It was Saturday night and the line for entry snaked around the building like we were waiting to get into a popular club. I looked at my husband and he raised his eyebrows. Although we have been to many food festivals previously, we have never stood in line to get into one. The sign clearly said Hawker House Street Feast London. So we knew we were at the right place.
My next question was slightly more frantic. “Does our family have the dubious honour of being the oldest and the youngest at this place??” My husband, who is taller than me, looked around.
“No,” he said. “There are a handful of kids in strollers and some people who are older than us.”
Phew. I was not ready to face the fact that I would appear like a wannabe-young hipster-granny to the cool young couples surrounding us. All we wanted was some good street food without actually being out on the street where it was a freezing cold January night . They could keep their painstakingly groomed beards and plaid shirts. We were simply on a mission to eat good food.
The Hawker House night-time indoor market set up was inspired by the hawkers in Singapore. It is in a giant warehouse in Canada Water in the Rotherhithe area of South London. There are two interconnected rooms and an upstairs drinking area. The walls are clad in graffiti, table and chairs are scattered throughout the rooms, the music is thumping and the whole place is buzzing.
Drink Vendors at Hawker House
Check out the Whiskey Roulette at Whiskey Bar. For £8 you get a spin and wherever the ball lands, you get that drink. The whiskey runs from £9 for the bartenders’ specials to £35 for the most expensive. So, you win no matter what and have a bit of fun a the same time.
Along with the Whiskey Bar, there are 7 other bars including the Camden Beer Van and Street Vin. The upstairs area is set up as a lounge area.
Food Vendors at Whiskey Bar
There are a rotating line up of about 20 food vendors in the space. Very clever marketing because it encourages you to come back and try new vendors another weekend.
We had Breddos tacos (southern fried chicken in tacos) which the kids loved. We also tried Rola Wala (pork, chicken or spicy paneer in a naan slider) which was delicious. Dessert was hot chocolate with marshmallow fluff from Chin Chin labs.
Tip: Go early and eat early. The food started running out very quickly and the lines at the places with food got really long. We waited around to digest between bites which was our mistake. For example, by 8pm, all the burgers at Chuck Burgers were all gone and the B.O.B.’s Lobster was down to just one dish. Hopefully, next week they will plan accordingly to accommodate the crowds. Although I am a bit surprised about this lack of foresight, Hawker House was around in 2015 and was very popular then too.
We definitely want to go again. My son feels robbed because he didn’t get to eat at Meat Hook which serves Argentine-style steaks. It was really popular and the line was just too long. I want to try the sandwiches at Tata Riceatery which looked different from anything I’ve seen previously. Basically, the bread part is made from rice and the seaweed you get in Japanese onigiri. The filling was either short ribs or beef brisket. They were sold out early too!!
Visiting Hawker House Street Feast London
Hawker House Street Feast LondonHawker House Street Feast London had its opening the last weekend of January. It will be open from 5pm till late on Fridays and Saturdays until March. Entry before 7pm is free and afterwards, £3/person. It is located near the Surrey Quays Retail Park which has plenty of parking. Alternatively, it is only a few minutes walk from the Canada Water underground station.
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