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My favourite restaurants in London

Feeling excited for my first post. However, I would like to share my experience. I am a big lover of traveling and try not to miss every opportunity. My last visit was to London. Here I have listed the 3 restaurants that I loved the most.
For breakfast try Dishoom. I enjoed the calm atmosphere as well as the nice breakfast they serve.
I love sushi so visited Sushisamba London and liked a lot their sushi. TRy out when there.
And for dinner, I tried San Carlo Cicchetti for a good italian restaurant. From hete I found those restaurants: 
 
Hope you also like them .

 

 
post edited by Elina - 2017/09/01 01:51:05
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/09/01 12:10:43 (permalink)
It may be "spam" but I do agree with Elina's post regarding Cicchettihttp://www.sancarlocicchetti.co.uk/
 
We always go to the one in Piccadilly.  It is right in the heart of the tourist district, but very authentic Italian "small plates," and excellent quality.   Unusual pastas, pizzas, vegetables, charcuterie, cheeses, seafood, etc.  Good wine list, including wines by the glass.
 
It is not cheap -- the bill adds up quickly if you try a variety of things. 
 
But it is a wonderful place for lunch or before-theater dining. 
 
 
 
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/09/01 12:14:29 (permalink)
rumaki,

We'll be in London next year. Any other 'must eats'?

Jim
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/09/01 12:45:21 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2017/09/01 17:46:30
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rumaki,

We'll be in London next year. Any other 'must eats'?

Jim



it's only fair that you ask "Elina" as well
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/09/01 12:59:59 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2017/10/22 22:06:40
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

 
Any other requests?
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/09/01 13:16:01 (permalink)
AWESOME! Thank you so much.
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/09/01 17:59:13 (permalink)
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We'll be in London next year. Any other 'must eats'?
 
 
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/
 



We lived in London for almost 20 years. Most of the places we frequented are long gone now.
However, Y'all must eat dinner at Daquise. The absolute best Polish food outside of Poland.
If you go in the fall, have their wild mushroom ragu. I'ts unbelievable! And yes, have the duck!
We used to walk to Daquise from our flat on Sloane Ave. I should add, when it wasn't raining.
Great Chinese restaurants on Queensway. Across the park. And eat Indian anywhere. It's the best food in London.
And be sure you don't miss tea at Fortnum & Mason. IMHO, the best in London.
 
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/21 22:48:45 (permalink)
Hello fellow Roadfooders,
 
It appears very likely that Pie Diva and I will flying through Heathrow next month with overnight connections each way. On the way over, we'll be landing at 22:45, which will be 3:45 p.m. CDT if I did the math right. We will not be able to sleep or want to sleep.
 
We are looking for ideas for nocturnal fun and adventures, with a return to LHR for a 08:40 flight the following morning.
 
Whatcha got?
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/22 12:16:55 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2017/10/24 16:56:19
I hear they have awesome 24/7 Kitchen Cabinet stores...w/ shipping to the USA. 
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/22 12:23:51 (permalink)
Ever since I saw this picture, I've been fascinated with Beigel Bake, established in '74 on Brick Lane in the East End of London.
 



That's their specialty, a hot salt beef bagel.  Looks like a lot of folks get it with mustard, gherkins, or both.  
 
I mean, look at it.  
 
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/22 13:17:58 (permalink)
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Ever since I saw this picture, I've been fascinated with Beigel Bake, established in '74 on Brick Lane in the East End of London.
 



That's their specialty, a hot salt beef bagel.  Looks like a lot of folks get it with mustard, gherkins, or both.  
 
I mean, look at it.  
 


Amazing!!! What a sandwich. Love a good bagel sandwich. Maybe we should export some pork roll. They'd enjoy a pork roll,egg, and cheese on a bagel!
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/24 09:01:42 (permalink)
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Ever since I saw this picture, I've been fascinated with Beigel Bake, established in '74 on Brick Lane in the East End of London.
 






Heh.  I felt compelled to take nearly that same shot:
 

 
What I love about London is that it has soooooo many great places that even though I go twice a year, most of the places in this thread I haven't been to.
 
 
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/24 09:51:05 (permalink)
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It appears very likely that Pie Diva and I will flying through Heathrow next month with overnight connections each way. On the way over, we'll be landing at 22:45, which will be 3:45 p.m. CDT if I did the math right. We will not be able to sleep or want to sleep.
 
We are looking for ideas for nocturnal fun and adventures, with a return to LHR for a 08:40 flight the following morning.

 
What night of the week?  Just doing the round trip to LHR is likely to be a bit of a PITA unless you get through customs and immigration quickly, since you are flirting with the last trains into London.   The Tube, Uber, Bus, etc, all work as well, but can take more than a little time (expect getting into Central London on the Tube at 11pm to take a good, solid 90 minutes)
 
If it's not a Friday or Saturday night, aside from clubbing, much of the action dries up at 1am or 2am.
 
Two of the better 24/7 options to be experienced in London are both around Liverpool Street Station: Duck and Waffle and the above-mentioned Beigel Bake.  About 20 minute walk from each other, and that's a decent part of the city at night.  Duck and Waffle has an *outstanding* view of the city, and isn't crowded in the middle of the night, and the staff usually doesn't mind you sitting there nursing a beverage and just soaking up the view.  Polo Bar is also good British food around there (across from the Station)
 
Soho has a lot of good late night options as well, especially around Chinatown, but also expect much of that part of town to start closing up at 2:30 am. 
 
So, if I had to do this (and didn't have my option of staying with my brother, which is how I usually handle my London overnights), I'd probably check various transit options to try to get to Soho while some of the Chinatown places are open (especially the Experimental Cocktail Club!), get some light eats and just wander around Chinatown, Soho, and Leicester Square.  Then catch a Night Bus to Liverpool street, and check out Duck and Waffle and maybe the Spitalfields area and the other few 24/7 joints.  Then slowly work your way back to the airport.
 
 
 
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/24 10:27:26 (permalink)
Thank you kaszeta.

We will arrive on Saturday at 22:40 and fly out Sunday morning at 8:20. Even a late night drive to see the sites would be a pleasure.

Jim
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/24 10:34:05 (permalink)
I think you should seriously consider hiring a car and driver for this adventure.  The Tube does run all night on Fridays and Saturdays, but it is slow. https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/tube-improvements/what-we-are-doing/night-tube  The last Heathrow Express train leaves after you arrive. https://www.heathrowexpress.com/timetable-schedule
 
Customs/immigration will take some time unless you have an EU passport and/or get a FastPass (for business/first class passengers).
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/24 11:05:35 (permalink)
I would make room for a High Tea at Harrods...a true English experience!!
 
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/24 16:23:47 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2017/10/25 10:07:56
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I would make room for a High Tea at Harrods...a true English experience!!



To avoid a possible mis-interpretation, the actual experience one wants at Harrods (or Fortnum and Mason, or several other posh establishments) is an "Afternoon Tea".  This is the experience with tea served with trays of dainty little sandwiches, sweets,  and the like (also known as "low tea", actually).   If you just want tea and a lighter snack in a formal setting, ask for a "cream tea" (usually tea, cream, and scones).   "High tea" is actually intended as a meal with meat served with tea.
 
One could do an entire exposition about the various, and overlapping terms of tea.
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/24 16:25:41 (permalink)
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I think you should seriously consider hiring a car and driver for this adventure.



Yeah, this is good advice.   While sometime pricey, another key bit of knowledge you'll get from a good driver which places are actually open at night.
 
There are many cities that never sleep.  London isn't at the top of the list.
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/24 21:15:08 (permalink)
This just got easier, we changed flights. Now arriving 8:30 on Sunday, departing 24 hours later.
 
Our first option will now be to socialize with my English cousins, but something else may get squeezed in.
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Re: My favourite restaurants in London 2017/10/25 10:02:30 (permalink)
Yeah, that's much more doable.   See if you can go someplace for a Sunday Roast.  Hawksmoor (several locations) has a surprisingly good 20 quid Sunday Roast with all the fixings that I enjoyed last time I was there.
 
(20 quid used to be alarmingly expensive, but with the current exchange rate, it's not that bad)
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