London’s Top Food Trucks Worth Chasing

Aren’t food trucks just amazing? It’s literally fast food on the move with straight forward menus, quick service and more often than not – bang on flavours. It’s the most efficient way of selling and eating food, especially when at food markets and festivals. Here’s our compilation of top food trucks that are worth chasing around town.

1. The Cheese Truck

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This no frills food truck is what you need to chase down if you’re in the mood for a ridiculously cheesy grilled cheese sandwich. Their aim is to show people just how amazing British cheese is and they do so quite successfully by melting locally sourced cheeses combined with artisanal breads. Popularly found at Maltby Street Market the truck travels a lot and you easily find their location via their social media. 

2. Rainbo

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Who says food truck food cannot be healthy? Rainbo, inspired by Tokyo serves delicious and nutritious Japanese street food. Their dishes are not colorful, vibrant and tasty, but they’re actually good for you. They can be easily found at popular food markets and festivals, but to find out where you can grab them delish Gyoza dumplings follow their social media for updates.

3. Anna Mae’s

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They call themselves London’s original crack mac dealers – and it’s only fitting because Anna Mae’s food truck deals in only the most gooey and delicious mac & cheese in London. Having travelled around multiple festivals and shortlisted for multiple street food awards, Anna Mae’s has gathered a loyal following of customers. Due to the popularity of their exceptional recipes, Anna Mae’s has also released an exclusive cookbook. Follow their trail via their social media.

4. Mother Clucker

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Lovers of fried chicken, this is the truck you want to chase down. Mother Clucker serves tea brined, buttermilk soaked, twice batter-fried chicken – making it truly the mother of fried chicken in London. Their truck moves around, but it’s usual haunt is at Elys Yard at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane.

5. Luardos

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Given the ease of compiling Mexican fare, it seems like the most natural choice for a food truck. Serving since 2007, the original Luardos truck can be found parked at Whitecross Market whereas their second truck is usually on festival rounds and available for hire. They specialize in all the Mexican classics – burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and a whole host of canapes.

6. Jhalmuri Express

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As the legend goes, years ago Chef Angus Duncan made a random stop at Calcutta (now Kolkata), and fell instantly in love with Bengali culture. He kept returning to reinforce his love for Bengali food, and in particular the street food also known as chaat. And now he travels around London spreading his love for Bengali chaat through his humble pushcart, sometimes van, the Jhalmuri Express. Decked in colourful signages & garlands as inspired from street food vendors in Bengal, Angus’s van serves Indian flavours like no other. Follow his twitter @jhalmuriexpress to follow his trail!

The Best Chinese Cooking Class in London

Travelling in London can be difficult, because there is so much going on. But one thing you definitely want to do is explore food in London, because between rooftop restaurants, terrace gardens and cooking classes, there is something for everyone. You should not leave London without indulging in Chinese cuisine, whether it is on the floating restaurant on the Regent’s Park canal, Feng Shang Princess, or from one of Chinatown’s bustling alleys with smells that transport you from Central London to Asia. Soho’s Chinatown is a peak food district in London, an eclectic area which shows what a metropolitan cultural melting pot the big smoke really is. But why not step things up a notch and attend a Chinese cooking class? That way, the flavours you explored in London travel home with you, gracing your kitchens whenever you fancy a bao bun or peking duck.

School of Wok

Contact: 020 7240 8818

Address: 61 Chandos Pl, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HG

School of Wok in Covent Garden has got more than just a killer pun going for it. It is Europe’s only award-winning Asian and Oriental cooking school, making it the most obvious go-to if you are looking to learn about and explore food in London. Whether you are looking to spend an hour learning the basics of bao buns, or wanting to dedicate the day to learning how to prepare a full-day Chinese banquet meal, School of Wok has you covered.

Prices start at £15 and climb depending on the level of expertise you are looking to acquire and how much time you are willing to spend in their modern, well-stocked kitchens. You can get the insight into dim sum you have always wanted, learn some staples as well as some vegetarian show-stoppers that will elevate your dinner parties to a whole new level. No matter which course you choose to do, booking a School of Wok Chinese cooking class is the first easy step towards taking a piece of Chinese culture home to your kitchen. It really woks.

Le Cordon Bleu “Taste of Asia”

Contact: 020 7400 3900

Address: 15 Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, London WC1A 2LS

Anyone with a passion for fine dining and an aptitude for cooking will have heard or even dreamed of attending Le Cordon Bleu Cookery School in Holborn. This internationally recognised gastronomical establishment was once a noble tribute to the world of French cuisine, and now offers such a diverse selection of multi-ethnic courses that the name holds immense culinary weight across most cuisines.

Their Chinese Tastes of Asia course is a prime example of this culinary variety, proffering trade secrets of well-loved Chinese dishes. It covers the fundamental pillars of Chinese cuisine, including everything involved in creating a mouth-watering peking duck: from preparing, poaching and drying the bird to glazing, roasting and devouring its tender flavours with a dreamy hoisin sauce. It delves into the necessity and intricacy of marinades, how to wrap spring rolls to spill-free perfection and how to get noodles at the perfect consistency. Though this may sound daunting, the course is open to all abilities.

The £230 price includes the six hour training session, a branded tea-towel and apron, all the ingredients necessary as well as the equipment you will be using. Though you are encouraged to eat and sample all the delicacies you make, you are also welcome to take things home with you to show off to your family or nibble on leftovers from your hotel suite. But you don’t just take the produce of your hard work home and when the leftovers are finished, you will still have skills that will serve you a lifetime!

London Cookery School

Contact: 07756 289779

Address: 296 Holloway Rd, London N7 6NJ

This culinary hotspot in Holloway is a haven for anyone interested in learning how to become masters of food. But one of their specialties and most popular courses is their dim sum class, where attendees can learn how to make these small-plate Chinese favourites. For only £45, these little taste sensations could be one of the go-to meals you make for your friends and family. The teachers are not just there to tell you what to chop and which spices to use – though that is certainly a handy part of the process! They are there to help you learn and understand the flavours and the process, so that you are able to adapt the recipes and techniques to suit your own kitchen. You will learn not only how to make them in their specified shapes, but also get a bit of an insight into the cultural significance and relevance of those shapes.

This is not exclusively a way to explore food in London, but a course that shows you how to transfer those skills into your everday life and enjoy them forever.

The Avenue Cookery School

Contact: 020 8874 7623

Address: 3 Enterprise Way, London SW18 1FZ

While School of Wok and Le Cordon Bleu offer courses with a range of items in Chinese cuisine, London Cookery School and The Avenue Cookery School is where you want to be heading if you have got a specific Chinese dish in mind. For London Cookery School, it is their dim sum class you want to b-line for. Whereas, The Avenue Cookery School is the end goal if you want to learn how to recreate delicious bao buns. Often eaten as a lighter meal or starter, bao buns originate in the Fuzhou region of China.

Depending on the class you pick – there are a couple to choose from, all dedicated to bao buns – you can get all sorts of packages. Some include dinner and bottomless drinks, and some are quick crash courses, but they all send you home with a brain full of technique and a bag full of buns. What’s there not to love about that? Vegetarians are welcome and upon prior request can be catered for. Just know this: you will leave with a newfound obsession with bao buns but it is worth the risk.

There you have it – a simple formula for food-based success: head to London and book a Chinese cooking course. Though the experience will come to an end, you will reap the benefits of the time and effort you put into these courses every time you open to fridge and wonder what you will make for dinner.

Soho’s Fresh Pasta Hotspot Could Double Up in Central London

If you never heard of Pastaio in Soho, now’s the time because a second of Stevie Parle’s fresh pasta restaurants may very well be in the pipeline for an opening in the very near future.

This current hotspot looks like it’s going to be doubling up on James Street in Marylebone, where the premises license is said to have Stevie Parle’s name on it. The license is still not fully confirmed however, and despite the name Pastaio being clearly written on the licensing act, Stevie Parle refuses to let us in on anything. There is said to have been a mix-up with the wording…

The celebrated chef and restaurateur, who owns Rotorino, Craft London and Palatino, opened his popular fresh pasta, no reservations restaurant Pastaio back in 2007. His success has gone a long way from there. In 2010 he acquired the title of Young Chef of the Year, and later formed Stevie Parle’s Restaurants, with business partner Liam Nelson in 2014.

Stevie Parle earned his success with merit, having worked in his early ages in some of the great restaurants of the world and travelled extensively across Europe, the Middle East and Asia to inspire his cooking. The result is five running restaurants within London each performing extremely well.

Pastaio, is casual, communal, vibrant and colorful, featuring a back wall which is enhanced by an eye-catching wall mural by artist supermundane. Customers are welcomed by large tables suited to fit several different parties at a time to encourage socializing. The main attraction to this venue however is very clearly the food. Handmade, fresh, good quality, simple and affordable are what characterizes each and every dish. Stevie Parle has definitely mastered the art of keeping things simple, as his restaurant is constantly overflowing with customers.

London Food Guide: Top Restaurants Around Neighbourhoods of North London

When you find yourself in London just for a few days, you would be tempted to get your hands on the best delicacies that the city has to offer. We have sorted you with the top 10 places to eat in London, however, not all the places on our list may be easily accessible from where you may be put up. Here’s our guide to finding the best grub in London, based on the popular neighbourhoods around the city so that you can have a wonderful culinary experience irrespective of where you are – be it East, West, North, South or Central. 

Here’s a compilation of our favorite restaurants around neighbourhoods in North London:

1. King’s Cross

Located very close to the famous King’s Cross and St. Pancras stations, Dishoom is an absolute favourite amongst locals when it comes to getting good Indian food coupled with fancy yet laid back ambience. Be prepared to wait though as there is always a queue. If it’s a cold or rainy evening though, they ensure that glasses of complimentary ‘cutting chai’ as well as umbrellas are going around to keep the patrons warm and happy. 

2. Camden 

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Camden is the perfect neighbourhood to spend an entire day eating, hopping from kiosk to another and tasting flavours from all around the world. If you must pick just one place, then we suggest you select Honest Burgers for some straightforward and honestly fabulous burgers. They do chicken, beef as well as vegetarian burgers. Select your patty, toppings and grab yourself a beer to enjoy this hearty meal at a nominal price.

3. Islington

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Ottolenghi on Upper Street in Islington is known for serving great breakfasts and healthy mediterranean food. They have separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and while it’s recommended to make reservations you can also choose to queue up for a walk-in. Don’t forget to try one of their intensely popular cakes.

4. Hampstead

Commonly listed as one of the best pubs in London, The Spaniards Inn is worth a visit to Hampstead. This authentically British dining experience oozes with history, style, elegance and comfort. Open daily from 12 noon to 11pm, a meal for two will cost you about £55 inclusive of alcohol.

Another place to check out would be Creperie de Hampstead for some fantastic French crepes. 

For more top picks of restaurants, check out our other blogs in the series: Central, South, East & West.

London Food Guide: Top Restaurants Around Neighbourhoods of West London

When you find yourself in London just for a few days, you would be tempted to get your hands on the best delicacies that the city has to offer. We have sorted you with the top 10 places to eat in London, however, not all the places on our list may be easily accessible from where you may be put up. Here’s our guide to finding the best grub in London, based on the popular neighbourhoods around the city so that you can have a wonderful culinary experience irrespective of where you are – be it East, West, North, South or Central. 

Here’s a compilation of our favorite restaurants around neighbourhoods in West London:

1. Hammersmith

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For a delightfully pleasant weekend lunch in West London, you can head to The River Cafe in Hammersmith. Fabulous food, relaxed atmosphere and an overall great dining experience is what you are guaranteed to get at this Italian place. Priced on the heavier side, you will need to make reservations in advance.

Another place worth visiting is Bombay Chow. A less expensive alternative that serves excellent Indo-Chinese cuisine. 

2. Ealing

No other place does wholesome, tasty and pocket friendly meals better than Farm W5 located at The Green in Ealing. Their ingredients are sourced daily from British producers and their menu includes freshly made salads, sandwiches and wraps – customized as per your order. Their little eatery also houses a juice bar, organic ice cream selection and a collection of bread, fresh fruits, dairy and delicatessen.

Ealing is also home to some of London’s finest pizzerias – Santa Maria and Franco Manca, if you have pizza on your mind (like we always do!)

3. Notting Hill

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The Ledbury in Notting Hill holds 2 Michelin stars, and has featured in World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for innovative British and European fare paired with exceptional service. Lunch for two can is about £250, so save this option for when you’re in a mood to splurge.

However, for a cheaper meal, you can head to the Egg Break cafe on Uxbridge street, and enjoy some quality eggs served the way you like.

4. Fulham

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Located on Dawes Road in Fulham, Baileys is a good place to try the classic British food – Fish & Chips. Quick service, good taste and nominal pricing is what makes this place popular amongst locals.

If you’re not a fan of fish, then you can visit 222 Veggie Vegan located at 222 North End Road, for some delicious meatless delights.

5. Knightsbridge

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In Knightsbridge you could visit the highly rated Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, holder of 2 Michelin stars and located in Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, or if you want something less fancy and more affordable then there’s Burger & Lobster on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols. Their straightforward menu promises a scrumptious and fulfilling meal without breaking the bank.

6. Richmond

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Maki on Kew Road in Richmond is a quaint Japanese restaurant open from 6pm – 10pm daily, except on Sundays when it opens up early at 12pm. It serves all your classic Japanese dishes, bringing traditional flavours of Japan to your plate at reasonable prices.

7. Shepherds Bush

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Located in the Shepherd’s Bush neighbourhood, the Westfield Shopping Center on Ariel Way is a popular spot both amongst locals and visitors. You’ll be spoilt for choice with their numerous food outlets offering a vast variety of cuisines. We recommend you check out The Meat Co. for some mouthwatering South African flavours, Busaba Eathai for some aromatic Thai curry or Snog if you just want some desserts. 

For more top picks of restaurants, check out our other blogs in the series: Central, South, North & East.

London Food Guide: Top Restaurants Around Neighbourhoods of East London

When you find yourself in London just for a few days, you would be tempted to get your hands on the best delicacies that the city has to offer. We have sorted you with the top 10 places to eat in London, however, not all the places on our list may be easily accessible from where you may be put up. Here’s our guide to finding the best grub in London, based on the popular neighbourhoods around the city so that you can have a wonderful culinary experience irrespective of where you are – be it East, West, North, South or Central. 

Here’s a compilation of our favorite restaurants around neighbourhoods in East London:

1. Shoreditch 

Located on Redchurch Street, Andina is a casual dining space serving healthy Peruvian food juices. They call themselves a ‘picanteria’ which is the traditional term for restaurants amongst communities of the Peruvian Andes. Andina pairs the best British ingredients with distinct Peruvian flavors and adds a touch of contemporary Peruvian creativity. You can check out their express menu – the Llama Menu Rapido – for a delicious pocket friendly and wholesome meal!

2. Hoxton

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If you’re in Hoxton looking for a hearty meaty meal then head straight MEATmission in Hoxton Market. Just as the name suggests, this place is a haven for meat lovers. Not only will it satisfy all your meat cravings, but the venue itself – an old Christian Missionary complete with stained glasses and a confession box-turned-photo booth – will ensure your social media is lit! 

Vegetarians need not ignore this place as they have not only vegetarian options but vegal deals as well! 

3. Bricklane

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Poppies has won in the past “Best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant” at The National Fish & Chip Awards (yep, this is a real thing in the UK). Need we say more? Head to this fun little restaurant on Hanbury Street serving authentic British fish & chips since 1952.

4. Hackney 

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Stepping into Buen Ayre in Broadway Market is like stepping into Argentina. Their popular steaks will leave you satisfied like no other, and the friendly cheerful atmosphere will give you a feel of the Argentine culture. Check this place out on Hackney for your meat cravings.

Non-meat eaters can hop over to good old Franco Manca pizzeria, also in Broadway Market, where you can find plenty of delicious vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

5. Spitalfields

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Another great place for pizza in East London is Pizza Union an Italian pizza bar serving Roman style fire-baked, thin & crispy pizzas. Find it at Sandy’s Row in Spitalfields for some superfast service and pocket friendly meals.

6. Dalston

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Berber & Q is the place you want to check out in Dalston which serves grilled & smoked meats cooked over charcoal and tantalizing flavours from the east paired with groovy music from the west. The grill house is open from 6-11pm daily, and also opened for lunch on weekends. 

For a middle eastern restaurant with more vegetarian options, you can check out Stone Cave on Kingsland High Street instead.

7. Clerkenwell 

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In Clerkenwell you simply need to head to Exmouth Market to be surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants and kiosks to choose from. Our picks would be Morito, serving Spanish fare and Caravan serving European. While Caravan is a bit on the expensive side, Morito will go easy on your wallet with its delicious tapas but both of them make for an excellent choice when you want to switch it from your standard pizza or burger.

8. Stoke Newington

A favourite amongst locals. Rasa N16 is also one of the best known vegetarian restaurants in London, with a lot of regular customers who like to keep coming back. The small and cozy place is distinctly decorated in pink and serves high quality South Indian food. Do make it a point to visit this when in Stoke Newington.

You can also check out our top picks for restaurants in other parts of London: Central, South, North & West.

London Food Guide: Top Restaurants Around Neighbourhoods of South London

When you find yourself in London just for a few days, you would be tempted to get your hands on the best delicacies that the city has to offer. We have sorted you with the top 10 places to eat in London, however, not all the places on our list may be easily accessible from where you may be put up. Here’s our guide to finding the best grub in London, based on the popular neighbourhoods around the city so that you can have a wonderful culinary experience irrespective of where you are – be it East, West, North, South or Central. 

Here’s a compilation of our favorite restaurants around neighbourhoods in South London:

1. London Bridge

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If you’re around London Bridge then head to Borough Market to discover some fun culinary variety. Your best bet is going to be Padella, the restaurant known to serve the best pasta in the city but if you are looking for an alternative, we recommend you check out Tapas Brindisa for some Spanish Tapa treats!

2. Peckham 

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The Begging Bowl on Bellenden Road in Peckham is the place to go for delicious Thai flavours paired with an essence of rich Thai & Budhhist culture. The Begging Bowl is a reference to the vessel used by Buddhist monks in Thailand in a daily morning ritual where people come out on the streets to donate food and earn merit. They have plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options as well. Make a reservation or prepare to arrive early as the place tends to get quite packed up in the evenings.

3. Brixton 

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On Atlantic Road in Brixton you can find this quaint restaurant called Kricket serving Indian inspired cooking repackaged as elegant meals that are perfect for sharing with friends and 

Family. If you’re looking for something less elaborate but a delicious meal nonetheless, head over to Franco Manca in Market Row for the best Sourdough pizza of your life!

4. Clapham 

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Visit Michelin starred restaurant Trinity in the heart of Clapham Old Town for a memorable gastronomical experience brought to you by celebrity chef Adam Byatt. Serving delectable British cuisine, Trinity has a lunch and a dinner menu, as well as a separate vegetarian menu. They can also prepare a vegan menu upon pre-request. They have a second space, right above Trinity, called Upstairs which offers casual dining for those who prefer something more laid back, or a special space for private functions.

If you are looking to grab some quick bites, check out Roti Joupa on Clapham High Street which serves pocket friendly Carribean fare. 

5. Pimlico 

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Cyprus Mangal in the heart of Pimlico serves you classic & modern interpretations of Turkish cuisine. Their warm and welcoming atmosphere will make your dining experience an enjoyable one, whereas their nominal prices will not break the bank.

6. Wimbledon 

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If you want to transport yourself to Italy just for a meal, then visit Al Forno on Kings Road in Wimbledon. Authentic Italian flavours and authentic Italian atmosphere complete with a wood over, bustling environment and friendly staff. Cost for two is £35 on an average making it a reasonable choice when looking for good Italian food.

7. Battersea

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Splurge on all day breakfast menu at The Breakfast Club in Battersea Rise, treating yourself to classic American pancakes and fry-ups. This popular place is frequented by locals, and this place not only prides itself on being good at what they do, but also in being good to the world by contributing to an ever growing list of charities. Enjoy a meal for two at about £40 and rest assured that your money is being truly well spent.

Check out our top picks for restaurants in other parts of London as well: Central, North, East & West.

London Food Guide: Top Restaurants Around Neighbourhoods of Central London

When you find yourself in London just for a few days, you would be tempted to get your hands on the best delicacies that the city has to offer. We have sorted you with the top 10 places to eat in London, however, not all the places on our list may be easily accessible from where you may be put up. Here’s our guide to finding the best grub in London, based on the popular neighbourhoods around the city so that you can have a wonderful culinary experience irrespective of where you are – be it East, West, North, South or Central. 

Here’s a compilation of our favorite restaurants around neighbourhoods in Central London:

1. Soho 

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In Soho you will be spoilt for choice by an eclectic mix of dining options. For meat lovers we suggest Flat Iron, located on Beak Street. Order their House Steak accompanied by some fries and beer, and you’re all set. Cost for two is £35 on an average.

If you’re looking for something more pocket friendly with vegetarian options – check out the tiny cozy eatery on Poland Street – The Kati Roll Company.

2. Marylebone 

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Pachamama on Thayer Street is the place you want to check out when in Marylebone neighbourhood. The place serves Peruvian cuisine, and is a local favourite. Make sure you end your meal by ordering their popular Chocolate fondant. 

You can also check out Trishna on Blandford Street for some Michelin star fine dining. This Indian restaurant is perfect for vegetarians.

3. Fitzrovia 

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Fitzrovia is your happening neighbourhood in Central London dotted with galleries, restaurants, pubs and near London’s West End – so it’s highly unlikely that you’ll run out of places to eat at. However, if you must choose one then better make that choice to be Hakkasan – the home of modern Cantonese cuisine paired with world class mixology. Located at Hanway Place, the kitchen is run by Chef Tong Chee Hwee, who happens to be the only Chinese chef to have been awarded the London Chef of the Year. £120 is the average price for a meal for two.

For something veggie friendly, we recommend Honey & Co. on Warren Street. 

4. Covent Garden

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No matter which cuisine you’re after, Covent Garden will have an option for you. For this neighbourhood though, we recommend you go for everyone’s favourite pizza and make a stop at Homeslice in Neal’s Yard. Homeslice started off as a hand built mobile wood fired oven – serving at popular markets and festivals. They gained so much attention and love for their pizza, that in 2013 they finally opened up a permanent place at Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. Besides the classic recipes, they also offer some unique signature creations. So make a visit to know what all the hype is about. 

5. Bloomsbury

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Get your Japanese fix in Bloomsbury at Hare & Tortoise on Brunswick Square. This cozy diner is the perfect alternative to the more expensive Japanese joints around the city as a meal for two won’t really create a massive dent on your pocket. Order their Penang Prawn Mee, their spicy prawn broth noodle that is available exclusively at their Bloomsbury branch or go for their popular Ramen bowls such as the Curry Laska. You’ll also find a good variety of vegetarian options on their menu.

6. Mayfair 

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Hit up Sketch Gallery on Conduit Street in Mayfair for some exquisite British and Contemporary flavours served in a classy fine dine setting. Although an expensive affair; the interiors, the ambience, the service and the food will all make the experience worth every penny. Their perfectly pink dining room is sure to make its way to your instagram!

7. Holborn

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On 71 High Holborn, a short walk from Holborn and Chancery Lane Stations, you’ll find Kimchee – serving authentic Korean fare. While they do take walk-in customers, it’s usually advised to make prior reservations as the place tends to get busy during evenings. Kimchee offers quality food in a stylish setting, and the open plan kitchen allows you to take a peek at the chefs applying their masterful skills in preparation of your order.

For some place more vegetarian friendly you can also check out Vanilla Black at Tooks Court. 

Check out our top picks for restaurants in other parts of London as well: South, North, East & West.

London Food Guide: Top Restaurants in the City for 10 Different Cuisines

If you’re in London on a holiday, you cannot be having simply British food for all 10 days, because you could try everything there is to try in just one day. However, London – being the melting pot of cultures that it is – has a lot more to offer than just fish & chips. Go ahead and explore the city’s vibrant and exciting restaurant scene that offers just about all your favorite cuisines. 

1. American 

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You think American, and you think of a hearty burger. Head to Bleecker St. Burger at Spitalfields for their world class burgers. They can also be found at Bloomberg Arcade and Victoria.

2. British

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You could most definitely head to your local pub to grab some British grub, but if you want to truly feel the old English charm then why not treat yourself to traditional British food at the oldest restaurant in London? Check out Rules (est. 1798) in Covent Garden – they specialize in game cookery, oysters, pies and puddings.

3. Chinese / Cantonese

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No one does Cantonese better than Hakkasan in London. This award winning and Michelin starred restaurant uses the finest ingredients and expert traditional techniques to bring their signature dishes to your table. Find them at Mayfair.

4. French

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Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Balthazar is an all-day brasserie dining. The menu features classic French brasserie and bistro dishes such as duck confit and chicken paillard. They also offer a separate vegetarian and vegan menu.

5. Indian

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There’s no dearth of fantastic Indian restaurants in London, and we could recommend a lot of high-end joints but instead we suggest that you head to Punjab for some no-frills Punjabi dining and getting your curry fix. Found in Covent Garden, it’s UK’s first Punjabi restaurant and a fourth-generation family owned joint.

6. Italian

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Famously known to serve the best pasta in London, Padella is where you need to go for your Italian fix. Head to London Bridge to enjoy a meal at this Italian eatery. 

7. Japanese

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Zuma is present in 14 cities globally – and London is where it all started. Visit this restaurant in Knightbridge to taste the authentic flavour of east and interact with traditions of the past.

8. Lebanese

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Londoners love their hummus & falafel, both of which are easily found at all supermarket chains, but if you want to go beyond the basics and truly treat yourself to authentic Lebanese fare then head to Maroush on Edgware Road. 

9. Mexican

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With over 16 locations across London, it should be easy to find a Wahaca near you for all your taco needs. The original and perhaps still the best is the Covent Garden branch that is as popular today as it was the day it opened.

10. Thai

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Check out Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Soho or any of their other 15 London locations to get your hands on some classic Thai fare – satay, pad thai, curry and wok.

Bonus: Desserts!

Here’s our list of places in London that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Tip: If you’re a vegetarian or vegan visiting the city, fear not. We have compiled just the list you need.

London Food Guide: 6 Places Where You Can Find the Best Vegetarian (and Vegan!) Food

Gone are the days of settling for side orders of fries, bread and mashed potatoes when hunting for a vegetarian meal. As more and more people are opting to choose plant based meals over meat, the London restaurant scene is evolving to offer more vegetarian as well as vegan inclusive menus. Here’s our guide to finding some of the best all vegetarian (and vegan!) fare in the city.

1. Mildred’s

The Soho branch of Mildred’s is a little over 30 years old, perhaps the oldest all veggie restaurant in London that serves international cuisine. Barring the occasional halloumi or dairy ingredients, nearly every item on the menu is vegan with offerings such as burgers, Asian and Mediterranean. Mildred’s can now be found in 3 other locations besides Soho namely, Camden, King’s Cross and Dalston.

2. 222

One of London’s favorite vegan restaurants, 222 opened in 2004 and has been thrilling vegan and non-vegan guests ever since. Run by Chef Ben Asamani, an internationally renowned vegan chef, there is a tremendous amount of attention that is put into the recipes at 222. Everything is made to order, such that all your special dietary requirements can be put into consideration. 222 proudly makes food that is low-fat, low-salt, non-GMO and organic where possible. 222 is located on North End Road in Fulham.

3. Tibits

As they like to describe themselves, Tibits is ‘fresh, delicious & easy going’. Now the fun bit at Tibits is that you pay by weight – so you are allowed to take as much as you want, or even as little and pay for only the amount you actually want to eat. They have over 40 homemade international dishes including varieties of soups, salads, hot meals, fresh juices and desserts – all vegetarian and mostly vegan. You can find Tibits in Mayfair and in Southwark. 

4. Cookies and Scream

Located in Holloway Road, Cookies and Scream is a dream come true for vegans. It offers a delicious range of cookies, brownies, pies, donuts and thick ‘Scream’ shakes – all of which is completely diary, egg, wheat and gluten free. Whether you’re vegan or not, their cookies will keep you coming back for more. 

5. The Gate

The Gate call themselves the plant-based pioneers, and are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. From Bottomless Prosecco Brunch to Vegan Supperclub, to Sunday Roast to “The Secret Garden” – there are tons of vegan experiences for you to indulge in at The Gate. You can find them at four locations: Hammersmith, Marylebone, Islington and St. John’s Wood. 

6. Sagar

India has a 38% vegetarian population – the highest in the world – so it would be quite unfair to not include an Indian restaurant on this list. Visit Sagar in Fitzrovia, Covent Garden or Hammersmith for some classic South Indian vegetarian fare. This no-frills restaurant is light on the pockets and very fulfilling.

Bonus: Veggie Pret

That’s right. London’s favorite sandwich and coffee shop has opened permanent Veggie outlets after a successful pop-up experiment. While you can just as easily find vegetarian fare in your regular Pret-a-Manger, at Veggie Pret you have a larger offering of vegetarian as well as vegan meals – perfect to grab a quick lunch on a busy day. Veggie Prets can be found in Soho on Broadwick Street and in Exmouth Market.