Going to visit London is an exciting proposition for anyone but foodies in particular marvel in delight at the delicacies that are on offer throughout the city.
You can travel your way across the globe from one street to the next, sampling Lebanese, Chinese, Italian, Russian and French, among many other cuisines. The Big Smoke is known for being a beautiful smorgasbord of offerings for anyone who visits it, but you mustn’t forget that London is still the capital of England, which means there is some exciting British food for you to discover among the global delights.
We’re not just talking about fish and chips here – although you should definitely get yourself a plate of those if you have the time – as London is home to some of the best food suppliers in the UK so the produce is plentiful. Don’t restrict yourself is basically what we’re saying!
Naturally, there are countless amounts of restaurants for you to choose from and it can be hard to know where to start! With that in mind, we’ve picked out a few places that cover a good range of traditional British food – you can’t go wrong.
This is arguably London’s oldest restaurant and it sits proudly in the beautiful surroundings of Covent Garden.
According to sources, Rules has been serving up dishes to happy customers since 1798 with dishes that are largely focused on game, pies and deliciously decadent puddings. For seafood lovers, you’ll also appreciate that there are some wonderful oysters on the menu.
This is going to be a favourite, particularly during the autumn and winter due to the variety of game on the menu. You can choose from wild rabbit in cider, braised pheasant, venison shank, wood pigeon and so much more.
Puddings range from extremely traditional British fare; sticky toffee pudding, plum, blackberry and apple crumble to the more exotic toasted coconut brulee but all of them are as tasty as each other.
Due to its traditional nature, this is a great place to go with the whole family to celebrate something special.
Somewhere to stay
Speaking of going out in a big group, there are lots of wonderful family hotels in London in The Shaftesbury Collection.
Club Room at Park Grand London Lancaster Gate
One of the best in our range for families is the Paddington Hotel, which is right next to Kensington Palace, so it’s perfect if you’ve been out sightseeing all day. Depending on what time of day you want to go to Rules, the time it takes to get there fluctuates slightly.
Having said that, it’s only going to be 32 minutes maximum door-to-door, in this instance you’ll want to take the Circle line from Paddington Station and ride it for ten stops until you get to Embankment. From there, you’ll have a short eight-minute walk from the station to the restaurant – you can’t miss it.
Another one of our most popular London city hotels is the Hyde Park Hotel on Bayswater Road – again due to its excellent location and appeal to families. This one is actually slightly closer to Rules, as it takes just 27 minutes to get to.
The quickest route from the hotel is to take the Central line from Queensway Station for five stops to Tottenham Court Road Station where you’ll then swap to the Northern line and ride it for two stops to Charing Cross Underground Station.
The Golden Hind
Although we said that fish and chips isn’t all that Britain has to offer, if you have your heart set on trying some authentic battered cod then we have to recommend The Golden Hind.
You’ll find it in Marylebone, where it has taken up residence for over a century and it consistently sits at the top of the list for best fish and chips in the city.
Fresh, crisp and dangerously moreish – you’ll find The Golden Hind by taking the Central Line from Queensway Station to Bond Street Station. It’s about 16 minutes from either hotel, we would advise walking back to the hotel while you eat them, it’s a lovely way to enjoy the city at night.
Quo Vadis is somewhere you want to go if you feel like having something a bit more extravagant to eat for dinner.
The menu is changed on a daily basis, due to what is fresh that day. The main dining room is very pleasant to the eye but there are also two private dining rooms, which are great if you want to eat with a group for something special.
You’ll notice that the prices on the menu are fairly accessible but the cuisine is where the extravagance really lies, as you can sample liver and onions and even smoked eel sandwiches.
When it comes to the bar, the offerings are just as British with lots of real ales and London gins stocking the shelves.
Quo Vadis is to be found in Soho and is the perfect way to enjoy a lively London evening at its finest.
The Goring Dining Room
We recommend you go here if you feel like sampling some of London’s finest Michelin-starred food. It also boasts three AA Rosettes, so you know the standard is impeccably high.
You can enjoy decadence at any time of day by feasting on a lobster omelette at breakfast or beef tartare and wellington at dinner.
Royalty and politicians have eaten at this amazing restaurant for years and it’s a favourite for those who appreciate the finest of ingredients perfectly cooked.
As with the other restaurants, you’ll find some excellent British fare here but there are a few extra luxurious treats, such as caviar that you can indulge in if you really can’t help yourself! Bear in mind that when you look at the menu online, these are only samples because the chefs use fresh ingredients every day, so you’ll get some lovely surprises when you head along to enjoy yourself.
The Goring Dining Room is just 21 minutes from the Hyde Park Hotel via the Circle line from Bayswater Station to Victoria Station.
If you’re leaving from the Paddington Hotel, you’ll be going on the Circle line again but from Paddington Station this time to the same destination and you’ll be there in 22 minutes.
You could definitely walk this, as it isn’t too far and if the weather is pleasant we would absolutely encourage you to stretch your legs while enjoying the scenery.
There are few things a British person likes better than a traditional Sunday roast, particularly if it’s really well cooked beef or pork.
If you haven’t experienced one before, you’ll soon learn that it has to be in a pub environment if it isn’t in your home or someone you love. Pubs really take their Sunday lunch menu seriously and you’ll often be able to choose from beef, chicken, lamb, pork and a vegetarian option, such as a nut roast.
Sides are one of the most important bits of the dinner though, these delights include yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes, parsnips and plenty of gravy.
For one of the best Sunday lunches, you need to get yourself along to Hixter, which is the brainchild of chef Mark Hix. It’s here that you can share a whole roast chicken or a large side of beef. Make it a bit more modern with a Bloody Mary or a Buck’s Fizz on the side too – you can’t say better than that!