One can find n number of listicles on the internet that will lead them to the best eateries around London. But what a Londoner really eat on a daily basis? Surely not all of them are hanging out at Michelin starred restaurants or the fancy new establishment that promises to re-innovate British food. If you’re curious to eat like a local, then read on to find out what a typical working-class Londoner’s daily meals look like.
Meal 1: Breakfast
No one has the appetite, the time or the luxury to afford a full English Breakfast on a daily basis. Most Londoners will typically grab their favourite cereal, a quick toast or portion of eggs and a cuppa tea or coffee. Most Londoners have to rush and catch the tube to work, so breakfast affair is kept as short as possible, and energies as high as possible. Those who cannot spare time to whip up breakfast at home will often make a quick pit stop at their local cafe or the good ol’ Pret.
Of course, once in a while, one may indulge in traditional English breakfast which includes bacon, bangers, eggs, veggies, toast, baked beans and more as desired. Given the number of things that go on the traditional breakfast plate, one would usually head out to a local restaurant or pub for a good breakfast deal.
Meal 2: Lunch
Lunches on weekdays are usually kept compact. A sandwich, a drink and a bag of crisps. Most local supermarkets and groceries will offer meal deals during lunchtime that offer multiple options on combos. A sandwich can be easily switched up with a wrap or salad to break the monotony but the overall meal composition remains pretty standard.
On weekends though, one may prefer something more elaborate. The traditional route is to opt for a Sunday Roast consisting of roast beef, roast potatoes, veggies and Yorkshire pudding. However, the brunching trend has really caught up with the city and nearly every popular eatery offers great bottomless brunch deals to help you wear off the week’s stress and gear up for the next week.
Meal 3: Tea / Dinner / Supper
Depending on how early the final meal of the day is had, it can be called tea, dinner or supper. As one returns home after a long day at work, tea helps the system relax and recalibrate. The hot beverage is followed immediately with a meat dish accompanied by veggies. Curries, pasta and rice have come to become favoured meal selections nowadays.
There are plenty of takeaway and delivery options easily accessible all across the city, so one can quite easily include international food for a mid-week dinner instead of having to wait till the weekend to go out.
How to make the most of your short trip to London?
If you’re visiting London for a short while and would like to learn more about the food habits of Londoners, then the best way to do so would be to find a food host near you and sign up for an food event that entices you – a walking food tour, a culinary workshop or even a home food dinner. There’s no better way to experience local food than by sharing the meal with a local in their own home.