My Favorite Food in London

(Breakfast/Brunch/Sunday Roast)

The Spaniard’s Inn (The best traditional pub food served up in a 16th century building. Reserve seats for a Sunday roast)

Caravan (The cure to your Full English rut)


Barrafina (Designed after Cal Pep in Barcelona and just as good. Lively vibe. Go to CG location for shorter wait)

Bocca di Lupo (Fantastic Italian. Handmade pasta. Great Atmosphere)

B A O (Taiwanese buns and ridic fried chicken. Worth standing in line for.)

Baozi Inn (Legit Sichuan a la Fuchsia Dunlop)

Corner Room (Thoughtful, beautiful food. Underrated.)

Honey and Co. (Neighborhood Middle Eastern joint with great mezze)

Kirazu (Creative Japanese tapas)

Koshari Street (Egyptian flavor bomb. Good if you’re in a hurry near Covent Garden)

Lyle’s (My favorite “high-end” restaurant in London. Like St. John, only better.)

Mandalay (Burmese noodle soups and curry. A cult classic)

Nopi (Mid-range. Small plates with loads of flavor)

Ottolenghi (Quick lunch place with super fresh ingredients)

Pollen St. Social (Upscale British. Show-stopping presentation)

Story Deli (Organic, thoughtful pizzas in a beautiful, hidden room off Brick Lane. Pizza’s are more like flatbread than traditional pie, but good in their own right)

The Grain Store (Creative, casual, vegetable heavy dishes)

The Shed (3 brothers: One in the kitchen, one in front of house, one on the farm in Sussex)

(Sweets and Breads)

Aux Merveilleux de Fred (Meringue and whipped cream clouds)

E5 Bakehouse (Sourdough kings!)

La Patisserie de Reves (Jewel-box of a bakery. Get the kouign amann)

Comptoir Gourmand (Vendor at the bigger markets. Order the bakewell tart)

Gelupo (Better than most of the gelato I’ve had in Italy. Pistachio, obviously)

Maitre Choux (Gorgeous éclaires)

Ottolenghi (Lovely, homey little treats for when you’re craving a pick-me-up)

(Food Markets)

Borough Market (The big must-do. Go early or on Thursday/Friday to beat the hoards)

Maltby Street Market (Sweet little lane of hot food vendors and a few lovely restaurants. I love this place)

Real Food Festival (Weekly street food market with huge array of choice. Try the bhel puri at Horn OK Please.

KERB (Summer, lunchtime street food fest)

Broadway and Netil ( Get Ca Phe Vn’s Vietnamese iced-coffee at Broadway and Bao’s fried chicken at Netil)

(Specialty Food Stores)

La Fromagerie (Epic cheese room)

Neal’s Yard Dairy (Loads of British cheese)

R Garcia & Sons (All things Spanish)

Scandinavian Kitchen (All things Scandi)

Totally Swedish (All things Swedish)

Provenance Butcher (Only the best from family farms. Excellent service)

Japan Centre (Mini grocery store, plus good food to go)

The Ginger Pig (Best butcher in London, plus hot food for lunch take away)


Le Beaujolais (Hole-in-the-wall French place with happy vibes)

Little Bird (Quality gin cocktails in an old railway arch at Maltby Market)

The Luggage Room (A dark, quiet corner with excellent cocktails)

(Afternoon Tea)

Claridge’s (Classic, bright, fancy desserts)

The Brown Hotel (Dark wood, piano player, fire place, intimate)

Dean Street Townhouse (Casual, plus cocktail menu)

Noble Fine Wine (Natural wines from small producers)

The Ritz (Showstopper, special occasion)

                                       Helpful Sites

London on the Inside

Time Out London

The Londonist

London Walks

Alternative London Tour



  1. Barrie Cullinan says:

    Hi Andrea! It’s Barrie Cullinan in Austin. I’m heading to London at the end of the month. Andy Wiggington told me about your blog, and I’m using it to help me plan my visit. So happy for you and all the wonderful things you get to see and eat!

  2. Andrea Duty says:

    Hi Barrie! That’s so great to hear! Please feel free to email me for more specific (and pastry heavy) suggestions. Also happy to meet up if you have any free time while in London. Cheers!

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