Posh, wet and dandy
London is a diverse, fast-paced and dynamic city housing 10 million residents and so many others around the globe that call it home. Having transformed to a modern financial place, London was traditionally one of the most notable global cities with a posh culture (from the Brits), grey and rainy weather and an origin of fashion.
Attracting more than 32 million tourists a year, London represents the most popular city-break destination with a vast array of landmarks, districts and attractions for everyone. With so many restaurants it's a foodie's heaven and a definite source of inspiration for all connoisseurs. Try exploring these with our unique travel guide!
Restaurants that can do brilliant food and eclectic wine lists, but keeping it casual at the same time, deserve a special shout out (or maybe should be selfishly kept on the down-low). Noble Rot fits in this special niche. If you have many suitors it’s the one place you should insist to go on a date to.
If we want to be fair, then Palomar minus the buzz would be just another meze place in Israel, Greece or any other mediterranean territory. Yet the spices, the herbs and the color of this (mainly) counter-top meze bar in central London makes it so special.
Tungsten lighting, neatly organized yet homey ambience and juicy meat cuts is a perfect combo at the backdrop of Marylebone, London. Boxcar may count almost two years of operation now but it’s only this year when it made the Big Bang, expanding to a bakery and deli near by.
If you’re an East London regular then you surely won’t have missed the distinct aroma of smoked meat around Brick Lane’s streets, where David Carter had initially launched his US-style BBQ stall in 2013.
The city’s east side has for years been developing to this blend of hip, alternative and, for sure, upscale. Luckily, some places maintain an authentic vibe, catering to those with a real knack for something different but not pretentious at all. Ozone Coffee Roasters is exactly that, serving delicious tasting coffee and some breakfast dishes you would drool over!
Looking for a casual lunch or dinner with piping hot pizza off the oven and other Italian treats? Pizza East is probably the best bet, whether you’re West (Portobello) or East (Shoreditch). We recently visited the Portobello outpost on a Saturday afternoon and were in for one hell of a pizza!
If you’re looking for a hip restaurant with good food, a loud and fancy crowd and the posh backdrop of a private members clubs, then Chiltern Firehouse it is.
If one needed to summarize the experience at the underground old-cellar-turned-to-restaurant Evelyn’s Table, then “modern European cuisine with a strong emphasis on small-scale cooking and an interactive private meal for 12“ would be it.
The latest food trend to take London by storm is... fresh pasta. You heard that right, restauranteurs are on a mission to prove why their freshly knead pasta beats anything you can knock up at home. And leading the pack is Borough Market’s Padella, bringing fresh Italian pastas to everyone and anyone with a fiver.
Located on Wardour Street, Ichibuns is a great place to start off your night with some tasty food and drinks in a vibrant atmosphere. It is the latest restaurant by Robin Leigh, founder of Nobu, and is designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Tokyo’s Studio Glitt, the design firm behind Roka and Zuma.
When someone invites to have a taste of the almighty Heston Blumenthal, owner and founder of The Fat Duck, then you've got to take it up and show up. Even if it's miles afar from the chef's signature restaurant, Dinner by Heston at the Mandarin is an expensive but very good choice for anyone interested in food out there. If you're in for the glitz, then definitely this is not the place for you!
Duddells arrives in London as the sibling to the original uber-luxe two starred Michelin hot spot in Honk Kong. Situated in the palatial Grade II listed St Thomas church in London bridge, a step stone away from the Shard and Borough market.
NAC stands for North Audley Canteen and as the name reveals it’s the perfect cosy place for a light food stop, away from the Oxford st frenzy. The glitz, the Arabs and the middle eastern vibe though lingers, even throughout the NY-style exposed brick walls of this trendy spot.
London has been majorly transforming in the last 5 years or so, and even if you're a foodie you can't seem to keep up with all the restaurants keep on popping up.
Spanish cuisine doesn't always have to be about tapas, as the north Basque country has so much more to offer than that. And if you really want to be accurate then tapas are more of pinchos around the Basque country and apparently now in London too. Lurra is the second brainchild of the Donostia restaurant owners that has recently attracted some attention. Here is why!
Small, cosy and delicious! Just about the three words that come to my mind when we think of the all-time-classic (by now) Lantana Café in Fitzrovia, London!
Rarely do you find a space that can embody both a fancy dinner as well as a happening bar scene - and when you do, it's all of that fake posh glam. Luckily for us, Southam street just off Golborne Road north of Nottting Hill is one of the best recent additions on our map!
If you're looking for a casual night out where pasta is more important than anything else, then you've got to get down to Bermondsey and try Flour & Grape! More like your local pub, Flour & Grape serves handmade fresh pasta at a budget price. need say more?
No one can argue the perks and infinite options for entertainment when living in a city like London.
Pokē bowls, not to be confused with Pokemon balls, have been trending on the Instagram food world for a while. The dish’s name comes from the Hawaiian way of preparing seafood, diced, much like the Japanese Donburi, rice topped with raw fish.
Famous for classic food establishments such as the minimalist noodle canteen chain Wagamama and our all-time favourite Hakkasan, Alan Yau returned to London's headlines with a charming proposition last Christmas. To travel well-dressed, vibrant yet elegant patrons back to the days of of 1930s when Shanghai's jazz clubs were at their best.
When you're in London and, specifically so in Soho, dinner options are countless. But lately we've been witnessing Peru upping its game globally and Nikkei becoming the latest gastronomic sensation to hit Europe’s culinary capitals.