London is a fascinating, world-class city, with lots of history, art, and culture to experience in museums, art galleries, churches, cathedrals, and the list goes on. When it comes to food, choosing a place to eat can be overwhelming, given the seemingly endless offer. So, where to eat in London, then? I’m going to share with you the 7 places to eat in London that I like. This isn’t a complete guide by any stretch of the imagination, but I hope it will help you have a good meal in the Big Smoke.
The cheapest and quickest option is to buy a meal deal -which usually consists of a sandwich, a drink and either something sweet or a packet of crisps – from Sainsbury, Tesco, M&M or Waitrose, find a place to sit and watch the world go by.
7 places to eat in London
As I’ve indicated before, I love to eat at the many markets scattered around the city. The best, in my opinion, is Borough Market
Roast Restaurant, located inside Borough Market, provides excellent food and attentive service.
We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a lunch at The Hawksmoor at their Knightsbridge location. They specialize in beef and they do it very well. The restaurant is in a basement without a lift, so bear this in mind if you have mobility problems. I loved the Art Deco details and how spacious it is.
The service was very attentive and friendly. Nothing was left to chance. Our waiter, a red-haired guy in his twenties, overheard us speaking in Spanish and addressed me in that language. I was so surprised that I almost didn’t understand what he said. He is Lithuanian but lived in Colombia, hence his lovely soft accent.
Sean ordered the burger from the bar menu. Health and safety regulations don’t allow them to serve burgers rare or medium rare. Even so, it was delicious. The addition of bone marrow makes it special. I ordered from the day’s 3-course menu: a tasty cocktail, asparagus with hollandaise sauce (creamy and perfect), 35-day aged rump steak with British lettuce salad and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream. We also had a coffee and 2 or 3 ciders. The bill came up to less than 100 pounds (the 12.5% tip is usually included in the total amount).
We discovered a new -for us- chain of healthy fast food called Leon. I ordered a cinnamon and date butter toast, which was very tasty. In fact, it was a toasted sandwich. Sean ordered a bacon and egg muffin and a sausage and one and coffee for both. We paid £12,30. The restaurants are modern and airy. I loved that they had jars of water with fresh mint leaves on the counter.
I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful Somerset House is. You should go the next time you visit London. See the Courtauld Gallery and the temporary exhibitions and then stay for lunch. There are a few options. I would have liked to have enough time to sit on the terrace over the Thames or have a meal at Spring but we could only do one restaurant. We chose Fernandez & Wells in the East Wing. We ordered platefuls of Parma ham, jamón serrano, cecina, a kind of pork sausage, and two kinds of cheeses. Everything came with rustic bread and a sprinkling of olive oil. Heaven!
I was lyrical every time I think of the café at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Their pastries are excellent and the place has kept an air of Victorian elegance and craft that I love.
Côte is our go-to French restaurant. Although there are many locations, we usually go to the one on Guildford. The food is always fresh, seasonal and delicious, and the service is very good too. And the best part is that you don’t need to sell a kidney to pay the bill.