Camden’s West Yard had just had a street food make over and London’s street food craze has no intention of stopping. Kerb are taking London by storm and they have finally committed to a permanent location in Camden and are bringing 35 street food traders with them.
Now, it would be next to impossible to review all 35 stalls in one article, (almost as impossible as trying to get to get Scott to go to Camden on a bank holiday), so I’ll simply point out my highlights…
Deep-fried cheese, yum. Do I need to say more?
These fingers of halloumi are fried until they are crispy on the outside and squidgy in the middle. They’re topped with yoghurt, mint, chilli and pomegranate seeds. They’re perfect for sharing between two.
I must admit, I was nervous approaching this stand. Squid can so easily be over cooked and go horribly chewy. These little bits of Squid were deep fried to perfection and they’re served with the choice of three pastel mayos.
The Mac Factory London
I can’t resist Mac ‘n’ Cheese – nothing can beat pasta covered in cheese sauce. But what makes them so addictive is their sourdough-based parmesan and thyme crumble.
Desserts are often an afterthought at street food festivals, but make sure you save room for these ice-cream cookie sandwiches. Creamy ice-cream is sandwiched between two soft-baked cookies, you can either add caramel sauce of chocolate chips.
Kerb Camden, West Yard, Camden Market, Camden, NW1
With summer just around the corner and the unpredictability of English weather, you won’t want to waste a second of the sunshine – It’s time to get those sunglasses out, drink Pimms and eat ice cream.
Visit a Rooftop Bar
One of the best ways to enjoy London is with a drink in hand, on the top of a tall building. Madison’s boasts one of the best views over St. Paul’s Cathedral, and at Vista bar you have Nelson’s Column on one side, Big Ben on the other. Dalston Roof Park is a slighty kitschy with astroturf, coloured deckchairs and a gaint flamingo – but there’s also an edible garden in which the produce is used in their cocktails.
Eat Street food
Who wants to be stuck inside a stuffy restaurant when you can eat al fresco? Borough Market is by far the most famous food market in London and it has the perfect balance between fresh produce and meals you can eat straight away. Whilst working near Holborn I would frequently visit Leather Lane, you can’t go without trying Grill my cheese – their mac n cheese toasties are to die for. Working in the city means that Kerb at the Gherkin is my new go-to street food market on a Thursday. They also have markets at Kings Cross, Paddington and West India Quary. Now, you can’t talk about Street Food without mentioning Streetfeast, and Dinerama is a foodies paradise with highlights from Yum Bum and You Doughnut.
Get on your Bike
London is a big place, and tackling the city by foot can be daunting. London has some great cycle routes – why don’t you cycle around the East End and stop off at loads of cycling-themed cafes? Make sure you stop off at Look Mum No Hands.
Visit London’s Little Gardens
Hyde park is over rated and full of tourists – get yourself to Dalson Eastern Curve Garden, you can relax can have a coffee or craft beer by the cafe, pizza from the woodburner and even join in with a spot of gardening every Saturday from 2pm. On Tuesdays from 7pm there’s also live acoustic music. There are plenty more to discover here.
Devour Frozen Treats
It’s the best way to cool off on a hot sunny day and if you find yourself North London, you have to try Chin Chin Laboratories. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze their ice cream and they change their flavours weekly. Sloane Brothers serve up Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt in Shoreditch and you can add a little bit of naughtiness by topping it with peanut butter brownies! It’s not often that lactose intolerant or vegans can enjoy frozen treats, but at Yorica you can. You’re spoilt for choice with tonnes of flavours and toppings.