The Ultimate London Dinner List

For the past few weeks I have been trying to compile the Ultimate London Dinner List, with all the best restaurants (for dinner) across London. Each of these restaurants has been tried and tested, by either myself or friends, and includes everything from cheap and cheerful to Michelin star (marked with an *). Enjoy!

 

French:

The Orrery (Modern take on traditional French dishes) Marylebone
Margaux (French) Kensington
Leroy (French Small plates) Shoreditch
Nac (French Bistro) Mayfair
Le Boudin Blanc (Rustic Gallic Food, French cuisine) Mayfair

Italian:

Sorella (Italian) Clapham
Bernardi’s (Italian) Marylebone
Flour & Grape (Italian/Pasta) London Bridge
Padella (Pasta) London Bridge
Bocco di Lupo (Italian) Soho
Popolo (Italian) Shoreditch
Da Corradi (Italian) Mayfair

Tapas:

Jose (Tapas) London Bridge
Pizarro (Tapas) London Bridge
Cambio de Tercio (Tapas) Earls Court
Capote y Toros (Tapas) Earls Court
Hispania (Spanish Tapas) Bank
Barrafina (Spanish Tapas) Soho, Covent Garden, Drury Lane *

Mediterranean:

Peyote (Mediterranean) Mayfair
Brawn (Mediterranean small plates) Shoreditch
Liman (Mediterranean) Angel

Indian:

Benares (Michelin Star Indian restaurant) Mayfair*
Bombay Bustle (Indian) Mayfair
Bombay Brasserie (Indian) Kensington
Kricket (blend British ingredients & Mumbai-inspired flavours.) Soho
Dishoom (Indian) Shoreditch, Kensington, Carnaby, Covent Garden, Kings Cross

British:

Tanner & Co (Old English food with a modern edge) London Bridge
Lamberts (modern British) Balham
Magpie (Modern British) Mayfair
The Ivy (Modern British Food) Multiple Locations
Drayton Arms (British gastropub) Earls Court
Bumpkin (British) South Kensington
Kitty Fishers (Modern British with Spanish twist) Mayfair
Plot (Modern British small plates)Tooting Market
The Dairy (Small-plate dining from seasonal Modern English/European menu amid vintage chic of bar/bistro.) Clapham Common
Randall & Aubin (Seafood, Oysters, Modern British) Soho
Frog by Adam Handling (continues Adam’s signature British style and combines technical savvy with the freshest, highest quality seasonal produce) Covent Garden

Steak:

Gauchos (Steak) Multiple Locations
Hawksmoor (Steak) Covent Garden
Foxlow (Steak) Balham
Hixter (Chicken/Steak) Bankside
Arlo’s (Steak) Balham

North Africa:

Barbury (North African) Neals Yard Covent Garden
Morito (Spanish/North African Tapas) Clerkenwell

 

Asia:

Bull in a China Shop (Asian infused eatery) Shoreditch
Sushi Samba (Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi) Moorgate
Go (Vietnamese) South Kensington
Pidgin (Asian Inspired 4 course menu) Hackney*

 

Moroccan:

Tagine (BYOB Moroccan) Balham
Momo (Couscous, tagines and lamb dishes in colourful setting filled with furnishings from a Moroccan souk.) Mayfair

 

Peru:

Chicama (Peruvian, does not serve meat) Kings Road, Chelsea
Pachamama (sister restaurant of Chicama, serves meat, also Peruvian)

 

Turkish:

Oklava (Turkish sharing plates) Shoreditch
Ruya (Turkish) Mayfair

 

Other:

Caravan (A bit of everything) Kings Cross, Exmouth Market, Bankside, Fitzrovia
Palomar (Modern fare from Jerusalem meets a variety of international influences) Soho
The Manor, Clapham
La Bodega Negra (Mexican food) Soho
The Ned, City of London
The Hospital Club (Private Members Club)
Black Roe (Hawaiian-inspired raw fish &seafood dished, plus grilled meats) May
Asia de Cuba (Asian influence on Cuban cuisine) Covent Garden

Casual and Chilled:

Radio Alice (Pizza) Clapham Common
Pho (Vietnamese) Multiple Locations
Franco Manca (Sourdough Pizza) Multiple Locations
Eco (Pizza) Clapham Common
The Pepper Tree (Thai food) Clapham Common
Kaosarn (Asian BYOB) Brixton

Markets:

POP in Brixton
Dinerama in Shoreditch
Mercato in Elephant and Castle
FlatIron Square
Boxpark Shoreditch

Feya Cafe

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Right off Oxford Street, this beautiful café has not been open too long, and gives Elan Café and Peggy Porschen a run for their money! A hidden gem amongst the bustling side streets of central London, the roof is decorated with white flowers and THE walls are pastel pink. The café not only does cake and coffee, but also has a breakfast and savoury menu with an unique twist (Pink Oats with Caramel Chia Pudding, Mashed Rose Raspberries, Banana Flowers & Rose Petals for example!) Considering how beautiful the cakes are, the prices are incredibly reasonable!

So if you love all things sweet like I do, then it is definitely worth a visit!
Aimee Rose xx

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Brighton

 

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I recently spent a sunny bank holiday Sunday down in the seaside town of Brighton. We decided to get the train down from Clapham Junction as trains are very frequent and it only takes just over an hour door to door. I used trainline.com and would recommend booking as far in advance as you can to get the best deals. When you arrive at the station, the pier is only a 10-12 minute walk straight down the main road.

 

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Lucky Beach Cafe

As I had never been to Brighton before, I was unsure where to go to for breakfast/brunch. I started doing some research and came across the Lucky Beach Café. I would recommend if you are ever looking for a restaurant to look it up on Instagram, as it gives you photos from real people.

 

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Vintage Shops

Luckily, the day before I went to Brighton I happened to get some recommendations for good vintage shops in Brighton.  The North Lanes are the main streets for vintage shopping. The main stores I would recommend are To Be Worn Again, Independent Rag and Dirty Harry and all are significantly cheaper than London vintage shops.

Other shops I went to included JuJu Brighton which has great stuff (not vintage) and Kerrie Berrie Beads & Jewellery. Kerrie Berrie is the cutest little shop where you can create your own pieces of jewellery. There are lots of beautiful options and the jewellery and pieces are really affordable.

 

Food for Friends

This restaurant was another recommendation from a work colleague. Food for Friends is a well known, award-winnign vegetarian restaurant in Brighton that is not to be missed. You can book a table in advance and there is the option to sit inside or outside.

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Other Recommendations

Some other recommendations that I got that for Brighton included The White Rabbit which is a classic pub where all the locals hang out. There is also The Black Lion which has a nice beer garden and Pike & Pine on St James Street.

Caravan

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I absolutely adore this restaurant! In five locations across London (Bankside, Kings Cross, The City, Fitzrovia (coming soon) and Exmouth Market) I would recommend Caravan to anyone who loves and appreciates good food with a less traditional menu.

I have been to both the Bankside and Exmouth Market branches, and both were equally as wonderful an experience. Although I have only ever been to Caravan for dinner, I have also heard great reports about their brunch menu too! It is the perfect spot for a small group, or even just one or two friends, as it has a great atmosphere but doesn’t feel too crowded. They also cater for large groups/special occasions, and can tailor the menu to suit your taste. The food is so delicious and really reasonable given the quality!

Aimee

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The Ultimate London Brunch List

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Brunch is genuinely my favourite meal of the day! Since I moved to London, I am always looking for new places to try. I am also constantly being asked by people when they visit, where are the best places to go! So I decided to compile a list of all the brunch places I know/have been to in London, and divided them by location. Some of these were also recommended to me by fellow Londoners! Each place has a click through to the restaurant’s website for more information.

There is also a list on food markets, afternoon tea and bottomless brunch spots! Enjoy!

 

Markets:

Borough Market (London Bridge)
Maltby Street Market (London Bridge)
Broadway Market
Greenwich Market
Brixton Market
Flea at Flat Iron Square
Portobello Market

 

Brunch Spots:

Tanner & Co (London Bridge)
The Breakfast Club (London Bridge & Battersea Rise)
Lantana (London Bridge, Shoreditch, Fitzrovia)

Bad Egg (Moorgate)
Duck & Waffle (Moorgate)

The Dayrooms Cafe (Notting Hill, Holborn)
Eggsbreak (Notting Hill)
Electric Diner (Notting Hill)
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Sunday (Islington)

Granger & Co (South Kensington)
L’ETO (South Kensington, Soho, Brompton, Belgravia, Mayfair)
Tom’s Kitchen (Chelsea)

The Ivy (Chelsea, Covent Garden)
Bluebird (Chelsea)

Ethos (Fitzrovia)
Dalloway Terrace (Fitzrovia)
Attendant ( Fitzrovia, Clerkenwell, Shoreditch)

Megan’s (Fulham, Parsons Green)

BY CHLOE (Covent Garden)
Balthazar (Covent Garden)
26 Grains (Neals Year, Covent Garden)
Dishoom (Covent Garden, King’s Cross, Shoreditch, Carnaby, Kensington)

MILK (Balham)
Foxlow (Balham)
Brickwood (Balham, Clapham Common, Tooting Market)

Minnow (Clapham Common)
No.32 (Clapham Common)

Flotsam & Jetsam (Wandsworth Common)

No. 11 Pimlico Road (Victoria)

No.29 (Battersea Power Station)

Chiltern Firehouse (Marylebone)

Caravan (Bankside, Exmouth Market, Kings Cross)

Good Egg (Soho)

Burnt Toast (Brixton)

 

Bottomless Brunch:

Bunga Bunga (Covent Garden, Battersea)
Asia de Cuba (Covent Garden)
Tanner & Co (London Bridge)
The Piano Works (Farringdon)
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings (Farringdon/Angel)
Lantana (Shoreditch)
Gaucho Electro (Number of Locations)

Percy & Founders ( Fitzrovia)

 

 

Afternoon Tea:

Sketch (Mayfair)
Claridges (Mayfair)
The Connaught Hotel (Mayfair)
The Kensington (South Kensington)
Mad Hatters Tea Party at the Sanderson Hotel (Fitzrovia)

Dalloway Terrace

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Despite living in London for a year a half now, I still find myself in new places I haven’t even heard of! This particular day was one of those occasions.

It was a sunny Monday in London and I had decided to take the day off work to celebrate my housemates 26th birthday. I had come across the Dalloway Terrace on Instagram a few weeks previously, and was dying to try it!

 

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Five minutes from Russel Square park, and named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, Dalloway Terrace is stunning space, decorated with flowers, branches and bumblebees, and is located in the historic Bloomsbury – London’s literacy centre.

Food is a little on the pricier side, but it is definitely worth it for the atmosphere! The terrace is outdoors, with a roof covering to keep out the cold. The staff are very friendly and accommodating, and the food was delicious! The restaurant does breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea ( which I am definitely going back to try!)

 

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(GREEN PEA FALAFEL)

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Right next door to the terrace is The Coral Room. This stunning bar has an old-school retro feel that transports you out of London. We came across this bar by chance so it is definitely on my list to go back to and try! The British Museum is also only a 5-10 minute walk away, and great for a daytime visit – not to mention it is free!

 

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THE CORAL ROOM

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THE BRITISH MUSEUM

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CLASSPASS

 

WHY THIS COULD BE FOR YOU?

 

If you are looking for intense workouts, in a variety of studios and locations, then ClassPass is for you. You have complete control over where and when you go. Not to mention, you gain access to incredible, top of the line studios. So far, I have found that although I am not going to the gym as often as I normally would, it is not really making a difference to my body. In fact, I have found that the  classes are actually even more effective than just regular gyming, because of  their high intensity.

 

My favourites:

 

I am still relatively new to ClassPass so my knowledge of all the different gyms is still growing. However, here are my favourites so far:

 

 

DIGME:digme

Digme Spin studios are the ultimate cycling experience. Their stunning facilities provide you with all the essentials you need for workout. The bikes are equipped so that your shoes clip into the pedals, to allow for a more intense workout. The studio provides these cleats/shoes for customers, and will have them ready for you beside your bike, ahead of your workout. Their protein smoothies are also delicious and are only £4.50, for breakfast on the go.

 

 

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Barrecore is a ballet based workout that uses your own body weight as resistance. Each of the classes is designed to be a fully body workout, whilst also improving posture and alignment.

 

 

1REBEL: 1bel

1Rebel brings a sense of uniqueness to your workouts. I have attended their Rumble and Ride (spin) classes. Rumble is 45 minute cardio boxing class. Ride is a high energy spin class that incorporates various moves and weights into the class for a full body workout. Their final class is Reshape. This class uses treadmills and floor/weight exercises designed to re-sculpt and condition.

 

BEST’S BOOTCAMP:bests bootcamp

I have never actually been to this studio, but a good few of my friends have and found it fantastic! The classes are tough but definitely worthwhile!

 

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I have not been to this studio yet, but I have hear fantastic reviews, so it is on my list to try! They have studios in both Clapton and Shoreditch.

 

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LOMAX in Chelsea is also on my list of new studios to try and supposed to be amazing!

 

OTHER…
  1. Lagree studio : The Lagree Fitness Method is a high-intensity low impact workout that is adaptable to everybody. It’s the perfect alternative to other high-intensity training options that can potentially damage the joints.
  2. Dynamica Pilates in Clapham North is a great Pilates studio, particularly for beginners and people with back problems.

 

 

OUTSIDE THE CITY

Dog House  is a small studio in Balham, that does both spin and boxing classes. For those living South West it’s a handy studio for weekend or morning/evening workouts.

 

 

 

 

Dominique Ansel Bakery London

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Another day, another cake! Just 4 minutes walk from Victoria station, this bakery is like walking into a pâtisserie in Paris. With cafés across the globe, from New York to Tokyo, Dominique Ansel was awarded the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2017 from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Each pastry and cake is a work of art. Unique and creative, the bakery is known for its famous cookie shots and cronuts. The café has a sit down restaurant, where you can enjoy savoury food, afternoon tea or a basic coffee and cake. There is also a take away service for cakes on the go.

Bon Appétit!

 

Website: http://dominiqueansellondon.com/

 

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Borough Market

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I think it should be made clear that I am not a vegan! Nor do I have anything against vegans. Borough Market is one of the most famous markets in London. Located close to London Bridge station, the market caters to all types of food. From cake stalls, to fruit stalls, to non -food stalls, the market has something for everyone.

I am lucky as I work very close to Borough Market, so one Friday I decided to treat myself. While browsing the stalls, I came across this Vegan burger stand. Not only did the burgers look absolutely divine, the queue was huge (this is always a great clue that it’s a popular choice!) Needless to say, it was worth the wait! Meat or no meat, I have never had such a delicious burger in my life!

 

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L’ETO

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If you have a sweet tooth, and are ever in London, then L’ETO is the place for you! With cafes across six locations in London, and three cafes internationally, L’ETO is constantly continuing to grow. I have visited their branch on the King’s Road several times, and am still continuing to go back. Just a 10 minute walk from Sloane Square tube station, this branch is located in the salubrious and stunning area of Chelsea. The Saatchi Gallery (free entry) and Duke of York square are also just down the road, and shopping is right on your doorstep.
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I have always had a soft spot for cake, and when you walk into the L’ETO cafes, you are immediately hit with the most beautiful spread of cakes, cupcakes, tarts and brownies, that are simply irresistible However, it doesn’t end there. L’ETO also have the most delicious array of salads and savoury dishes, from super healthy Buckwheat & Mushroom fritters and Honey Roasted Pumpkin & Kale, to French Toast and Strawberry & Banana Pancakes. They have Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner menus, whilst also offering a catering service and a personalised cake service.
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L’ETO is one of my go-to places for anyone visiting me here in London, with its high-end, tea room feel. It’s variety of foods and dishes offer  something for everyone – whether it’s for a sit-down lunch or an afternoon tea and cake!

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