A Foodie’s Guide to London
Planning a trip to eat your way through London? Start at Borough Market, London’s most renowned food market, overflows with specialty traders from throughout the United Kingdom who come to sell their offerings. Spend a morning wandering from stall to stall sampling artisanal olives, fresh pastries, juicy pears and plums, savory charcuterie, pungent cheeses… We recommend paying a visit on Thursdays when the market is less crowded and you can chat with the booth owners, many of whom are the producers themselves.
If you don’t get your fill from sampling around the market, there are a variety of restaurants in the area that source their ingredients from Borough Market. One such restaurant is Magdalen, occupying an ugly municipal building that once housed the Mayor of London and his team before they made the move uptown. Magdalen serves traditional, seasonal British dishes including partridge terrine, clams, and rump of beef from the countryside of Herefordshire. The custard tarts are not to be missed.
Another market staple is Brindisa, often thought to be the best place nearby– which translates to incredibly busy. While they do not take reservations, the bar is the perfect place for people watching while snacking on olives and jamón while you wait to be seated.
Barbecoa is a perfect followup to the market, a butcher shop selling quality British meat and game. While most would think a barbecue joint out of place in London, Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang have created the sweet spot where world travel and love of meat meet. Their kitchen is a smorgasbord of international cooking equipment, from Japanese robata grills to Texas style smokers.
Anchor & Hope, a no-reservations, no website gastropub near the Old Vic Theater on the South bank is open late. Serving seasonal cooking, back-to-basics standard British fare, and a nose-to-tail cooking style, the menu is constantly evolving with items such as spaghetti with dandelion or rabbit, bacon, and mustard.
For a chance at outdoor dining with a fantastic river view, Northbank is tucked under the Millennium Bridge on the Thames. From a warm vantage point on the outdoor terrace, tuck into an updated take on English fare: Hereford rib eye steak and truffle chips, English peas and broad bean risotto, and warm apple and rum pudding with custard cream.