London is an amazing city, and since I have spent quite a bit of time there over the past few years, I thought it was high (tea) time to compile a list of my favorite places to eat in London. From coffee shops to afternoon tea to fancy dinner locales, my list has you covered. Many of these places I have eaten at more than once, because the food, ambiance and price point were perfect for what I needed both as a tourist and a local. Many of the places are located in central London, but some have numerous locations for you to visit throughout Shoreditch, Chelsea, Soho and the Kings Cross area.
I don’t have pictures of every single place, and some pictures are not blogger perfect (sometimes it’s actually dinner and eating comes before blogging) but trust me you will not be disappointed! If you have any questions at all about where to go or what to order at each place, please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message. And if you have been to any of these places to eat in London (or think I missed a spot), please provide your feedback and thoughts in the comments to help future readers!
Without further ado, here we go!
12 Places to Eat in London
Cafes / Coffee Shops / Baked Goods
Honey & Co
So nice, I went there twice. Dishoom is a London staple, as there also are several locations throughout the city, each with a slightly different menu and character. I was blown away by the fresh and lively flavors and colors of the food and interior design, and felt it was the perfect place for lunch or dinner. Although there are a ton of Indian restaurants in London, this is definitely one not to miss!
This hotspot inside the Edition Hotel is a sight to be seen, whether eating there or not. I went there when it first opened 3 years ago, and we visited again a few months ago and it was still packed to the brim with locals and luxury travelers alike. The main dining room is a grand hall filled with portraits and the most incredibly detailed ceiling you have ever seen, and the food ain’t too shabby either. We enjoyed a burger and fries, a few creative cocktails and dessert, all of which were delicious and presented beautifully.
This is on every bloggers list for the scenery alone. The all pink signature ‘sketch’ room is delightful on the eyes, and the bathroom of egg-like toilet pods is the world’s more awkward picture hotspot. Sketch could have been easily dismissed as an ambiance attraction alone, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the afternoon tea service. Although we were treated to a few extra perks for Mother’s Day (champagne and caviar service) the tower of sandwiches, tea cakes and treats and the scone and clotted cream service would have been more than enough. Not only is the tea and sandwich offering extensive, you are more than welcome to additional of any item they present to you, assuring that you will get a ton of fantastic instagram fodder AND eat your money’s worth!
For another fun afternoon tea service, don’t miss the Alice in Wonderland themed tea at the Sanderson Hotel. Just walking through this hotel is a feast for the eyes, as the Phillipe Starck decorated lobby and bar will definitely make you think you fell though the looking glass. They definitely know how to incorporate whimsy into afternoon tea, from the tiny ‘drink this’ amouse bouche to the shaped tea cakes and cookies. My advice here is to dress the part of Alice, put on your fascinator and indulge, because when else are you going to have tea with the Queen of Hearts?