After two years of eating my way around this glorious city, here is the definitive list of vetted and foodie approved restaurants around London Town. EAT ALL OF THE THINGS.
Top experiences ($$$):
- Clove Club: Number 26 on the world’s 50 best restaurants list, very cool Scottish-Japanese cuisine in Shoreditch
- Lima Floral: From the chefs that created Central in Peru, number 4 on the World’s 50 best, Lima offers amazing Peruvian dishes including ceviche. They have a cool bar in the basement and this was one of my fav restaurants in the city! Well located in Covent Garden, they also have a location in Fitzrovia.
- Ledbury: Number 27 on the world’s 50 best restaurants, located in the pretty part of Notting Hill.
Any Ottolenghi restaurant, there are several around the city. Reservations required unless you pop in for lunch.
If you can book a Heston Blumenthal restaurant, Dinner in London or The Fat Duck in the countryside, do it!
EAST LONDON (Focus on Hackney, specifically Shoreditch)
- Clove Club, see above
- Brawn: Right off of Columbia Road where the famous Sunday flower market is. Excellent seasonal menu and organic wines, get the pasta.
- Clutch: Fried chicken, hip hop music, chicken and waffles, what more do you need? Also right near the Flower Market.
- Morito: Tapas!
- Andina: Fresh Peruvian up-scale street food. Great for brunch, lunch or dinner. Have a pisco sour.
- Dishoom: Indian fusion, long lines so reservations are recommended. One of my favourite brunch spots (but get there early). The egg, bacon and naan roll is heaven and the chai is sublime.
- Lardo: Great pizza and pasta north of London fields park.
- Raw Duck: Brunch, right beside Lardo.
- Homeslice: Cool millennial pizza chain.
- Well Street Kitchen: Brunch, north of Victoria Park, worth the trek!
- Sushi Samba: Expensive sushi but with stunning views of London, it’s worth booking and treating yourself.
- Blixen in Spittafields for brunch.
- Palm Vaults for matcha lattes and Instagrams.
CENTRAL: Covent Garden & SOHO
- Barrafina: Authentic Spanish tapas where you eat at the bar. No reservations so get there early.
- Roka: Sushi, expensive but good.
- Social Eating House: British fusion, cool vibe and decor.
- Lima Floral (see above)
- Sketch: Most instagrammed bathrooms in London! They have a three cool cocktail bars and two restaurants, so go for drinks, afternoon tea or dinner.
- Wild Food Cafe (see healthy food section)
- 26 Grains (see healthy food section)
- Chiltern Firehouse: Gorgeous terrace, you may run into a celeb or paparazzi outside. Get the crab donuts entree.
- Artist Residence: Boutique hotel, go for brunch.
- Ledbury, see above.
- Borough Market: Probably the most popular food market in London, grab some food then walk along the Tames
- Wright Brothers for champagne and oysters (multiple locations)
- Maltby street market: My personal favourite market in the city, super adorbs. Get a delicious gin cocktail at Little Bird Gin
- St Johns Bakery: The BEST donuts ever, right behind Maltby Street Market
- London Grind: Aperol spritz & coffee
- The Garrison: Upscale pub
- Anchor & Hope: Gastro pub
Also look into walking the Bermondsey Beer Mile on a sunny Saturday. You basically walk from one microbrewery to another, tasting their craft beers. Super fun!
- Borough & Maltby Street in the South as mentioned above
- Camden (North), Brixton (South West), Broadway market in Hackney
Greenwich park is the best in the city in my opinion, with incredible history, architecture and gardens that are unparalleled (it’s the birth place of Queen Elizabeth the 1st and where the GMT time zone was created). So I recommend visiting the park and stopping by The Gypsy Moth pub. If travelling by overground or train, grab a coffee at MouseTail and a sandwich at Lomond under Deptford train station or a nice salad or cheese toasty at Greenhouse. Finally, Noak in Brockley has lovely brunches.
The Good Egg in Stoke Newington. Owned by a dude with family in Montreal so you can find smoked meat on the menu. Go for brunch.
- The Wolseley: Heritage experience, great food at half the price of most other teas
- Sketch: Unrivalled visual experience in their cool pink dinning room
- Fortnum and Mason: Best traditional afternoon tea in their Jubilee Tea Room
- The Savoy, gorgeous hotel and upscale afternoon tea menu
- Didn’t love the afternoon tea at Harrods
- Missed my reservation at The Ritz but I’m sure it’s good. Ahh, life with a newborn!
HEALTHY with VEGAN OPTIONS
- Wild Food Cafe, raw food, including some cooked at very low temperatures, a lovely hippie staff and the CUTEST yard in the city (Neal’s Yard).
- 26 grains, also in Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden
- The Good Life Eatery, various locations
- Mae Deli, various locations
- Mildred’s, SOHO
- Farm Girl Cafe, Notting Hill
BRUNCH, multiple locations
- Beany Green
- Fernandez & Wells
- Breakfast club (for a hangover cure)
- Monmouth, multiple locations
- Tap, multiple locations
- Press Coffee, two locations near the Royal Courts of Justice (on the tourist path heading towards SOHO)
- Caravan, multiple locations
- Workshop Coffee, multiple locations
- Brill in Clerkenwell
- Allpress, multiple locations in East London
- Cream in Shoreditch, also has good food
- Ozone in Shoreditch, great brunch and lunch
- Brooklyn Coffee for takeaway near Spitafields market
- Naked Roasters, multiple locations
I could literally go on and on, I hit about 1/3 of the restaurants that were on my original list, this city is just so huge and always innovating! Hope you enjoy a few of these spots, cheers mate.