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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.

Find the Best Restaurants in London

  • #1
    Amrutha Lounge
    #1 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 460 reviewsTripAdvisor (460)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Healthy
    326 Garratt Lane Earlsfield, London SW18 4EJ England
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  • #2
    Dobar
    #2 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 128 reviewsTripAdvisor (128)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, Cafe, British
    324A Green Lanes, London N4 1BX England
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  • #3
    Barge East
    #3 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 230 reviewsTripAdvisor (230)
    $ - $$ | European, British, Contemporary, Fusion
    Sweetwater Trade Mooring, River Lee Navigation White Post Lane, London E9 5EN England
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  • #4
    Pizza Union Dalston
    #4 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 791 reviewsTripAdvisor (791)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    14 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2JP England
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  • #5
    German Doner Kebab
    #5 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 211 reviewsTripAdvisor (211)
    $ | German, Fast Food, Grill, Fusion, Healthy
    7 Fulham Broadway, London SW6 1AA England
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  • #6
    Cup Tales
    #6 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 79 reviewsTripAdvisor (79)
    $ | Cafe, International, Greek, Healthy
    135 Myddleton Road Bowes Park, London N22 8NG England
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  • #7
    Latitude
    #7 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 81 reviewsTripAdvisor (81)
    $ - $$ | European, International, British
    138 Merton Road, London SW19 1EH England
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  • #8
    Kennington Lane Cafe
    #8 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1100 reviewsTripAdvisor (1100)
    $ | Cafe, British
    383 Kennington Lane Vauxhall, London SE11 5QY England
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  • #9
    L’angolo Bianco
    #9 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 83 reviewsTripAdvisor (83)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European, Cafe
    49 Crawford Street, London W1H 1JZ England
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  • #10
    Core by Clare Smyth
    #10 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 582 reviewsTripAdvisor (582)
    $$ | French, European, British, Contemporary
    92 Kensington Park Road Notting Hill, London W11 2PN England
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  • #11
    Yolk Breaker
    #11 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 74 reviewsTripAdvisor (74)
    $ - $$ | American, British
    Chalk Farm Road Unit 703, Stables Market, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH England
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  • #12
    Santo Mare
    #12 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 71 reviewsTripAdvisor (71)
    $$ | Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
    87-89 George St, London W1U 8AQ England
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  • #13
    Bistro Mirey
    #13 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 94 reviewsTripAdvisor (94)
    $ - $$ | French, European, Japanese
    98 Lillie Road, London SW6 7SR England
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  • #14
    Room 43 Bar & Kitchen
    #14 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 103 reviewsTripAdvisor (103)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian
    43 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5QW England
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  • #15
    Taste Of Nawab
    #15 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 867 reviewsTripAdvisor (867)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    97 Colney Hatch Lane Muswell Hill, London N10 1LR England
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  • #16
    The Lounge Cafe
    #16 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ | British
    Welford Centre 113 Chalkhill Road The Welford Centre, London HA9 9FX England
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  • #17
    Midpoint Restaurant
    #17 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 310 reviewsTripAdvisor (310)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Turkish, Bar, Cafe, Grill, Pub
    3 Anchor Iron Wharf Greenwich, London SE10 9GL England
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  • #18
    Pizza Union Spitalfields
    #18 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2627 reviewsTripAdvisor (2627)
    $ | Pizza, Fast Food
    25 Sandys Row, London E1 7HW England
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  • #19
    Magic Falafel
    #19 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 169 reviewsTripAdvisor (169)
    $ | Fast Food, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Unit 312-313, Camden Market, London NW1 8AH England
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  • #20
    Oliveira Organic Vegetarian Kitchen
    #20 of 27,970 Places to Eat in London
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 151 reviewsTripAdvisor (151)
    $ - $$ | International, European, Contemporary, Healthy
    469 Upper Richmond Road West, London SW14 7PU England
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