From fish and chips to roasted chestnuts, you won’t find yourself short of things to try in London. In fact, we’d go as far as to say, you’re about to be spoilt for choice. Street food in London is truly unique as it doesn’t centre around any particular cuisine or meal and with street markets, food trucks and pop-ups just about everywhere, it’s near impossible to name a cuisine that you can’t eat in London. Despite the mass of exotic dishes you could try, no visit to the nation’s capital would be complete without devouring an authentic taste of England. If you want to get to grips with London, try one of these unapologetically British dishes.
Fish and Chips
Arguably the most famous British meal of all, fish and chips can be found pretty much everywhere in London. From sit down fish and chip restaurants, to takeaways and food stalls you’ll never find yourself too far away from this British classic. The combination of battered fish and chunky chips is delicious and is popularly eaten with curry sauce or mushy peas.
Pie and Mash
When many people think of a pie, they think of a sweet dessert such as an apple pie or pumpkin pie, but not in London. Pie and mash in London is a classic meal which is made up of creamy mashed potato and a savoury pie, often chicken or steak and ale. If you’re keen to keep it classic, a traditional London pie and mash should be served with a parsley sauce.
Jellied eels may not be everyone’s cup of tea but they are about as British as you can get. It’s a traditional English dish that dates back hundreds of years and is made up of chopped eels that have been boiled with stock and left to cool. In fact, there are entire restaurants in London dedicated to serving classic pie, mash and jellied eels. One for the more adventurous foodies.
A Scotch egg is a hardboiled egg that is wrapped in sausage meat and then baked. At first glance a Scotch egg may not sound too appealing but this is a true British favourite for picnics. It’s actually pretty tasty on a beautiful summer day, served alongside a salad and cheeses and a glass of something cold.
A sausage roll can be found at most bakeries and is great for snacking on the go. It’s made up of sausage meat that has been wrapped in buttery, flaky pastry and then baked. A great lunchtime or early afternoon snack to keep you going until dinner.
Street food in London is eclectic and varied but, sometimes you just crave something simple. Vendors selling bags of roasted chestnuts can be found throughout the city, usually set up along bridges and walkways, and make for a great choice if you happen to stroll past with a hankering for something to nibble on.