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The Best Places to Eat in London (or where we thought were the best places)

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London, London, London. Seriously cannot get over how much we miss it. There is just so much history, culture, and arts there to relish in. Oh, and the food.

Most people say London food isn’t all that great because it’s just like what we have in the States and it’s just all fried stuff but I honestly would beg to differ. Yes, there are definite similarities but regardless, each meal and restaurant and dish always had a story behind it. That’s what makes it different and unique. And the fact you’re eating it in London of all places!

I’m sharing with you today everywhere we ate and the best places to eat in London (or at least what we thought were the best places!). We only had three days here so I’m sure we missed a lot but here are the highlights! I did something different with this trip than with any other trip. All these were taken on my iPhone 6! Can you tell? I’m very impressed with the camera on the new iPhones!

Borough Market

The most iconic market in London and something you have to do while you’re there. Don’t even eat lunch or dinner. Just spend three to four hours here and you’ll be leaving with full bellies. There is just seriously endless amounts of nibbles and bites at this market. I wish I lived in London so I could come here more often!

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Ok so Monmouth Coffee is right across the entrance of Borough Market and it’s one of those ‘must-hit’ places for coffee. We love a good cup of coffee so we had to try it! We got there at a ‘good time’ because even though there was a line, it still wasn’t wrapped around the block like it usually is! Don’t let the line scare you; definitely worth the wait!

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My kinda bar!!!!

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You HAVE to get these donuts. The one in the front is a vanilla custard filled donut and the one in the back is a salted caramel with honeycomb. No, that’s not fried chicken! Haha, it’s a honeycomb sticking out of it!

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My good friend, Erin, from barre recently moved to London and we got the chance to meet up!! :) you should totally check out her blog; she blogs a lot of London and what they do in the city!

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This is a famous stand called Brindisa. It’s their famous chorizo and roasted red pepper sandwich. It was absolutely delightful!

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I adore the buildings in London! Just look at the florals on this building!

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I know we have Wagamamas in the state but we don’t have one in the DC area (yet) so when we saw this near the Tower of London on our first day (which, we were also starving since we had just hopped off the plane), we went in for a bite! They’re known for their ramen and noodles. We got these duck potstickers that tasted like peking duck to me!

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The premise of this London trip was to celebrate Jason’s 30th birthday. I made us reservations to one of Ottolenghi’s restaurants called Nopi (thanks to Kathryn for the suggestion). Jason and I had a delicious meal here and we definitely would recommend it! It’s near Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street so after dinner, we were able to walk around and see Piccadilly and Regent Street all lit up. It was gorgeous!

Nopi

21-22 Warwick Street
London W1B 5NE

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And this is where I fell in love with tea. There are NUMEROUS places you can go to enjoy afternoon tea but we were recommended to tea time at The Brown’s Hotel by Jason’s cousin since she used to live in London. Definitely want to make reservations!

The English Tea Room at The Brown’s Hotel

Albemarle St.,
London W1S 4BP, United Kingdom

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Omg CLOTTED CREAM is HEAVEN. I’m determined to find some in the states and spread it all over everything. And their real strawberry jam was unreal!!

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We tried this hibiscus herbal tea and umm..we’ll stick to the traditional afternoon tea :)

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Later that evening, we decided to take a stroll and saw the city at night. It was beautiful. We went to The Clarence which is a local pub near Trafalgar Square. We just had to do it. We got fish and chips and brews. It was a fun little date and we definitely burned all the calories we ate by the amount we walked ;)

The Clarence

53 Whitehall,
London, SW1A 2HP

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Duck and Waffle

110 Bishopsgate,
London EC2N 4AY

You need to make a reservation to Duck and Waffle if you’re in London. It’s located in the Heron Tower and you fly up the clear elevator 40 stories up and you get an incredible view of London with your breakfast. They’re open 24/7 so you can eat breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner there if you want. Thankfully the day we went it was clear so you could see all of London and beyond. Pretty breathtaking!

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That building to the left is called the Gherkin building cause well…doesn’t it look like a pickle?!

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I had the apple toffee waffles with cinnamon ice cream. Yup, dessert for breakfast – I’ll take it!

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Jason got the traditional English breakfast.

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Couldn’t pass up pastries!

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Ok, this next place housed the BEST MEAL we had in London. I can’t stop raving about it and I won’t. We were absolutely in love with this place. Now I’m determined to find the best Indian restaurant in the DC area. So yes, this next restaurant, Dishoom, is located in Covent Garden area and you seriously need to give it a try. London has some of the very best Indian food and Dishoom just proves it. The decor on the inside reminds me of The Great Gatsby era in a weird way. There’s a bar downstairs that you can wait at and it totally gave the feel of a speakeasy. I don’t know but that’s just the feeling it evoked. You can’t make reservations at this place so you just gotta wait but we only waited for like 20 minutes – it goes fast especially with drinks and nibbles downstairs :) it’s so WORTH it. Ugh, I miss this place!!

Dishoom

12 Upper St Martin’s Lane,
London, WC2H 9FB

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We got their garlic naan, vegetable biryani, daal (HOLY MOUTH EXPLOSION OF AWESOMENESS..I could’ve drank this), gunpowder potatoes, and chicken ruby curry. It was a ton of food but goodness gracious, I want more. Love love this place!!

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Stay tuned for how to play tourist in London! I’ll have all the spots we hit up and the little cute neighborhoods you have to check out!!

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Posted on October 27, 2014

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  1. 10/27/2014 at 6:30 am

    I’m so impressed at how much you managed to fit into your three days here! I think you really did get to a great selection of places and everything looks/sounds so delicious!

  2. 10/27/2014 at 8:32 am

    Those donuts ahh!! Everything looks seriously delicious! So excited to go sometime!! Can’t wait to hear more about the trip ;)

  3. 10/27/2014 at 8:54 am

    These pictures make me so happy and want to travel :) Gorgeous photos!!

  4. 10/27/2014 at 8:57 am

    What a tasty adventure and that iPhone 6 is rocking these photos!

  5. 10/27/2014 at 9:13 am

    I love London and now I want to go back!

  6. 10/27/2014 at 10:10 am

    Can I tell you how HAPPY I am that you posted this?! I’m in London next week & need to know the great restaurants!

  7. Lauren
    10/27/2014 at 10:13 am

    I personally love Bombay Club for Indian in DC. So delicious and I love the atmosphere.

  8. Chantel
    10/27/2014 at 10:26 am

    I’m drooling. The food looks amazing! And prosecco spritzers to go? SOLD.

    • Julie
      10/27/2014 at 10:51 am

      Ugh, they’re the best!! They need those at markets here in the states!

  9. 10/27/2014 at 10:40 am

    We visited London in August and LOVED every minute of it, especially the food :) I have some of the same pictures of food! lol Those vanilla custard donuts are actually the best donuts of life!

    • Julie
      10/27/2014 at 10:52 am

      Yes! They’re absolutely amazing!!

      • Shannon
        02/03/2015 at 6:35 pm

        What’s the name of the donut place? Going to London at the end of March and need to get these. =)

      • Julie
        02/04/2015 at 7:56 am

        Bread Ahead Bakery & School

  10. 10/27/2014 at 10:43 am

    Ah, I love London. I’ve been so many times and it’s still one of my favs cities. I’m with you, the food is great. And the clotted cream-the best!

  11. 10/27/2014 at 11:11 am

    What an awesome trip- I can’t get over those HUGE pans of curry and this delicious donuts!!!!

  12. Tara
    10/27/2014 at 12:52 pm

    I am sitting here DYING to go back to London now that you’ve posted all this. Agh!! Looks like you guys had an incredible trip. Wonderful photos!

  13. 10/27/2014 at 1:52 pm

    I have so many reasons to go to London, now! Other than the fact that I have 2 friends that live there ;) I’ve heard Indian food in London is to die for, and I was droooooling over all your photos :)

    • Julie
      10/27/2014 at 2:28 pm

      You NEED to go visit your friends!! Ahh London is the best!!

  14. 10/27/2014 at 3:53 pm

    Everything looks amazing. LOVE the photo with all those colorful umbrellas. My parents went to London this summer. I am dying to go!

  15. 10/27/2014 at 4:54 pm

    Just added a whole bunch of places to our must-go-and-eat-all-the-food list!! so fun seeing you when you were here!! xoxo

    • Julie
      10/28/2014 at 7:49 am

      Yay!! :) We had so much fun meeting up!

  16. 10/27/2014 at 4:59 pm

    Well, I am absolutely dying to visit London one day, so your recommendations are only fueling my fire! That doughnut with the honeycomb sticking out is killing me, by the way. And the cheese. And the Prosecco bar. And the curry. And…

  17. 10/27/2014 at 5:11 pm

    We’ve been planning to go to London and your list is definitely helpful. Love everything about it. How many days is ideal to spend in London?

    • Julie
      10/28/2014 at 7:49 am

      I would say about 4-5 full days in London is ideal. We did 3 full days but we totally could’ve stayed longer!!

  18. 10/27/2014 at 8:09 pm

    The pictures are beautiful! Love open-air food markets!

  19. 10/27/2014 at 8:41 pm

    everything looks so delicious and fun….love the iphone photos.

  20. Christina
    10/27/2014 at 10:20 pm

    I just got back last week from a trip to England, but wasn’t able to fit in London, and now I am devastated! I have been lots of times before, but I NEED that doughnut with the honeycomb in it!! YIKES! SO amazing! Love your pics!

    • Julie
      10/28/2014 at 7:50 am

      You’ll have to go back!!

  21. 10/27/2014 at 10:54 pm

    What a great trip! Your pictures are fantastic!

  22. 10/27/2014 at 11:13 pm

    Ah, man!! I so need to get my butt to London! The food, the sights, the people. All so awesome. Great pics!

  23. Simone
    10/28/2014 at 2:15 am

    Everything looks delicious ! Looking at these pictures is making me want to go back!

  24. 10/28/2014 at 5:56 am

    Oh.my.gosh. Is it weird I only remember (read: engraved) that vanilla donut out of all the beautiful photos?! It looks so so so delicious ♥_♥ I should really visit London sometime. It’s not even that far from The Netherlands, but somehow I always end up going somewhere else :P

    • Julie
      10/28/2014 at 7:51 am

      Oh gosh, you’ll have to go, My Linh!! It’s a wonderful city!

  25. 10/28/2014 at 2:41 pm

    Wow!!! so many good places!
    wonderful. Makes me want to go there so bad! I’ve only been a couple times but man, need to go again.

    Valentina

  26. 10/28/2014 at 2:45 pm

    Ohhhh I feel like I just took a little culinary tour of London from the comfort of home! Thank you for that! Those Chocolate Fudge Brownies at the Market looked SINFUL! It sort of reminds me of the Chelsea Market in NYC, but WAY cooler. Thanks for sharing!

    Best,
    Brittany

  27. 10/28/2014 at 4:44 pm

    Yes, yes, and YES!!! It’s been 10 years since I lived there but most of these places are still the same. This was so much fun to read, thanks so much for sharing!

  28. 10/30/2014 at 9:42 am

    I’m drooling!! I’ve only been to London once, and it was only for about 24 hours. I definitely need to make my way back there!

  29. 11/01/2014 at 4:35 pm

    I think the people who say the food in London isn’t good have never been to London. Every time I go I eat nothing but amazing food! I could spend all my days just in the Borough Market and be forever content!

  30. 11/01/2014 at 8:59 pm

    OMG…seriously? the food, oh the food. How could you hold yourself back from eating it all??? I’d come back a porky pig!

  31. 11/02/2014 at 8:28 am

    Okay. London doesn’t pop to the forefront of my mind when I think of foodie towns, but this post might have changed my perception. Everything looks amazing!! You just moved London further up my list. :)

  32. 11/02/2014 at 10:05 am

    Looks like you had a great time eating your way around London! Borough Market is one of my favourite places to go; my flatmate and I often head over early in the day and fill our bags with vegetables and meats and cheeses and antipasti and then head home for a feast. It’s one of my favourite things to do on a winter weekend. I’m also a huge fan of Dishoom, so I’m thrilled that you got to eat there!

  33. 11/03/2014 at 3:06 pm

    Ahh, memories this post brings back. Borough Market is amazing! Looks like you had a great time :)

  34. 11/03/2014 at 3:13 pm

    The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I’m spending a week in London later this month and just planning. Borough Market is IN! Excellent photos, all mouthwatering. And since I’m there for a week, I’ll head for Dishoom too. I don’t have much good Indian food here in Eastern France…

  35. 06/29/2015 at 11:27 am

    London definitely has some fabulous eats, including the best Indian food I’ve ever had! And those custard donuts…my faves!! Deliciously gorgeous post, thanks for sharing!

  36. 06/30/2015 at 12:00 pm

    I want to book a flight to London right now! Everything at that market looks amazing. I could sip tea and eat macarons and scones!

  37. 07/01/2015 at 9:48 am

    I love London and Borough Market is such a fun place to visit. You’ve introduced me to a few new places. Now I need to plan a trip back and add these to my ever-growing list!

  38. 07/01/2015 at 10:37 am

    Some day. Some day I will make it to London! Great post, Julie!

  39. 07/02/2015 at 11:00 am

    Okay, so I want to totally eat my way through London now! Just added this to my foodie travel bucket list. ;) And those donuts… Omgee.

  40. Trisha
    07/06/2015 at 4:37 am

    ill be visiting there in October as well! I was wondering how cold there weather was that time of year?

    • Julie
      07/06/2015 at 7:13 am

      It wasn’t too bad! It was in the mid-60’s during the day but a bit chillier at night. Some days it even got to the high 70’s w/sun! I would just pack layers. Light long-sleeve shirts and a light jacket or cardigan so you can take it off if you get too hot walking around.

  41. 07/07/2015 at 1:25 am

    Oh goodness, now I will have dreams of English breakfast, tea time, and clotted cream! Scrumptious!

  42. 07/12/2015 at 1:44 pm

    I think you just ate for three days! ;) I do the same when I am in London. I just can’t resist indulging in afternoon tea and London has so many yummy places to eat. Another really fun place to check out next time you are there is Bubble Dogs. They combine Champagne and gourmet hot dogs. So fun!

  43. Karen Marshalleck
    01/11/2016 at 1:02 pm

    Loved the pictures and suggestions. As someone planning a trip there, this year, this was very helpful and should help save time.

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