I don’t think you could ever get bored in London. There is always so much to do from the tourist sites and shopping to exploring the many neighborhoods and cuisines. And on that last point, I’m pretty sure you could never go hungry in the English capital either.
On my last visit to London, I revisited some restaurants, markets, and tea rooms I love and also tried some new places too. Here is my list of ten places to eat and drink in London that I think you’ll enjoy.
High Tea at the Orangery
The Orangery is located next to Kensington Palace in a beautiful building. There are two types of tea to choose from – the Afternoon Tea or the Royal Afternoon Tea. Both choices serve you a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, pastries, and pots of tea of your choosing. The only difference is the Royal Afternoon Tea comes with champagne or wine. They also provide a children’s tea upon request if you are traveling with little ones.
Indian cuisine is not to be missed in London. There are so many good restaurants to choose from and Dishoom is one of them. You will most surely wait in line for a table but it’s worth your while. Everything that my friends and I ordered from the lamb samosas and Dishoom chicken tikka to the curries, rices, and naan were delicious and went nicely with our cocktails. The two-story location in Covent Garden had candles, low lights, and ornate decor that makes you want to linger for hours which won’t be hard because you’ll be stuffed!
Ottolenghi is a series of restaurants and delis all over London and named after its world-famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi. You will probably need reservations to dine at one of his restaurants or you can go to one of his delis like the one in Notting Hill near Portobello Road. There will be a line to order but then you get to see all the mouth-watering Mediterannean/Middle Eastern inspired food on a beautiful tiered display.
I love their quiches and salads but no matter what you order from vegetable sides and soups to pastas, seafood, and meat dishes each bite is sure to be light, flavorful, and unique. The pastries look amazing and are calling me back to devour!
Ye Old Cheshire Cheese
Ye Old Cheshire Cheese is a centuries-old pub on London’s historic Fleet Street. It’s one of the most famous pubs in London because Charles Dickens among many others use to come here a lot. You could consider Ye Old Cheshire Cheese a tourist trap and it makes a lot of the guidebooks out there but why not just enjoy the atmosphere instead? It has many levels taking you well below the city streets to dimly lit rooms and stone interiors where you can find a small table for yourself to eat some tasty pub food and enjoy a pint on a rainy afternoon.
The Monocle Cafe
The Monocle Cafe is an ideal spot for breakfast or lunch with menu items from around the globe including Swedish and Japanese breakfast plates. The international menu is fitting since the cafe is an offshoot of the Monocle media brand which includes a magazine reporting on business, politics, culture, travel around the world.
The two-story cafe is just as beautifully designed as their magazine if you want to sit with some food and one of their cocktails or you can also grab coffee and a cake or pastry to go. If you’re a book lover like me, you could head out to the nearby Daunt Books to pick up a good read!
You can count on really really good Lebanese food at Maroush and that’s coming from a Lebanese girl. Maroush has many locations all over London and you can sit down or do take away. I personally love their lamb or chicken shawarmas with a side of baba ganoush! The food is fresh, authentic, and delicious. Besides filling shawarmas, they also serve the traditional hummus, falafel, and tabbouleh and so much more from starters to mains to desserts. It’s a big menu so come hungry!
Go to Monmouth Coffee for really delicious coffee and pastries. The people at Monmouth take their coffee seriously by traveling all over the world to source their beans and actually talk to the producers to understand where the coffee they are buying comes from.
There will be a line at their Borough Market location but don’t be discouraged! You need this coffee to start your day. If lines are not your thing, head over to their Seven Dials location which is quieter with no line and sit down with a cappuccino and a chocolate croissant.
After you caffeinate at Monmouth, Borough Market is a few steps away for you to explore. If you are staying in a place with a kitchen, this is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on fresh produce, meats, fish, cheeses, bread and whatever else your heart desires. Or you could head to the market for either breakfast or lunch because there are many vendors selling hearty breakfast sandwiches, sweet-smelling pastries, and juices.
I think it’s so much fun to walk around and see everything on display and take in the noises and smells. I also love the location because Borough Market is at one end of the South Bank so after you get all your shopping done and finish eating, you can take a nice stroll along the Thames towards St. Paul’s Cathedral or all the way to Westminster Abbey if you so wish!
I try to stay away from chain restaurants when I travel but Wagamama is one I can’t resist and neither should you. While now expanding to parts all around the world, Wagamama first started in London and is dependable for fresh Asian cuisine with a Japanese twist. They serve ramen, teppanyaki (my favorite), curry, salad, and more and I always love to sip on one of their green juices while I eat. Wagamama is a fun place to go with groups or to dine solo as they have big communal tables as well as seats at the bar or facing out towards the street depending on which location you go to.
The Muffin Man Tea Shop
My friends and I first went to The Muffin Man Tea Shop because we were reading this rom-com book Something Blue at the time. The main character moves to London and mentions The Muffin Man quite frequently and so we had to check it out! Located in the Kensington neighborhood and very close to the high street, it is a quaint little place with tea service but also serves breakfast and lunch with lots of eggs, omelettes, pastries, sandwiches, and salads to choose from. The place is small so be sure to get there early for breakfast or call ahead for tea service just in case.
Do you have any food and drink recommendations in London? Let me know in the comments below!