the city has to offer on a budget, it’s the streets you need to hit.
You need to study, but you also need to eat. As one of the most exciting capitals in the world, London not only offers some of the nation’s top universities, but also has thousands of restaurants, markets, food trucks and street stalls that reflect the city’s multicultural nature. When you’re ready to experience the best the city has to offer on a budget, it’s the streets you need to hit.
We’ve selected 10 top street food stalls for you to explore, from tacos and burritos to burgers, hearty Sri Lankan street specialties to delectable paellas – here’s part 1 of 2 – make sure not to miss them when you’re studying in London.
A Filipino street food classic inside a rainbow-colored party truck, BBQ Dreamz has deservedly accumulated quite a following over the past few years at the sites of food incubator KERB and Brockley Market. Their Satay Curry comes with jasmine rice, coconut milk, fresh garden peas, coriander, spring onion and pineapple; while their signature dish of Lechon Kawali is a fragrant 24-hour cooked slice of pork belly served with mouthwatering Filipino Lechon sauce.
Where? Kerb King’s Cross, Kerb West India Quay, Brockley Market, John Lewis rooftop
20 minute walk from UCL and SOAS, University of London
More information: bbqdreamz.co.uk or @BbqDreamz
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This Borough Market staple serves amazing Valencia-style paella that always draws a long queue, but is well worth the wait. Their giant pan of paella features chicken, chorizo, Cornish squid rings, mussels and Madagascan tiger prawns amidst rice. Borough Market doesn’t lack in delicious offerings, but Furness’s Bomba Paella is one of the best.
Where? Borough Market
Take the tube! 10 minutes from University of the Arts, London
More information: boroughmarket.org.uk
Founded in 2007, this Mexican street food joint is the place in London to try authentic Mexican food. Everything is cooked out of the owners' "food truck," a wild Citroën H Van (now two vans). They’ve fed the biggest music festivals in Britain and continue to serve up some of the best Mexican fare in London. They offer burritos, tacos, quesadillas and tortas, and all the ingredients always come fresh. Carnitas Burrito is a fat burrito stuffed with fennel and slow-cooked, orange-flavored pork, which is particularly popular.
Where? Brockley Market, Whitecross Market
More information: luardos.co.uk or @luardos
This dandelion-patterned street food van is a shining example of how affordable and highbrow can go together. The famed "unmissable" food van serves addictive French chicken sandwiches. Their menu has been developed by chef Karl Burdock (who’s spent time in Michelin-starred kitchens), and the in-house team consists of talents who previously worked in a range of well-known establishments. The famous chicken sandwiches are made with seared and roasted Label Rouge chickens. Take a field trip, enjoy a nice sandwich and discover how regular chicken sandwiches can be posh at this stop.
Where? Exchange Square
Take the tube! 25 minutes from SOAS, University of London
More information: schmaltzlondon.com or @schmaltzlondon
Eat your way through the world in London! Kothu Kothu (meaning "chop chop") serves a famed Sri Lankan dish called "Kothu Roti." Slices of flatbread are mixed with vegetables, eggs and curry, then chopped up to make a delicious and hearty dish. You can choose chicken, mutton or both -- and ask for more spice if you like it hot.
Where? Boxpark Croydon
More information: @Kothu_Kothu