London is a hub for so many things, including fashion, finance and, most importantly, food. This vibrant city plays host to restaurants and culinary experiences as diverse as the people who inhabit it. We’ve picked out some of the most delicious and interesting experiences that will keep any BUCKiTDREAM veteran occupied.
Get Salty at Beigel Bake What’s more comforting than a chewy, warm homemade bagel? A chewy, warm homemade bagel slathered in delicious salt beef! Serving up divine bagels with any filling you can imagine, Beigel Bake is a traditional Jewish bakery located in the East End of London. They’re famous for their salt beef, which is carved in front of you, but you can always go for smoked salmon and cream cheese or just a plain bagel if you like. No matter what you choose, it’ll be the best bagel you’ve ever tasted — even if you’re a New Yorker!
Address: 159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB, UK
Find Your New Favorite Meal in Borough Market If you like supporting local producers, Borough Market is the spot for you. Unlike any farmers market you’ve ever been to, it showcases all the best food and drink producers in London. Whether you’re searching for the best blue cheese you’ve ever tasted, a slap-up meal of pie and mash, or the traditional fish and chips, Borough Market has what you’re looking for. Warm up with some homemade cider, or try a French pastry while perusing fresh vegetables. You’ll go home with a full tummy and lots of food to add to your pantry.
Address: Borough High St, London SE1 9AH, UK
Combine Cheap and Flash at Burger and Lobster Burgers and lobsters don’t seem like the likeliest of combinations, but this London chain restaurant makes it seem utterly logical. The first Burger and Lobster opened in Mayfair in 2001, and this popular restaurant now boasts locations across the UK and even further afield in places such as Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Stockholm. The brand’s ethos is focused on producing two dishes excellently, namely burgers and lobster. You can get a delicious burger, a lobster roll or a full lobster. If you’re feeling very indulgent, you can even get a lobster/burger combo!
Address: 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF, UK
Go back To Basics With Polpo Polpo aims to reflect its Venetian inspiration with a simple but delicious menu — and it definitely delivers. Using incredibly fresh ingredients and traditional Venetian cooking, this London stalwart provides a decadent meal for any Italian food junkie. Enjoy a glass of wine with some chili and crab linguine, or show up for their divine brunch. You won’t be disappointed no matter which option you choose. The restaurant has earned a place on Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list the past six years in a row.
Address: 41 Beak St, London, W1F 9SB, UK
Enjoy a Taste Of Naples at Pizza Pilgrims After two friends toured Italy in a beat-up van and learned how to cook proper street food, they came back to London and opened a restaurant. Pizza Pilgrims is the result. Serving authentic Neapolitan pizza in their restaurants and from their street van, the pilgrims are also known for their incredible dessert pizza, which features Nutella and ricotta. It sounds like a crazy combo, but it’s delicious!
Address: 11 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3RP, UK
Splash Out at Sushisamba If you really want to treat yourself to a fancy meal, you could do a lot worse than Sushisamba. Located in the famous Heron Tower, this swanky restaurant offers incredible views of the city of London and an odd but delicious combination of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food. The result is sushi made with yellowtail and jalapeño, sliders made with Kobe beef, and Nikkei salmon ceviche. A meal here will set you back some serious cash, but every bite is worth every penny. For an extra treat, try one of their signature cocktails.
Address: 110 Bishopsgate, 39th Floor, London EC2N 4AY, UK
Feel the Heat at Lupita For traditional, simple and affordable Mexican food, hit up Lupita. With locations in Central, West and East London, Lupita has been serving up incredible food to Londoners since 2013. Make sure you try their soft tacos and fresh guacamole and wash it down with a Mexican beer. If you’re feeling a bit delicate after a long night out, try their signature Michelada Clamato: a beer with Clamato and lime juice. It’s said to be the ultimate hangover cure!
Address: 13 – 15 Villiers St, London WC2N 6ND, UK
Enjoy Tradition and Warmth at Mien Tay Even the most adventurous epicure will at some point crave serious comfort food; if this describes you whilst out and about in London, you don’t need to look further than Mien Tay. Named for the area in Vietnam where the owners are from, the restaurant serves delicious Vietnamese staples including pho, bun hue and curries served in clay pots. If you’re feeling especially bold, they have a section on their menu featuring frogs legs and eel cooked in a variety of styles.
Address: 122 Kingsland Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 8DP, UK
When you’re full on all the food you can manage, don’t forget to note everything in your BUCKiTDREAM planner and share photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You never know who you could inspire to have their next culinary adventure!