One thing London really excels at is street food. From fried chicken to falafel, there’s vendors as far as the eye can see – but Hawker House really stands out from the crowd.
Housing twelve traders and serving up culinary delights from around the globe, this indoor street food market can be found in the former Decathlon building, tucked away in Surrey Quays.
The decor is as hipster as the cuisine – with neon signs, fairy lights dotted across the ceilings, and tall candles shoved in wine bottles, the warehouse is like a cross between a romantic restaurant and a dingy student digs. It’s gloriously eccentric and yet comfy, and atmospheric.
What makes Hawker House so great is that it’s a communal affair – people are standing around, drinking, munching, and perching on long canteen tables. It’s bustling and vibrant.
As you head upstairs, there are pool tables, and loungers for guests to sit on, and it becomes clear that Hawker House is much more than a place to grab a bite to eat – its a place for people to experience…to enjoy themselves, and to enjoy great food.
Most importantly, the vendors are varied and interesting. There’s an authentic looking 70’s diner, a stone baked pizza stall, and a rusty old seafood shack. Plus, theres a vegan Mexican cantina, a place that serves just about everything jerked and an Asian steamed bun stall.
When we visited, we feasted on Jackfruit tacos and a tofu steamed bun – which both blew our socks off with their creativity and their immense flavours.
You could go to Hawker House time and time again, and every time you would find something new to excite your inner foodie.
And there’s not one but EIGHT bars to choose from, including a wine bar, a craft bar and a whiskey bar.
Hawker House is part of the ‘Street Feast’ market franchise, who also run the Dinerama in Shoreditch, Dalston Yard and The Model Market in Lewisham.
It’s found in Canada Water, and is free entrance before 7pm, and a mere £3 afterwards – well worth the pennies considering the vast array of eateries inside.
Food and drink aside, you could go to Hawker House purely for the atmosphere, and if you fancy a dose of street food without having to stand in the cold, then it is definitely the place for you.
Visit Hawker House for yourself, every Friday and Saturday throughout Winter, 5pm – late.
London SE16 7PJ