Get ready…here is my London Food Guide (it’s going t one a long one). A city full of incredible food and endless options, can be a little daunting. So, here are my recommendations for all types of food, for all over London.
Coffee & Breakfast: Despite not actually drinking coffee anymore, I was constantly travelling with people who do depend on the brown liquid. So here are my recommendations for the coffee lovers… In central London head to Kaffine. A cafe run by Australian’s, supplying you your coffee and lamington needs. If you find yourself in Covent Garden and you fancy a coffee and pastry, go to Monmouth Coffee (also in Borough Markets) and if you are wanting more of a lunch, go to either Timberyard or The Black Penny. Further towards the business area of Covent Garden, go to Fleet River Bakery for one of their daily salads or frittata to go with your coffee. If you are in Soho, head to TAP Coffee for food and a drink. When you’re out of the city and in Hampstead Heath go to Ginger & White. That should cover you for coffee in London. The two places I can recommend for breakfast are Granger & Co. and Daylesford Farm. Get the scrambled eggs at Granger & Co., they are unlike any I’ve ever had!!
Lunch & Dinner: Having not really tried many breakfasts anywhere, lunch and dinner was the main meal I ate out, whilst visiting London. All the places I ate at, serve both and lunch, so I thought I would just whack it all into one big section. For a quick and cheap lunch, you can’t go past Pret a Manger. They are literally everywhere, but when you’re on a budget and just feel like a fresh ham sandwich, Pret will do you no wrong. If you’re after lunch but want something a little more gourmet then Pret, find a Gail’s Bakery. With an incredible range of bread, pastries, sandwiches and salads on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For some a delicious Lebanese take on pizza using spelt flour, I highly recommend Flatplanet. For really yummy traditional pizza go to either Homeslice Pizza in Neal’s Yard near Covent Garden (warning: it gets really busy!) or one of the many Franco Manca’s across the city. If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, head to Wahaca. There are a number across London, but the one in Soho is particularly cool. Blue’s Kitchen is a great option if you want a burger in a really cool atmosphere. And lastly, if you’re in the mood for Thai, go to Busaba Eathai. The restaurant has a really cool vibe and delicious Thai food with a twist. As you can tell, England seems to do ‘chains’ pretty well. Seeing as I don’t eat at chains in Australia, I was so surprised to find out so many amazing restaurants are actually chains. So don’t let that put you off!!
Sweet Food: If anyone knows me, then you know this is probably me favourite category…so here we go. I highly recommend trying a sourdough doughnut from Cross Town Doughnuts. I got one from their stall at Spitafield’s Market but they also have a shop in Soho. If you want some seriously delicious ice cream, go to Udderlicious. When you’re craving cupcakes, my number one recommendation to go to is Bea’s Cake Boutique but I also recommend Primrose Bakery, it is extremely cute and they have some really crazy flavours. For a real treat, go to the second level of Fortnum and Mason for some scones. They may be bloody pricey, but the experience makes it worth it. And lastly, you can’t go past a Ben’s Cookie when you’re craving something sweet.
Well, there you have it. My run down of where to eat and drink in London. Hope you enjoyed!! If you have any recommendations of your own, please leave them down below.