A Foodie’s Guide to London
Move to London and you will instantly see that it is a gastronome’s playground with something for every taste and every wallet, serving up awesome food experiences all day, every day. As the foodie scene continues to thrive in this cosmopolitan city, the profusion of food-related activities and events continues to grow, becoming at once more accessible and affordable.
So go ahead and check out a couple of our favorite places to eat and celebrate all things foodie in London town. But we must stress: this is not even the tip of the iceberg.
Brit rocks and tea pots
The Met Bar – $$
The Met Bar 19 Old Park Lane London W1K 1LB, + 44 (0) 20 7447 5865
A fun twist on the quintessential afternoon tea, The Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane serves up a delectable spread every afternoon except Sunday in the trendy surrounds of the Met Bar. With classic British snacks like mini pork pies, crumpets and dainty prawn cocktail pots, this is a great experience for tourists and locals alike. Take our advice and have a very light lunch – they’ll keep replenishing the treats until you can’t take any more!
Top up on tapas
Seven at Brixton – $
Unit 7, Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LB +44 (0) 20 7998 3309
Head to South London for a fantastic little hole in the wall with some of the best tapas around. From savoury patatas bravas to delectable Iberico ham and chorizo, you will fall in love with Spanish food at Seven. As if things couldn’t get more delicious, they offer brunch of all sizes from a full Spanish brekkie to chocolate churros. Treat your tastebuds to a ginger beer and basil mojito or a bloody Mary and watch the hustle and the bustle of the market go by.
The Ginger Pig – $$
8 – 10 Moxon Street Marylebone London W1U 4EW + 44 (0) 20 7935 7788
London’s trendiest butcher runs a series of butchery courses for ardent carnivores and beginners alike. Our favorite ? It’s got to be their sausage making master class, normally held at their Marylebone shop. Sausage making at The Ginger Pig is a wonderfully messy, hands-on experience with lots of useful advice from their butchers, from recipe ideas to how to get the most from your meat. Your three and a half hour lesson is topped off with a boozy supper of sausages and mash and doggie bag of your own sausages to take home with you.
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Perfect pub food
Ben’s Canteen – $
140 Saint John’s Hill Battersea London SW11 1SL + 44 (0) 20 7228 3260
Described by one food blogger as the “foodie equivalent of the girl or boy next door”, Ben’s Canteen is a modest little set up in Clapham that you may just fall head over heels in love with, with without quite realizing it. Serving up some of the best pulled pork burgers you may ever come across in your life, and proud makers of the best sausage roll in the UK, Ben’s Canteen does sublime cocktails in jam jars as well as a refreshing line of homemade ginger beers and lemonades. Get there before 7pm and you can order two courses for $19 and they’ll throw in a free drink. The also do two for one cocktails all night long on a Tuesday, and every day from 5 till 7. Don’t leave without trying one of their scotch eggs.
Cook up a storm
Recipease – $
92-94 Notting Hill Gate, Battersea + 44 (0) 20 3375 5398
Jamie Oliver’s food and kitchen shop runs a huge range of affordable and fun cookery courses, and the second best thing about them is that they’re all just a couple of hours in length. The best thing? You get to eat what you’ve cooked afterwards in relaxed surroundings with a glass of wine. Lessons run at the Notting Hill branch, and you can learn anything from Vietnamese street food to roast pork belly and perfect puds. There are frequent ‘bring a friend’ offers on at Recipease, so why not learn to cook the perfect steak together, and then sit down and enjoy it with a glass of red?