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I’ll be in London this summer for about two weeks and I’d love some ideas for places to eat. Looking for a range of places as I may do a few splurges but will need to combine those with cheap eats, too.

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answered first by
Courtney from Los Angeles

Hey, Kristi--

Believe it or not I was there four times in the last two years (once for the wedding, once for the Jubilee, and twice for work), so I've been to all these places pretty recently. Bon appetit! 

  • The Botanist – great place to see and be seen but still a place with great food and drinks. If you can’t get in for dinner, have a seat at the bar area and just have some appetizers

  • Bluebird– the food isn’t incredible but it’s good and the people watching is fantastic. Great place to start out a day of shopping and sightseeing in Chelsea.

  • Rules Restaurant – as London’s oldest restaurant it’s a bit touristy but it’s still fantastic. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey you’ll recognize it as the place where Edith has meetings with her editor.

  • The Savoy Hotel – don’t miss having a martini here. Wildly expensive but worth it.

  • Laughing Halibut– phenomenal fish and chips place. They close early so plan accordingly.

  • Regency Cafe– amazing, cheap breakfast in great old vintage café.

  • Food Halls at Selfridges – believe it or not, the food here is actually better and cheaper than the halls at Harrod’s.

  • Tayyabs– hope you like spicy. The food here is so hot you’ll literally perspire. Try to go early as the lines get really, really long

  • The Wolseley– one of the hottest restaurants right now. Lovely place with very decent food.

  • St John – haven’t been here yet, but I keep hearing about it. Always lands on “best restaurants” lists.

  • Bibendum Oyster Bar– this was the old Michelin building and it now houses an oyster bar. Perfect place for a break in sightseeing.

  • Orangerie at  Kensington Palace– stunning, stunning place to have lunch—as long as it’s not a hot day—for some reason it has a tendency to get a little stuffy.

  • Fortnum & Mason– wonderful place to have lunch and the drinks are great. It’s the kind of place you can picture Victorian ladies having their daily tea

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  1. The Botanist (restaurant)
  2. Bluebird (restaurant)
  3. Rules Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. The Savoy Hotel (hotel)
  5. Laughing Halibut (restaurant)
  6. Regency Cafe (restaurant)
  7. Selfridges (restaurant)
  8. Tayyabs (restaurant)
  9. The Wolseley (restaurant)
  10. St John (restaurant)
  11. Bibendum Oyster Bar (restaurant)
  12. Kensington Palace (attraction)
  13. Fortnum & Mason (attraction)
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answered by
Marijs from Antwerp

I was in London last week and had an amazing dinner in Caravan King's Cross. It's tapas style if you take the "small plates" and I would recommend at least three per person. In Shoreditch you also have some amazing spots. The AlbionBoundary (a rooftop bar in the same building as The Albion) and Pizza East are all excellent!

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  2. Shoreditch (neighborhood)
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  4. Boundary (restaurant)
  5. Pizza East (restaurant)
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answered by
Kim from Portland

Go get traditional high tea in one of the most non-traditional settings at Sketch. It's like being inside surrealist art. Used to be Vivienne Westwood's design studio (hence the name).

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answered by
Veronica from San Francisco

Check out Inamo for modern Asian fusion.  They have very cool interactive menus, too:

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answered by
Georgia from San Francisco

The  The Queens Arms pub (website) in South Kensington is a hidden great pub with delicious food. You will also have a wonderful time trying to find it while you imagine yourself living in the posh neighborhood of South Kensington.

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answered by
Soraya from New York City

Neal's Yard Dairy has the world's best cheese!  Definitely check that out if you like cheese.

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Hi Krista

For a more expensive meal, but by no means a complete blowout, you should definitely eat at 10 Greek St. Modern European food done very well and portion sizes are always spot on. Great atmosphere in buzzy Soho which is a mecca for London restaurants. It's no bookings but you can give them your number if there are no tables and they'll get call you when they have a table ready. If you don't want to have to wait I'd advise getting there no later than 6pm. Alternatively, their sister restaurant, 8 Hoxton Squareis great too (I prefer Greek Street slightly) and you can book too.

There is growing trend for Lobster rolls at the moment and you should check out the original, Burger & Lobster. Just don't bother with the burger, it's £20 and there are far better options in London! In fact if you are in town on Monday 18th May, come on my burger tour! It's the first one I am running and we'll visit four of the best burger joints in town. There are some seriously good options. You can buy tickets here -

For cheaper options and to check out London's most exciting food neighbourhood, head to Brixton. It's at the southern end of the Victoria line (light blue one). Very vibrant and colourful area with a big Caribbean and West African population. When you get there you should go to the two indoor markets, Brixton Village Market andMarket Row. Both are home to lots of street-food style options that have taken over disused market units. My favourites are Franco Manca, Elephant (pakistani curry) and Honest Burgers. Honest and Francos have several branches all over the city.

Enjoy it all and whatever you do, just don't eat at an Aberdeen Angus Steak House under any circumstances! Huge tourist trap. You will not see one local in there.


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  1. 10 Greek St (restaurant)
  2. 8 Hoxton Square (attraction)
  3. Burger & Lobster (restaurant)

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