Food Notes little guide to London

I go to London occasionally to see friends and family or for work. When I have time, I love exploring new places and recommendations from fellow bloggers, travellers or Londoners. There is always so much to see and so much to do! I decided to write up a little guide for those of you who might be going soon and need ideas for where to eat and drink. I plan on updating this every so often and will only add the places that I’ve truly loved, so don’t expect to read ‘reviews’ of everything I’ve done. This article is more of a list of fantastic places that I’ve visited at one point or other! For convenience, I’ve included some of the places mentioned in my first London post.

Below you’ll find my food and drink recommendations and when I visited them! P.s. this is not an exclusive list of places to visit. London has amazing food, bar and coffee scene so this really is just scratching the surface of some of the places you can visit in this amazing city.

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Food

Beer + Burger

Website: www.beerandburgerstore.com/
Last Visited: March 2019;
Branch: King’s Cross;
Food: Burgers & Tap room (and beer store!)
Price range: Burgers between £7.5 and £10, sides around £4;
Reservation: Casual, no reservation required.

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Burger + Beer, unsurprisingly, server burgers & beer. The atmosphere is very casual, the service is quick and the beer choice is a-plenty. They also have a store so you can purchase a wide selection of beers too! The ambience inside is modern and trendy – good music, neon pink and white colours. As for the food, the menu is small and very simple with only 5 burgers to choose from, but they also have a monthly special. I went for the double cheeseburger and it was really decent. However, the highlight of the meal was certainly the deep fried jalapenos which were just delicious! This is a great place for a no-fuss meal when you are in the mood for a burger.

Breddos Tacos

Website: http://breddostacos.com/
Visited: December 2018;
Branch: Soho;
Food: Lunch/Dinner, Mexican
Price range: around £50 for 2 with drinks and a tip
Reservation: recommended

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Selection of tacos at Breddos Tacos

Breddos Tacos, unsurprisingly, serve amazing tacos and other Mexican scran. They have two locations at the moment but also operate pop-ups occasionally. We had their lunch menu which had 8 different taco varieties, 3 x quesadillas, bowls, tostadas and sides. Dishes range from £4.5 (for a taco) to £15 for some of the bigger bowls. The food was really good and definitely worth the money. Staff are friendly and there is a lovely ambience in the place. Definitely recommend for a casual dining option when in London.

The Breakfast Club

Website: https://thebreakfastclubcafes.com/
Visited: December 2018;
Branch: London Bridge;
Food: Breakfast/Brunch;
Price range: Around £35 for 2 with coffees and a tip;
Reservation: recommended during the week though no reservations accepted between Friday and Sunday

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Breakfast burrito at The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club has a number of locations around London and they specialise in breakfast and brunch, though the restaurants are open all the way till the evening. I’m not sure what the evening menu looks like, but the breakfast menu was spot on. A decent variety of breakfasts from the more traditional to the more special. I had a breakfast burrito which was massive and I’m pretty sure would cure a hangover if I had one (I didn’t, despite the cocktail ‘tasting’ we had in The Alchemist the day before). M had the Mexican eggs benedict which were a smaller portion but still excellent. We also had a jug of Orange fresh orange juice (that’s a fantastic addition to the menu, BTW) and a coffee. The coffee was ok but it was the food that was the highlight of our visit. If you are looking for a more quirky breakfast spot, look out for The Breakfast Club.

Shoryu Ramen

Website: https://www.shoryuramen.com/
Last Visited: November 2018;
Branch visited: various;
Food: Lunch/Dinner, Japanese/Ramen;
Price range: Around £13 for a ramen bowl
Reservation: Recommended

I’ve tried a few ramen places in London and Shoryu Ramen is simply the best. I haven’t had anything to top their ramen yet and I can’t recommend them high enough on the sublime taste of their Japanese food. Proper tonkatsu ramen made with slow-cooked pork bones with a variety of toppings to satisfy every taste. They also have vegetarian/vegan options available and a good number of sides to go with the ramen. Shoryu Ramen is always a solid choice when I visit London.

Franco Manca

Website: https://www.francomanca.co.uk/
Last Visited: November 2018;
Branch: Tottenham Court Rd/various;
Food: Lunch/Dinner, Pizza;
Price range: £5-£10 for pizza;
Reservation: No reservations.

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Salami special at Franco Manca

This is a straightforward entry – puffy and soft sourdough pizzas done really well. With over 30 branches all over London, it’s quite a popular pizza spot with Londoners. The pizza is inexpensive and the ingredients are good. It’s perfect for a no-fuss meal out in London and the price is unbeatable in the expensive food scene in the capital.

 

Drinks

The Alchemist

Website: https://thealchemist.uk.com
Visited: December 2018;
Branch: Bevis Marks, London;
Style: Cocktail bar;
Price range: Cocktails from around £8;
Reservations: recommended for peak times.

It’s not hard to get cocktail happy at The Alchemist. They have a really good cocktail menu with many delicious sounding cocktails. To add to that, their cocktails are inventive and definitely involve some appropriate amount of Alchemy. You will be delighted in watching them being made and drinking them afterwards. We spent a few very entertaining hours drinking cocktails and watching them being made. A fantastic night time spot (it’s open during the day) and you will rest assured that you will not disappointed in this trendy cocktail bar.

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Key Lime Pie at The Alchemist

Tonight Josephine

Website: http://www.tonightjosephine.co.uk/
Last visited: November 2018;
Location: Waterloo;
Style: Cocktail Bar;
Price range: Cocktails start from £10, happy hour between 5-7pm;
Reservations: recommended.

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My sister took me to Tonight Josephine back in February and we’ve made a point of visiting the cocktail bar a couple of times since. It’s just a fantastic place, from the interior to the girl power vibes. All in neon pink and white it has a really good atmosphere. The cocktails are amazing too, needless to say. Very decent variety of traditional cocktails and more inventive cocktails, each tasting just delicious. Doesn’t have the cocktail theatre of The Alchemist, but it’s definitely worth your buck in deliciousness. I’m also never not amazed by just how good the bar staff are. Of course, you’d expect them to be great at making cocktails, but I’ve never seen anything like that. Not only do they remember and make several orders at one time but also remember every cocktail on the menu and make them impeccable every single time. I can’t even remember my breakfast most days, so I honestly am amazed by the precision of these human beings!

The Bletchley

Website: https://www.thebletchley.co.uk/
Last visited: February 2018;
Location: Chelsea;
Style: Immersive Cocktail Experience Bar;
Price range: ~£30 pp;
Booking: required.

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The Bletchley is a bar based on Bletchley Park (where Alan Turing led a team of codebreakers to break the Enigma code during the 2nd world war – if this doesn’t mean anything to you then I recommend you watch The Imitation Game). I can probably write a whole post on The Bletchley on its own but I don’t want to spoil the charm of going there without much prior knowledge. All I will say for now is that it is a fantastic experience, you will have to do some work (i.e. some codebreaking) and you will be rewarded with personalised cocktails throughout the evening. It’s probably one of my favourite cocktail experiences so far!


Last updated 28 December 2018. Do post up your recommendations for where you’ve eaten and visited in London! I’d love to read them and get some more ideas for future trips.

~Em

Author: Em

I am a Bulgarian girl living in Glasgow. I love travelling and exploring, and of course, cooking. I especially love experimenting in the kitchen, trying out new tastes and flavours and incorporating food from everywhere in my kitchen.

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