Locals Agree on the Best Food of London
Best Food of London
Figuring out where to eat in London can be daunting. There are so many options, so many bustling pubs, and new restaurants popping up all the time; where do you even start when you’re searching for the best food of London?
Well, we’re here to help you out. We’ve created a list of go-to places to kick off your exploration of London’s food scene, whether you’re a lifelong resident, new in town, or a visitor. From cult favourites to world-renowned restaurants, every recommendation has been given the local Londoner seal of approval.
Where to Get a Lazy Sunday London Brunch
The Regency Café
For those searching for an authentic English breakfast, then look no further. The Regency has been an award-winning café serving breakfast since the 1940s and continues to be a firm favourite today.
If you are looking for a proper English fry up, you’ve come to the right place. Just remember, this café is as straightforward as you can get, so don’t expect too much glamour.
Caravan is another local favourite amongst the Sunday brunch crowd. Each restaurant has a cool, contemporary atmosphere that makes for a great place to meet up with friends.
In terms of food, you can expect old favourites with a healthy twist, as well as an array of other breakfast dishes (fried jalapeno cornbread, buckwheat grain bowl, chorizo, and potato hash), and some refreshing juice shots to boot.
Make your Sunday as laid back as it could possibly be with an Australian brunch at Lantana. Order everything from maple french toast to duck hash to Indonesian fried rice. Lantana has a plethora of delicious possibilities that all put a spin on the classic brunch menu.
Best Food of London – Something Sweet
Cutter and Squidge
Famously known for their Biskies (a delicious cake and cookie hybrid sandwich filled with cream. Yes, they are as good as they sound), Cutter and Squidge is a cosy family-run bakery that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
While Biskies might be what they are known for, they have an array of all-natural cakes, brownies, and other sweet treats for you to choose from, as they also happen to be London’s only all-natural bakery!
The Connaught Patisserie
On the hunt for a dessert that is almost too beautiful to eat? Take a trip to The Connaught Patisserie and prepare to be wowed by not only the Instagram-worthy interior but their incredibly intricate handmade deserts. Your eyes will feast as well as your appetite.
If you’re going to get an eclair from anywhere, make sure to visit Maitre Choux, “the first and only choux pastry specialist patisserie in the world.”
They may only do one thing, but they do it well, and they are not afraid to go beyond the familiarity of the classic eclair. Persian pistachio, clementine and pecan, salted butter, and homemade caramel are just a few of their famous flavours.
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Where to Grab Lunch and Enjoy Some of London’s Best
If you see a picture of a mouth-watering pile of pasta on a spearmint coloured plate, you don’t even need to ask the name of the restaurant. The mint green interior is instantly recognisable.
Lina Stores has been a bustling delicatessen for 75 years before opening a restaurant just a few years ago. Since then, it has become a cult favourite for pasta lovers and is one of London’s best places to get pasta.
Sticks’ N’ Sushi
Sticks’ N’ Sushi is the perfect place to get a light bite and be completely transported to a world full of flavours during the process. It isn’t your typical sushi restaurant but a combination of Japanese and Danish influences that inspire everything, from the dishes themselves to the moody interior you’ll find in every restaurant.
Try a mixture of their fresh sushi and addictive sticks; lunch will never be the same again!
The Camberwell Arms
The jury is out on who makes the best Sunday roast in London, but word on the street is The Camberwell Arms is one of the top contenders. Even their menu can make your mouth water; roast chicken with creme fraiche, overnight beef osso buco with smoked ricotta, pork belly with apple sauce, and hazelnuts are just a few examples of their famous Sunday roasts.
Isn’t it great when tradition happens to be delicious?
Best Food of London – Where to Go for Dinner
If you’re a serious foodie, you probably already know about Lyle’s. It’s almost impossible to eat there without instantly wanting to recommend it to someone else. While it may look quietly understated with its minimal interior, Lyle’s is actually one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.
With a set menu that changes daily, this Michelin star chef will not only tickle your tastebuds but keep you on your toes.
Dishoom rarely needs an introduction; it’s an unwavering favourite among Londoners, especially for big group meals and catching up with friends. Now, don’t be put off by the queues. Multiple locations around London serve beautiful, evocative dishes that all pay loving tribute to Bombay.
You will never leave hungry, and you will always want to go back for more.
Be instantly transported back to 1930’s Paris when you visit Brasserie Zédel. With its opulent art deco interior and classic French menu, you will find yourself in a completely different universe, one that will probably evoke memories of a Wes Anderson film.
Brasserie Zédel is perfect for those looking for something a little different but still want that warm familiarity with classic French cooking.
Where to Get the Best Vegan Food in London
It would be impossible to recommend any vegan restaurants without mentioning Mildred’s, being the number one go-to for pretty much all local vegans thanks to their entirely plant-based menu and delicious food.
Whether you want to keep it healthy with a soul bowl or find comfort in a creme brulee, Mildred’s has got you covered.
Itadaki Zen is an entirely vegan Japanese restaurant in King’s Cross that, like Mildreds, has an incredibly loyal following who are obsessed with their mouth-watering food and authentic flavours. You can expect classic dishes such as spicy ramen, homemade Japanese curry, and miso soup, as well as exciting twists on old favourites.
King oyster mushroom calamari, anyone?
It can be challenging to get your pizza fix if you’re vegan. Luckily Purezza is serving some of the best pizzas in London and happens to be the UK’s first vegan pizzeria. Head on down to get your fill of cheesy dough balls, an array of sourdough pizzas (feeling fancy? try the truffle), and you can even get a lasagna on the side.
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Where to Find the Best London Street Food
It’s almost impossible to pinpoint the best street food in London. So instead, visit one of these markets, explore, and let your taste buds do the choosing. Borough Market, Greenwich Market, Spitalfields, and Brixton Pop offer every type of street food you could imagine.
The list includes roast dinners covered with cheese, ramen burgers, hot dogs the length of your arm, and absolutely everything in between. There’s a feast waiting to happen with some of the best food of London everywhere you turn.