London has become an indisputable hub for culinary talent, fabulous produce procurement, and innovative restaurants. Pretty much all the time I spend in London is devoted to eating. I find there to be an overwhelming loveliness and I feel very much at home walking Portobello Market in search of (absolutely gorgeous) silverware I don’t need, or having three desserts for one at Rochelle Canteen.
I feel a strong sense of comfort and inspiration from the city unlike one I’ve felt anywhere else. I’m drawn to the exquisite care, tradition, and craftsmanship that goes into everything, but am equally taken by the eccentric innovations and rambunctious fun to be had. I see the city as an exciting amalgamation, with each different neighborhood having its own way of doing things and uniquely defined aesthetic. Perhaps it’s my cold English blood, penchant for Offal, or the fact that there’s a Romilly Street, but I do love London in a very deep way.
One thing to note is that London is an ever-evolving food scene with endless young talent opening up shop. There are many places I did not get to on my last trip that I’m eager to try. This will have to be seen as an ever-expanding list and permanent work in progress!
Here are my favorite places to eat, and a few places to shop…