Food & Drink

The 10 Best Dishes in London

Published On 02/03/2015 Published On 02/03/2015
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Duck & Waffle
Hawksmoor
The Clove Club
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Bone Daddies
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1. Barrafina 54 Frith St, London, W1D 4SL (Soho)

Barrafina brings hearty, upscale Spanish cuisine to Soho. Expect a wait, but it's well worth it. Barrafina does all the traditional tapas well, and for reasonable prices (around ÂŁ8 per dish).

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2. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA (Knightsbridge)

Brought to you by Heston Blumenthal and Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, this classy Knightsbridge resto opened in 2011 and is considered one of the best on Earth, serving exquisite British dishes like their signature Meat Fruit (mandarin, chicken liver & foie gras parfait, grilled bread), which earned it two Michelin stars.

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3. Brick Lane Beigel Bake 159 Brick Ln, London, E1 6SB (Shoreditch)

Perhaps you're a bagel-for-breakfast-only person and that's ok. But when bagels are made into sandwiches this delicious 24hrs a day, you'll either change your philosophy or redefine "breakfast" to get as many of these wondrous creations as possible.

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4. Duck & Waffle Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY (The City)

If you're not good with heights, you might want to request a table away from the windows. This classy establishment offers an incredible view of London, 40 stories above the ground in the Heron Tower. And regardless of when your hunger pangs pop up, Duck & Waffle has you covered 24/7.

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5. Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar 157B Commercial St, London, E1 6BJ (Shoreditch)

Nestled in the basement of the Hawksmoor restaurant in Shoreditch, Spitalfields Bar serves up award-winning cocktails and bar fare. From old staples like Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew (gin, ginger, lemon, and London Pride) to more recent highlights like the Sunset Sazerac (strawberry cognac, coconut bourbon, pineapple bitters and absinthe), these impeccably mixed drinks don’t disappoint. Sip while you savor delicious snacks (short rib nuggets, anyone?), and enjoy the sultry coziness evoked by glazed brick walls, intimate alcove booths, and Art Deco-inspired copper countertops.

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6. The Clove Club 380 Old St, , London, EC1V 9LT (Shoreditch)

Set within set within Shoreditch Town Hall the Clove Club pulls off an elegant, rustic vibe with high ceilings, large windows, and an open kitchen in the back, serving up brilliantly crafted British fare and exquisite cocktails. The reservation system is a bit different—you buy tickets like you would for a show—because the name of the game here is a tasting menu; Block off a good chunk of time to get acquainted with Michelin star British cuisine like Cornish mackerel and Yorkshire suckling pig. Or, the bar menu features plenty of fantastic drinks and snacks—light and crispy buttermilk fried chicken is a must-try—you’ll wish you could order by the bucketful.

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7. PortSide Parlour 14 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3DU (Shoreditch)

What started as a pop-up under Broadway Market has turned into a fully fledged cocktail bar on the lower stretch of Rivington Street. PortSide knows a thing or two about concocting quality cocktails, with new ones popping up all the time. With a vaguely nautical theme and a banging soundtrack, the Parlour's a place to pop in for one drink and end up staying all night (well, until midnight, when it closes). Into rum? So are they -- their collection is pretty spot-on.

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8. Bone Daddies Ramen Bar 31 Peter St, Soho, W1F 0AR (Soho)

Bone Daddies is a modern Japanese ramen bar with snacks like fried chicken and soft shell crab served with a stocked selection of sakes that even includes sparkling.

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9. Polpo 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3QG (Notting Hill)

One of the restos in Russell Norman's empire, this Notting Hill spot dishes out small Venetian plates with all the Aperol Spritzes and Italian wine you can handle.

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10. Caravan King's Cross Granary Building, 1 Granary Sq, , London, N1C 4AA (Kings Cross)

Caravan is home to a number of different reasons to go there, including their own coffee roastery, a menu loaded with small plates and pizzas, and cocktails and beer made with said roasted coffee.