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Street Food in South Bank

May 25th, 2021 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

Your Street Food Guide to South Bank

South Bank is quickly becoming one of London's top street food havens, with new pop ups, well 'popping up', almost every week. To give you the lowdown on what culinary delights you can feast on whilst on the go, we've compiled this guide of all the best places to grab a bite. From burritos to burgers and noodles to kebabs. You'll struggle not to find something that's right up your street.

  • La Gamba

    In the mood for paella? Well at La Gamba, that's their speciality! Cooked outside the Royal Festival Hall from their brand new unit by a team of friendly chefs, this is seafood paella done the authentic Valencian way, the city from which this world famous dish originated. You can get a bowl to takeaway for just £8.50 or sit in, which is perfectly positioned by the river for a scenic spot to soak up the sun. Washed down with Sangria, Spanish vibes have well and truly come to South Bank this summer.

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  • Jimmy's BBQ Club

    Jimmy's BBQ Club is by far one of the most iconic pop ups in London courtesy of its stunning riverside location on the Queens Walk. Whilst you have to book ahead to grab a table for their 6-course tasting menu in the cabana that's open Wednesday to Sunday, you can grab some serious BBQ street food seven days a week from midday to 11pm, bookings aren't required, so tables are open to walk-ins only. The menu includes Jimmy's signature Burger with their own homemade burger sauce, cheddar and dill pickles, plus lamb kofta kebabs in flatbread or a fresh summery trout salad.

    And in Winter, say hello to Jimmy's Lodge, as the al fresco terrace transforms with private igloos plus an alpine two storey terrace complete with heaters, blankets and alpine comfort food. 

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  • Southbank Centre Food Market

    Where else to start other than the one and only Southbank Centre food market itself? Serving a huge variety of world cuisines, such as Pad Thai from Pad Sen (pictured) or dill battered shrimp from Shrimpy. There's too many stalls to name them all, the joy is in discovering new food every time you go (which will be many).

    The Southbank Centre Food Market is strictly a weekend affair, open Friday to Sundays and bank holidays.

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    Image Credit - Pete Woodhead
  • Summer of KERB

    KERB are back once again this Spring to serve up an incredible line-up of authentic food from the streets of London, straight to the riverside, right outside the National Theatre. Perfect if you're looking for a pre-theatre meal without the fuss of dining out in a restaurant.

    Featuring an open-air market that will provide a selection of some of the most talented KERB traders, firing up grills and slinging flavourful favourites for everyone to enjoy. Including mains, sides, sharing plates and refreshing desserts. This mouth-watering curation will also be paired with beers by Gipsy Hill and the ever-creative spirits and cocktails from East London Liquor Co. Open 5 days a week Wednesday to Sunday until 25 September.

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  • Oh My Dog!

    Nestling under Hungerford Bridge, you will find Oh My Dog!, which specialise in some seriously special hot dogs, as you've probably guessed from the name. Their custom franks are hand-made using outdoor reared prime-cuts and natural casings, smoked over oak for that legendary perfect snap, with vegan and veggie options covered too. Served with demi-brioche buns which are freshly baked every day, these aren't your average frankfurters. With a craft beer bar too and a burger joint, there's seating available too on carved wooden benches and tables underneath  beautifully lit surroundings which transform the underside of the bridge into aesthetically pleasing surroundings.

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  • Wahaca's Mexican Street Kitchen

    Love the taste of Wahaca's authentic Mexican food? Well if you don't have the time for a full sit down meal, then worry not, as you can still grab delicious on the go courtesy of their Mexican Street Kitchen, serving takeaway burritos and salads from their food truck parked on the riverside just below their South Bank restaurant. 

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  • Between the Bridges

    You'll find Between the Bridges just past Hungerford Bridge, half way between the London Eye and Southbank Centre. Proving a massive hit last year, Between the Bridges boasts London's biggest beer garden complete with live music, drag brunches, artisan markets and of course Street Food!

    There's eight stalls to choose from, including sourdough pizza from Born & Raised, slow roast pulled duck at The Duck Shack plus fantastic vegetarian and vegan food from Feed the Village who take inspiration, ingredients and flavour combinations from the Middle East, Northern Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean. Between the Bridges is open Wednesday to Sunday, with free entry!

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