Best London restaurants

I originally planned on writing one big post about restaurants, shopping, and sightseeing in London but I quickly realized that would be a massive post! And I know no one likes to read those, so I decided to break it up. After all, the topic of the best London restaurants could probably take up a whole blog on its own, let alone just a post.

So I’m just going to cover the best London restaurants and dessert shops in this post – stay tuned for another post about other great food from London’s markets and afternoon teas!

10 Greek Street – this is a small restaurant in Soho that I decided was a must-try after seeing it recommended on multiple websites. And it definitely lived up to its recommendations. Hayley and I shared some small plates, which were all good but the highlight was the bruschetta with burrata, onion, pine nuts, and broad beans. We are great at sharing except when it comes to dessert, so we decided to get our own. And I’m glad we did because there is no way I would have wanted to share my apricot and almond tart!

10 Greek Street

Bibimbap – To be honest I’ve never actually had bibimbap from a restaurant before, so I don’t have anything to compare this restaurant to, but I really enjoyed it and it seems to be popular since there was a 10-15 minute wait to get a table on a week night!

Bibimbap

C Lidgate – okay this place isn’t actually a restaurant: it’s a butcher shop that apparently has the best meat pies in all of London. After hearing this we of course had to try one, so one evening we picked ourselves up a coq au vin pie and took it back to Marlow to bake it. The verdict? Pretty delicious! The pastry was perfection, but I actually prefer my own coq au vin recipe.

C Lidgate coq au vin pie

Lick – This was actually my first time trying gelato! Usually gelato is a no-go for me because of my nut allergies, but the person at the counter reassured me that they take measures to prevent cross-contamination at Lick. Hayley and I shared the honeycomb flavour, which we both really enjoyed.

Lick gelato

Mildred’s – if you’re a vegetarian or vegan travelling in London, it has no shortage of restaurants for you! We tried out Mildred’s, which was a seriously hopping place so we knew it must be good. We split the pan fried halloumi, cherry tomato and wilted spinach with balsamic glaze to start, and we both loved it. I was craving vegetables after not eating many for the past few days, so I ordered their organic energizing detox salad with beets, carrots, fennel, sprouting beans, sultanas, coriander and toasted seeds with an apple ginger dressing and tofu for my main. It was good, but I wish I’d ordered something else like Hayley’s risotto cake with grape mustard cream sauce or the vegetarian burrito with guacamole.

Mildred's

The Pudding Bar – I’m so glad I was in London when I went or else I might have missed this pop up shop that is only open for a few months. The name might mean explaining though… because it’s not a bar devoted entirely to pudding! “Pudding” is actually what they call dessert in the UK. Hayley and I split two choices: the s’more cheesecake with clotted cream ice cream and the strawberry Eton mess. So delicious!

The Pudding Bar

Polpo – this is a small plates style restaurant that serves Venetian cuisine. There are a couple locations in London, but we went to the one in Notting Hill. We had the spicy pork and fennel meatballs; prosciutto, smoked mozzarella and rocket pizzette; and zucchini with Parmesan and basil. Everything was great, and I was really impressed with how they managed to make zucchini (a very boring vegetable in my opinion) so delicious.

polpo

Recipease – this is Jamie Oliver’s food and kitchen shop that offers a selection of prepared foods, pantry foods, kitchen equipment, cooking classes, and a cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks. Hayley and I stopped here for tea on our first day in London and we made sure to return for a meal before the end of my trip. I had two small plates: Smoked salmon with potato and radish salad and horseradish creme fraiche and smashed spicy avocado on sourdough toast. Both were fantastic and exactly the style of fresh, simple cooking I would expect from Jamie’s restaurant.

Recipease

Sticks n’ Sushi – Hayley declared she was craving sushi one day and of course I was on board (when do I not want sushi?), so she did a quick search and found this winner. On top of beautiful decor it also has great service and a really intriguing menu. The only downside is its prices. Luckily I wasn’t feeling too hungry so I didn’t have to order much, but my tatami roll (avocado, cucumber, salmon, dengaku miso, chives, red onion, and fresh ginger) and seaweed salad still came to over £16 (that’s about $30 in Canadian dollars)!

Sticks n Sushi

We clearly found a lot of great restaurants in London, but I wish I had another few months there to eat my way through the city!

Have you ever been to London? What’s your favourite restaurant there?

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  1. Ahhhh Chelsea! I am so unbelievably jealous of you!!! I have not been to any of these, but have heard of a few as they are right by where friends of mine live. I could tell this food was in England without you even saying. Just has a look about it, I love that you tried gelato for the first time over there….as I think it has been in the states for much longer, but thats great…and closer to italy I guess :)

    As for your questions?!! YESSSS! I LIVE(D) there, and I miss it sooooooooo much!!!! I loved Lobster and Burger….did you hear/try that?

  2. Love this list- bookmarking it for my next trip!! I especially can’t wait to try The Pudding Bar! That’s the beauty of London- there’s always something new to try…even when you think you’ve been everywhere. I tried out Sticks & Sushi when I was there in June and LOVED it…not so much the price though! It came to £65 per person- eeks!

    • Chelsea

      Hopefully The Pudding Bar will still be there when you go next – I think they said they would only be open for another few months (but then potentially they might open a permanent location).

      Yiiiikes! That’s nuts. It’s lucky I had a small appetite the day I went there (because it was the day after pigging out at the Mad Hatter’s tea hahaha).

  3. i want to come visit you. and go everywhere. i’m hungry!

  4. Hahaha it looks like you two are well in London ;) Haven’t been yet but can’t wait to go and will definitely be checking out some of these! Too bad the pudding place won’t be open though :( that sounds like an awesome idea!

  5. Looks like you guys eat well! I’d love to try Jamie Oliver’s restaurant/kitchen shop-thing sometime. I definitely haven’t been to London before, but it’s on the bucket list!

    • Chelsea

      I definitely recommend it. I would have loved to have done a cooking class there too if we’d had the time! Too bad Jamie didn’t teach them himself though. ;)

  6. Thanks for the tips, I’ll definitely keep this in mind for the next food related date I have in town. They will definitely come in handy when my mum and grandmother come and visit me in a couple of weeks, so great timing!
    Also, it seems like you spent a lot of your time in Greek Street? ;-) Which I can’t blame you for, I love Soho!

    • Oh, and I forgot to add that some of my favourite restaurants are Busaba Thai, Aurora (Soho) and Santa Maria (Italian pizza, based in Ealing). I also love the tapas at Barrafina, although one have to queue an hour for a table, and it’s rather expensive.

    • Chelsea

      Haha yes we loved Soho too! Greek Street had some fabulous places to eat.

  7. I would go there -just- for the nut-free gelato! Kidding. Kind of ;) I’ve never been to London, but it’s definitely on the travel bucket list. And food in Europe is pretty much just brilliant overall. Definitely better than some of the strange modified, chemical-laden, and hormone-injected weirdness that we get on this side of the ocean :shock:

    • Chelsea

      Actually I was a bit surprised by how much fast food I saw in London, but I’m guessing that’s because it was in a big city. Marlow was much different – there was practically no fast food joints there – and I’m guessing it’s the same in many other small English towns.

  8. First time trying gelato? How dare you. That’s okay, I forgive you.

    I love your restaurant/foodie recaps because I salivate and are so varied! I loved soho for their bohemian style and quirky restaurants- I wish you guys ventured to Brick lane- BEST CURRIES!

    • Chelsea

      This was my first time finding a gelato place that was safe for my allergies!

      Where is Brick Lane? I don’t know if we ever came across it!

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