The variety of restaurants and places to eat is so huge in London that it will be very difficult to decide. Whether you like trying new exotic flavours or you want to try some local food, you will definitely find a place for you (whatever you budget is)!
In the list below there are some ideas of local dishes you could try:
- Full English breakfast: We absolutely recommend you to try this (at least once and if you are not vegan). It includes eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, black pudding and some toasts. It is accompanied by coffee or tea.
- Fish and chips: It consists in fried fish in batter served with chips. It is a common take-away food in the UK, since the best place to eat fish and chips is in the open air!
- Steak and kidney pie: This is definitely a dish you must try; this pie is filled with beef, kidney, fried onion and gravy sauce.
- A cup of tea: Enjoy sipping a cup of proper English tea in one of the many tea bars, tea rooms and cafés in London. If a cup of tea is one of the national symbols of England, there must be something to it, right?
Best areas to eat
We highly recommend Covent Garden and the Soho areas, as well as some markets like Borough Market and Camden Market.
Great food and good value for money.
BrewDog Soho (£-££)
We must confess: when we first tried this brewery in Scotland, it was love at first sip. So when we discovered there was a BrewDog brewery in London (in fact, there are a lot!), we went straight there. This place is perfect for a beer lover: good atmosphere, awesome beers, nice dishes and friendly staff.
Ognisko restaurant (££-£££)
We chose this fancy restaurant because one of us had already tried Polish cuisine (after living there for a while), so we needed to balance the scales. The location is fantastic (next to the Natural History Museum) and the staff is excellent.
One of us had the famous pierogis: dumplings filled with cheese, potato and onion. Absolutely delicious!
The other tried for the first time some blinis (buckwheat pancakes and sour cream) served with smoked salmon, which was really good as well.
We hope this post was helpful for you. Let us know if you have any suggestion of places we shouldn’t miss next time!