Street Feast has been transforming derelict and disused spaces into unique eating and drinking environments, since launching in 2012.
Hawker House’s blend of top drawer street food, brilliant booze, and great atmosphere has seen it become one of the best places in London for a great evening out.
After visiting some awesome street food markets in Lisbon and Copenhagen earlier this year, I was excited to make my first visit to Hawker House in Canada Water to see how it ranks against its European cousins.
Hawker House is a 2 minute walk from Canada Water tube and entry is free before 7pm, so we strolled in, past the impressive, lit up Street Feast sign and into the huge warehouse space.
Once inside, all my senses perked up. My eyes quickly scanned the street food traders around the edge of the large, canteen style dining area and my nose was filled with all the delicious aromas from each kitchen.
With 12 of London’s most well-known street food traders in residency, there really is a wealth of delicious choices on offer, from HotBox’s sticky, eight-hour smoked pork ribs, to Prawnography’s XL black tiger prawns with Szechuan butter, and Rola Wala’s mini naan sliders.
There are also enough bars to cater for everyone’s taste, including a cosy Whisky Bar stocking over 50 whiskies, Street Vin wine bar, and Milk & Honey’s luxurious Mercury Lounge, serving up awesome cocktails upstairs on the mezzanine.
As with all of these things, I was keen to try as much as possible and after a couple of excellent cocktails in the Mercury Lounge, we headed downstairs to the main dining space to get stuck in.
We started with some lovely Red Stripe poached chicken wings from White Men Can’t Jerk, covered in their special WMCJ sauce of chilli, herbs, spices and honey. Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside they ticked a lot of boxes for me.
Next up was a trio of naan sliders from Rola Wala, all of which were outstanding, especially the Kashmiri chicken, which was packed with flavour and topped with fresh herbs and chutneys. Not to be missed.
Petare serve up Arepas alongside other authentic Venezuelan dishes. We had the Tajadas (fried plantain) topped with feta and hot avocado and coriander sauce. Another lovely dish with a great balance of flavours, and a great option for the vegetarians out there.
Next up was Born & Raised, who combine Italian pizza dough with responsibly sourced British ingredients for their wood-fired pizzas. The Cobble Lane pepperoni with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil was a class act and a safe bet for any meat lovers.
I was pretty full by this point but still had space for a classic, pork belly bao from Yum Bun. The bun was as soft and pillowy as ever, and this classic combination of slowly roasted pork belly, cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce never disappoints.
I was blown away by Hawker House. Each trader has been given the freedom to make their own section individual, giving a nice feeling of moving between distinct restaurant and bar areas as you move from trader to trader.
It’s an exciting place to spend an evening, and the street food on offer is fantastic in its variety and quality. There really is something for everyone here, and enough choice to keep you coming back for more.
Up until the 17th December, Hawker House is open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm til late with entry, free before 7pm and £3 after.