You’ll never find someone who doesn’t love the shopping experience in London; after all it’s just so exhilarating. But the only thing better than that is London’s much diverse culinary scene. From the classics to contemporary game changers, from vegan cafes to fine dining – London simply fulfills all our food desires.
Even we love some good old dosas and egg hoppers from Hoppers (Soho), afternoon tea at Sketch (such Wes Anderson vibes), and The Warmie by Chin Chin ice creams (ah! the divine pairing of burnt butter caramel ice cream and brownie cookie). But often, going out for a meal in London can prove to be more challenging than the resultant culinary high, courtesy a plethora of spots to choose from. Therefore, we asked some of our favourite people, who happen to have spent a lot of time in London and continue to do so, to share their favourites from the ever-growing restaurant scene of this breathtaking city. So, next time, you are in London, choose one (or even more) from these varied spots instead of Googling it out. (And don’t forget to share your experiences with us!)
Ayesha Amin Nigam, Chief Stylist – Brides Today
“I love Shack-Fuyu for bottomless Japanese Sunday brunch. One must definitely have the octopus tacos and stone fried rice and finish it off with the delectable matcha ice-cream paired with French toast. Then there is The Ivy Café Richmond which has the most delicious egg preparations in the city; such an ideal place for a hearty brekkie. And The Ivy Market Grill at Covent Garden is perfect place to pop by for a cocktail after a long day of shopping. Also for most mouth-watering stir fries and dim sums, there’s Little Four Seasons in China town.”
Radhika Somaia, PR Manager – Valery Demure
“London is filled with so many amazing restaurants; it’s hard to choose just one. But, I would say Il Pampero in Belgravia – traditional authentic Italian food with interiors reminiscent of a glamourous world from the 80s in Italy. And it has exceptional service too, which is why I keep going back. Since I am a super simple eater, my go-to dish would be the ricotta & nettle ravioli with butter & sage – it’s divine!!”
Nimish Shah, Designer – Shift & Creative Director – Bhaane
“Oh! I love Dishoom, Hoppers, Bombay Bustle, and Jamavar and am sure 100 other people would say the same. And the last amazing restaurants I visited are Som Saa (Shoreditch) and Ace Hotel (Shoreditch). Some absolutely fab cocktails are served at Ace Hotel. Also, I am a sucker for Sunday Market, which is little bit away from Spitalfields Market (off Brick lane). They have just amazing food stalls from all over the world.”
Shagun Khanna, Beauty & Wellness Influencer
“London’s Mayfair and Knightsbridge are a heaven for the most sought-after international restaurants. My favourite’s Rüya, a swanky Turkish restaurant and bar in Mayfair. The Turkish-style interior work, including intricate tiling, colourful furniture and lavish decorations, are nothing less than breathtaking. I love going there for dinners on weekends with friends and family. Almost every item on the menu is worth trying! The flavour of each dish is unique, thanks to the Mediterranean herbs and spices that they use generously in marination and cooking. And the must-have dishes are – Acili Kanat (chilli grilled chicken wings with marash pepper), Adana Kebab (spicy minced lamb with burnt tomato), and quinoa salad with nuts, grains, and pomegranate dressing.”
Sujata Assomull, Fashion Journalist
“London is truly a food paradise, so you always eat well, and to pick one place to eat would be doing an injustice to the city and its many eateries. But my most recent discovery was Imperial Treasure whose sister restaurant in Shanghai has 2-Michelin Stars for a good reason. It serves classic Chinese food from dim sum to peking duck with a modern twist; everything explodes with taste, yet nothing is over spiced or over sauced. Located in Pall Mall, it is stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, and has modern Oriental interiors, set in this beautiful Georgian building marrying the best of East and West, Old World Charm with contemporary chic – just as the food does. And do keep room for the steamed charcoal buns with custard; I know this sounds like a cliché, but they really melt in your mouth.”
Karishma is a science nerd turned fashion and beauty writer who loves talking about trends as much as eating desserts. Gucci, salted caramel ice-cream, jewels, and Simba (her dog) make up four chambers of her heart. Like Karishma’s story? Drop her a line in the comments section below.