If I had to choose my favorite part of living in London, it would be living in a city that offers some of the most diverse, experiential food I have ever had in my life. You can find anything here — from flavorful Mexican and high-end Chinese, to vegan Ethiopian and fast-casual Italian. At the same time, there is a pub on every street corner, with fish and chips and Yorkshire pudding awaiting you.
I’ve rounded up my favorite places to eat in London. These are some gems that I have discovered during my last few months of living in the city. My top picks combine high ratings of outstanding dishes, experiential appeal, quality service and visual aesthetic.
Duck and Waffle
For amazing brunch and views of the city, look no farther than Duck and Waffle. The 24-hour restaurant and bar offers stunning, panoramic, 360-degree-views of London on the top of the 40th floor of one of the tallest buildings in England. The dining experience includes innovative takes on British cuisine, such as their iconic duck and sweet waffle dishes.
Muffin Man Tea Shoppe
A classic afternoon tea experience is a must in London, but if you’re looking for something both different, and traditional, head over to The Muffin Man Tea Shoppe. The day restaurant, cafe, and bakery is located in the charming neighborhood of South Kensington. For just a few pounds per item, you can choose from a wide range of afternoon tea and brunch favorites, such as scrambled eggs, English tea and the unforgettable scones — perfectly paired with clotted cream and jam.
I would be lying if I said Dishoom was not my favorite restaurant of all time. This Indian, Bombay cafe-themed restaurant is no secret — visitors and locals stand in queue every night at each of its seven locations. Dishoom is truly a one-of-a-kind dining experience, with extraordinary offerings of traditional small plates, creative cocktails, and even classic breakfast plates. Do not only spend an evening dinner here. Dishoom’s breakfast features international omelettes and bottomless chai.
Borough Market is one of the city’s greatest treasures. Located in Central London, this market features ethnic and traditional British food stalls, along with tents offering fresh fruit, homemade pastries and locally grown produce. If you can handle the crowds, try to go on a Saturday, where you can experience the bustle and energy of the market crowd. Borough Market focuses on sustainable and local foods, so the dishes and beverages found here are known to be some of the tastiest eats in London.
London’s critically acclaimed Sketch is a haven for photographers, social media enthusiasts, and those who admire a touch of luxury in their dining experience. The Mayfair restaurant, which also serves as an art gallery, boasts special rooms, each with opulent themes. Though its famous millennial pink room is known as the place to be, I recommend eating lunch or dinner at The Glade, which offers a wide range of New French cuisine in a Alice-in-Wonderland themed gallery room.
The Summer House
Located in the Paddington neighborhood, The Summer House sits right on the canal front, where you can enjoy the sun and watch boats pass through Little Venice. Paddington is the perfect area to have a morning stroll and stop by for some well-deserved brunch. The Summer House offers classic breakfast dishes, as well as “summer” dishes year round — including seared scallops, lobster, and the catch of the day.
The Sun In Splendour
No food experience in London would be complete without a trip to a British pub. The pub is the perfect place to taste authentic British cuisine while watching live football games or playing trivia in the evening. At The Sun in Splendour, you can indulge in your fish and chips, meat pies and a classic Sunday Roast, all while enjoying the vibrant and welcoming hospitality of the Notting Hill neighborhood.
The restaurants, eateries, and bars in this city have truly impressed me and will certainly call me back to London in the years to come.
Celeste Lim, Study Abroad Correspondent
Celeste Lim is a junior at Boston University majoring in public relations. She is currently studying abroad in London, England, and is an intern at United Airlines. In Boston, Celeste is a member and PR director of Her Campus Boston University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, taking photos, and consuming vast amounts of lattes.