Where to eat in London

Over the past few months I’ve been getting emails from readers about restaurant recommendations when they’re visiting London.  I thought I’d make it easier for those who are now planning their travel itinerary to share my top 5 picks on where to eat in London in 2015:

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201 Tooley Street
London SE1 2JX
+44 (0)20 7183 2117

It’s quite a visual experience to dine at this 1 Michelin star restaurant by Tower Bridge.  During my first lunch visit with friends  we were constantly ooohed and ahhhed at each of the dishes that came out to greet us.   Their lunch menu is also pretty reasonable at £35 for 3 courses and the amuse-bouches were plentiful.  I also love the idea of enjoying a great meal while being surrounded by great books.  Reservations are necessary.

Elliot’s Cafe
12 Stoney Street
London SE1 9AD
+44 (0)20 7403 7436

When I have guests in town I take them to Elliot’s Cafe for a long lunch.  I go here for the casual, energetic vibe of the restaurant.  It’s close to popular landmarks such as Tower Bridge and sits right on the edge of  Borough Market which is a great place for people watching.  Their menu is based on seasonal ingredients and offers great variety of small plates, perfect for sharing while taking in the hustle and bustle of London’s most visited market.

Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AY
+44 (0)20 3640 7310

I have a soft spot for Duck & Waffle; it offers the perfect trifecta of food, view and atmosphere.  On the 40th floor when it’s a clear day, the view overlooking London is simply mesmerizing.  Their hospitality is also important to note – literally, they made my guest’s London trip one morning when we went for breakfast.  Be sure to try the ox cheek doughnut and their signature dish, Duck & Waffle.  Oh and despite the fact that they are open 24 hrs a day it’s highly recommended that you make reservations at least a month in advance.

41 Dean Street 
London W1D 4PY
+44 (0)20 7287 4599

Dean Street in Soho is the best street in London to be on if you’re hungry and looking for good options.  Ducksoup is worth a stop especially if you’re feeling peckish and in the mood for a good glass (or bottle, no judgement here) of wine.  The space is a little tight and decor is minimal but I adore the coziness of it.  Their menu is seasonal and changes daily but if you do see the salted ox tongue with green sauce & egg, get it!

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Sushi Tetsu
12 Jerusalem Passage
London EC1V 4JP
+44 (0)20 3217 0090

Getting reservations at Sushi Tetsu is notoriously difficult but it is completely worth the effort.  Simply, it’s the best sushi I’ve ever had in London.  I don’t know what the magic is that Chef Tetsu does with the blow torch behind the sushi bar, I just know that I don’t ever want him to stop.  There is an a la carte menu but the omakase is worth splurging for especially since you never know when you’ll be lucky enough to score reservations again.  (The itamae didn’t want pictures taken that evening so unfortunately I have no images to share, just delicious memories to hold on to.)

Note: They are listed in no particular order and I visited each restaurant at least twice except for Sushi Tetsu.  

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