As a cosmopolitan city, London has a diverse offering of international cuisine, pub grub, restaurant food that will have visitors spoilt for choice. Dining out is a popular activity that Londoners enjoy, hence reservations at famed restaurants and cafes are a must. We visited London, United Kingdom recently and got some recommendations from friends and family of places and dining spots in London.
Dining in London: Places to Eat as Recommended by Locals & Expats Living in the UK’s Capital
Dishoom for Indian fusion cuisine
A highly popular chain in London, Dishoom has eight outlets in London and always has long wait times for tables during peak hours. That’s one of the reasons why we picked Dishoom for brunch or breakfast – since there was no queue. The Chai tea (fingers crossed for a free top-up), chicken tandoori, freshly cooked naan, breakfast naan sandwiches and dhaals pay tribute to dining in Bombay. Don’t forget to make reservations, or just visit during off-peak hours.
Hawksmoor for Steak
Known as the best steakhouse, Hawksmoor has clinched awards and plenty of word-of-mouth recommendations to boot. If you are looking for a place to eat in London in a group, Hawksmooor’s portions are big and great for sharing. Besides grassfed beef, one can enjoy British seafood, cheeses and other produce as well. Do make your reservations early.
We all love some street food – head to Borough Market for its cheese toastie and oysters! Grab your coffee from Monmouth, other famous restaurants are located at Borough as well – Hawksmoor, Padella, Bao.
Padella for Pastas
We didn’t know plain pastas could taste this good. The pastas are cooked al dente and served with simple yet delightful flavours. Prices are also very reasonable – explaining why there could be a 3 hour queue for seats.
Poppies for Fish & Chips
This chain of classic fish and chips speciality stores in London are where you get an authentic taste of the national dish. Try the whitebait and battered sausage as well. Poppies outlets are located in Camden, SOHO and Spitalfields.
Golden Dragon for Dim Sum
Don’t miss the authentic dim sum at Golden Dragon. We were told that other restaurants serve quality dim sum as well but Golden Dragon has been the go-to for years. Even the service, in classic Cantonese style, is notorious – meaning the food will be good.
St John’s Bread & Wine
Get treated to wholesome British fare here. The bacon sandwich served during mornings is highly recommended. For desserts, try the madeleine at dinner and Eccles cake with cheese!
The Eagle at Farrington
Want to try pub grub? This gastropub serves classic pub food and some say this was where it all began. Fish on the menu is a worthy recommendation.
Hidden in an old school yard bike shed, Rochelle’s Canteen serves great food and is ideal for any occasion. The menu changes daily, recommendations include wild garlic chicken kiev, cod’s roe, braised meat, squid with aioli.