I have to be completely honest and say that I wasn’t expecting to like the food in London. When I think British food, I think of pigeon and spotted dick, two things I was not keen on trying.
I am so happy to have been wrong on this one because as it turns out, I loved British food. Seriously. Dare I say it, but I even loved the food we had in London more so than I did in Paris! 🙈
I know it can be daunting finding some new places in a foreign city, so I rounded up a list of all of our favorites to share with you. At the end, I am also including some dining etiquette that you may want to know for your trip as well. I hope it helps!
The Bunch of Grapes
207 Brompton Rd
London SW3 1LA
On this trip, I was determined to try all of the fish and chips I possibly could to find the best. This fish and chips was probably the second best, honestly. Flaky and crisp on the outside, but completely juicy on the inside.
I have to say though that my husband picked the best dish here! He got the steak pie and I kept wanting to steal his. So good, especially that crust!
102 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3RD
As a huge fan of Ladies of London (why did they cancel that show??), Bumpkin was definitely on my list to try. This was for dinner the night after Bunch of Grapes, and so I decided to get their steak pie because I had a craving for it. I think Bumpkin’s was better, even though it didn’t have that much crust.
The real winner of Bumpkin though was their sticky toffee pudding. I’ve never had British pudding before, so I expected what Americans associate as pudding. Instead, this was like a sponge cake. Obsessed! I’m thinking about trying to recreate it because my husband and I both loved it so.
209 Earl’s Court Road
London SW5 9AN
This is a random pub that we stumbled upon after trying to decide where to eat for an hour and I am so glad we did! The BEST fish and chips of my whole trip! Also, their mushy peas were so fluffy and addictive, almost like the texture of mashed potatoes. I wish I could have a plate now that I am thinking about it! When we go back to London, we will for sure go back here.
Their sticky toffee pudding is also super good here (my husband says better than Bumpkin, I disagree). We ate it too quickly before I could think of taking a picture! #badblogger
Also, if you are wanting the quintessential pub feel, look no further. This place was so charming and packed full of locals, which is always a good sign.
5-6 Picton Place
London W1U 1BL
One of our favorite places to get breakfast, minus our hotel. This is their creme brûlée doughnut. It was nicely sticky on the outside and creamy on the inside. So good!
Also, look at this huge cinnamon roll. It was the size of my face!
7 Moxon Street
London, W1U 4EP
You’ve probably seen their picturesque views on Instagram. That’s honestly where I found them, but I am glad I did. Best lobster roll of my life. It is making my mouth water just thinking about it. They paired the lobster with avocado on the roll and now I’m wondering why other people don’t do that also. Delish!
My husband had their lobster basil pasta and it was good as well. The perfect balance of lobster and basil.
29 Kensington Park Rd
London W11 2EU
On our day trip to Notting Hill, we found this random hole in the wall after wandering about aimlessly. This is probably the best Italian food I have ever had. I had their cheese stuffed ravioli. So so so good! You could just tell that the pasta was fresh. Loved this place.
29 Kensington Park Rd
London W11 2EU
The cutest little biscuits (i.e. cookies) you will ever see! Not only are they adorable, but they are extremely tasty too. This would also make a great souvenir for your family since they do sell cookie tins. The inside is also adorable and Instagram-worthy.
Fortnum & Mason
London W1A 1ER
I already blogged about our experience, but wanted to include on the list as well. You can read about it here!
Dining Tips for Your Visit
1. In pubs, they are seat yourself and when you are ready, you go to the counter to order. You can start a tab if you want, or just pay right after you order your meal so that you can just leave when you are done eating.
2. When you need the waiter, you will need to make eye contact and sometimes motion for them. This is not considered rude like it is in the States. Otherwise, they leave you pretty much alone.
3. Most places, minus pubs, take reservations. Make sure you arrive on time!
4. Some pubs are limited in seating, so if you are planning on eating I would arrive earlier to make sure you get a spot. There were several we wanted to go to but ended up leaving because there was not any room.