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What to Eat in London

London used to be highly criticized for its heavy and uninspired menu items. Fish and chips (fried cod and french fries). Bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes). Mince meat pies. You get the picture. Now, London is hailed as one of the world's best foodie cities. And with its melting pot of cultures, it's not difficult to see why. London offers everything from modern British to Malaysian cuisine.

To sample the best of the various cuisines London serves up, you need to know where to go. For Indian food, visit the curry houses on Brick Lane. If you want an authentic high tea experience, book reservations at The Langham, London, The Lanesborough or at Claridge's – but be sure to dress the part. If you're all about fine dining, check out the Michelin star-heavy Clerkenwell neighborhood. There you'll find St. John, the restaurant that garnered fame for utilizing the full body of meat in its dishes, coined as "nose-to-tail" dining.

If you're one for celebrity chefs, Gordon Ramsay has a number of restaurants in the city, including the Michelin-rated three-star restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Jamie Oliver also has four restaurants spread throughout the city. If you're looking for something a little quirky, try the two-star Michelin-rated brasserie-style Sketch, whose bathrooms are egg pods you step inside instead of traditional stalls. There's also The Attendant Cafe, which is housed in what used to be a Victorian restroom. Don't worry, it's immaculate in more ways than one. London also features great rooftop restaurants as well. For a meal with a side of vistas, head up to Sushi Samba or the 24-hour Duck & Waffle, which is billed as the highest restaurant in the U.K. from its 40th-floor perch.

Pub culture is huge in the U.K. If you're interested in getting a taste of British life that doesn't include visiting London's top attractions, it's best to grab a drink. Pubs serve much of the same drinks found in bars, but you must try a cider. There are a variety of flavors and brands available from traditional Magners or Strongbow ciders to those that are pear and strawberry flavored. Many pubs also serve meals throughout the day. You're likely to find traditional British dishes for a fraction of the price in pubs than you would in sit-down restaurants. Along with the traditional bangers and mash and fish and chips (which some argue taste better in pubs), you should make time for a traditional English breakfast and Sunday roast. Both are very hearty and a beloved culinary tradition among the Brits. If you're on the go and don't want to buy a sandwich from Pret A Manger, seek out pasty stands. Pasties are savory pastries typically packed with meat, potatoes or some vegetables. Pasties are filling and affordable and conveniently located in the larger train stations in London, such as Waterloo, King's Cross and Victoria stations.

Find the Best Restaurants in London

  • #1
    Pizza Union Dalston
    #1 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 689 reviewsTripAdvisor (689)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    14 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2JP England
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  • #2
    Dobar
    #2 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 100 reviewsTripAdvisor (100)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, Cafe, British
    324A Green Lanes, London N4 1BX England
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  • #3
    Barge East
    #3 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 169 reviewsTripAdvisor (169)
    $ - $$ | European, British, Contemporary, Fusion
    Sweetwater Trade Mooring, River Lee Navigation White Post Lane, London E9 5EN England
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  • #4
    German Doner Kebab
    #4 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 134 reviewsTripAdvisor (134)
    $ | German, Fast Food, Grill, Fusion, Healthy
    7 Fulham Broadway, London SW6 1AA England
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  • #5
    Latitude
    #5 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 73 reviewsTripAdvisor (73)
    $ - $$ | European, International, British
    138 Merton Road, London SW19 1EH England
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  • #6
    The Rajdoot
    #6 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 83 reviewsTripAdvisor (83)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Grill
    104 Fleet Road Hampstead, London NW3 2QX England
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  • #7
    Chojo
    #7 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 174 reviewsTripAdvisor (174)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Taiwanese, Street Food
    16 Garway Road, London W2 4NH England
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  • #8
    Kennington Lane Cafe
    #8 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1022 reviewsTripAdvisor (1022)
    $ | Cafe, British
    383 Kennington Lane Vauxhall, London SE11 5QY England
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  • #9
    Core by Clare Smyth
    #9 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 541 reviewsTripAdvisor (541)
    $$ | French, European, British, Contemporary
    92 Kensington Park Road Notting Hill, London W11 2PN England
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  • #10
    Cup Tales
    #10 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 70 reviewsTripAdvisor (70)
    $ | Cafe, International, Greek, Healthy
    135 Myddleton Road Bowes Park, London N22 8NG England
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  • #11
    Taste Of Nawab
    #11 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 818 reviewsTripAdvisor (818)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    97 Colney Hatch Lane Muswell Hill, London N10 1LR England
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  • #12
    Buongiorno e Buonasera
    #12 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 227 reviewsTripAdvisor (227)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Deli, Healthy
    58 Baker Street, London W1U 7DD England
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  • #13
    Humble Grape Battersea
    #13 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1104 reviewsTripAdvisor (1104)
    $ - $$ | European, Wine Bar, Bar, Mediterranean, British
    2 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1ED England
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  • #14
    The Lounge Cafe
    #14 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 186 reviewsTripAdvisor (186)
    $ | British
    Welford Centre 113 Chalkhill Road The Welford Centre, London HA9 9FX England
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  • #15
    Coffee, Cake & Kisses
    #15 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 276 reviewsTripAdvisor (276)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Contemporary, Fusion, Healthy
    54 Warren Street, London W1T 5NN England
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  • #16
    Pizza Union Spitalfields
    #16 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2540 reviewsTripAdvisor (2540)
    $ | Pizza, Fast Food
    25 Sandys Row, London E1 7HW England
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  • #17
    Cafe de Provence
    #17 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 97 reviewsTripAdvisor (97)
    $ | Cafe, European, British, French
    14 Drury Lane Covent Garden, London WC2B 5RB England
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  • #18
    Room 43 Bar & Kitchen
    #18 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 95 reviewsTripAdvisor (95)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian
    43 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5QW England
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  • #19
    The Crepe Factory
    #19 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 564 reviewsTripAdvisor (564)
    $ | French, Cafe, European
    297 North End Road, London W14 9NS England
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  • #20
    Treves & Hyde
    #20 of 27,521 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 186 reviewsTripAdvisor (186)
    $ - $$ | European, British, Grill, Healthy, Wine Bar
    15/17 Leman Street Aldgate, London E1 8EN England
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