London Tips

Hi all,

On this page I will share you with you some tips and recommendations for London, as I’ve received quite a few questions through Instagram on where to go, to eat, to drink etc. so I’m hoping you’ll find this useful for your next trip or visit to London 🙂

I will keep updating this page regularly, so feel free to check it out every now and then.

Let me know if ever you’ve tried out any of these and what your thoughts are – or if you have any other great places to add to the list and for me to try out?

Best wishes,
MariiBee



Restaurants
by cuisine/type of food: 

Fish & Chips:

Italian:

European/International:

Pizza:

British:

Healthy:

Indian:

  • Dishoom (varios locations) dishoom.com
  • Talli Joe (Covent Garden, Indian sharing plates) tallijoe.com
  • Punjab (Covent Garden, oldest North Indian restaurant in the UK) punjab.co.uk

Mediterranean:

  • Morito (Hackney Road, Spanish/North African tapas bar) morito.co.uk
  • Canela Café (Covent Garden, Portuguese café & wine bar) canelacafe.com

Desserts:

Coffee Shops / Hot Chocolate:

Fusion Food:

  • Chotto Matte (Soho, Japanese & Peruvian restaurant, cocktails) chotto-matte.com
  • Ceviche (Soho, Latin American & Caribbean restaurant) cevicheuk.com
  • Andina (Various locations, Peruvian ceviche & street food) andinalondon.com
  • Monmouth Kitchen (Covent Garden, Italian & Peruvian, cocktails) monmouthkitchen.co.uk
  • Sushi Samba (Heron Tower, Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian fusion food with a view, reservation required) sushisamba.com

Oriental:

Japanese:

  • Bento Ramen (Camden, Japanese café/restaurant) 29-31 Parkway, NW1 7PN
  • Shoryu Ramen (Various locations) shoryuramen.com
  • Kanada Ya (Covent Garden/Piccadilly, Japanese ramen bar) kanada-ya.com
  • Tonkotsu (Various locations, Japanese ramen, noodles, dumplings) tonkotsu.co.uk
  • Flesh & Buns (Seven Dials, Izakaya pub-style serving buns) bonedaddies.com
  • Bone Daddies (Soho, Ramen bar) boneaddies.com
  • Ittenbari (Soho, Japanese diner with ramen, sushi, rice dishes) 84 Brewer Street, W1F 9UB
  • KOI Ramen Bar (Brixton, ramen and gyozas) koiramenbar.co.uk
  • Eat Tokyo (Various locations, authentic Japanese restaurant) eattokyo.com
  • Sushi Samba (Heron Tower, Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian fusion food with a view, reservation required) sushisamba.com
  • Ippudo (various locations) ippudo.co.uk

Asian:

Breakfast/Brunch:

  • German Gymnasium (Kings Cross, historic former gym turned into a modern all day Grand Café and bar serving Mittel-European cuisine) germangymnasium.com
  • Caravan (Kings Cross, hip café restaurant in old grain store) caravanrestaurants.co.uk
  • Bill’s (Various locations, restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner) bills-website.co.uk
  • The Breakfast Club (Various locations, hip café serving breakfast, prepare to queue) thebreakfastclubcafes.com
  • The Book Club (Shoreditch, trendy place with an all-day menu, music, poetry etc.) wearetbc.com
  • The Greek Larder (Kings Cross, Greek dishes and Mediterranean produce) thegreeklarder.co.uk
  • Boyden’s Kitchen (North London, family-run cosy café/deli) boydenskitchen.com
  • Plum & Spilt Milk (Kings Cross, elegant hotel setting for an all-day Modern British menu) plumandspiltmilk.com
  • Granger & Co (Kings Cross and various locations) grangerandco.com
  • Jackson & Rye (Various locations, New York inspired brasserie of French classics with American twist) jacksonrye.com
  • Lantana (Various locations, urban chic Australaian coffee shot/café) lantanacafe.co.uk
  • Bad Egg (Barbican, hip and informal eatery & bar featuring eggs in a variety of dishes) badegg.london
  • Drake & Morgan (Kings Cross and various locations, bar & restaurant) drakeandmorgan.co.uk
  • The Riding House Café (Fitzrovia, comfort food and all-day brasserie with a quirky & retro inspired interior) ridinghouse.cafe
  • Farm Girl Café (Notting Hill, bright and casual café for breakfast & brunch, very popular, prepare to queue) thefarmgirl.co.uk
  • Jar Kitchen (Covent Garden, farm-to-table, all-day modern European dining in a petite space with rustic design and tiled walls) jarkitchen.com
  • 26 Grains (Seven Dials, Scandinavian inspired café serving porridge, smoothie bowls, bircher muesli and coffee) 26grains.com
  • Drink, Shop & Do (Kings Cross, all-day café and designer store) drinkshopdo.co.uk
  • Soho Grind / Shoreditch Grind (Various locations, espresso bar/coffee shop) grind.co.uk
  • The Diner (Various locations, American diner with all-American style decoration, i.e. red booths and bar stools, serving food from the States) goodlifediner.com
  • Dishoom (Various locations, breakfast with Indian twist) dishoom.com
  • Andina (Various locations, Peruvian ceviche & street food) andinalondon.com
  • Daisy Green / Beany Green daisygreenfood.com

With a view:

  • Sushi Samba (Heron Tower, Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian food on 38th floor) sushisamba.com
  • Duck & Waffle (Heron Tower, British and European cuisine on 40th floor) duckandwaffle.com
  • Netil 360 (London Fields, laid-back rooftop bar serving cocktails, beers and street food) netil360.com
  • NT Bar (London Fields, homely rooftop bar serving cocktails and other drinks) ntbar.co.uk
  • Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch, bar and club with roof garden barbecue) queenofhoxton.com

Chicken:

Tapas:

French/Belgian:

Brazilian:

  • Made in Brasil / Boteco (Chalk Farm/Camden, Brazilian and Latino cuisine and cocktails, with live music and DJs) madeinbrasilboteco.co.uk

Burgers/Steaks:

  • Patty & Bun (Various locations) pattyandbun.co.uk
  • Meatliquor (Various locations, US-style burgers, chicken wings and cocktails in trendy diner with graffiti décor and loud music) meatliquor.com
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen (Various locatiojns, restaurant chain specialising in gourmet burgers) gbk.co.uk
  • Honest Burger (Various locations, burger restaurant inspired by great British produce) honestburgers.co.uk
  • Kua Aina (Carnaby Street, Hawaiian burgers and grilled sandwichs) kua-aina.co.uk
  • Shake Shack (Various locations, American fast casual restaurant chain) shakeshack.com
  • Flat Iron (Soho, steakhouse and burgers) flatironsteak.co.uk
  • Maxwell’s (Covent Garden, Burgers & Donut Burger) maxwells.co.uk
  • Hawksmoor (Covent Garden, British steakhouse and cocktail bar chain) thehawksmoor.com
  • Burger & Lobster (Various locatins, serving lobster, lobster rolls and drinks) burgerandlobster.com
  • Steak & Lobster (Various locations, serving steak and lobster) steakandlobster.com
  • Dirty Burger (Various locations, specialising in cheeseburgers and breakfast burgers) eatdirtyburger.com
  • Five Guys (various locations) fiveguys.co.uk

Vegetarian (but not only)

  • Bibimbap (Soho, Korean restaurant specialising in bibimbap) bibimbapsoho.co.uk
  • The Cheese Bar (Chalk Farm, British restaurant serving artisanal cheese in inventive dishes) thecheesebar.com
  • Max’s Sandwich Shop (Crouch Hill, cosy sandwich café) 19 Crouch Hill, N4 4AP
  • BabaBoom (Battersea, Charcoal Kebab Kitchen) bababoom.london
  • The Good Egg (Stoke Newington, casual breakfast-till-late neighbourhood spot serving New York and Middle Eastern influenced dishes) thegoodegg.co
  • Cook Daily (Boxpark Shoreditch, Vegetarian and Vegan meals) cookdaily.co.uk
  • Biff’s Jack Shack (Broadway Market, Vegan London Street Food) biffsjackshack.com
  • Mildreds Restaurant (Soho, international-themed vegetarian restaurant) mildreds.co.uk
  • Bühler & Co (Walthamstow, vegan & vegetarian breakfast and brunch) buhlerandco.com
  • Temper (Soho, stylish basement bar with an open kitchen for tacos, mexcal etc.) temperrestaurant.com
  • Manti (Borough Market, handmade Turkish style dumplings) http://www.mikeandollie.co.uk/manti/
  • Sunday Café & Restaurant (North London, modern eatery severing British brunch and dinner) 169 Hemingford Road, N1 1DA
  • Manna (Primrose Hill, informal dining room serving vegetarian & vegan dishes and wine) mannav.com
  • Farmacy (Notting Hill, vegetarian & vegan breakfast, brunch, dinner) farmacylondon.com
  • Koshari Street (Soho, Modern vegetarian café and takeaway serving Egyptian street food dishes) kosharistreet.com

Drinks (and most of these do some food as well):

  • The Escapologist (Seven Dials, funky cocktail venue with pizza venue) escapologistbar.co.uk
  • Boki (Seven Dials, wine bar and cocktails) bokisevendials.com
  • Freud’s Bar (Seven Dials, minimalist bar in concrete cellar serving classic cockails) freud.eu/cafe-bars
  • The Book Club (Shoreditch, late night eating and drinking, dance floor in basement) wearetbc.com
  • The Long Acre (Soho, main bar serving cocktails and basement with dancefloor, mainstream music) thelongacre.co.uk
  • Dirty Martini (Various locations, stylish cocktail bar for martini lovers, try the chocolate martini) dirtymartini.co.uk
  • Adventure Bar (Covent Garden, party bar with wide selection of cocktails) adventurebar.co.uk
  • Sketch (Mayfair, quirky 18th century townhouse tea room that transforms into a cocktail lounge in the evening) sketch.london
  • Loves Company (Old Street, cocktail bar for creative drinks) lovescompany.co.uk
  • Graphic Bar (Soho, modern gin palace with sofas and urban art, DJs etc.) graphicbar.com
  • Barrio Bar (Soho or Shoreditch, colourful Latin bar with street food, cocktails and music until late) barriobars.com
  • Gem Bar (Soho, 2-floor bar with late-night DJs) gem-bar.co.uk
  • The Old Queen’s Head (Islington, pub with worn sofas and fireplaces serving drinks and food, karaoke room, cocktails, HipHop & R’n’B nights) theoldqueenshead.com
  • Be@1 (Various locations, cocktail bar) beatone.co.uk
  • All Bar One (Various Locations, try the one near London Bridge, cocktails) allbarone.co.uk
  • O’Neills (Various locations, Irish-themed pub chain, with live music) oneills.com
  • Jewel Bar (SOho, 4-room cocktail bar with chandeliers, DJ and happy hour) jewelpiccadilly.co.uk
  • Shaka Zulu (Camden, huge restaurant with stylish African décor and menu, dress code and a bit on the pricier side) shaka-zulu.com
  • Cottons Bar & Restaurant (Camden, rhumshack serving cocktails and Caribbean/Creole cuisine) cottons-restaurant.co.uk
  • Milk & Honey (Soho, 3-floor cocktail bar for members and reservations only) mlkhny.com
  • The Loop (Mayfair, 3-floor club with modern restaurant, bar and funky 70s style flashing dance floor) theloopbar.co.uk
  • The Market Place (Oxford Circus, stylish night spot with weekend DJs, outside terrace) marketplace-london.co.uk
  • Zebrano (Soho, clubby and party-style cocktail bar with DJs and mainstream music) zebranolondon.com
  • Drink, Shop & Do (Kings Cross, all-day café and bar by night) drinkshopdo.co.uk
  • The London Cocktail Club (Various locations) londoncocktailclub.co.uk
  • Lockside Camden (Camden, canalside bar overlooking the lock) locksidecamden.com
  • Drake & Morgan (Kings Cross, late-night bar) drakeandmorgan.co.uk
  • Connaught Bar (Mayfair, ritzy hotel bar known for its martinis) the-connaught.co.uk
  • The Permit Room (Kings Cross, cocktail spot) dishoom.com
  • Sexy Fish Bar (Mayfair, Asian restaurant with late-night bar) sexyfish.com
  • Super Lyan (Hoxton, bar serving classic cocktails) superlyan.com
  • Balans Soho Society (Various locations, café/bar serving food & booze, the one in Soho is open 24hrs) balans.co.uk
  • Strong Room (Shoreditch) strongroombar.com
  • Bar Elba (Waterloo) bar-elba.co.uk
  • Tonight Josephine (Waterloo) tonightjosephine.co.uk

Things to do:

  • Free viewing platforms: Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Markets: Borough Market / Camden Market / Brixton Market / Broadway Market / Portobello Market / Soho Food Market
  • East London: Brick Lane / London Fields / Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch Box Park
  • Street Art Tour / Nomadic Garden via Alternative London Tours 
  • Sky Garden (free tickets for 1 hour slots, try on Mondays when slots for the coming week become available, book here)
  • The Shard (tickets here)
  • South Bank > Food & Book Market
  • Parks: Hyde Park / St. James Park / Regents Park / Primrose Hill
  • Alexandra Palace (views over London, park with lake, pub etc.) and nearby Muswell Hill
  • Richmond (Deer) Park / Richmond (centre)
  • Kew Gardens
  • Museums (permanent expositions are free of charge): National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern
  • Albert Memorial / Harrods / Kensington Gardens
  • Rosebery Avenue > Exmouth Market (one street full of restaurants & bars)
  • Little Venice (between Camden & Paddington, walk by canals)
  • Peckham Levels (multi-storey carpark that was transformed into a new creative workspace incl. food stalls, bars etc.)