What are the delicious restaurants in London

Eating in London - Our London food guide for a city break!

The best restaurant tips for London

Okay, okay I admit I was skeptical about London. I worked for an English company for a couple of years and have been to the UK several times for that reason. What I got to know as English food was borderline. Much too greasy, powerful and not always top quality. But when we were repeatedly in London for a short trip, I was taught otherwise.

London is an absolute foodie metropolis. There are almost 20,000 listings on TripAdvisor for various restaurants in London. There are also an incredible number of street food stalls, food trucks and great markets. If you can't find something great to eat there, you really can't help. Of course, you can also get a typical English breakfast in London.

But if you can do without it like me, you will surely find some excellent alternatives in the following recommendations. And most importantly, get the assurance that food isn't bad everywhere in England. Especially not in London.

At the end of the article you will find a map to save offline on your mobile phone. We have summarized all locations and many other tips for London for you.

Have fun with the tips for good (and sometimes cheap) food in London. Our food guide with restaurant tips, great cafés and street food.

The Breakfast Club

z. B. 12-16 Artillery Ln, Spitalfields, London E1 7LS, United Kingdom

With 12 branches in London belongs The Breakfast Club among the most popular restaurants in London. And what shall we say? Rightly so. We went to the Breakfast Club twice for breakfast, that's how good we found the concept.

There are basically two different types of branches. Daytime Cafs and All Day Cafs. The Daytime Cafs are open until 5 p.m. and serve breakfast and lunch, the All Day Cafs are open until late in the evening. You can also have dinner here.

However, if you think the menu changes depending on the time of day, you will be disappointed. The concept of the Breakfast Club is: Breakfast all day. An absolute dream, especially for late risers and all breakfast lovers.

That’s on the menu, of course Breakfast classics: Avocado On Rye, Pancakes & Bacon, Granola & Yoghurt and Eggs Benedict. But also unusual dishes like the Disco Fries or Cauliflower Fritters & Chimichurri.

It doesn't matter whether you choose a classic or something unusual. Hearty or sweet, breakfast, dinner, whatever the time of day, the Breakfast Club is always worth a visit.

Vegan options are of course also on the menu.

Duck and Waffle

110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, United Kingdom

Have breakfast with a breathtaking view, you can do that in Duck and waffle. A glass elevator takes you 40 floors up Bishopsgate. Even the ride is a real experience.

When you have reached the top, a beautiful bar awaits you that serves delicious creations from morning to evening.

The unusual interior and the bar in the entrance area give you a warm welcome. A Mixture of pompous and street art don't make the duck and waffle look too stuffy and still convey a certain high quality.

We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in one of the sitting areas and savory and sweet waffles incorporated. The seats are in great demand, however, if you want to take a seat directly at the window, you should reserve in advance. Who one Sunset over London should make a reservation for dinner.

Vegan options are of course also on the menu.

Exmouth Coffee Company

83 Whitechapel High St, Algate East, Shadwell, London E1 7QX, United Kingdom

Small but nice. The Exmouth Coffee was a spontaneous discovery and won us over with its lavish shop window and the delicious baked goods in the display.

In East London near Brick Lane and the Whitechapel Gallery, you'll find this little independent café. No chain, no system catering. Just one small cafe with an incredibly delicious breakfast, which we tested.

Especially that Sourdough bread with avocado and the Oatmeal with fresh berries tasted wonderful to us. By the way, the days of bleak white bread in England have been over for a few years now. Most restaurants now also offer sourdough bread with a crispy crust and a hearty taste. Just like we know it from Germany.

The Exmouth also has an abundance of delicious pastries. So if you just want a snack on hand, this is just as good for you.

Beigel Bake

159 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London E1 6SB, United Kingdom

That probably London's most famous bagel is Beigel Bake. In 1974 the 24 hour bakery was opened on Brick Lane. Up to 7,000 bagels are baked there every day according to a traditional Jewish recipe. Don't be fooled, the furnishings are functional and a bit old. But that doesn't detract from the taste.

The Salt beef bagel is the store's flagship. It is already being traded as the London version of the Katz pastrami sandwich from New York. Above all, Beigel Bake is a tip if you Cheap want to have a tasty snack to eat! And the best that Beigel Bake has Open 24 hours. No matter when the bagel gets you hungry, you will always get a fresh culinary delight here.

We stopped here on the first day and could hardly tear ourselves away, it tasted so good. Before the return trip, we stocked up on bagels again. Absolute top recommendation!

DF / tacos

The OldTruman Brewery, Hanbury St, Spitalfields, London E1 6QR, United Kingdom

Viva la Mexico. This recommendation came from our favorite foodie On the fist. in the DF / tacos meets American Diner mexican cuisine. A perfect fusion. By the way, the DF stands for Distrito Federal, which designates the federal capital districts of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.

In the DF / Tacos you order at the counter and then get a number with which you can pick up your food. You can find the Mexican classics on the menu Tacos, Nachos and burritos. But also typical from America like fries and Cup of Corn. To wash down there is Mexican beer and Margaritas. And if you haven't had enough, you can order an ice cream sandwich.

Why don't you want to taco about it? Because I'm Nacho friend anymore.

Vegan options, no problem here.

The Blues Kitchen

134-146 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3AR, United Kingdom

You have to be able to indulge yourself sometimes. Where does that work particularly well? In The Blues Kitchen. The recipe for success is a mixture of restaurant and Live jazzEverything for a good one is on the menu BBQ belongs to it. Buffalo wings, fried chicken, burgers and briskets. Nobody should count calories here, and it's so dark in the restaurant that you can't see them anyway.

It’s really nice, rustic and cozy, with a lot of personal charm. The restaurant is relatively large, but the service does not suffer. We were more than satisfied after our visit and we all carried a little food baby home.

By the way, you can also have lunch or brunch in The Blues Kitchen. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time for that, but we will definitely make up for it.

Who does not follow it Shoreditch creates, also takes place in Camden and Brixton a blues kitchen.

You can also find vegan dishes here on the menu. (Unfortunately it was too dark for photos).

Seafresh

80-81 Wilton Rd, Lillington and Longmoore Gardens, London SW1V 1DL, United Kingdom

What is typical of England?fish and chips.

We also wanted to eat the traditional dish on site. Pretty much every fish and chip shop in London claims to be the best. The choice is of course difficult. We asked the locals for that Seafresh decided.

In batter fried fish fillets and thick potato fries are the unofficial national dish of the English. Traditionally, fish and chips are eaten with the hands, and they are often sold as take-away fast food. In the Seafresh you can take a seat and choose from a variety of fish.

There are also some side dishes, be sure to try the mashed peas. If you are brave, you can also use a little vinegar on top. Don't like fried food? In addition to fish and chips, you can also order oysters or mussels in this restaurant. Delicious!

Borough Market

8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, United Kingdom

The Borough Market is London's oldest food market and one Pilgrimage site for all foodies. This is where London's gourmets meet. You can't even decide what to eat first. The choice is just huge.

Groceries have been sold here since the 13th century. It used to be simple booths. Today there are a large number of cafés and restaurants in addition to the usual stalls. In addition, a large number of stands that sell you the delicacies prepared straight away on your fist.

Regardless of whether I am into BBQ, seafood, gluten-free cakes or sushi creations, you will find everything here. There are no limits to taste here. The best thing to do is just let yourself drift and discover the market at your own pace. The only important thing is: be really hungry, it's worth it.

Borough Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We cannot recommend a perfect time of day, there is always something going on here.

Shoreditch Boxing Park

2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, Hackney, London E1 6GY, United Kingdom

What can you do with old sea containers? Right one Boxing park. In Shoreditch, numerous containers were stacked on top of one another and now result in a merger of shops and a huge food hall.

In the lower shop containers hip designer and rented small labels. Here you can see beautiful Souvenirs that definitely don't exist at home. Culinary needs are then met on the upper floor.

The box park's motto is: EAT, DRINK, PLAY. There is a seat at long wooden tables, at the surrounding small stands you can choose something delicious from the kitchens of all over the world. The selection is perfect and the motto here is also share several things, so you can try more.

We have eaten each other once and can confirm: everything tastes great and you should definitely try it.

Bar tips for London

The Ten Bells Pub

84 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY, United Kingdom

On the corner of Commercial Street and Fournier Street in the Spitalfields district you will find The Ten Bells. A pub like it is in the book, even with its own Wikipedia entry.

However, the historical facility is not the reason for its fame. Unfortunately, the pub gained notoriety at the end of the 19th century because of two victims of Jack the Ripper frequented here regularly. Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly, Victims # 2 and # 5, were regular guests at Ten Bells.

Today the pub is a listed building and there are no more dodgy characters around. The Ten Bells is a meeting place for all walks of life and has won us over primarily through its delicious gin selection convinced. And of course there was also a bit of creep whether Jack the Ripper was regularly at the counter here?

The Shard

32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, United Kingdom

Again and again we are asked where we took our great sunset pictures in London. The answer is: im The Shard.

The Shard is a skyscraper in the Southwalk neighborhood. The imposing glass construction rises 310 m into the sky.

The Shard has several bars and restaurants, all of which are highly praised. If you don't want to squeeze yourself into your finest thread, you should go to the sunset on time Viewpoint drive up. There are a few small stalls upstairs serving drinks and snacks. You really don't need more at this sunset. You can find more information about the visit in the article about the Top sights in London.

Lounge Bohemia

Do you already have one Secret bar visited? A bar that you won't find on Google, that is not pointed to by a sign and that the locals on the street don't even know? No, it is high time you did.

The Lounge Bohemia is such a secret bar in Shoreditch. Between a kiosk and a restaurant, a small staircase leads to a bar with only a few seats. The molecular cocktail experience is celebrated here.

The decor is a bit reminiscent of a mixture of urban chic and grandma's living room. The owner probably looted all the second hand stores in the area to set up his bar. The selection of cocktails is just as extraordinary as the furnishings. Such extravagant cocktails we've never tried it before. There was steam and smoke, one glass was a glass skull, the next cocktail was served from a teapot. Some cocktails don't even come in liquid form. The Bearllinis are gummy bears filled with bellini.

Of course, we don't want to reveal the exact address of the bar at this point. The experience also includes calling the number on the website and being given an appointment. Have fun exploring.

General information about eating in London

Food and drink costs in London

The most painful first: London is expensive. But don't worry, if you plan a little ahead, you can go out to eat here for a normal travel budget. The pound sterling is currently relatively poor and prices have leveled out somewhat. The costs for London are slightly higher than in Germany, but no comparison to z. B. Copenhagen.

As a guide, we have converted a few things into euros to give you a feeling of what expenses you have to expect:

  • Coffee: 4.50 euros
  • Sandwich: 4-5 euros
  • Dinner: an average of 30-40 euros
  • Pint of beer: 5-6 euros
  • Gin Tonic: 17 euros
  • Pizza: 18 euros

How much do you tip in England?

When it comes to tips, it's the same as in Germany. 10 – 15 % are considered appropriate with good service. Tips on drinks are not common in pubs. In our experience, the service staff is all the more pleased when you round something up.

Be careful, some restaurants do this automatically 15% service charge put on the bill. Take a close look at your receipts to see if the tip has already been calculated

Saving tips for London: Eat cheap this way!

As already mentioned, London is more of an expensive place. Especially if you want to eat very high quality. Nevertheless, we can give you a few savings tips that will save your holiday budget a little.

  1. Eat up Street food marketsn: Here you can eat superbly and at fair and affordable prices.
  2. Indian: London has a huge Indian community, this goes back to the times of the Commonwealth. There is a particularly high density of Indian restaurants in the Mayfair district. You can get a sumptuous meal here for less than 10 pounds.
  3. If you want to treat yourself to something special once a day, save on the other meals. There are a lot of bakeries and small ones To-go stores such as B. Pret-a-Manger, where you can stock up on salads, wraps or soups.
  4. Do you want to try as much as possible? Then book one Food tour. We have already used the Secret Food Tours offer in many cities and have been thrilled every time. Secret Food Tours also offers various tours in London. In addition to great food, you always get to know great locals who lead the tour. This is how the shop we have visited would not have been discovered without a food tour.
  5. Located on Leicester Square China Town. Here you can find culinary bargains. The Chinese restaurants are much cheaper than the English alternatives. If you're in the area anyway, take the opportunity to eat here.

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Conclusion on food in London

We were all completely enthusiastic about London. Once again we had a perfect culinary journey where nothing was lacking. A hearty "Mhhhhhh" came out of our lips at least once a week.

Eating out in London is simply great. And there are also many delicious alternatives for everyone with a phobia of baked beans and fish and chips.We will definitely come back and try some more. In a metropolis of millions like London, new restaurants, bars and cafes are added every month to be discovered.

Do you have any other tips for great food in London? Or maybe one or the other savings tip? We always look forward to your comments.

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