Growing up in London with a family that loves to eat out means I’ve tried my fair share of restaurants. My friends and family are always sharing recommendations that Rich and I like to try out most weekends. I’d say restaurant recommendations for London is one of my most asked questions on Twitter, so I wanted to do a post of some of my favourite places to eat. There are a few local gems I’ve missed out on the list as I wanted to keep it quite central making it suitable for both Londoners and visitors. So here it goes…

Right in the centre of Covent Garden, in my favourite colourful Neal’s Yard lives the perfect pizza stop for lunch. You can either buy by the slice (they’re huge) or share a 22inch pizza between you. The atmosphere is casual, fun and makes you feel like you’re on holiday. The pizza toppings are far from boring, it’s suitable for lunch or dinner and great for quickly picking up a slice on the go. 

So overly spoken about but still so good. The Breakfast Club has everything you could possibly want for a full-on breakfast plus more. Think American diner minus the grease. The menu has more to offer than breakfast and brunch, but going to TBC and not having pancakes or a full English is a bit of a crime in my opinion. Prepare to queue during peak times but trust me it’s worth it. 

For something slightly out of central London but in the heart of Primrose Hill, Greenberry Cafe is the place to be. Usually very busy and packed full of Primrose trendies but the food is delicious. Fresh ingredients, non-complicated dishes and the best salads. Great for brunch or lunch on a weekend and if you don’t already know the area it’s beautiful for browsing the local shops and walking in the park (walk to the top of the hill for the best view!). 

SHORYU // link
If you find yourself on Oxford Street near Soho or Piccadilly circus, walk around the corner to Shoryu. Pick from a selection of authentic ramen dishes that are all completely delicious. If you love ramen, then you’ll love this place and it’s great for either lunch or dinner. Don’t forget to ask for refill noodles if you run out too quickly! 

PATTY & BUN // link
For me, the best burgers in London are at Patty & Bun… hands down. It’s a small place with not much atmosphere but the burgers? Amazing. It’s a good place to visit if you’re shopping in Selfridges and expect a queue but don’t give up, it moves quite quickly. 

Just next door to Pizza East and Dirty Burger (two other favourites) lives Chicken Shop, a slightly hidden downstairs restaurant. I love the vibe, relaxed, easy and fuss-free. There’s no menu, simply some writing on the wall: whole, half or quarter chicken and four sides to choose from. The open kitchen has you drooling for chicken from the minute you walk in and don’t even get me started on the crinkle cut fries…. When I go with my friends we usually get either a half or whole chicken and order all the sides to share. Leave some room for the apple pie though, they cut the slice at the table as small or large as you like! 

One of my all-time favourite chefs and the master of Israeli salads. If you like deli-style salads, meats and breads it’s definitely worth visiting one of his restaurants. Islington is a good one to go to if you want to try out a different, more residential area that also has lots of bars and shops on offer. 

PIX // link
If you’re looking for tapas in London, PIX is a really fun one to visit. It’s self service so you pick your dishes, collect the sticks in your food and count them up when it comes to paying your bill. The small plates are delicious, really affordable and great for sharing. 

Have I made you hungry? Let me know if you visit any of these places by tweeting me @lilypebbles 

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43 Responses

  1. Mira says:

    I will check them out next time I’m in London! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    xx Mira

  2. Melissa says:

    I’m going to London soon. This is going to be really helpful. I plan my life around food!


  3. I’m dying to eat at The Breakfast Club, they’re always on my Instagram feed and their pancakes look amazing!

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

  4. Anna Blush says:

    I’ll have to keep these places in mind next time I’m in London! Thanks Lily xx

  5. Gemma N says:

    Will have to check these out next time iI’m in London a lot of them sound fantastic.

  6. I loved PIX last time I lived in London!! So happy to see it on this list πŸ™‚

  7. amy cino says:

    If we lived closer I’d love to chat about good eats, my boyfriend and I always eat out, one of our fav things to do. Unfortunately I live across the world from you – but they all sound delish xxx

  8. Kat B says:

    Thank you for the recommendations! I’m considering moving to London sometime soon so this will surely come in handy!

    Kat B | Katience

  9. moira tuand says:

    Yes you have made me hungry and so want to go to London! I went there when I was 17 with school, but let’s face it, that’s not the same thing. Although we went to the Tate Museum and that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to go back for more!

  10. Bethan Wain says:

    You’ve made me feel so hungry haha!

    Beth | BeautyBubbles♡

  11. Maddie says:

    1. OMG ottolenghi aubergine salad omg. 2. I would be really interested to see what kind of things you (and Anna) eat when you’re not eating out, as you both look amazing for people who seem to go to restaurants quite a lot. Or are you both just naturally quite slim? QworterLifeCrisis

  12. I’m considering shifting to London, uk sometime soon so this will absolutely come in handy! You’ve created me experience so starving haha!

  13. Katie says:

    Really need to try some of these!

    Katie |

  14. Jo says:

    I love this post, thank you so much! I love finding new places so I can’t wait to pop along to these gems.

    I’ve wanted to go along to the Breakfast Clubs for years but I always find that it’s so busy – if anyone knows of a time when there is a lull, or a branch which tends to be quieter, I’d love to know!

    Jo xxx

    She Wears Burgundy

  15. Shel says:

    I’m going to London to see Katy Perry at the end of May and we may be looking for somewhere to go for a nice lunch out the following day, I’ll definitely be taking these recommendations on board! Yum!

    Shel x

  16. I blooming love London and as I am currently living in Japan I am missing so many foods that just aren’t available here. You definitely made my already hungry tummy growl a bit more. Great post!

  17. Love finding new places to eat, thanks for these!

  18. Sarah Nunn says:

    I’ll have to bookmark this post for the next time I’m in London! xx

    Sarah Nunn | UK Style Blog

  19. Shannon P says:

    I’d love to know your recommendations for places to go for a drink, for a more sophisticated quiet drink rather than clubbing πŸ™‚ thanks xx

  20. Lisa Robb says:

    That’ picture makes me want an egg
    L x

  21. Leanne Mount says:

    The last one looks incredible! Shame I live in Jersey now, but will visit when next in London as I used to live in Spain and miss the food!

  22. Home Slice seems amazing!

  23. They all sound so great! I love Primrose Hill. Which restaurant are the photos from? x

  24. Maja Bohar says:

    This cup of coffee looks so Yummy! πŸ™‚ Will visit London again soon, thanks for your recomendations πŸ˜‰

  25. Sarah Linda says:

    This makes me want the weekend to happen now! Can’t beat dippy eggs πŸ™‚


  26. AlinaLoves says:

    The Breakfast Club is my favourite place for breakfast in London! I always go for the pancakes, they are oh so delicious (I wish I could have them EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!). And I agree with you on Patty & Bun – their Ari Gold cheeseburger is the bomb!

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  28. I will definitely be trying out these places in the future! Thank you so much for you recommendations!
    Molly x

  29. Carla TBB says:

    Next time I go to london i’ll have to go to all of these! Everything sounds so good and tempting!!
    The Beauty Break

  30. Denisse says:

    When I finally get myself to London, I will have to take this list with me! I’m still trying to find a nice coffee shop in Chicago that isn’t a Starbucks.

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  33. Ever been to Moosh? It’s in Fulham. Right around the corner of the Fulham Broadway Station. The smoothies and breakfasts are so delicious. You should try it someday!

  34. Ella Jameson says:

    Thanks for this – totally agree about Shoryu, and I don’t think we’re the only ones seeing as it just got a mention as one of the best places to eat in London in this new food map πŸ™‚

    Haven’t tried Patty & Bun but think I will now!

  35. Natasha Gosling says:

    Food glorious food. Thank you for the recommendations Lily.

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