London is home to one of the world’s best dining scenes. Where chefs are celebrities, cuisine comes from all around the world, and the local pub is an essential part of everyday life. While a traditional Sunday pub roast is the classic mainstay of London, the city is also home to an incredible variety of flavours. Brick Lane in Shoreditch is beloved for its bustling strip of Indian restaurants, surrounded by all manners of trendy pubs, bars and clubs.
Explore the burgeoning Brixton Village, and you’ll find an array of multicultural cuisine, from African to Caribbean, French, Japanese and more. Soho is also a fantastic place to explore with your taste buds, with packed restaurants and bars lining the laneways.
Our top picks
201 Tooley Street
Just as highly acclaimed as Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck but with nowhere near the hype, Story is a dining experience that blends the traditions of British cuisine with the unexpected. The Michelin-star restaurant is owned by local celebrity chef Tom Sellers and showcases the history of British food with meals that tell a story. Guests are encouraged to bring a book to add to the restaurant’s library.
TIP: Book well in advance.
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate
If the thought of 24/7 dining makes you cringe, then you’re going to be blown away by Duck and Waffle. This restaurant is not only beloved for having some of the best food in London – it also has the best view. Located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, making it the highest restaurant in the city, Duck and Waffle will see you dine on a British and European style menu while overlooking the city.
TIP: Order the duck and waffle dish - it works!
Eat like a local
12 Upper St, Martin’s Lane
Londoners love their curry, which is why you’ll often see them lining up for hours to dine at Dishoom, a restaurant modelled on the post-colonial Irani cafes of Bombay. True to its inspiration, the restaurant serves authentic small plates, birianis, grilled meats, and Indian-style tea amongst a retro setting. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the restaurant doesn’t take bookings so arrive early.
41 Earlham Street
Flesh and Buns have taken the humble yet beloved pork bun and turned it into a sexy DIY dining experience that Londoners can’t get enough of. The restaurant serves mouth-watering ‘flesh’ such as crispy piglet belly and crispy duck leg, with the premise that you can build your own ‘bun’ to your liking. The cocktail menu and mood lighting also add to the experience.
TIP: Don’t miss ordering the S’mores for dessert which come served with your mini fireplace.
9 Conduit Street
For high tea with a trendy twist, the locals love Sketch. Serving tea, pastries and sandwiches in a room of pink walls, pink couches and art deco lighting, Sketch looks like it is straight out of a Wes Anderson film - and that’s just the tea room. The futuristic bathroom is Saturday Night Fever meets Alien. Trust us; you’ll want to bring your camera.