As summer rolls around in London, the excitement in people bubbles up as residents and tourists alike flock to the streets in search of entertainment and food. Whether you’re a tourist or a local Londoner, you will undoubtedly want to enjoy the best the city has to offer in terms of food.

It’s clear that street food is on the rise in London. Having a freshly made snack or meal made right in front of you is something that appeals to almost everyone. As such, demand for street food in London is on the rise, slowly but surely making itself out to be the ultimate summer food for all willing to brave the crowds to get it.  

Toasties and sandwiches are proving to be popular with casual eaters. They’re easy to prepare and you can eat them on the go – big plus points for those looking for a quick snack. You could say that the relative simplicity of the classic toastie makes it hard to innovate or improve upon. However, The Toastie Truck, a vintage food truck specializing in toasties and sandwiches, is certainly worth trying. Boasting combinations of three unique cheeses and crispy, sourdough bread, they’re a must try for all foodies.

For those looking for something a bit more hardcore, Indian food is bang on trend at the moment. The unique spices and flavours of Indian cuisine, go down very well with the typically multicultural taste buds of Londoners.  Talking of Indian street food, Baba Gs stands out high above the rest. Not only is the food delicious and unashamedly Indian, but their Naga Dehli Double is one of the largest and most filling burgers you’ll ever eat. It’s a delicious blend of sauces and perfectly cooked meat, that’s sure to leave you craving more.

If you love a drink with your food, then it’s recommended you visit Coqfighter, a food truck that advertises itself simply as “Chicken and Beer”. They serve possibly the best fried chicken that London has to offer, inspired by Korean flavours. Serving innovative menu items such as vodka-battered wings and panko fried whole chicken, you’re seriously in for a treat.

Lastly, Boca serve Latin-inspired empanadas, freshly baked every day. They cater to everyone, serving both vegan, vegetarian and meat options, all flavoured with a mix of ground coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, thyme and chilli. Their food is guaranteed to blow you away, leaving you with a taste for the more unknown cuisines in your neighbourhood.

Written by Tom Courcey, editor at The Idle Man menswear retailer based in London. Catering for everything from shirts to sunglasses, The Idle Man is the go-to destination for men’s fashion, lifestyle, grooming and music.