Your guide to London’s best cuisine

One of the best (and tastiest) ways to explore a city is through the local food, and London’s multiculturalism makes it a melting pot of culinary delights.

Instead of high-end restaurants, street food is now the choice of many who want to taste distinctive worldwide flavours. Take a look at our top picks below!

POP Brixton

This quirky cluster of shipping containers in South London is a foodie’s heaven on earth. With 21 restaurants and stalls, there’s a wondrous array of food to try. But if that isn’t enough to lure you down here, then maybe the vintage markets, jazz performances, and yoga classes will. With cuisine from all over the world and plenty of vegan options too, one thing’s for sure, whatever your tastes, you will be well catered for at POP.

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Southbank Centre Food Market

One of London’s most diverse and vibrant food markets lies in the centre of the South Bank. Now reopened after lockdown, the Southbank Centre Food Market hosts a delectable range of cuisine from all over the world, making it a perfect place to spend an indulgent weekend. And if enjoying delicious food while meandering along the river isn’t enough for you, then you have the Hayward Gallery and The National Poetry Library to check out too.

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Peckham Levels

Once a standard, dull car park, Peckham Levels is now a hubbub of street food stalls, coffee, cocktails, and live music, among other exciting live events. To get your hands on all the deliciousness, head to levels 5 and 6, where foodie-paradise awaits. Fussy-eaters fear not. There is a vast array of cuisine to choose from – Korean delights from Green Choy, slices of heaven from 081 Pizzeria, fusion soul food from Bando Belly, enchanting Ethiopian food from Beza Ethiopian, West African dishes from Plantain Kitchen and more.

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Boxpark Shoreditch

It’s well worth a trip to Shoreditch on the weekends, just to go to Boxpark – a shipping container complex next to the Overground station. Have a mooch around the cluster of tiny units and discover an abundance of worldwide cuisine at your fingertips! From a rolling roster of small traders: Mao Chow (Chinese vegan), Fatto e Mano (pizzas), Rudie’s Jerk Shack (Jamaican) and more. Boxpark has been operating since 2011, making it a well-seasoned pro on the street food scene. Get yourself down there and eat, drink and be merry!

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One thing you need to ensure before you come here is that you are hungry. Very hungry. This 42,000-square-foot temple of gastronomy hosts a massive retail market, several restaurants, takeaway food stalls, and a drinking and dining terrace. The market offers more than 5,000 products alongside 2,000 wine labels, constituting London’s largest cellar. Plus, there are Eataly’s two indoor restaurants, Cucina del Mercato and Pasta e Pizza. You’re spoilt for choice! There’s even a cookery school. So you can go home with a belly full of food and a head full of knowledge on how to make the culinary delights on offer here in your own kitchen.

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