A Quick Guide To Dining In London
By Shontel Horne
There’s a lot more to London’s food scene than the traditional English breakfast and fish and chips. London is home to one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the world, and with that comes flavors from a variety of different cultures. Whether you’re looking to try a restaurant that’s unique to London or you want a taste of home, here are a few places you should keep on your radar.
805 is the place to go if you’re craving West African food while in London, and the family-run business is constantly named one of the best Nigerian restaurants in the city. It’s also a favorite of Star Wars star and Brit John Boyega, who famously brought Harrison Ford to the Old Kent Road restaurant.
Located in Netil Market, Lemlem Kitchen takes a spin on street food by fusing Eritrean flavors with ingredients and cooking techniques from other cultures. The Afro-tacos served of injera are not to be missed.
There’s something about this fast-casual chain of Asian-fusion restaurants that I love, and I always make it a habit to stop by for a piping hot bowl of ramen whenever I’m in the UK. You’ll find a Wagamama just about everywhere in London, and nothing beats slurping hot noodle soup on a rainy day.
Sketch is the most recognizable restaurant in London thanks to its lavish pink dining room, delicious cocktails and decadent French meals and desserts. Even the egg-shaped bathroom stalls are famous, so if you want to visit a place purely for the ‘gram, be sure to make a reservation here well in advance. It’s pricey, but it’s worth the splurge.
Brits take fish and chips seriously, and while everyone has their opinion about what restaurant has the best offerings, Bonnie Gull serves up fresh, perfectly fried fish and crisp French fries that will make you want to come back for more.
It can be difficult to find good food after-hours in London, but Flavors of India in Paddington came to the rescue when I needed it the most after arriving in London late at night. The chicken Patiala was delicious and the right level of spicy, and the prices are incredibly affordable reasonable in the pricey city. London has some of the best Indian food in the world, so if you love flavor, don’t leave the city without trying several Indian restaurants.