Insiders guide to London’s foodie hotspots

Friends eating out

Bright lights, beautiful sights and delicious bites – there’s nowhere in the world quite like London. ❤️ Londoners know the city like the back of their hand, so we asked some of our friends to share their favourite foodie hotspots across the city! 

📍London Bridge

💬 Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London: 

While you’re passing through London Bridge, stop off at one of my favourite places: Borough Market. Just a 5-minute walk away, you can get your hands on incredible food – from burgers and fish and chips, to bao buns and fresh pasta. 🍔🍟  One of the great things about London is the way we celebrate our diversity and Borough Market is a true reflection of the fact that London is the world in one city. 🏙

📍Euston

💬 Rudy Russell, Casting Director:

Euston is one of my favourite places in the whole of London. 😍 I love a weekend spent checking out the delicious food on offer in the nearby Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard. Treat yourself to a yummy roast, grab a delicious sarnie or a coffee as you take in the area’s buzz before travelling home. ☕️

📍Waterloo

💬 Jennifer Jackson, Paramedic: 

For me, there’s nothing better than settling down to a bite in nearby Southbank overlooking the River Thames. With tonnes of diverse and delicious cuisines on offer, you won’t go hungry! 🤩 From Asian street food to Punjab-inspired biryanis; Polish deli meats to freshly squeezed health juices – I’d recommend a warming French Crepe, paired with a piping hot chai. 🥞

📍Covent Garden

💬 Gok Wan, fashion consultant, author and television presenter:

Now I might be biased, but to me, London really is the food capital of the world. So, whilst you’re in Covent Garden, make sure you take a quick stroll over to the vibrant streets of Chinatown. 🏮 Sit down to some dim sum, grab a bubble tea to go or share a peking duck with pals. 🧋 🥟 Enjoy the tastes of east Asia right here in the heart of the City. 🥡

📍Leicester Square

💬 Harry Redknapp, Football Manager:

In the lively heart of London, Leicester Square is my absolute favourite place to grab a bite. Just a stone’s throw away from the station, you’ll uncover a world of hidden food spots from cuisines from all around the world. 🌏 Pull up a pew at a French brasserie for some onion soup, try some delicious Sri Lankan street food or get yourself a brew and a pasty as you explore the shops. 🥘

📍Tottenham Court Road

💬 Jessie Ware, Singer:

London has got its buzz back and with restaurant doors back open, it’s time to explore the City’s rich, diverse food offering again – I couldn’t be any more excited. 🎉 If you’re craving something tasty, head to nearby Charlotte Street – it’s amazing. There you’ll find a bunch of my favourite things to eat: from wood-fired sourdough pizzas 🍕  to Malaysian Laksas, sizzling Spanish Gambas to a classic steak and chips. 🥩 Grab yourself a bite, have a drink, and explore the shops! 🛍

📍Liverpool Street

💬 Angela Hartnett, Chef:

London’s food scene is back in business and there’s a whole host of exciting eats to discover just a few minutes’ walk away from Liverpool Street. Head to nearby Shoreditch to sample some of my favourite bites – from Thai-style chicken wings 🍗, to a delicious fresh Turbot, or a warming Middle Eastern Shakshuka. After something sweet? Grab yourself an Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese – there’s no end of things to taste. 🧀

Woman on Southbank looking at Big Ben at sunset.

📍 Westminster

💬 Elin Fuller, Nurse:

Whilst you’re passing through Westminster, if you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out the mouth-watering menus on offer from cuisines all around the world. Treat yourself to something delicious! Pick up a freshly baked French pastry 🥐 or British sarnie and enjoy it whilst taking in the sights of Parliament and the river. Fancy a sit down? There’s traditional pub grub, Japanese sushi 🍣 and Indian currys 🍛 on offer too. 

📍 Victoria

💬 Jessica Ping-Wild, Disability Advocate: 

If you’re feeling peckish, you’re in the right place. Just a two minute walk from Victoria, you’ll find the delights of Market Hall. A taste sensation, buried in the heart of London, with every cuisine you could imagine on offer. Mexican tacos 🌮, Turkish kebabs and if you’re up for something quintessentially British, grab my favourite, fish and chips 🐟🍟. With soft serve for pudding and a roof terrace for drinks, you could get lost for hours. 🍦

💬 Monica Galetti, Chef: 

As a restaurateur and Chef, to me, there’s no better food scene than London’s. 🧑‍🍳 Rich, diverse and exciting, there’s something on offer to suit every taste and satisfy every craving. Just a short walk away from Victoria, you can uncover a world of flavour – from a fresh pan fried seabass 🐟 to modern Chinese dim sum 🥟, a Hawaiian-style Ahi Poke bowl or a sweet glazed Doughnut. 🍩 Head out and enjoy the city through your tastebuds!

Camden Lock market

📍 Camden Town

💬 Bimini Bon-Boulash, Drag Queen:

You’ve reached the fabulous Camden in the heart of London Town. If you’re after a taste sensation to satisfy that hunger then you’re in just the place. Down the road you’ll find Camden Lock, home to some of my favourite vegan treats – sample a spicy Indian dahl, treat yourself to a delicious bean burger, or a Turkish falafel wrap with lashings of houmous. London has got its sparkle back so go out, explore and travel home with a smile on that face!

📍 Elephant & Castle

💬 Andree Tutt, TfL worker:

I’ve worked in Elephant & Castle for years and have sampled all of the delicious bites on offer nearby – there’s tonnes to choose from. My favourite spot is Mercato Metropolitano – there you can try dishes from all over the world. French cheeses 🧀, Thai noodles, Argentine grilled meats 🍖, Sicilian arancini and New York-style bagels 🥯. Take your time, explore the area and travel home in the quieter times post 6pm. 

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