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Where To Eat And Drink In London


We've got to preface this article with the fact that London is enormous and the food options there are unparalleled anywhere in the world right now in our opinion, for quality, variety and value for money. The number of great places to eat is frankly overwhelming, which is why we've picked our all time favourites, in the hope that you can ignore the noise and get straight down to the good stuff. And if you're anything like else us you'll be so blown away that you'll immediately start booking your next trip - and we can provide a whole new list of recommendations.

Breakfast/Brunch

If you're lucky enough to be there on a Saturday, Spa Terminus in Bermondsey is London's little secret. Wander through the industrial park and you'll find possible the world's best pastries from Little Bread Pedlar (buy them all, every one of them), Monmouth Coffee, eye-wateringly good sausage rolls from The Butchery, incredible cheese from Le Mons and Neal's Yard, and loads more of the city's best producers. It's where savvy south Londoners do their weekly shop, and it's blissfully tourist free. It's also just a 10/15 minute walk to Borough Market which unfortunately is packed to the rafters with tourists and a bit stressful at the best of times, but worth elbowing your way through for the doughnuts at Bread Ahead, which are nothing like the majority of what's currently on offer on the Dublin doughnut market.

If you're looking to sit down somewhere, Caravan is probably London's favourite brunch spot for dishes like jalapeño cornbread with tomatillos and feta, and grilled coconut bread with rhubarb and lemon curd. If you go to the one in King's Cross prepare for a heart-breaking queue. The ones in Bankside and the city don't tend to be as mental (*said hopefully*). The bacon and egg naans at Bombay-style Indian café Dishoom are a thing of hangover legend, especially washed down with their house chai, and for something a bit dirtier (but no less tasty) head to Chick n Sours for some of the most addictive fried chicken in town - sides of pickled watermelon salad and szechuan aubergine are mandatory.

Coffee

London has so much great coffee that it's very hard to isolate a few, but that's what we're here for. Prufrock, Workshop Coffee and Kaffeine are three of the city's best, and unsurprisingly all have food offerings that are taken as seriously as the drinks.

Lunch

There are so many options your head will spin if you think about it too much, so don't and just stick to our list. Padella is a must-do for the daily freshly made pasta at seriously good prices. Again, prepare to queue, but it moves fast and it's worth it. We also love Bar Tozino which is this perfect Spanish tapas bar under an arch near London Bridge with jamon hanging from every inch of the ceiling, a great sherry list and some of the best Spanish food we've had outside of Spain. We're also big fans of Breddos whose tacos are made fresh in house every day and packed full of the most delicious flavour combinations. Dublin unfortunately has nothing that comes close to these bad boys.