City Road

City Road

Shoreditch is well-known for bringing the indoors out; art is splayed on street walls and some of the best shopping in the area is to be done in outdoor markets. The same goes for food. Street food is a big hitter around these parts, like down Brick Lane or Petticoat Lane, and one you absolutely must get a taste for is Urban Food Fest which takes over a Shoreditch car park every Saturday from midday to midnight.

What should be an unremarkable space is transformed on Saturdays into a lively outdoor eatery with communal tables and tantalising scents wafting through the air. Reflecting the multicultural spirit of London, a sensational range of international cuisines is available, from Moroccan to Mexican and all sorts in-between. The Venezuelan arepas are a firm favourite, as are the British pulled pork buns, and for dessert there’s so much choice, including delectable Belgian waffles. No two weeks are the same, however, as the street food vans rotate for even more variety. To wash it all down there’s a bar serving craft beers and ciders, prosecco and champagne, as well as thirst-quenching cocktails and international wines.

It’s not just about the food, either. Expect live music from talented musicians, dance performances, graffiti art, face-painting and even massages, so when you’ve had your fill of global nosh there’s plenty of reasons to stay awhile.