When it comes to eating out in London, thankfully these days there are options that go way beyond your standard chain-restaurant experience. From quirky pop-ups to street food and indoor markets, to bites from around the world, getting good grub in the capital has never been so exciting or available. It’s not just residents who should take advantage of these new eateries, either; with a little bit of research visitors can get off the beaten track and see what the city really has to offer in the way of food. Without further ado, here are three must-visit spots for munch…
Those looking for a bite to eat in South London will find food to suit every taste at the newly regenerated Brixton Village. A project in 2010 saw the empty and rundown shops of this historic arcade get transformed into thriving, busy independent restaurants, cafes and community projects. Nowadays, it’s the go-to place for hungry Londoners seeking anything from Honest Burgers to an authentic Thai or Italian meal, or Pakistani street food (and more), as well as innovative ideas such as a wheat and gluten free bakery. Give it a try, but be prepared to wait as there aren’t usually reservations, and most places are B.Y.O booze.
London’s pop-up restaurant scene has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. From bloggers’ favourite The Breakfast Club in Brixton, to the Disappearing Dining Club in, err, who knows, these foodie events cater for people who like their dinner (or brunch) served in a sociable atmosphere free of pretention, and often “pop up” in some of London’s most unusual spaces. Recently, even the giants of pop-up cinema gave it a go when Secret Restaurant launched last year with their theatrical food experience. Perfect for those who are prepared to pay in advance, and be in the dark about the venue until the last moment, but want something different to talk about at the dinner table.
When it comes to a variety of good, cheap food without a chain restaurant in sight, East London is where it’s at. Head to Kingsland Road in Dalston for some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in town, or meander further up the road for a wealth of Turkish restaurants, and more meze than you’d imagine possible on one road. Likewise, those going further east towards Brick Lane will find no end of curry houses, all open until late and armed with persuasive waiters who are sent to the streets to draw you in with their best deals. Take your pick, or for a less spicy (and pricey) option, you can always grab a bagel from one of the many shops around the corner.