London’s a hotspot for popular and trendy eateries, but what many people aren’t aware of are the places to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a filling meal somewhere more under the radar.
I love visiting our capital city, so thought I’d share four of the ‘best kept secrets’ I’ve discovered on my travels.
1) Afternoon tea at Drink, Shop & Do
Drink, Shop & Do is a design shop cum café bar that does a fantastic afternoon tea.
Served on quaint and quirky china, you’ll be treated to a seasonal Bellini, speciality teas, selection of finger sandwiches, a savoury scone, fruit scone and plenty of miniature cakes. There’s even afternoon tea for men that includes a pint of lager, three doorstop sandwiches, a savoury scone, pork scratchings, pickles and a good old fashioned Yorkie bar.
Location: 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DX
Price: Afternoon Tea - £28 p/p, Man’s Afternoon Tea £28 p/p
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 9AM – 11PM, Thursday 9AM – 12AM, Friday and Saturday 9AM – 2AM, Sunday 10:30AM – 8PM
2) Meals at Heal’s Quarter Cafe
I can’t visit London without a pit stop at Heal’s to stare at the home wares, which is how I discovered Heal’s Quarter Café.
Tucked away at the back of the shop, it’s a lovely, relaxing place to eat. Decorated in Heal’s characteristic heritage style, the Quarter Café provides an escape for city dwellers that serves everything from fresh baked pastries and breads to hearty salads, burgers and sharing platters. Don’t leave without trying the Oriental style chicken burger though, it’s heaven!
Location: The Heal’s Building, 196 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7LQ
Price: From £1.95 for a croissant to £12.95 for baked Scottish salmon
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 10AM – 6PM, Thursday 10AM – 8PM, Friday 10AM – 6:30PM, Saturday 9:30AM – 6:30PM, Sunday 12PM – 6PM
3) Sophisticated comfort food at Parlour
Sometimes the fast pace of London can get too much, which is when I retreat into the colour and vibrancy of Parlour. It’s a restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously and stays open right until 1 in the morning on Friday and Saturday!
Then there’s the food. Every menu bursts with sophisticated comfort food that won’t fail to make you feel full and fuzzy inside. Make sure you try the cow pie with buttered cabbage and, if you’re still peckish, a delicious slice of their take on Artic Roll.
Location: 5 Regent Street, London, NW10 5LG
Price: From £1.50 for fresh warm soda bread and butter to £17.00 for slow cooked rump steak
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10AM – 12AM, Friday and Saturday 10Am – 1AM, Sunday 10AM – 12Am
4) Authentic China at Cha Cha Moon
I discovered Cha Cha Moon when I fancied a change from Wagamama, and it was a revelation! The ingredients are more adventurous, the menu more diverse and the overall feel of the restaurant that bit more authentic.
Serving classic, authentic and regional dishes, the menu is populated by delicious food like Taiwan beef noodles (my favourite), pork belly bun chay and yellow curry lamb. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes too, so don’t be discouraged!
Location: 15-21 Ganton Street W1F 9BN
Price: From £4.00 for the broad bean salad to £9.80 for Malaysian fish and prawn curry
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30AM – 11PM, Friday to Saturday 11:30AM – 11:30PM, Sunday 12PM – 10:30PM
Venturing away from the beaten track is a great way to come across eateries you wouldn’t otherwise have discovered, especially somewhere as busy as London!
Have you found any I haven’t mentioned? Give me a recommendation below!
Travel tip shared by Michelle Pegg