June 26th marks my first anniversary of running foodie family events. To celebrate, here’s a run down of the best streetfood spots to hit up as a family in London. Lots of these we’ve been to as meet ups and some just me and my non extended fam, but they’re all tried and tested spots to grab a quick, decent bite, maybe even a cocktail all with your small fries without massively compromising the person you were pre kids.
Giant Robot – Canary Wharf
Giant robot was the site of our first ever Mama needs a Mimosa meet up so it’s very close to my heart. There’s four streetfood traders here that change periodically as well as a cocktail bar and a craft beer bar plus baby change, highchairs, beautiful views and plenty of space. Just outside there’s the sky garden too, a good place to let little people run. Current traders – Yumplings, Yumbun, Thunderbird, Pocho and Stakehaus.
Peckham Levels – Peckham
Peckham levels is deeply, deeply cool. Also deeply instagrammable with a really decent array of streetfood traders, a lovely bar, a play area which is by no means soft but will keep them entertained and art installations which are all community led. Baby change and highchairs available too. Current traders – Other side Fried, PickyWops, Canard, Hao Hao chi, Lords of Poke, Nandine and Drums & flats.
Market halls – Fulham
This wonderful addition to the streetfood scene is a relative newcomer with a bunch of street food traders most notably – soft serve society (see above). They’ve got baby change and highchairs and a small cafe style play area for little people as well as a lovely bar in a converted train station. Keep an eye out because Market halls are opening another two sites later this year. Current traders – Calcutta Canteen, Ahi Poke, Yard Sale Pizza, Thima by Farang, Fanny’s Kebabs, Soft Serve Society, Hotbox, Butchies and Claude’s deli.
I’ve never actually made it upstairs at Boxpark Shoreditch because the lift has been out of order for a year. No joke. Boxpark Croydon however is a regular (and fully accessible) haunt. Loads of space, loads of food options and even kid raves at the weekend, it’s an easy day out. Baby change and highchairs available but no play area outside of the specific family organised events. Current traders – Arancina, Bao Bao, Bread Tree, The Breakfast Club, Chicago Rib Shack, Chilango, Chillbox, Cook Daily, Coqfighter, Dum Dums, Fish Lab, Fish, Wings & Tings, Greek on the Street, Kothu Kothu, Meatliquor, Potata and Yo!
The site of our second meet up last July, Pergola can get a bit hot in the summer if you’re downstairs under the plastic roof but grab something to eat and head back upstairs (via the lift) on a sunny day and you’ll have the bar all to yourself. There’s no play area here but outside the entrance there’s some gardens to frolic in as well as baby change and highchairs. Current traders – Patty & Bun, D/F Mexico, Mam and Canard.
The Prince – West Brompton
The Prince is a renovated pub with a large beer garden that’s attached to several street food traders via store fronts in the upstairs area, they’ve basically taken over a whole street. The have high chairs and baby change and the area is enclosed, so fairly safe for little feet, however, if you’ve got a buggy with you, you’ll want to stay upstairs – there’s no lift. Current traders – Patty & Bun, Begging Bowl, Coqfighter, Foley’s.
Mercato Metropolitano – Elephant & Castle
This huge expanse of warehouses all joined together right by Elephant & Castle is mostly Italian cuisine but you’ll find some other options here too. Mercato Metropolitano doesn’t have a play area but lots of space to run around in plus highchairs and baby change available. Current traders – over 40 different traders but they’re not currently listed on their website.
POP – Brixton
In a similar spirit to Peckham levels Pop Brixton is community led with not just street food traders but also small businesses and an event space to boot. It’s relatively well enclosed and good for exploring with little people, although some of the food options can only be reached via stairs. Baby change and highchairs are available here too. Current traders – Raclette Brothers, L’Amuse Bouche, Love Churros, Petare, Duck Duck Goose, Franzina Trattoria, Donut Round, Maria Sabina, Don Luigi, Viet Box, Sakeya, 28 Well Hung, Made of Dough, Mama’s Jerk, Smoke and Salt, Baba G’s Bangra Burger, Other side Fried, Homegrown and Koi Ramen.
Public – Woolwich
The newest development from Street Feast is a corker. Public has loads of space in a pleasantly retro styled interior, there’s even a play area and trampolines for the kids. The catch? It’s only open during the day at weekends. Current traders – Yumplings, Yum Bun, Ink, Burger & Beyond, Lava Bar, Salt Shed, Hen Haus and Rust Bucket.