Take a culinary trip around London
London is home to many iconic restaurants and dining experiences, with over 50 Michelin starred restaurants across the capital. With such a diverse population, London is a really exciting place to visit if you want to take a culinary trip. Here’s my guide to the best way to eat your way around London.
With so many Michelin starred restaurants to choose from, it’s hard to pick out what London’s best eateries are. An obvious place to start is with the three starred restaurants, of which there are two in London. In the heart of Mayfair, you’ll find Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester whilst located a short walk from Chelsea’s iconic Kings Road is Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Both offer the very finest dining experience in opulent settings.
If your purse strings are a little tighter, you can still dine out in some fantastic restaurants in London. For the meat lover, a trip to Tramshed in Shoreditch is a must as you’ll taste the finest steak in London, all reasonably priced with main meals ranging from £13-£20. And of course, a culinary trip to London wouldn’t be complete without visiting The Ritz for Afternoon Tea.
London isn’t just about the celebrity chef, high class and iconic restaurant, and there are many hidden gems scattered throughout the city. It’s in these hidden gems that the wide culture of London comes to the fore. For a truly remarkable South East Asian feast, you’d do well to visit Banh Mi Bay in Holborn where you can sample some mouthwatering baguettes and noodle dishes. Nearby you’ll find Fabrizio, a simply stunning restaurant treating you to an Italian and Mediterranean culinary delight and remarkable service. And for a great curry, you’ll struggle to find a better one than the one you’ll eat in Needoo Grill in Whitechapel.
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Well I’m almost certain you won’t find anything stranger than what you’ll experience at Dans le noir. Here you dine in absolute darkness, deprived off your sense of sight to be served and guided by blind waiters and servers. Not only is the experience itself unique but you’ll discover a completely new way of eating, with flavours heightened by your sensory deprivation.
The only time I was ever allowed to eat in bed was when I was poorly as a child. Supperclub in Notting Hill takes this luxury from my childhood and has turned it into its speciality as your dinner is served to you not at a table but in a bed. Once you’ve finished dining, it’s time to stop relaxing and start partying as the evening ends with a massive party.
Book yourself onto a London Food Tour to get a unique and varied flavour of the capital’s culinary culture. Take a guided tour around some of London’s iconic food markets such as Borough Market where you’re sure to get swept away in the fantastic atmosphere. Visit areas such as Brixton whose diverse culture has resulted in a culinary revolution in the area. Here you can sample caribbean, thai, pakistani and mexican food all available in and around Brixton’s vibrant Village Market.
Whilst it’s not specifically food, you could also try taking a walk around London’s pubs to discover some of the oldest sites and stories that surround them. There are many different tours on offer from those which take you around the traditional pubs to sample their ales and pub food, whilst others focus on specific parts of London’s history, such as Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel and those set around the Old Docklands.