Last week I hopped on a plane in Amsterdam to visit London and my other half who moved to this exciting city a month ago. It wasn’t my first visit and to be honest, it took me a little while to fall in love with this city but I can definitely say that I’ve become a converted London-fan. And since London is home to some of the most gorgeous boutique stores and restaurants, I wanted to share my list of favourite places to go to. As I’ll be visiting and working in London more often the coming months, I will keep this list updated with new discoveries. London is definitely a foodie mecca which is a perfect match as I think the best way to discover a city is through tasty food, so be quick to make a reservation for brunch, dinner and dessert…
The Drunken Butler
If you love the French cuisine (with a Persian twist) as much as I do, I can highly recommend this quiet but cozy and charming restaurant. The perfect place for an intimate date and also a little bit away from the bigger tourist crowds.
Address: 20 Rosebery Avenue
Tucked away in Notting Hill, we went here for brunch on my last day in London. The wait was more than worth it. I opted for the avocado mash and two poached eggs with hazelnut dukkah and it was both delicious and healthy.
Address: 59a Portobello Road
This stylish place has quickly become a new London favorite. Think minimalistic and serene interior with seasonal and exceptional food. It’s a bit pricey but the food, wine and ambiance are more than worth it.
Address: 56 Shoreditch High Street
If you’re a devotee of Ottolenghi cooking and an interior design-loving foodie (think white marble, fresh flowers and dynamic art), then this is definitely the place to be. Everything we tried was simply delicious: from the duck breast and Lake District beef bavette to truffle polenta chips.
Address: 21-22 Warwick Street
I’ve been to Cecconi’s in Istanbul in February before, and I fell in love with this restaurant right away. That’s why I could not resist to make a reservation at Cecconi’s located in The Ned in London as well. They serve delicious Italian dishes (I can highly recommend the wood oven-fired pizzas) in a classic and stylish setting.
Address: 27 Poultry
I wanted to visit this authentic Portuguese place for quite some time and I’m so happy that we did because the food was simply the best. I can highly recommend the grilled black pig chorizo and the octopus with sweet potato. The interior didn’t disappoint either: blue tiles and white marble everywhere.
Address: Arch 35b Flat Iron Square
It seems that the minimalist coffee shops have reached London as well. And Lundenwic is one of them. It’s cutest little coffee place in a Scandinavian interior that serves the best avocado on sourdough.
Address: 45 Aldwych
I haven’t been here (yet) but it’s definitely on my list of places to visit. We discovered this place during an afternoon stroll in Covent Garden and can’t wait to visit. I already glanced at the menu and I’d love to try the ravioli with saffron butter..
Address: 39 William IV Street
Tucked away in Covent Garden, this tiny but adorable place serves healthy salads and muesli bowls and they’re simply the best. Stylish interior, tasty food and a lovely atmosphere all in one. On sunnier days their little terrace makes for the perfect lunch or breakfast pause before exploring 7 Dials.
Address: 1 Neal’s Yard
I visited this incredible place the first weekend of June and I can’t wait to be back here. I absolutely loved the interior and the food didn’t disappoint either. We came here for the bottomless brunch (rosé all day, yay) and it was the perfect start of the weekend. If you’re a fan of the French cuisine like I am, this is definitely the place to be.
Address: 6 Hollywood Rd
Sager + Wilde
We went her for drinks and appetizers before going to dinner at The Laughing Heart. I’m so happy that we visited this cozy little place as this has quickly become my new favourite wine bar in London. They have an impressive wine list and a delicious selection of cheese and charcuterie.
Address: 193 Hackney Road
Places that are still on my list to visit: Margaux, Parsons, Story Coffee and Granger & Co.