One of the best things about London, like NYC, is the huge variety of foods there. You can pore through lists and Yelp reviews, but why not let me make it easier for you! Here’s some of the best I’ve experienced in London:
- E Pellicci I saw this place on a Buzzfeed list of best fry-ups (aka diners) in London. It did not disappoint, E Pellicci is THE place for a full English breakfast. The atmosphere makes you feel like you walked into a sitcom, with the owner knowing most details of all of the customers lives and ordering them “the usuals.” We got the full English there, complete with grilled tomatoes, sausage, mushrooms–the works. It’s in Bethnal Green, a little ways from the tub stop but well worth it!
- St. John Bread & Wine We went here on our honeymoon as our London splurge dinner, and it was amazing. The first thing they bring out is bread and butter, and for god’s sakes the BUTTER. Magical cows clearly produced it. Next we got Jersey oysters—some of the BEST oysters I’ve ever had. Of course we got meat—a hen—and some seasonal veg as well. St. John is a really, really good dinner over by Spitalfields.
- Dishoom Dishoom has the current Indian hot spot and there’s multiple locations throughout the city (we went to the Shoreditch one). It’s supposed to evoke old Irani Bombay street cafes. If you want classic Anglo-Indian like chicken tikka, go to one of the many Indian restaurants like Punjab. Here, try the more street-foody items. The drinks first off, are really good—I got Edwina’s Affair and loved it. Then we tried the keema pau, a biriyani, spicy lamb, and the black daal. The black daal was the star—it was amazing. Be prepared to wait, the line gets long as the night goes on!
- Borough Market Just food stalls, everywhere. Kind of like Smorgasburg. Anything and everything is here. We got Ethiopian from the Ethiopian stall, and it was delish. Try some of the fresh oysters and little markets before heading outside to the stalls.
- Gordon’s One of my friends studied at LSE and recommended this place to me. Gordon’s is a cool little wine bar (London’s oldest!) down by Charing Cross, located in a cellar that looks like a dungeon and serving a huge variety of wines, along with some small snacks as well. It’s sort of tucked away so look carefully for the sign! If you’re doing the walk down the circuses (Oxford > Picadilly >Trafalgar Square), it’s a good place to stop for drinks as it’s not too far from there. There’s a smorgasbord of languages and people in there. It’s very unique!