The Tea Council has voted The Goring Hotel #1 for afternoon tea in London. Which got me thinking… what’s the best of the rest? The breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, pre-dinner drinks and dinner itself that can’t be missed in London.
As a Scot ‘abroad’ it’s a question I’m often asked by Highland visitors to the big smoke. So here goes. The Epicurious Adventurer’s mega munch through London.
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Breakfast @ The Wolseley
With its art deco interior, fantastic people watching and famous omelette Arnold Bennett, The Wolseley wins hands down. Book early and make sure you check out the toilets.
Morning coffee @ Prufrock
Past World Barista Champion Gwilym and his team brew with precision and flair. Wander in off Leather Lane and check out the latest in coffee technology.
Lunch @ KERB
Popping up at various points across the city, the KERB collective offers a frequently changing array of street food stalls. From ribs and burger, dosa and brisket, to mussels and mac & cheese – you can try it all. Check out http://www.kerbfood.com for more.
Afternoon tea @ Claridges
I’ve had a few afternoon teas in my time (champagne ones obviously, where’s the fun without it?) and Claridges sticks out as a favourite. An elegant, properly English experience, you’ll need to dress up.
Pre-dinner drinks @ Galvin at Windows
It’s not so much the drinks themselves, you can get far better in London, but the view that sells this place. Bag a table at the window and sip a chilled glass of champagne 28 floors up while the sun sets around you.
Dinner @ Benares
Benares, restaurant of twice Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar, never fails to impress. With its slick service and stand out Indian food – think tandoor roasted bell peppers, pan fried sea bream, Masala courgettes – it’s the perfect place for a long, relaxing meal. Check out the set menu for some fantastic deals.