The second iteration of Hawker House is definitely both a warmer and more comfortable affair than the original, which shows that Street Feast is continuing to improve. In case you missed the first one, Hawker House is essentially Street Feast or a Night Market - but indoors. It's a collection of some of the best street food traders around all mixed in with a number of bars.
What you need to know about Hawker House
It takes up three storeys of a disused Haggerston building. So unlike the last sprawling Hawker House, this sees them have a slightly different look for each floor. The top floor is definitely the most, for lack of a better word, upmarket (It has carpet! And sofas!).
It has a (slightly changing) list of some of the best street food vendors in town. But inside, where it's nice and warm. On our visit, there was:
- Breddos - serving tacos and tostadas
- Smokestak - serving slow cooked BBQ, and a particularly great brisket roll
- Dogtown - hot dogs (including vegan dogs) and sides of tater tots
- B.O.B.'s Lobster - Crab rolls, fries oysters, lobster mac n cheese and a caviar panna cotta which we only missed because of the queue later
- Boom Burger - burgers and plantain fries
- Sambal Shiok - curry in a bun
Plus, more bars than before too. There's a Rotary bar on the first and second floors, that's mainly beer and "festival sized" cocktails. Things change a little on the top floor though. Taking up the prime space is the pop-up Milk & Honey cocktail bar, which comes with a comfy sofa space too. People had a tendency to camp there, which is bad form - tsk, but the cocktails are very good indeed for £9. There's also a wine bar here and a spritz bar by Kamm & Sons. And table service.
Don't forget the whisky roulette. As well as the whisky bar on the third floor, there's also the roulette wheel (casino standard, apparently). This will cost you £8 and give you the chance to win the glass of whisky that corresponds to your number. The cheapest glass is £7 and the most expensive is £40, so the odds are in your favour. Plus - if you land on 0, you'll get a whole bottle (they've apparently given away 28 bottles already - and this was the second week).
When is it open? Hawker House runs every Saturday and Sunday night from 5pm to midnight. It's free entry before 7pm, after that entry is £4.
And where is it? 260-264 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG
For the latest info on Hawker House, check out the links on the traders above and on the Street Feast Twitter feed @StreetFeastLDN
Hot Dinners were invited to Hawker House.