Any modern-day Londoner is no stranger to its thriving street food scene. Meander through colourful, hipster-frequented streets and squares, soak up some culture and take your pick from a wide selection of handcrafted, artisan culinary delights. I mean, what’s not to love? And while most of central London is a street-food hotspot, the trend has spread beyond its borders as well. Good news if you’re looking for a vibe but don’t feel like getting on a city-bound train to get there. Enter Kingston-Upon-Thames.
Kingston is an ancient medieval market town that used to be a part of greater Surrey.
Nowadays, its postcode actually falls under southwest London, and it has developed into a bustling riverside town with a lively cultural scene, a wide selection of riverside pubs and restaurants, and an impressive shopping experience. With the influx of the young and the hip, so the street food culture has begun to grow here too.
Make your way to the ancient market square in the middle of town, and you’ll be greeted with a festive scene. The historic architecture surrounding the square, and the cobbled lanes, make for a pretty setting. There’s normally something entertaining going on most weekends, making it a fun day out for both kids and adults.
The food market is a vibrant mix of colour and aroma. You can treat your taste buds to a variety of dishes inspired by cultures all over the world. Fill up a basket with fresh produce from local farmers, or just satisfy your hunger with a freshly prepared meal on the go. Sweet tooth or savoury lover, vegetarian or meat-eater, there’s something for everyone.
One of my favourite lunch-on-the-go options is the chickpea and halloumi wrap. Filled with grilled halloumi, hummus, salad, pickles, grilled aubergines and even added falafel (if you so choose), it’s a delicious wrapped-up treat that never disappoints.
Once you’ve satisfied your cravings with all the tasty treats on offer, there’s plenty of retail therapy to lose yourself in. And if shopping’s not your thing, relax with a nice drink at one of the many bars and restaurants along the river. Whatever you fancy, Kingston-Upon-Thames is definitely a foodie fabulous find to keep an eye on.