London is foodie paradise! There is an unlimited number of wonderful restaurants and foodie must-tries in the city. This list is far from extensive but a collection of some of my favourite foodie spots I tried in London: London Foodie Guide. Alternatively, join a London Foodie Tour.
London Foodie Guide
Biegel Bake Brick Lane
Everyone stop what you are doing and make sure you visit THE BEST BAGEL PLACE EVER! I’m not lying when I say this was one of my best foodie experiences. The Biegel Bake shop opened in 1855 and has since become a landmark institution serving up the best bagels in London. The classic combination is salted beef, mustard and gherkins which will cost around £6.50. There is generally a queue outside but they are so used to the popularity and have a speedy system so you won’t wait too long. This place is an institution and a must-visit that needs to be at the top of London Foodie Guide bucket list!
Buns from Home
Absolutely deluxe! Buns from Home have 6 different locations across the city – browse their locations here – and serve up such delicious cinnamon buns as well as more innovative buns with all sorts of yummy flavours. Follow them on instagram to see what flavoured buns they are churning out each day. The chocolate buns were super delicious! Buns priced at £3 – 4.50 each.
Humble Crumble is a market stall at both the Borough and Spitalfields Markets. They serve up the most delicious bowls of apple crumble. It follows a build-your-own-bowl vibe where you choose between regular apple filling, strawberry and rhubarb filling or a half and half combo, then you choose your crumble which can be the normal shortbread crumble or a vegan version. Finally you choose between hot, cold or frozen custard, cream or a toasted marshmellow for your topping. I had half & half, normal crumble and the cold custard. The cold custard was absolutely out of this world and to be honest I’m still dreaming about it! In October they offer a season pumpkin spiced apple with spiced shortbread crumble. You can even choose to have it served in a cute little pumpkin. I tried this one too but definitely back the OG apply & shortbread crumble as the best. Pay from £6.50 for a Humble Crumble.
For a full guide to all the best markets in London check out my Complete First Timer’s Guide to London.
Dishoom has to be one of the most popular restaurants in London and for good reason. Their curries are out of this world and the whole experience is just wonderful. There are 6 locations across London and each has their own kitchen specilities. We went to the Covent Garden one and the black lentil dahl and ruby chicken were firm favourites. They also have a lovely selection of cocktails. If you are a table of 8 or more you can book, if your party is smaller you will unfortunately have to queue for a table (which can take up to 1.5 hours- but they do give you free chai while you wait!). If you’re not into queuing check out my alternative recommendation below. Dishes cost approximately £15 each with sides costing around £5. Be sure to order a few dishes and sides to share.
Many may have heard about the popular Dishoom which is a classic Bombay-style Irani cafe. It has become crazy popular with a very long queue- you can only book for tables of 8+. If you are a smaller party and not keen on the long queues then try out Kricket in Soho which does such creative and delicious Indian fusion food. We ordered a number of delicious small plates off the menu and it was an absolute delight. I really enjoyed it and can definitely recommend it! Dishes cost approximately £15 each with sides costing around £5. Be sure to order a few dishes and sides to share.
Mr Bao, Peckham
I LOVED Mr Bao in Peckham. Come here for small plate Asian dining. Their fried chicken, corn ribs and bao buns are so delicious. The atmosphere and decor is really lovely, making this a perfect date night spot. Our bill came to around £20 each with a drink and 3 dishes each.
Chinatown, located in the Soho area of London, is another fabulous foodie spot. Chinatown covers a number of different streets with a main focus on Gerrard Street. For an authentic Chinatown experience check out the streetfood stalls. Share with a friend as this allows you to buy a number of different goodies to taste and share together. Be sure to check out the cripsy chicken nuggets from Ji’s chicken (£6.50), steamed buns filled with pork and lamb from Bun House (£3 each), custard taiyaki from Chinatown Bakery (£2.20 for 4) and the most divine taro ice cream from Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream (£3 for a scoop).
Four Seasons, Chinatown
If you’re looking for the best duck in Chinatown and a sit down experience then look no further than the Four Seasons at Gerrard Street. We ordered the Cantonese Roast duck with a side of jasmine rice and it was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! I got this recommendation from Secret London and they really know what they’re on about! Service is quick and efficient. You’ll pay £20 for half a duck and £33 for a full duck. We shared half a duck between 3 of us and it was plenty.
Arcade Food Hall, Battersea Power Station
The Arcade Food Hall at Battersea Power Station is one of the coolest market/eating halls I have been to in London. Inspired by street market culture, Arcade takes streetfood, places it in a more upmarket venue with beautiful interiors and adds table service. You order everything on the app, choosing from plenty of different food vendor menus and it comes striaght to your table from the various different hole in the wall kitchens. No queues with affordable market prices. We loved the gin sour from the bar, the leek and parmesan flatbread and crispy squid. 10/10 recommend! Most dishes cost between £5-£10 each. We got the cocktails during happy hour for £6.5 each (very good for a London cocktail!). They have another location at Tottenham Court Road.
Sketch for afternoon tea
Sketch has become a a bit of an insta-famous spot over the years. It’s an artsy style restaurant that specialises in afternoon tea. It has various themed rooms and their famous pod bathrooms. The afternoon tea is pretty pricey but you can go for a £12 scones with jam & clotted cream and enjoy the decor.
Pizza Pilgrims is a great Neapolitan-style pizza place. They have a number of restaurants across the city and provide affordable pizzas and good vibes. You’ll pay around £12 for a pizza.
Caravan is such a divine Mediterranean-style restaurant with industrial-chic decor. The small plate starters were absolutely delicious! They recently opened a new restaurant in Covent Garden. Small plate starters range from £5-£12 and mains cost £14-£23.
The Nook, Hampstead
The Nook in Hampstead serve up the most divine luxury hot chocolates. You can choose your chocolate strength up to 80% dark. I had a 70% dark with a shot of espresso and it was absolutely deluxe! Once you’ve grabbed your hot choccie go for a stroll around Hampstead Heath. Hot chocolates cost around £4.
Burgh House, Hampstead
If you’re looking for a soul-warming lunch in a pretty leafy garden then be sure to check out Burgh House in Hampstead. It’s got a cosy indoor cafe as well as a covered garden seating area with blankets to keep you toasty. We tried their soup with sourdough and the sourdough feta, pesto and sundried tomato toastie. Both were so yummy and the garden seating was so pretty. Apparently their fruit scones are to-die-for as well. If you’re in Hampstead be sure to check out this cute spot for your lunch. Lunches cost around £8-£12.
Any other places I need to add to my London Foodie Guide? Let me know in the comments below.
Looking for more London recommendations? Be sure to check out my Complete First Timer’s Guide to London.