Everything we ate in London, England

I hadn’t previously considered London as a foodie city, but we were delighted by several good eats during our visit back in September. We haven’t confirmed the dates of our return trip in spring 2023, although I’ve been reminiscing on everywhere we ate and already know that we will definitely go back to a few places. Here’s a recap of our food itinerary in London, England.



Borough Market

📍8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

Borough Market was a short walk from our hotel in Southwark, and made for a delicious stop for our first meal in London. This historic open market is one of the largest and oldest in London, dating back to at least the 12th century. We tried the paella from Furness Food Hut and a scotch egg from The Ginger Pig, both good choices. We were planning to come back for another lunch later in the week but this plan was stymied by me feeling under the weather. We will probably stay in Southwark again on our next trip to London, so Borough Market will be a return visit for sure.

Darwin Brasserie at Sky Garden

📍Level 36 Sky Garden, 20 Philpot Ln, London EC3M 8AF

The Sky Garden is London’s famous indoor public garden situated on the 36th floor of the Fenchurch Building. Admission to Sky Garden is free, but you have to book tickets for entry or make a reservation at one of their restaurants. We opted to have a classic English breakfast at Darwin Brasserie, which was very filling and accompanied by sweeping views overlooking the city.

Blacklock

📍24 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7LG (and other locations)

Another classic English meal we had on our food bucket list was a Sunday roast. We enjoyed this at Blacklock Chophouse in Soho, where we ordered the “All In” roast which included a mix of beef, lamb, and pork roasts on a side of Yorkshire pudding, duck fat-roast potatoes, vegetables, and gravy. Cue meat sweats.

sketch Gallery

📍9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG

Afternoon tea is a must-do when in London. We originally made reservations at The Savoy, but our booking was cancelled due to changes in their schedule. After a bit of research, I discovered Sketch in the upscale Mayfair district as a modern style alternative. This fancy restaurant boasts three Michelin Stars at their Lecture Room & Library serving French cuisine, while the Gallery offers afternoon tea featuring a photographic selection of finger sandwiches and pastries.

Fortnum & Mason

📍181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER (and other locations)

Fortnum & Mason was originally founded as a grocery store, growing rapidly throughout the Victorian era into a department store. Its most well-known section is the tea shop, where we picked up a sampler box of their classic teas and some chocolate biscuits which made for good souvenirs. They also serve a popular afternoon tea here, but we only came by to shop for takeaway items.

BRAT

📍4 Redchurch Street, London, E1 6JL

We had our first Michelin-starred meal in London at BRAT Restaurant located in the east end district of Shoreditch. We had learned about this place from an episode of Somebody Feed Phil, and were especially excited to try the anchovy bread which tasted as good as it looked. We tried the velvet crab soup and lemon sole as well. The whole turbot also looked very tempting but was prepared for a larger group.

Lima London

📍31 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1JH

Our dinner at Lima London was one of our favourites. This Michelin-starred restaurant is headed by chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz, known for his flagship Central Restaurant in Lima, Peru. Lima London usually offers a tasting menu but had recently undergone renovations when we visited, so this was not available. Instead, we tried a few dishes from their a la carte menu including the secreto iberico, ceviche, and a couple beautiful desserts — the caramelized plantain and pear with lime sorbet.

Seabird

📍14th Floor, South Bank, 40 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8NY

Seabird is the rooftop restaurant at Hoxton Southwark hotel, where we were staying. We came here for an early dinner before heading over to County Hall to watch Witness for the Prosecution. The menu features mostly Spanish-style tapas and they also apparently have London’s longest oyster list. We had a couple of those oysters along with the jamon croquettes, dressed crab, patatas bravas, and heritage tomato salad.

Ottolenghi

📍63 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AD (and other locations)

We learned about Ottolenghi from Mr. Chuckles’ Instagram sleuthing. This chain of eateries around London is headed by chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi, who is best known for promoting Middle-Eastern and vegetable based dishes to the British public. There are seven Ottolenghi restaurants in London, and we visited the one in Notting Hill after exploring the Portobello Road Market. This location was just a small shop for takeaway, so we picked up a couple salads and a yummy pistachio rosewater cake to enjoy al fresco.

Dishoom

📍12 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9FB (and other locations)

If I had to recommend one spot to eat at in London, it would definitely be Dishoom. This Bombay-inspired restaurant group has locations throughout the UK and is designed to resemble Irani cafes that were popular in Bombay throughout the 1960s. We visited the Covent Garden location twice during our trip, once for breakfast and again for our final dinner in London. The chicken biryani was amazing! We also liked the prawn koliwada and grilled broccoli with snow peas.

22 responses to “Everything we ate in London, England”

  1. Having worked as a chef in London, I find the food scene to be rather weird. People love the diversity of food, but hate the immigrants that come with it. Also, I worked there pre-Brexit and I wonder how things will change with Brexit

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    1. Interesting thoughts. London’s cultural diversity is what makes its culinary scene great but the xenophobia is unfortunate.

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  2. You found some great places to eat. Borough Market is an absolute gem. I’m a huge fan of Indian food, so have made a note of Dishoom. By the way, London has been voted Best Foodie City in the world by numerous websites and a clutch of international food critics over the past 3-4 years. London has also regularly featured as the top 5 most diverse food cities in the world over the last 8 years or so.

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    1. I guess I should revise the post to read that London was not really on my radar as a foodie city but I now realize that it certainly is one!

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  3. Like you, London hadn’t registered as a foodie city for me when I last visited in 2015– oh, how wrong I was! I am making plans for a long-overdue return also in spring 2023, and I’m keeping an eye out on your suggestions to try out. Everything looks delicious! 😛

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    1. I’m excited for you! Hope you can take that trip to London. It’s such a cool city.

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  4. You certainly found some great places in London! Now I’m hungry!! Maggie

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  5. Yum! We absolutely love Dishoom, their breakfasts are inredible. That roast looks nice, but not nearly enough gravy 🙂

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised by the breakfast at Dishoom. Even their porridge was good!

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  6. Dishoom was our favorite meal there!

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    1. That was my favourite, I need to go back!

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  7. Wow, just look at all the delicious foods you had a chance to try! I’ve been to London many times but never tried Afternoon Tea with its delicate sandwiches and a selection of sweet treats, not to mention the endless cups of tea served in china …

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    1. You need to try afternoon tea at least once! If you bring your family there are lots of good options that are kid-friendly too. 🙂

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  8. London has some amazing food!! Funnily enough I seem to have read loads about Dishoom recently, and we have one in Edinburgh which several people I know have raved about just in the past few weeks! I still haven’t been, but I’ll need to check it out (the problem is Ash doesn’t really like Indian food so it’s never one of my suggestions when we look for places to go out!). We love Borough Market too.

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    1. Dishoom’s breakfast is very good and not as classic Indian so perhaps Ash would tolerate it. Definitely check it out!

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  9. Thank you for the food inspiration. If I make it to the side of the pond these ideas will be put to good use!

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  10. england is not renown for its food but you certainly ate very well!

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    1. Yes I certainly did eat well! The cuisine in England is not as photogenic but it’s good comfort food.

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