The world's Essential Eats curated by local food experts


London isn't all fish & chips. A heartland for some of the best Indian food outside of India, London also has a thriving and growing street food culture, brilliant cross European food and fantastic food from all across Asia. London is also looking to the US, and is obsessed with burgers and BBQ. A brilliant city for a food lover to live in, and to visit.

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Bleecker St.
Bleecker Black
Old Spitalfields Market Unit B, SP 4 Pavilion Buil...

U.S. born Zan Kaufman is responsible for creating the ULTIMATE burger. The Bleecker Double Cheeseburger is the yardstick for all other ... Read more

Story Deli
123 Bethnal Green Rd, City of London, E2 7DG, Unit...

There is no sign on the door, yet customers flock to Story Deli in London’s East End. At this rustic-chic pizzeria, chef Lee Hollingworth uses only local, organic and deliciously fresh produce to ... Read more

Bar Shu
28 Frith St, London W1D 5LF, United Kingdom

Bar Shu is a poetic reference to the ancient kingdoms that make up the Chinese province of Szechuan, and this elegant Soho eatery aims to ... Read more

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Fish House of Notting Hill
Cod & Chips
29 Pembridge Road Notting Hill W11 3HG

London is known for its love of fish and chips, and there is no better place to enjoy this simple delicacy than at Fish House of Notting ... Read more

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Hawksmoor Guildhall
10 Basinghall St, London EC2V 5BQ, United Kingdom

The British are famous for their meaty breakfasts and nowhere is this more perfectly embodied than at Hawksmoor Guildhall. Although ... Read more

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Three-Cheese Toastie
Borough Market Stall, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1...

For more than a decade, grilled cheese fans have flocked to Kappacasein at London’s Borough Market. Cheese expert Bill Oglethorpe’s melty masterpiece consists of grated Montgomery Cheddar, Comté ... Read more

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The Quality Chop House
88-94 Farringdon Road London EC1R 3EA, United Kin...

Around since 1869, the narrow, high-ceilinged rooms of this Spartan eating house have been lovingly re-created from the past, with narrow oak tables, newly padded benches and vintage, mismatched ... Read more

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100 Strand, London WC2R 0EW, United Kingdom

In operation since 1828, Simpson's-in-the-Strand is one of London's oldest traditional English restaurants. This landmark eatery with dark wood panelling and chandeliers became known as the “Home ... Read more

St. JOHN Bread and Wine
94-96 Commercial Street, London E1 6LZ, United Kin...

English chef Fergus Henderson, who founded St. John restaurant in London in 1994, is considered the Godfather of nose-to-tail eating whereby every piece of the beast is cooked and eaten. His most ... Read more

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Beigel Bake
Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel
159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB, United Kingdom

Open since 1977 in the East End, this 24-hour bakery in London is known for its traditional Jewish-style creations. Customers crowd its ... Read more

Quo Vadis
26-29 Dean St, London W1D 3LL, United Kingdom

Karl Marx wrote much of “Das Kapital,” his critique of the political economy, in a room above this landmark restaurant and private club in Soho. Founded in 1926 by an Italian named Pepino Leoni, ... Read more

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35 Maiden Ln, London WC2E 7LB, United Kingdom

Established by Thomas Rule in 1798, this classic English establishment is the oldest restaurant in London. Original features have been carefully preserved in the main restaurant and cocktail bar, and ... Read more

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39 Queen Victoria St, London, United Kingdom

Sweetings is described as probably the oldest fish and oyster restaurant in London. The weekday lunch-only restaurant opened on its present site in 1889, although the company's history dates to the ... Read more