Trying to pick restaurants in London to recommend is a big and challenging task, and not something I can claim to be an expert on. I’m so lucky I get to live in this gorgeous city, and going out for dinner here is one of my favourite things to do here, and it’s a great way to explore. It’s fair to say I’ve tried my share of restaurants in the past couple of years of living here, but the below selection is a round up of some places I’ve enjoyed a lot recently.
This selection and round up of restaurants to go in London is a tiny drop in the large ocean of choice you have in the city, so I’ve separated them by occasion. On a budget? Need somewhere that also does good drinks? Fancy a blow-out fancy meal? Need somewhere to take your mum for a impressive meal? Well.. follow me…
Pizza on a Budget
If you’re after absolutely giant slices of pizza for a tiny price then look no further than Voodoo Ray’s. I genuinely haven’t seen slices of pizza this large outside of the USA. They can be purchased by the slice, and usually only one slice does it for me, but the various flavours and humorous names means you’ll be spoilt for you choice – and you can mix and match your slices if you wish!
Not only is the pizza pretty special, but their frozen margaritas are an absolute treat. If you an grab a seat outside (at the Boxpark location at least) it’s a great spot to watch the rest of London rush past.
If Voodoo Ray’s is too far out of your way then Pizza East is a great shout for cheap pizza either by the slice or in it’s entirety. There’s a spot in Kingley Court right in the middle of Soho, and it comes highly recommended to me, especially in the comments on my latest insta post…
Hands down my favourite type of food to go out for dinner for, although I would say make sure you’re going with someone who shares your food tastes or it could end up getting pricey. There are two spots in Broadway Market I really enjoy going to for tapas, either The One for a good and reasonable tapas range with gorgeous Aperol Spritz’s or the El Ganso Cafe which has beautiful interiors and serves up delicious Sangria by the glass or jug!
Some culinary snobs may gasp at this suggestion, but Jamon Jamon is a personally favourite for my fiance and I. Not only do they do a mean selection of tapas at really reasonably prices, they’re never stingy with their servings. They also serve paella dishes to share for up to 4 people which is forever on our to do list to try. Give Jamon Jamon a visit if you fancy a good deal on no-frills but delicious tapas.
A Blow-Out Meal – The Tandoor Chophouse
If you’re going to give this a go, be warned – bring extra stretchy trousers. The Tandoor Chophouse Sunday Mighty Thali is truly a menu to behold. The amount of food you get – and it starts at minimum for 2 people as pictured below – is enormous. Better yet, it all tastes incredible.
Granted, I couldn’t actually finish half of my section, but I enjoyed it all the same. I love the no frills attitude, and guaranteed enjoyment as the amount of dishes you get is incredible for only £25pp. I also love how they include dessert as well, which is laughable to even think about having space after you’ve polished off the main….
On a Diet but Still want to Go Out? Granger & Co.
This is the restaurant chain from Bill Granger – who also owns Bill’s in Australia which I’ve also had the pleasure to visit. Granger & Co is a chain with several options across London, where a delicious menu which leans towards the healthier side. It can certainly be pricey, but I’ve heard great things about their brunch menu too. Which leads me to…
I mean, how could I write a post about where to eat in London if I didn’t include brunch..? I’ve certainly visited my fair share of brunch spots, bottomless and otherwise.
If you’re after somewhere with a good location I would recommend Clutch Chicken on the edge of Columbia Road Flower Market, which makes for a perfect spot to watch the flower shoppers walk by before you peruse the market yourself. Alternatively, Aussie cafe Lantana in Shoreditch has some scrumptious options, or if a huge American style blow-out breakfast is more your style then The Blues Kitchen is always a good shout.
If you fancy a tipple with your brunch – or maybe you’re celebrating a big occasion – a bottomless brunch is a great shout, and there’s plenty of options in London! Personally I’ve tried two spots around Kings Cross and can recommend Bon Vivant and Bar + Block as good, cost effective options. Although if you fancy a bit of novelty, at Bar + Blok they take a Polaroid of your group to mark the time of your 2 hour drinking slot, and boy do they go heavy on the refills…
A Sunday Roast
What a perfect way to finish this post… A Sunday roast always conjures up a cosy feeling for me, and even though nothing quite beats a homemade roast, every pub I’ve visited in London has always left me happy, and struggling to even roll myself home.
I don’t think you can actually find a pub in London that doesn’t do a Sunday Roast, but I have tried and tested The Spread Eagle in Camden, The Grafton in Kentish Town and The Bull in Islington and would recommend them all wholeheartedly. What’s better on a cold Sunday than a warm and comforting Sunday lunch? Nothing at all…
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and perhaps even I’ve inspired a meal, a brunch or a Sunday Roast somewhere in London. It’s certainly made me hungry writing it (and heavier researching it…)
More London to come to the blog soon, but in the meantime, you can find my other Insta snaps on my Instagram @GrundyTravels.
Thanks for reading x