We'll be in London next year. Any other 'must eats'?
Oh, wow. I could write a book.
My husband is of Italian extraction, so we tend to eat a lot of Italian food.
In Chelsea, tucked on a side street off King's Road, is La Delizia.
I discovered it years ago when I was teaching in London for the summer. Open all day into the evening, it has excellent pizza, pasta and seafood specials. Very Italian and "roadfood-y" (for London). It's small and so we like to go at off-hours. http://www.ladelizia.org.uk/
Last year, we had Christmas Day luncheon at Rivea
in the Bulgari Hotel. Very upscale, but the food was absolutely superb, as was the service. http://rivealondon.com/
My favorite Indian place is in Hammersmith. It's called Indian Zing
. It is just around the corner from the Ravenscourt Park tube station. http://indian-zing.co.uk/
Menu has all the standards, but also they serve unique seasonal dishes, like wild boar.
In Richmond (near the tube/train station and the Orange Tree theatre, so we go for pre-theatre dinner), we love La Buvette
for classic French food. Small menu, but very well-prepared -- had the best duck confit that I've ever eaten as a daily special. http://www.labuvette.co.uk/
Back in London near Piccadilly, we are quite taken with the Art Deco-themed Zedel
. Another great all-day dining brasserie, and a fun atmosphere. Delicious cassoulet (as a daily special), roast chicken, oysters, and several varieties of choucroute. There's also a delightful small "Bar Americain" on the premises. The same operators have other properties in London, but this is (in my opinion) far and away the best, and the nicest in terms of staff/service.https://www.brasseriezedel.com/
We continue to enjoy Rules
, for the atmosphere (always) and for the British food -- up to a point. Order carefully and seek guidance from your waiter about what's good that day. In the fall and winter, wild game and fowl, from their own estate, is outstanding. http://rules.co.uk/menu/
A sleeper -- the cafeteria on the top floor of the Art Deco Peter Jones
department store (in Chelsea) has excellent salads and sandwiches -- and real Coca-Cola in small glass bottles. https://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/peter-jones
Don't miss the spectacular staircase!
It's probably not to everyone's taste (they attract a young crowd), but we enjoy having Sunday morning breakfast (before we go to church at one of the nearby historic Anglican churches) or a drink before a concert at Cadogan Hall, at The Botanist
in Sloane Square. It's currently closed for renovations, but is supposed to reopen in October. http://www.thebotanistonsloanesquare.com/
Very, very good Polish food (we love the roast duck with apples, the pierogi, and the chicken soup, not to mention the flavored vodkas) at Daquise
in South Kensington, which has been there since just after WWII. Small and friendly, but if you want the duck, you have to come at dinnertime. http://daquise.co.uk/
For Chinese: my favorite place in Chinatown, Fung Shing
, closed years ago. I used to enjoy dim sum (order from the menu) at Dragon Castle
near Elephant & Castle tube station, but I haven't been there for some time and it is getting mixed reviews on line. https://www.dragoncastlelondon.com/
For Nepalese food, Great Nepalese
near King's Cross/Euston stations. https://www.great-nepalese.com/
For delicious hot chocolate (literally - not cocoa), ladled to order into tiny cups out of big vats of melted chocolate, Said
in Soho. http://said.it/en/london/
For wonderful chocolates and other confections, Artisan du Chocolat
. They have a number of branches; we always go to the one on Lower Sloane Street. https://www.artisanduchocolat.com/
For pastries, Konditor & Cook
. I love their "magic cakes," which are lemon-scented petit fours, which often have a theme (summertime includes Wimbledon-inspired icing designs; Christmastime is, well, Christmas-y) They have a number of locations; we usually go to the one near Waterloo station.https://konditorandcook.com/?SID=atq3mu4sorp5bosh6paos14hk6
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