People visit London for a whole host of reasons – the city’s irresistible history and culture, the entertainment and nightlife, the retail options and incredible cosmopolitan vibe. And, nowadays, fully deserving of a place on that list is the fine dining. Thanks to so many quality restaurants, foodie-adored market stalls and pop-ups and more, the UK capital’s revered the world over for its dining options. Here’s just a taste – as it were…
Streets ahead – Camden Market’s street food
Open 364 days a year (you can’t really blame them for taking Christmas Day off!), the latest addition to the weird and wonderful alt-awesomeness of Camden’s world-renowned market is the food-focused KREB Camden Market, an off-shoot of the main offering that features a roster of street-food stalls. And its offerings taste finger-lickin’ good too! From fried chicken to fried squid and burritos to burgers, it’s all here, all right; highlights including the incredible pasta and cheese combos at The Cheese Wheel; the deep-fried halloumi with za-tar yoghurt, pomegranate seeds, mint and sumac courtesy of Oli Baba’s; the amazing blend of burgers and curry at Baba G’s and the Nutella-, Oreo cookie-, honeycomb- and caramel-flavoured brownies at SE Cakery.
Taste-bud indulgence at Borough Market
Perhaps the most famous and revered locale for quality food in the entire city, Borough Market, just down the road from London Bridge, is absolutely over-spilling with stalls selling savoury snacks, perfect produce and delicious dishes – more than 100 of them, in fact. So how to choose between them all? Well, you might want to sample the simple but brilliant pasta menu of Padella; the glorious custard-filled doughnut creations of Bread Ahead; the Eastern Mediterranean-esque pita-and-salad offerings at Gourmet Goat (winner of the BBC Food and Farming ‘Best Street Food’ award last year) or the irresistibly spicy chorizo rolls at Brindisa. As noted, though, really at this comprehensive food market you’re truly spoilt for choice – and a visit makes for a sophisticated day out, so perfect if you’re enjoying a lavish break at one of the.
Delve into the delicacies at Greenwich Market
Tucked behind the glorious green rolling hills of Greenwich Park and the stunning beauty and brilliance of attractions like the Old Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, you’ll find this antiques- and arts and craft-focused covered market, one of the most charming in the whole of London. What’s less heralded about it, though – but undoubtedly should be more so – are the great food offerings it serves up. Indeed, who could resist the Louisiana-style Creole sausage sandwiches at Sausiology Ltd.; the traditional pie and mash, jellied eel and fruit pie dishes at Goddards of Greenwich; the eccentric but terrific burgers at Pimp My Ramen or, maybe best of all, the utterly unique, totally marvellous hand-crafted chocolate-treat-featuring greeting cards at Chocolate Situation?
Love the variety at Leather Lane Market
Something of a scruffy bric-a-brac-vending effort the main Leather Lane Market may be, but the stalls and delis that line it are simply to die for – so much so they make this weekday Clerkenwell destination (just down the road from the considerably more famous Smithfield Market) a must for foodies of every kind. What to look out for? Definitely the minimalist Sushi at Tajima-Tei for its fresh, authentic Japanese cuisine; Kin for its salt and pepper calamari; the wonderfully named Daddy Donkey with its steak burrito and beer servings; Oh’Lola with its delicious paellas or Prufrock Coffee with its awesome workshop that teaches you how to create dandy – and handy? – ‘latte art’.
Surrender to the delights of Montcalm dining
Finally, regular visitors to the UK capital might well be aware than many of its finest dining options actually come in the form of restaurants at some of its most sophisticated and salubrious hotels. To that end, you might consider sampling the delights of the brasseries, bars, eateries and more offered by the Montcalm hotel family. What takes your fancy? The grandeur of The Crescent Restaurant and Lounge and its à la carte menu or Nirvana Kitchen’s modern twists on traditional Asian dishes, both located at The Montcalm London Marble Arch? Dipping your toe into the bistronomy movement at Urban Coterie at M by Montcalm? Or the best quality English-cooking possible at Chiswell Street Dining Rooms or the a state-of-the art eight-spit rotisserie and charcoal grill at The Jugged Hare, both located at The Montcalm at The Brewery London City? The choice is yours; every one of them comes highly recommended, for sure!