My Favourite London Restaurants and Pubs

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Posted by Khalid

One of the hardest but most pleasurable parts of a short break is often deciding where to eat and drink. Before I moved up north I lived in London for a while so here’s a guide to my favourite watering holes and eateries in the big smoke. Hopefully they’ll make the most crucial of decisions for your short break that little bit easier. They aren’t the fanciest set of restaurants around but places I went back to again and again, so generally easier on your wallet. Not all are central but I’ve only listed them if they are worth the trip.

Chez Bruce – Wandsworth Common
Definitely worth the 10 minute train ride from Victoria to South London. 3 course set menu for about £35 in a superb Michellin starred restaurant. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

Fish, Borough Market
It’s all in the name really. Virtually any kind of fish you can think of cooked to perfection. It’s laid out like a diner and has a great atmosphere. The location is great for lunch if walking down the South Bank towards Tate Modern and The London Eye. The Anchor (next doorish) used to be good for a pint looking over to St.Paul’s. Livebait near Waterloo is another great fish restaurant.

Carluccios – St.Cristophers Place and Eastcastle st (both just off Oxford St) My favourite chain of restaurants with high quality Italian food, unfortunately not ventured to York yet.

The Champion – Wells Street, off Oxford Street A superb Sam Smiths watering hole just off Oxford street with Yorkshire prices to match. Fabulous stain glass windows and a perfect stop off from a busy days shopping. Just up the road from Carluccios. Try the Pure Brewed bottled lager.

Tsunami – Voltaire St, Clapham
It’s now quite an unfortunate name but this is the best Japanese food I’ve ever eaten. The staff are great and could explain everything on the menu you hadn’t heard of. Very, very cool restaurant

Momo, Regent Street
Brilliant North African food with a great atmosphere, on the more expensive side but worth it for for a special occasion.

Princess Louise, Holborn
Another Sam Smiths pub, OK there is a theme emerging here but the Victorian decor of this pub is amazing and who would argue with under £2 for a pint of Best bitter in Central London.

Mirsh Masala – Norbury
The best Pakistani cuisine I’ve tasted outside of my Mums’s kitchen. Brilliant for star-spotting, saw Ronnie Corbet on my last visit, he really is as small as he looks. Often visited by Indian and Pakistani test teams when on tour. 15 minutes from Victoria and great value, worth the trip.

Belgo – Covent Garden
Belgian beers, moules frites, lots of interesting meat dishes and all really good value. You get served by Belgian monks at long diner style tables. I’m actually getting hungry writing about this place.

Busaba Eathai – Soho
This is a good place for grabbing a quick but tasty bite to eat in Soho. It’s popular so you may have to queue but it does go down quickly. Great quality Thai food for pretty good prices in Soho.

Freuds – Shafesbury Avenue
I haven’t been for a long time but they mix an excellent mojito, it’s a good central bar to get a night going.

I better put a health warning on this as I moved a few years ago, so any updates gratefully received.

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