One of the things we missed living in Luxembourg was the access to cheap eats. I’m not talking fast food but good, inexpensive tasty food. We hit the jackpot here in London as we live down the block from a street food market called KERB Camden Market which opened in August 2016. It’s a 3 minute, 55 second walk from our front door. (I timed it today.) Open 7 days a week for lunch, there are 34 of London’s best street food vendors selling their signature dishes for mostly around £5. Like who knew there was a thing called a Taiwanese Lunch Box or a Korean burrito?
KERB has other pop up food markets around London but only the one in Camden is open every day. We’ve sampled several of the vendors already (Venezuelan street food, halloumi fries, gourmet mac and cheese, salted caramel brownies) – without a single miss but a lot of napkins – but it will take weeks to eat our way through all of them. So if you stop by over the lunch hour and I suggest you keep your coat on, you’ll know why. And if I invite you round for dinner and serve you re-heated crispy squid, you have full permission to call me out.
I have no tips except to say: a) go hungry and preferably without caloric judgment, b) go when you can’t decide what you want to eat or your kid has decided that the only thing he will eat is a hot dog because Oh My Dog!, c) go with a friend who likes to share and d) watch out for the pigeons. It was quiet right at noon when it opened today (but there is also an overblown fear of “snow flurries” today) but typically the queues do pick up throughout the lunch hour. The market stays open until 5pm Monday-Friday and until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. And if you overeat or the BBQ was good for your soul but not so much for your stomach, know you can get to a private toilet in 3 minutes, 55 seconds.