Top Tips London

RESTAURANTS


Bao

Pillowy soft white buns heaven – these Taiwanese bao buns have taken the capital by storm. But with plenty of moral support from other specialities, this is my favourite restaurant in London.

Oldroyd

No blog post yet but trust me when I say this place is special. It does everything right: great food without the fuss – simple tables, fresh food and charming staff.


The latest off-shoot of the Polpo brand, Spuntino is a slightly more discreet but equally popular venue. Perch on a stool around a C-shaped zinc bar and whatever you do, get the mac n cheese.
On the 40th floor of the Heron tower you’ll find unbeatable views of the City and a very original European menu. A must-order is the duck and waffle served with bacon and maple syrup. 

Peruvian and Japanese fusion in the heart of Soho. 


Quite simply, the best tapas to be had in London. Be prepared to queue, however.


Polpo

Venetian tapas served to you from three different locations across London. It has all the elements of a restaurant completely in touch with the modern day diner.


The best replica of Bombay street food I’ve managed to find in London. 


A Caribbean shack in the middle of west London. Expect lots of rum and spicy chicken wings.


The best value steak to be found in London. Be prepared to share long communal tables and queue for hours but what awaits you is well worth it.


A true Peruvian gem on Frith Street in Soho.


Very quaint, little Italian restaurant which looks on Farringdon meat market. Great deals for set menus at lunch and dinner time, any day of the week.
The height of fine-dining with an Austrian theme. A Corbin and King classic with wooden pannelling, leather booths and a sense of theatre to it. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week.

Under Piccadilly Circus, this restaurant is more reminiscent of a grand train station than a Corbin and King gastro hot spot. Similar vibe to The Delaunay.

The fast food take on Burger and Lobster. Order £9 lobster rolls from the counter and choose from courgette fries or lobster chowder as a side. Bottomless refills on drinks.


Choose from 3 branches north of the river. The flagship restaurant can be found on the corner of Shoreditch High Street. Seriously good pizza.

A couple of branches are sprouting up around London serving excellent ham, cut at the bar before your very eyes. Promise me you’ll order the chorizo balls? 


Hutong

Famous for its lofty position up halfway up The Shard, Hutong serves up delicious Chinese food and even better views of the city.
Noodles in broth are the name of the game here but that description doesn’t nearly do it justice. And, you can order a pipette of fat to inject into your meal. Now where else can you do that?

Shoryu
Possibly even better than Bone Daddies and probably the best bowl of ramen I’ve eaten in London. Blogpost coming soon, promise!

Let’s face it, there really is only one place for ice cream at the moment and that’s Gelupo in Archer Street. There are some completely brilliant flavours and it’s not to pricey. Pay per size and not per flavour.


A must for breakfast – a unit in Brixton market that serves up Spanish delights for breakfast.


Two doors door from Seven, Wild Caper does excellent cooked breakfasts, with very fresh ingredients and eggs any which way you want them.


The coolest place in town to eat a stack of maple syrup and bacon sandwich whilst sipping on a giant fruit smoothie. Breakfast medal winner, hands down.


An Australian cafe in Parsons Green that does a damn good flat white and a very decent full English breakfast.





COFFEE

Nestled among the hub of activity in Brixton Village which is not short of good coffee spots, but this is my favourite.


Previously a public toilet, but now disused you’ll be pleased to here. Between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus, it’s the perfect place for a quick pitt stop.


Look Mum, No Hands: just down the road from Goswell Street Coffee. Similar vibe.


Caravan
This roastery is constantly rated in the top ten coffees in London, with branches in Exmouth market and Kings Cross
BARS
Bounce: sip your cocktail whilst playing ping pong, perhaps on the very same table that played host to the Olympics 2012 table tennis final. An original way to enjoy an after-work drink.


The Rum Kitchen: if rum’s your preferred poison, this place is for you. The bar boasts over 100 different types of rum which all whisk you off to a Caribbean beach somewhere. Dreamy.
MARKETS

Exmouth Market: a strip of largely independent restaurants by night, a food market by day.


White Cross Street Market: runs Wednesday-Friday. Great value street food.


Borough Market: a well-established London market where you can buy your lunch as well as fresh ingredients such as fruit, veg, cheese and bread.


Lyric Square Market: a local favourite of mine, just up the road. On Thursday, the square transforms into a surprisingly extensive food market which every choice you could hope for.


Dalston Street Feast: as usual, east London is really where it’s at for the trendiest way to dine out. London’s favourite pop ups come together here every Friday and Saturday night in the summer. Don’t miss.