The new trend of street food vendors in recent years has grown rapidly in London. Street food which was once considered as 'quick and easy grub' is now served up by local vendors as gourmet meals using fresh local produce. Talented home cooks are finally given the chance to demonstrate their flair without having to worry about the cost of overheads.
Mr Papoutsis who is considered to be a pioneer in street food began with his first venture Meatwagon; a mobile burger van that traded remarkable food which was then stolen from him. As a result, he briefly took up residence in New Cross opening Meateasy. Soon after he set up Meat Liquor in collaboration with Scott Collins; a popular West End grill-and-booze bar. This was followed by MeatMarket; a burger and hot dog joint overlooking Covent Garden's Jubilee Market.
But what's with the continued fuss over simple food served in cardboard boxes? Although it's not just any food, one could say that its success lies in its variety. These humble mobile eateries serve wide ranging meals from good ol' pork pies and custard tarts to inventive Korean cooking as well as burgers soaked in onions prepared in freshly baked buns.
Meanwhile new markets and food festivals continue to emerge accommodating the continuous surge of street food vendors. Spoils of cooks cram themselves behind stalls and in vans enthusiastically serving authentic hot food dishes to compulsive eaters who wait patiently in long queues. Food vendors even go as far as pitching up their stalls in alleyways and even under bridges.
Lucky Chip is another successful burger joint that managed to evolve out of a burger van. It is considered by many as being even better than Meat Liquor. It was set up by a former bar manager Ben Denner who began a frantic pursuit for the perfect burger and visited 70 bakeries in three months just to find the right buns.
Eat My Pies Stall is an example of authentic British street food. Their philosophy is to "make great British food available to the great British public." The stalls run both at White Cross Market and Broadway Market in Hackney. They serve meals such as pork pies and custard tarts. Their signature dishes include their smocked haddock scotch egg and chorizo pie.
It appears that foodies continue to get on buses and trains travelling miles in search of gourmet destination food stalls just to 'grab a quick bite to eat.' The London food scene has developed and continues to reinvent itself in new ways. One could even go as far as saying that the height of gastronomy has been achieved.
Broadcaster, journalist and founder of the British Street Food Awards Richard Johnson profiles five fine finalists (RT @RedKitePR: @richardjohnsonx nice mention of British Street Food Finalists in The Guardian with lovely @greengoatfood.)...
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A city break in London can seem scary and daunting, even to the most experienced Londoner. With so many amazing entertainment options and attractions, where do you start? Luckily for you, we've compiled a compendium of things for you to do that take less than 30 minutes. Book your London hotels and start exploring with our top 50 things to do in London, that take 30 minutes or less. Travel on the London Underground and listen out for the warning to "mind the gap". Pick up some vintage finds from Spitalfields antiques market on Thursdays. Sample fresh cheeses, cakes and chutneys at Borough Market in Southwark. Watch the South Bank buskers compete for an audience beside Westminster Bridge. Try jellied eels at F. Cooke's eel and pie shop on Columbia road. Find your way through the maze of eclectic markets at Camden. Watch the fountain dance in the courtyard of Somerset House. Do some wishful browsing in Alexander McQueen's flagship store in Old Bond Street. Sit and watch a busker perform in the piazza outside Covent Garden's apple market. See original works by Leonardo da Vinci at the National Gallery. Walk the new pedestrian crossing at Oxford Circus. Ride the DLR to Canary Wharf and see the corporate skyscrapers. Wave to the Queen from outside Buckingham Palace. Climb to the top of The Monument, Sir Christopher Wren's commemorative column to the Great Fire of London. Rummage the secondhand stalls at Portobello Market. See how the other half lives with a stroll around Mayfair. Watch Tower Bridge open up to let ships travel through (scheduled times available online). Peep through the Prime Minister's front gate at Downing Street. Buy some fresh blooms from the Sunday flower market on Columbia Road. Try a crispy duck pancake in Chinatown. Stroll through Soho and do some people watching. Treat yourself to something luxurious from Selfridges Department Store. Listen to protests and debates in Speaker's Corner, Hyde Park. Pay your respect to the people's princess at the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park. Watch the skateboarders and BMX-riders try out some moves at the Southbank Skate Park. Find your way through the maze of eclectic markets at Camden. Watch the fountain dance in the courtyard of Somerset House. Do some wishful browsing in Alexander McQueen's flagship store in Old Bond Street. Sit and watch a busker perform in the piazza outside Covent Garden's apple market. See original works by Leonardo da Vinci at the National Gallery. Walk the new pedestrian crossing at Oxford Circus. Ride the DLR to Canary Wharf and see the corporate skyscrapers. Wave to the Queen from outside Buckingham Palace. Click here for more information on Hotels4U .
The Borough Market is beneath the railway and the viaduct; between the river Thames and Borough High Street. According to historians, the market existed since 1014 and has been in its current location since the 13th century. Borough is the oldest fruit and vegetable market in London. About 130 traders operate in the market, ranging from cheese makers from France and Italy, to food artisans from Buenos Aires and the Grenadines, to a Galician purveyor of high-end food products. In addition to the traders, the market is home to several cafes, restaurants and wine bars. The market employs food-quality experts to ensure the tastiest food and to qualify the products’ authenticity. Most of the vendors display posters of where their farms are located and how they tend to their products and livestock. It’s best to visit the market hungry as vendors generously offer free samples. For navigational purposes, the market is divided into three main areas: Jubilee, Middle Market and Green Market.
Tartufaia Truffles (Jubilee Market) — Marike was on a mission to find truffle honey, a treat she and her husband have been addicted to since a friend introduced them to this delicacy. Tartufaia is the location for the incredible truffle honey and oils from Acqulagna in the Marche region of Italy.
From Rome to Florence, one of the most exciting, and authentic, aspects of Italy’s cities have to be their food markets. Whether they’re selling produce, fish, meat, or (like usually!) all of the above, these food markets—usually featuring lively, yelling vendors and bustling, local shoppers—are a gem. (They’re also one of the best ways to get to know the region’s local food culture, and to figure out what’s in season!). And unless you’re with a local, you don’t always know about them! But we can help.
Here are five of our favorite markets in Rome, Florence, Venice, and more!
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