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