Urban Food Fest. Euro Car Parks, Brick Lane. May 30 until December 19.
For a street-food party in the heart of the East End you’ll want to be heading to a Shoreditch car park for Urban Food Fest. It offers an international array of artesan food, from Korean kimchi stirfries, Italian woodfired pizzas and American mac & cheese to Brazilian salted caramel churro and French patisserie and cakes. There will be something to whet all appetites, plus of course a host of drinking options from traditional British cider for gulping to extravagant cocktails for sipping. And it happens every Saturday so you’ve got plenty of chances to catch it this summer.
Keep an eye out for special themed events coming up this summer and some night you even get free drinks for fancy dress! Sounds like our kind of night out.
Lewisham Model Market. 196 Lewisham High Street. Friday and Saturday nights until October 4.
Last year we attended the opening night of this Street Feast offshoot in deepest darkest South East London and it certainly proved popular. With great creative food options, fair prices, flowing drinks, pumping music and bustling atmosphere, this formerly abandoned market from the 50s has been well and truly brought back to life. It feels like a slice of Shoreditch brought to the South East but with a more laid back and care-free vibe.
Summer Tales. Red Market, 288 Old Street. Friday evenings until August 29
For a dash of true jungle in the concrete jungle Summer Tales has the answer. This al fresco market offers the expected top quality street food grub from top London restaurants such as Burger and Lobster and Forza Win, along with four separate bars for all your thirst-quenching needs. But it has the added bonus of a 20 metre sun terrace complete with hammocks and rope swings to make all you cheeky monkeys feel at home.
Jimmy’s Secret Garden. 409 Clapham Road. Mon – Friday evenings and all day weekends until August 31
South London’s worst kept secret food hang out for this summer can be found above the Clapham North Pub and it’s a strictly British affair. Eat from the comfort of an English summer garden serving up picnic grub and more intricate dishes using only the best British produce. For hungover Sundays the vibe is particularly chilled, with lounge music, hangover curing cocktails and slow roasted meats to match the slowed down mood.
Porridge Café. 70 Paul St, Old Street. Every day, all summer until TBC
If you’re feeling nostalgic for winter amidst all the summer talk then the Porridge Café may just be for you. Serving up 11 different grains, multiple milk options and some more quirky toppings and breakfast options such as fig puree and poached egg porridge, this breakfast based café is giving that Cereal café a run for its money. Breakfast seems to be having a massive come back this year so go get involved and warm your cockles with a healthy dose of porridge!