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Best Places To Eat in London on The Next Somewhere Blog

With so many options for dining, here are some of the best places to eat in London curated by a local for a first-time visitor.

For a Londoner’s top five list, check out Top Five Things To Do in London

Even in the company of first-class sights like Big Ben and Tower Bridge, London’s food scene shines. The British capital is a gastronomic destination that excites, delights, and on occasion, intimidates even the most seasoned eaters. Two things to remember when visiting London: you won’t be able to eat everything, but hey, at least you have a reason to come back. Thanks to my sister’s local insights steering us in the right direction, we discovered the best places to eat in London. The spots featured on this London food guide gives you a satisfying sample of where to eat in London while being considerate of every budget and dietary need. From traditional Sunday roasts, trendy food halls, and iconic British fare, eat your way through London with me!

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Dishoom Kensington

Dishoom is a celebrated Indian restaurant group with entities all around the UK. But the Kensington location is my sister’s favorite (and for good reason)! It’s housed in a former bank and styled in memory of the jazz era in Bombay, giving it an art deco look and feel. Inspired by the Irani cafes in Bombay, the massive menu has something for everyone. And the brunch at Dishoom is perfect for big groups, with small plate choices in spades.

Cost: 💲💲💲
Type:
Indian
Address: 4 Derry St, London W8 5SE, United Kingdom
What To Order: Bottomless house chai, Okra Fries, their famous House Black Dal, Lamb Biryani, and ask about their specials

Dishoom Kensingotn Best Places to Eat in London Lamb Biryani

The Lamb Biryani was a sizeable lamb shank encased in biryani rice and baked into a tart

Dishoom Kensington Interiors Best Places to Eat in London

The art deco interiors of Dishoom Kensington

Richard Haward’s Oysters

Borough Market is THE place to eat in London for first-time visitors. From Malaysian to meat pies, ciders to Spanish, cheese to Czech, the historic marketplace has something for everybody. But you would be foolish to miss out on local specialties, particularly the Mersea oysters harvested by eighth generation fishermen at Richard Haward’s Oysters. Briny bivalves paired with a chilled glass of wine are a match made in heaven!

Cost: 💲
Type:
Seafood
Address: 35 Stoney St, London SE1 9AA, United Kingdom

BAO London

The BAO brand has a cult following in London thanks to brilliant marketing and inventive takes on classic Taiwanese dishes. If you have the patience to queue, the BAO Soho location is the goal. But the Borough Market location is equally fun, made to emulate a late night grill house. You can even rent out a private karaoke room! Order up using a dimsum-style tick-box menu.

Cost: 💲💲
Type: Taiwanese
Pro-tip: Each BAO location has its own unique menu so you’ll be getting different dishes depending on where you are.
Address: 13 Stoney St, London SE1 9AD, United Kingdom
What To Order: The Beefshort Rib Bao was my favorite of the baos and the Bubble Tea is not too sweet. The vegan Maitake Mushroom with Soy Egg is PACKED with umami. The BAO 15 set menu runs on weekdays from 12  – 6:30pm for–you guessed it–15GBP.

Bao London

The award-winning brand design has amassed a cult following.

Bao Borough Where to Eat in Borough Market

Bao’s dimsum-esque tick box menu, but make it graphic.

Best Places to eat in London Borough Market

Don’t skip out on the rice dishes as they’re packed with as much flavor as the baos.

Seven Dials Market

One of the best places to eat in London, Seven Dials Market has brought nineteen of the most promising street food vendors in the city all together under one roof. The trendy, multi-level food court has two main dining areas: the Banana Warehouse, a concourse of eateries under a glass-arched ceiling, and Cucumber Alley: a line-up of snackable eats. My picks:

📍Hipster Filipino food at Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen
📍Frothy cups of spicy chai at Chai Guys
📍Airy finger donuts at Longboys
📍Manity (Uzbek dumplings) at Oshpaz Dumplings
📍Decadent pita wraps at Shuk

Cost: 💲💲
Pro-tip: There are DJs that play on The Pink Stage and a bookshop.
Type: Food Hall
Address: 35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD, United Kingdom

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London is a city for foodies. Find this mural at Seven Dials Market next to Bong Bong’s Manila Canteen.

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Seven Dials Market Food Court Covent Garden
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Camden Market

Camden Market is a bustling outdoor market open seven days a week. In addition to choice shopping, you’ll have access to bars, cafes, bakeries, and savory eats. Row after row of food stalls and large crowds can be somewhat overwhelming. But instead of being paralyzed by one too many choices, go at it with an open mind and try as much as your wallet and belly permits. This approach leads to less disappointment and you can make a whole morning or afternoon at it. This is what I ate on my DIY food tour:

📍Shredded Beef Arepas at Arepazo Bros
📍Rendang at Toko Bali
📍Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice at Camden Juice
📍Crispy calamari at Ink Fish Bar
📍Bhangra Burgers at Baba G’s

Cost: 💲 to 💲💲
Type: Food Hall
Address: Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF

Camden Market Best Places to Eat in London

The stalls are open daily but be prepared for crowds no matter the hour.

Where to Eat in Camden Market

Arepaza Bros is my sister’s favorite spot for Venezuelan arepas.

sketch London

The Michelin-ranked sketch London is as much an artistic haven as it is a culinary destination, with miniature dioramas, self-playing pianos, bizarre egg pods in the bathroom (I mean it, go to the bathroom!) Dreamed up by Algerian restaurateur Mourad Mazouz, this whimsical and romantic conceptual space is in a league of its own. They have a luxurious afternoon tea beloved by influencers, but the gallery and cocktail lounge are equally buzz-worthy. Be prepared for a strict “Art Smart” dress code and a costly meal. It is perfect for a date night or an intimate gathering due to the six-person limit on bookings.

Cost: 💲💲💲💲
Type: Fine Dining\Modern European
Address: 9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG, United Kingdom
What To Order: Onion Rings, Fried Artichokes, Pan-Fried Escargots

Sketch London Fine Dining

The gallery has been redone in a yellow color scheme, entitled “Modern Magic.”

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Egg Pod bathroom skethc

The egg pod bathrooms are one of the most-talked about attractions at this art-forward restaurant.

Great Court Restaurant

Experience the two-hundred-year-old British tradition of afternoon tea in the atmospheric halls of The British Museum. Along with your selection of cream tea (tea accompanied by scones and clotted cream), you’ll also get three tiers of delicate finger sandwiches as well as quaint tarts, choux pastry, and sweet sponges. At 24 GBP per person, this is a steal considering the stately surroundings.

Cost: 💲
Type: Afternoon Tea
Pro-Tip: To make it extra special, upgrade to a prosecco afternoon tea for 30 GBP.
Address: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

Afternoon Tea things to do in London

Two for one museum outing and afternoon tea at the British Museum.

Sella's first afternoon tea
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Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is a high-end department store catering to epicureans. This is a great place to pick up gourmet souvenirs but did you know that on top of fancy food shopping hauls, you can indulge in one of London’s best afternoon tea experiences? Choose from a selection of 150 Fortnum teas to sip with a dainty cake in hand in the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. From rose petal jelly, checkered Battenburg slices, and cream-filled Victoria sponge cakes, you’ll be supping like royalty.

Cost: 💲💲💲
Type: Afternoon Tea
Address: 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER, United Kingdom

Fortnum & Mason Food in London

Pick up some gourmet goods as a tasty souvenir.

Homeslice Pizza

Hidden in the colorful Neal’s Yard is a pizza paradise. Formerly a food stall, Homeslice Pizza became a permanent institution in this alleyway thanks to the popularity of its innovative pizzas adorned with in-season ingredients. But if pizzas topped with lamb or wagyu beef feel too complicated, the classics are on par, if not better. And best of all, you can order either a full-sized 20” pizza or by the slice (note: this isn’t available for all flavors).

Cost: 💲
Type: Pizza
Address: 13 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP, United Kingdom
What To Order: Call me a purist, but you cannot go wrong with the OG Margherita (tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil). It was so good, I’m still thinking about it.

best places to eat pizza in london homeslice pizza

Only select flavors can be ordered by the slice.

Neal's Yard Cool Places in London

Photogenic Neal’s Yard is a fun little corner of London.

The Nelson’s Pub

If your London trip falls on a Sunday, make your way to Columbia Road Flower Market for fresh florals and pleasurable people watching. A two-minute walk from the flower market is The Nelson’s, a popular pick on the Sunday Roast circuit. Heads up: this gay-friendly pub is decorated with childish drawings of genitalia. If you’re not a prude and don’t mind a long wait (especially with bigger parties), you’ll be spoiled with a heaping plate of roast meat, grilled vegetables, and Yorkshire pudding swimming in dark gravy. Brighten the meat with mint sauce, mustard, and/or horseradish. Reservations are highly recommended.

Cost: 💲💲
Type: British
Pro-Tip: On the menu, look for the “Pimp Your Roast” section. You can double the gravy or ask for another Yorkshire Pudding.
Address: 32 Horatio St, Bethnal Green, London E2 7SB, United Kingdom

Best Sunday Roast in London

Sunday Roast is a family affair but make sure to reserve in advance for large parties!

Where to Eat Sunday Roast Nelson's Pub

A plate of Sunday Roast consists of meat, roasted veg, Yorkshire pudding, and sauce boat filled with gravy.

The Comedy Pub

Opinions surrounding British cuisine’s bland reputation are misguided. In order to properly educate yourself on British flavors, head to The Comedy Pub in London’s glitzy West End, where laughs are served beside pub grub. With shows every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night, this is the best place to eat British classics before catching a live stand-up comedy performance.

Cost: 💲💲
Type: British
Address: 7 Oxendon St, London SW1Y 4EE, United Kingdom
What To Order: The Sticky Toffee Pudding stole the show. Definitely shareable, but you won’t want to share. The Bangers and Mash plate (mashed potatoes, gravy, and sausages) were simply delectable. Their Fish and Chips portion is more than generous. Wash it down with a pint of draught beer.

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Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream

Memories of my childhood came flooding back to me the moment I stepped inside Mamasons, London’s first filipino ice cream parlor. “Dirty Ice Cream” is a playful nickname for ice cream sold on the streets of the Philippines in metal carts. And no, the ice cream is not dirty at all. With calamansi, a sweet and tart citrus from the Philippines, malty milo flavored with Milo drinking chocolate and queso cheese, Mamasons captures Filipino culture in every scoop.

Cost: 💲
Type: Filipino/Ice Cream
Address: 32 Newport Court, Chinatown London WC2H 7PQ
What To Order: The Ube flavor is nutty and creamy, black buko (blackened coconut) in bilog (a sweet bun that is used as a vessel for scoops in the Philippines), and Halo-Halo, a shaved ice dessert made with condensed milk, beans, and leche flan.

mamasons dirty ice cream

A gallery wall at an ice cream parlor is always sweet in my book.


Map of all the Best Places To Eat in London

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Filipina-American Millette Stambaugh is a thirty-something former expat who has traded her nomadic ways for a grounded life in Philadelphia. Moonlighting as a corporate worker, part-time content creator Millette specializes in curiosity and wants to help others find their "next somewheres." Follow her journeys around the world on Instagram, Youtube, and Tiktok @thenextsomewhere.

Comments:

  • January 26, 2023

    I haven’t been to London yet but I’ll definitely be saving this for when I plan a trip! I love that you share something for everyone. The locally sourced pizza is so cool and who doesn’t love ice cream?!

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  • Kelly

    January 26, 2023

    When travelling, one of the most difficult things to figure out is where the best restaurants are. It’s great to know where the locals eat, as these places usually have the best food. Great post.

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  • Kim

    January 26, 2023

    The egg pod bathrooms are intriguing. I’ve never seen anything like it. Great tips for where to eat in London.

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  • January 26, 2023

    Oh wow, I didn’t realize you could have tea at the British Museum, but I am all about that! The comedy Pub looks like a winner too. Saving for my next London trip.

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