Tales of a City Girl

Tales of a City Girl London food directory

So, I’m feeling lazy (Sunday evening, y’all) so instead of writing a proper post I thought I’d write down the places I’d recommend you check out in London. The list started being way long though so I’m starting with just food (oh, and coffee snuck in there, now I can’t be bothered to remove it). May add to this as I remember more places. Anyway, enjoy. I haven’t linked to these places as it would take far too long to do the whole ‘no-follow tag’ thing for this list but I’m sure you can use the power of Google. 

Brunch –

The Riding House Café,  near Oxford Circus – Beautiful brunches, great décor, pretty popular (book ahead)
Ginger Pig Café, Hoxton – They also do these Prosecco Aperol Spritzers, which are amazing
Konnigans, Wandsworth – Eggs and avocado perfection. Also do brill burgers
Jackson and Rye, Soho – Cracking brunch and ‘breakfast’ cocktails

Coffee –

Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Holborn – Wanky name, great coffee
Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Mall, St James Park – lovely coffee for the arty-farties
Attendant, Fitzrovia – Converted public toilets for a touch of quirk

Afternoon tea –

The Savoy, Strand –  Went here for my grandma’s 90th. More expensive than some dinners (£50pp) but worth every penny and even had a pianist while we were eating. No-where else in London comes close.

Lunch –

Victus and Bibo, Leather Lane – Their chicken and halloumi salad is street food gone right
Le Marche du Quartier, Borough Market – Confit duck to die for
The Natural Kitchen, all over London – Try their spinach and feta quiche
The Waterway, Little Venice – Cracking mezze platters

Dinner –

Pizza Pilgrims or Franca Manca (all over, but Brixton Market is my favourite) – Still can’t decide, both stone oven cooked with amazing bases
Valentina, Putney – You know it’s good if the Italians go. It’s also got a great deli underneath
Hawksmoor, Seven Dials – Roasts and steaks in a rustic atmosphere
Ben’s Canteen, Clapham Junction – A new favourite. Instagram your food and they will give you a free espresso martini
Kaosarn, Clapham Junction – Authentic Thai. BYOB
Thai Metro, Charlotte Street – Cheap but fantastic
Dishoom, nr Covent Garden – Bombay café with the most incredible Indian food
Demartinos, Great Portland Street – I dare you to find better pasta dishes in London
Paternoster Chop House, near St Pauls – The one off the telly! Some of the best food I’ve had in London
King’s Road Steakhouse and Grill – More steak. Good steak. Albeit ‘treat’ (read, expensive) steak
Wahaca, all over London – Favourite Mexican food
Bistro1, near Carnaby Street – Mega cheap, quite kooky and fun
Mayfair Pizza Co, Mayfair – Probably the only place I can afford in Mayfair
The Gilbert Scott, Kings Cross – Really beautifully presented and detail-orientated

Roast –

Queen Adelaide, Wandsworth – Cracking gravy (it’s important, alright?)
The Castle, Tooting Broadway – May even rival bastion of roast, Hawksmoor…
Hawksmoor, Seven Dials – …. Not quite though. Hawksmoor retains its crown


  • Image attribution: Aurelien Guichard, Flickr . This doesn’t have much if anything to do with the post, apart from that it shows edible food. But I spent so long trying to trawl through ‘London food’ in Flickr this one is going to have to do for you.