Are you looking for some really great food in London?
If you’re planning a visit to London any time soon, make dinner reservations! Dining in London is one of my favorite things to do there!
And not just for the Fish & Chips, but mostly for the Fish & Chips!
London has great food options in all parts of the city. The great food of London is found in the famous restaurants, the not so famous, and is family and gluten free friendly.
We LOVE the food in London! Here are two great food of London spots in Chelsea and Westminster. We enjoyed these spots during a December visit to London and can’t wait to go back again.
St. Stephen’s Tavern
10 Bridge St. Westminster
This Great Food Of London spot is a very iconic London institution near the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It’s the spot where Prime Ministers (yes, Churchill and others) grab a bite and a drink in between voting!
Opened in 1875, the pub continues to serve tourists and politicians. You order your food and drink at the bar and the servers deliver it to your table. Of course, try the beer battered fish and chips. Honestly, eat fish and chips as often as you can in London! The meal is so far superior to what we consider fish and chips in the states, it is embarrassing!
St. Stephen’s Tavern had gluten free options, vegan options, and in spite of the crowded atmosphere, we were comfortable at a cozy table downstairs with great service!
The Ivy Chelsea
195-197 King’s Rd. London
I saved the best for last. This Great Food of London choice is part of The Ivy Restaurants chain of over 30 establishments in London and beyond. They boast a sophisticated, yet approachable, casual, yet polished atmosphere at each.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden is not only affordable, but we were able to get a reservation the day before, during the holiday week! The venue is filled with elegant garden furniture upholstered with velvet cushions. Plants and trees decorate the terrace and garden seating areas. Honestly, we were transplanted (pun intended) from the cold winter air on the busy street into a delightful garden party. The menu includes vegan and vegetarian options.
We had beautiful cocktails, and roast pumpkin soup poured over a scoop of truffle ricotta and pine nuts to start. Then a salmon and smoked haddock fish cake with the traditional crushed peas, a sirloin steak, wild mushroom risotto with Vicenza cheese and sage.
The dessert, … Chocolate Bombe. Melting chocolate with a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel. You have to see it and taste it to believe it. It arrives looking like a chocolate covered scoop of ice cream, but when the waiter pours the caramel on top, the chocolate melts away as if in a slow-motion dream and reveals a pool of caramel, chocolate, and ice cream begging you to use your spoon!
Now you are ready to have some of the great food in London
In a nutshell…
With all the amazing sites to see in London, you may forget that great food should be a part of every vacation.
So, while in London, be sure to eat Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, Afternoon Tea, Trifle, Toffee Pudding, Indian Food, and did I mention Fish & Chips? Enjoy!