Amazing places to eat in London
Grubs up, and with SO many restaurants in London to suit SO many tastes and budgets, it’s a tough pick, but these are some of my favourites!
67. Balthazar, Covent Garden
Totally not biased because I used to be one of the managers here, but the London outpost of Balthazar (famous in NYC originally) is pretty cool. The pastry chefs here are exceptional and the themed afternoon tea is a winner and great value. The top tip is to request a booth when booking, best seats in the house.
68. Borough Market
Famous, and rightly so, in Borough Market you can sample local, regional and international foods from friendly stall holders, although it is a little pricey.
69. Maltby Street Market
I really like Maltby Street Market (sometimes called rope street) though I’m sure it’s changed from the slightly unorganised and cool spot it was when I lived there to something a bit fancier now. It’s not far from Borough Market, in Bermondsey.
70. Curry on Brick Lane
With countless curry houses on Brick Lane and our English obsession with curry, it’s a London bucket-list tick surely?
71. Cereal Killer Cafe
As someone eating cereal writing this, for dinner, you can see why it makes my list. It’s spread to the UAE now, but the original was in Brick Lane. 120+ types of cereal, what’s not to love.
72. Restaurant Story
Another spot I love is Restaurant Story, not far from Tower Bridge. Tom Seller has done a great job here, and it’s got a Michelin star since I went when it first opened years ago, so I’m sure the prices have gone up, but the idea is you are served dishes based on preferences and emotions, rather than a menu. It’s all seasonal and based on English dishes.
73. OXO Tower
Up at the top of the OXO Tower is this funky restaurant with great food, though be warned you have to get a good table to guarantee the good views. That said, the food is great, and considering this is where my ex told me we would never get back together, the meal must have been really tasty for me to still recommend it.
74. Pop Brixton
I remember Brixton when it was something else, as it was one of the first places I lived in London. It has since changed, a lot, and become really ‘cool’ and lost what made it Brixton to me. That said, Pop, which is a multi-purpose space, does offer some great ethnic dishes, although in a more polished setting than what I used to know and love.
In Covent Garden is the lovely Margot, co-owned by my good friend and ex-colleague Nicolas who has quite quickly turned the place into quite the reputation. Italian dishes are done really well, it’s a fantastic quality option in theatreland.
I haven’t been here, but apparently, it’s very cool. Think lots of mirrors, cabaret, Asian inspired dishes and an entertaining evening out. On my own personal London bucket-list for my next visit.