Whether you’re visiting London on a trip or if you’re a born and bred Londoner yourself, the city is famously known for its diverse and eclectic range of food cuisine and restaurants. No two restaurants are the same anywhere in London, and there is a food type available to every type of person. With that in mind, it would be impossible to list off all the places in London which make for delicious eats, however, here we’ve recommended the top 10 places for delicious eats in London. They’ve all been categorised into Nationalities/types of food: Burgers, Italia, Indian and British – Bon appetite!
Burger and Lobster
As the name suggests, this restaurants serves up some of the most delicious and tasty burgers and lobsters. There are currently nine restaurants of this restaurant chain dotted around London – a big indication that this is super popular and a yummy food choice to pick whilst you’re in town. From crispy calamari and prawn and lobster croquettes with a chipotle mayo to the lobster burgers and a black bean burger options, the menu selection is fairly limited but packs a punch with it comes to flavour. Definitely, a must-go-to-place if you like American diner style food.
Hache Burgers are some of the best value and finger-licking tasting burgers you’ll find in London. They’re six branches across London, and they all offer a weekend brunch menu too so makes for a perfect spot should you want either a burger of brunch food. Their signature burger dish is the Hache Chicken Club burger which is topped off with melted mature cheddar cheese, smoked bacon and a fan of avocado. We recommend a portion of their sweet potato fries and drink either their watermelon lemonade or for something more desert-like, their strawberries and cream milkshake.
GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen)
GBK is the perfect burger joint if you’re looking for a decent burger under £10. From the classic cheeseburger to the ‘Hot Diggity’ burger which is American & mature Cheddar cheese, chili fried egg, basil pesto mayo, habanero jam, paprika onions, there’s a burger choice and style for everyone. GBK also offers both vegan and veggie options, so it’s not a restaurant exclusive to meat eaters only. They offer unique and delicious sauce combinations to accompany your burgers or fries with dips such as Baconnaise and Basil Pesto Mayo.
Fancy some good hearty fresh Italian food? Vapiano’s is definitely your spot to visit then. This restaurant offers traditional Italian dishes of pizza, pasta, and salads along with an impressive wine list. The unique thing about this restaurant is that they cook and prepare all the dishes right in front of you. With pasta dishes, you pick the option of pasta you’d like and they begin to create it and cook it all within a few minutes. If you’re opting for a pizza, they too make this in front of you, offering you some garnish or extra virgin olive oil to be drizzled onto your pizza pre-oven baking. It’s also great value for money – you can eat an entire Italian meal and be confidently full for under £20 which is impressive.
Zizzi’s pizza is a great Italian restaurant for families and/or for date night. Pizzas come up in this long rectangular shape, cut up into pieces which makes it ideal for sharing quickly and easily. They often have regular discounts on pizzas and meals throughout the week, so make sure to check their website. Their vegan/non-diary Rustica Zucca pizza is one of their best. Ingredients include Tomato, mozzarella alternative (made with coconut oil), roasted butternut squash, caramelised balsamic onions & spinach.
There are an impressive eight branches of ASK Italian in and around London so you’ll be sure to come across one in your travels. They offer up traditional Italian meals of pizza and pasta, along with salads starters, bread, and antipasti. Our recommended dish from there is the purple basil pesto Genovese which is fresh egg tagliatelle in a green pesto and cream sauce, with fine green beans and pine nuts, topped with purple basil pesto – winner of Great Taste 2018 award.
Like your food spicy? Head on down to Masala Zone to get your fix of spicy flavours and seasoning in this restaurant. From vegetarian to meat curries to different flavoured rice dishes and plenty of options for starters and sides, there is an option for everyone there no matter your food preference. This place is dotted around London from Camden to Bayswater, you’ll be sure to find this restaurant not too far away from wherever you are.
Dishoom is another recommended Indian restaurant, although this one is more expensive than Masala Zone. Their menu is broken down into sections such as Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Allergy etc, so there’s a food option for most people’s dietary requirements. They also serve a Dishoom special cooked breakfast should you want some spice first thing in the morning! Breakfast is served from 8am to 11.45am on weekdays and from 9am to 11.45am on weekends. You’ll find this restaurant in King’s Cross, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, Shoreditch, and Kensington.
The Ivy is a well-renowned and particularly expensive restaurant. The food menu predominantly consists of modern British dishes so this restaurant will be the perfect place to taste a bit of culture and history. They offer food choices such as carrot and ginger soup, hot apple crumble pie and of course a traditional English cottage pie. You do need to book a table well in advance but this place, in particular, will be more than just the food, it’ll be an experience.
Nothing beats a bit of cheeky Nandos, right? With tons of them across London, many people argue that Nandos is best in the UK compared to overseas. Great value, good flavour, and reasonably filling, Nandos is a no brainer when you’re stuck for a food choice when you’re in lovely London.