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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. A food tour can be a great way to get your bearings. 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.

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  • #1
    Amrutha Lounge
    #1 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 621 reviewsTripAdvisor (621)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Healthy
    326 Garratt Lane Earlsfield, London SW18 4EJ England
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  • #2
    Kennington Lane Cafe
    #2 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1386 reviewsTripAdvisor (1386)
    $ | Cafe, British
    383 Kennington Lane Vauxhall, London SE11 5QY England
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  • #3
    Taste Of Nawab
    #3 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1135 reviewsTripAdvisor (1135)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    97 Colney Hatch Lane Muswell Hill, London N10 1LR England
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  • #4
    Latitude
    #4 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 123 reviewsTripAdvisor (123)
    $ - $$ | European, British, International
    138 Merton Road, London SW19 1EH England
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  • #5
    Falafel Feast
    #5 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 95 reviewsTripAdvisor (95)
    $ | Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Fast Food
    377 Regents Park Road opp Station Rd, by Finchley Central Station, London N3 1DE England
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  • #6
    Barge East
    #6 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 389 reviewsTripAdvisor (389)
    $ - $$ | British
    Whitepost Lane River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN England
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  • #7
    The Rajdoot
    #7 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 300 reviewsTripAdvisor (300)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Grill
    104 Fleet Road Hampstead, London NW3 2QX England
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  • #8
    Beats Burgers Camden
    #8 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 71 reviewsTripAdvisor (71)
    $ - $$ | American, Grill
    9 Camden high street NW17JE, London NW1 7JE England
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  • #9
    Core by Clare Smyth
    #9 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 777 reviewsTripAdvisor (777)
    $$ | French, European, British, Contemporary
    92 Kensington Park Road Notting Hill, London W11 2PN England
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  • #10
    Hiba Street
    #10 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 278 reviewsTripAdvisor (278)
    $ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Street Food, Middle Eastern
    10 Tottenham Street Between Goodge Street Station and Warren Tube Station, London W1T 4RD England
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  • #11
    Room 43 Bar & Kitchen
    #11 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 139 reviewsTripAdvisor (139)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian
    43 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5QW England
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  • #12
    The Lounge Cafe
    #12 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 221 reviewsTripAdvisor (221)
    $ | British
    Welford Centre 113 Chalkhill Road The Welford Centre, London HA9 9FX England
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  • #13
    Pizza Union Spitalfields
    #13 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2898 reviewsTripAdvisor (2898)
    $ | Pizza, Fast Food
    25 Sandys Row, London E1 7HW England
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  • #14
    L'Angolo Bianco
    #14 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 156 reviewsTripAdvisor (156)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe, European
    49 Crawford Street Marylebone, London W1H 1JZ England
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  • #15
    Dobar
    #15 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 253 reviewsTripAdvisor (253)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, British
    324A Green Lanes, London N4 1BX England
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  • #16
    Indian Room
    #16 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1053 reviewsTripAdvisor (1053)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    59 Bedford Hill Balham, London SW12 9EZ England
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  • #17
    Flour To The People!
    #17 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 317 reviewsTripAdvisor (317)
    $ - $$ | Pizza
    573 Battersea Park Road SW11 3BJ, London SW11 3BJ England
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  • #18
    Andy's Greek Taverna
    #18 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1720 reviewsTripAdvisor (1720)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Greek
    23 Pratt Street Camden, London NW1 0BG England
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  • #19
    The Golden Chippy
    #19 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1871 reviewsTripAdvisor (1871)
    $ | Seafood, British
    62 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8LF England
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  • #20
    Alexander The Great
    #20 of 23,634 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2030 reviewsTripAdvisor (2030)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek
    8 Plender Street Bayham Street, London NW1 0JT England
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