The quintessential short break destination, London is a city brimming with sights, attractions and British charm, which are just a few reasons as to why it’s such a sought-after place to enjoy a getaway. Popular with tourists and locals alike, London hums with culture, delicious cuisine and world-famous entertainment.
You’re sure to work up an appetite when exploring the capital, but whether it’s your first visit or you’re a seasoned Londoner, it can sometimes be difficult to not be engulfed by the tourist-trap eateries which pepper all corners of the city. With our handy foodie guide, you can be sure that you’ll not only enjoy your short break in London, but you can frequent the bars and restaurants the locals keep closely guarded to their chest. It’s time to eat (and drink) like a local in London…
For: The Best Chips in London
For a taste of “the best chips in London”, you should definitely take your tired feet and rumbling tummy to The Rock and Sole Plaice in Covent Garden. Boasting the proud status as the oldest fish & chip restaurant in London, Sole and Plaice was first established in 1871, and to this day they still use their trusted 145-year-old recipe. The restaurant has been frequented by many celebrities including TV chef John Torode who said, “it’s just brilliant – fresh fish, proper gherkins, great crispy chips and, most importantly, decent portions.” Need we say more?
For: Korean Street Food
If you’re looking for something a little different, the popular street food and takeaway On The Bab is another Covent Garden gem and is a wonderful spot to try some authentic Korean cuisine and drinks. The small and friendly eatery is a firm favourite and serves up a tasty menu with everything from kimchi pancakes to Korean liqour – our London sources have also said that it’s the best friend chicken in the capital, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.
For: Traditional English Fare
Serving up flavoursome British food throughout the day, Dean Street Townhouse is the perfect place to head to if you’re looking for some food that’s homey and satisfying. From a feast-style Sunday roast to a dainty afternoon tea, this venue is a must-visit for a true taste of some traditional English eats.
For: A Taste of the Middle East
One of the ultimate taste-bud stops in London, The Palomar Restaurant is located in the heart of London’s Theatreland, and serves up “the food of modern day Jerusalem”. The Israel-inspired cuisine is a much loved among the London locals, with an Instagram favourite being the “Shakshukit: a deconstructed kebab with minced beef & lamb, yoghurt, tahini, cured lemon & harissa.”
For: An Austrian Afternoon Tea
For one of the most elegant and toothsome afternoon teas you’ll ever have, head to London’s prestigious The Delaunay for a very fancy Viennese-style Afternoon Tea. You can tuck into an assortment of sumptuous sandwiches & savouries and petite Viennese cakes, not forgetting the Austrian Gugelhupf; a delicious Bundt cake made from poppy seeds, served with apricot jam & whipped cream.
For: The Finest Fish & Shellfish
For a fresh taste of the ocean in the urban capital, be sure to head to one of Theatreland’s most iconic restaurants, J Sheekey. Nestled between Covent Garden & Leicester Square, J Sheekey is famous for its Sheekey’s Fish Pie as well as its plethora of freshly sourced and prepared shellfish. The J Sheekey Oyster Bar is also located right next door and offers a more informal setting to enjoy some mouth-watering molluscs before heading to see a West End show.
For: Signature Cocktails with a View
For a drink with a panormaic view over the London skyline, head to the trendy Radio Rooftop Bar. The bar is located right at the heart of the West End and it’s a great place to enjoy a tipple while taking in the sights and sounds of the bustling capital. From The Shard and Tower Bridge to St. Paul’s Cathedral and The London Eye, you can see most of the city’s iconic landmarks as you relax with a drink on the 10th floor – it’s a real feast for the eyes.
For: Authentic French Cuisine
Describing itself as “a little piece of France in London”, Le Beaujolais is located between the vibrant Soho & Covent Garden and is a gateway to rustic & delicious French food. With an extensive French wine- and cheese offering, a little taste of France is never too far away in this foodie’s dream restaurant. Be sure to try the French specialty of Croque-Monsieur: a classic French toastie with ham, béchamel sauce and cheese – grilled to cheesy perfection.
For: A Cosy Italian Wine Bar
A wonderful foodie find for piquant Italian tapas, Augustus Harris is a real favourite among the London locals – it’s a great spot to enjoy a smorgasbord of charcuterie, cheese and crostinis, not to mention the great selection of Italian wines.
If you’re planning a break to London, be sure to check out some of our recommendations. Do you have any London foodie hotspots you just can’t resist? Let us know in the comment box below!