A friend asked me if I had any suggestions of amazing places to eat during their visit to London and I put together this list. Since I wrote it I figured I might as well share If you’re ever on a holiday there and have saved up some money to spoil yourself. These are some of my favourite places..
Lovely typically low key but high end British gastropub food in Notting Hill
A hybrid restaurant with fashion concept store.
It’s the Hands down my favourite brunch in the universe. Get the french toast. Oder the scrambled eggs to share. OR both. IT’S ASTOUNDING.
They do incredible lunches too.
ON THE SAME STREET IS
Bill Grangers - Granger and Co.
Famous Australian chef doing very simple bistro food but to an incredibly high standard on an amazing lovely part of Notting Hill called Westbourne Grove
Bill is also famous for his eggs - but honestly everything is amazing. Service is a bit casual.
Do either a ‘high tea’ (amazing posh scones, pastries sandwiches etc) or simply go for breakfast lunch or dinner.
Posh fabulous seriously stiff upper lip proper British food. A haunt of many famous people. Annie Lennox’s favourite place.
The Abbeville Kitchen
It’s a very casual but very modern restaurant that Time Out magazine described as ‘Confident St John-style British cooking with a few other European influences at an understated Clapham eatery.” What that means to me is it’s French / British meat heavy bistro inspired greatness with many many different influences. Be warned there are some very non-vegetarian elements on the menu but incredible vege ones as well. Best desserts in town all made a few stops down at their sister bakery.
It’s ‘south of the river’ but don’t let you put that off. I lived ‘south of the river’ for 5 of the very happiest years of my life and it’s only now this isn’t my ‘hood I’m sharing it publicly. Besides, this restaurant was awarded Time Out’s ‘best neighbourhood restaurant’ award in 2012
The lecture room at Sketch
The most incredible meal I’VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. Be warned it’s sort of stuffy and pricey but it’s Michelin starred - completely OVER THE TOP and expensive but an EXTRAORDINARY AFFAIR. One of my favourite ever food experiences. The entire building is an art installation with many rooms and things to see. You pee inside a massive egg for god’s sake. What more could you want?
Hotel Costes Paris
If you have time GO TO PARIS - get on the Eurostar, stay at the Hyatt Madelaine and go to dinner for one night only at Hotel Costes
The sexiest and most incredible place in the world. Seriously.
Really REALLY great coffee - Monmouth Coffee in Covent Garden