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Best Food in London

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Here are my 'must taste' destinations for London and some broad stroke advice to help you plan palate pleasing excursions for all budgets and preferences across this world class capital city.

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10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Borough Market

Flea & Street Markets

Brick Lane

Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Broadway Market

Flea & Street Markets

Chiswick

Neighbourhoods

Clerkenwell

Neighbourhoods

Knightsbridge

Neighbourhoods

Maltby Street Market

Flea & Street Markets

Marylebone

Speciality Museums

Mayfair

Neighbourhoods

Soho

Neighbourhoods

Chris O's City Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes when hitting the streets and layers of clothing will help account for the changeable London weather.
  • If you're visiting from abroad, odds are you're accustomed to road traffic coming from the opposite side. At any crossing look down as it normally says"LOOK LEFT" to remind you!
  • Always check your restaurant bill as gratuity is often included in the price of a meal with table service. If not, it's customary to leave a tip of 10 to 12%.
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    Borough Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Chris O Says:

    With origins which date back to 1014 AD or even earlier, Borough Market is undoubtedly London's most famous food market. It's also the most popular among locals and visitors alike, which can make for a tediously touch-and-go endeavor when passing through, as the crowds here never seem to diminish. Nevertheless, prowling around for curbside dining usually proves a thrill for even the most ardent of food snobs.

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    Tips
    • Don't go Saturday late morning and early afternoon if you want to avoid the crowds. For bargain shopping go at the end of trading hours (late afternoon).
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 1,695 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such Variety 19/10/2017
    • Beautiful traditional shops 19/10/2017
    • Borough Market
    Address:
    8 Southwark Street
    London SE1 1TL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7407 1002
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Brick Lane
    Neighbourhoods, Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Chris O Says:

    Brick Lane is probably most famous for its row of curry houses. Although any wise East Londoner can tell you the better South Asian eateries are just off the main street or nearby. Half way up at the Truman Brewery there are street food fixings for hipsters, an expertly pulled espresso and an eclectic mix of restaurants – from South African braai to Swedish meatballs with a whole lot in between. For all night bagel bakeries head to the northern end of Brick Lane where you'll find some of the most affordable nosh in town (one always seems to have a queue. The other, hardly ever. You can decide which is worth your patronage).

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    Tips
    • Sunday's the big market day on Brick Lane as well as at nearby Columbia Road Flower Market and Old Spitalfields Market.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 1,695 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Street with everything 18/10/2017
    • Fantastic area with a real Buzz and zest for life! Markets, food and fun everywhere 17/10/2017
    • Brick Lane
    Address:
    1 Brick Lane
    London E1 6PU
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7770 6028
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Broadway Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Chris O Says:

    Come Saturday, Broadway Market and its spillover sister markets teem with vendors hawking everything from traditional East End fare to whatever the latest and greatest edible trends from across the globe are at any any given moment. Take away the weekend market stalls and this quaintest of East London street running from Regent's Canal to London Fields still beckons with the city's best coffee (bold statement I know but you try to Climpson & Sons and then disagree with me!), plus a brilliant assortment of pubs and eateries and indie artisans such as E5 Bakehouse and London Fields Brewery making all sorts of amazing treats within deliciously close proximity.

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    Tips
    • Shop for what you want at the market, then head to the north end of the street for a picnic in leafy London, courtesy of London Fields park.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #204 of 1,695 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A delightful way to spend a few hours 16/10/2017
    • Hackney Broadway Market 21/09/2017
    • Broadway Market
    Address:
    67 Broadway Market
    London E8 4PH
    England
    Other:
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    Chiswick
    Neighbourhoods
    Chris O Says:

    Situated in a leafy and somewhat suburban area of West London, Chiswick is a family friendly community with a village-y feel. It's also a fantastic destination for some of London's best restaurants with one of the most dynamic dining scenes in the entire city. From Michelin stars to whoopie pies and just about everything delectable in between, Chiswick is home to a variety of restaurants and food shops for just about any occasion.

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    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Chiswick is well connected with public transport but is a bit far from Central London. Be sure to book ahead if you're planning to enjoy a meal at one of the area's finer restaurants.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #379 of 1,695 things to do in London
    • Lit 09/09/2017
    • Great town 06/09/2017
    • Chiswick
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    Clerkenwell
    Neighbourhoods
    Chris O Says:

    Smithfield Market, the city's ancient meat market located at the south end of this village-y Central London neighbourhood, is still in operation today with a plethora of globally renowned restaurants (such as St John), local gem eateries and a few of London's oldest pubs filling the warren of streets nearby. Boutique hotels with brand name chefs and killer cocktail bars have all but become the Clerkenwell norm and a healthy number of foodie-centric outdoor markets (Leather Lane, Exmouth Market, and Whitecross Street to name but three) hosts throngs of street food enthusiasts as well.

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    • Solo
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    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You'd be wise make a reservation well in advance at most restaurants in the area.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #881 of 1,695 things to do in London
    • Historic; gastronomic; high-tec; little off the beaten Tourist trail 02/06/2017
    • Gastronomic destination 22/05/2017
    • Clerkenwell
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    Knightsbridge
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    Chris O Says:

    If only for the sake of gawking, keep the massive food halls of the famous Harrods department store in mind for a wander. In addition to its gaga selection of groceries, Harrods hosts more than 30 restaurants and eateries under its roof. From a full on afternoon tea to wood fired pizza, if you have a hankering for it, odds are they cook it here. Just a stone's throw away is rival retail giant Harvey Nichols with its fifth floor wonderland of luxury brand food shop, snazzy cocktail bar, and restaurant and terrace with views over Hyde Park. Delve beyond the department stores and you'll find some of this city's cosiest pubs in Knightsbridge as well as all sorts of indie (if upmarket) artisan food shops.

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    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If heading to Harrods be prepared for the throngs of tourists.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #278 of 1,695 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An upmarket a visitor must see 04/10/2017
    • Harrods 09/09/2017
    • Knightsbridge
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    Maltby Street Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Chris O Says:

    Local foodies know Maltby Street and her neighbour Rope Walk Market are the places to be for a delectable blend of tradition and trend. Once merely a place where food was stored and/or produced, the area is now among the yummiest with many warehouses and production kitchens opening their doors to the public and newbie ventures taking over disused railway arches to feed the demand of hungry folk now filing in from all over. Just short walk from Tower Bridge or London Bridge with Borough Market and Bermondsey Street within reach as well, it's rightfully earned the reputation as a foodie mecca.

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    Tips
    • Be aware of your surroundings and belongings if walking alone at night. This is not the best area after dark!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 1,695 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden Gem 12/10/2017
    • A must see... and taste 08/10/2017
    • Maltby Street Market
    Address:
    41 Maltby Street
    London SE1 3PA
    England
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    Marylebone
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    Chris O Says:

    Boasting more than its fair share of celebrated restaurants (mostly along Blandford Street and Marylebone Lane) as well as some of London's best burger joints (Tommi's Meat Liquor, Patty and Bun), Marylebone is home to a popular weekly farmers market, an array of excellent speciality shops (such as La Fromagerie and The Ginger Pig butchery), and the Middle Eastern delights of Edgware Road. The neighbourhood offers easy access to the famous food halls of Selfridges and John Lewis and plenty more for flâneurs keen to continue foraging through the nearby quarters of Soho and Mayfair.

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    • Luxury Traveller
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    Tips
    • Head to Marylebone on Sunday for a stroll around the Farmers Market.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #368 of 1,695 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quite interesting for shoppers 06/09/2017
    • Lovely station but they need to sort out the boarding and unboarding 28/08/2017
    • Marylebone
    Address:
    73
    London
    England
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    Mayfair
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    Chris O Says:

    Even when the skies are overcast with cloud, the stars invariably shine bright here. Michelin stars, that is. London's most upscale and exclusive area is the safest bet for the ultimate fine dining experience and the opportunity to taste what's happening in the kitchens of some of the world's most celebrated chefs. Understandably, expectations are as high as the prices and standards are impeccable. Indeed, more than a few heroic chefs from abroad have strode in to open a London outpost here only to leave with their aprons between their legs in defeat. Beyond its many noteworthy restaurants (Nobu, Alain Ducasse, and Pollen Street Social to name but a few), Mayfair is a wonderful destination for historic pubs and Royal Warrant retailers, luxury hotels, and the city's most elegant bars.

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    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Make reservations for Mayfair restaurants well in advance and check about any dress codes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #309 of 1,695 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 5 star all the way 17/09/2017
    • Upperclass 13/07/2017
    • Mayfair
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    Soho
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    Chris O Says:

    No matter what the street food trend or en vogue haute cuisine may be, if Londoners are hip to it then it's bound to be found in Soho. Long known as the epicentre of London nightlife, over the years Soho has transformed into the most promising area to eat as well. Here you'll find the densest concentration of excellent cafes, speciality shops, casual eateries, and upscale restaurants in all of London. During the week, Berwick Street Market offers passers by excellent options for eating on-the-go. And, of course, Chinatown is just steps away on the other side of Shaftesbury Avenue.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Soho is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene. It's a straight-friendly destination at all times and a mostly fine place for kids during daylight hours.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 1,695 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Happening Place 03/10/2017
    • A fantastic area in London! 27/09/2017
    • Soho
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