Fashionable food for the London first-timer

Fashionable food for the London first-timerEating out in London is often less about the food and more about being seen. Spending a few hours in one of the capital’s many eateries is the perfect chance to indulge in some serious people watching. That’s not to say the food isn’t good, though. The capital is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants and worldly cuisine.

Light bites

Nibble a cookie and sample the perfect coffees at Cafe Oto on Ashwin Street. It was recently lauded as the coolest place in Britain by Italian Vogue. Those seeking something a little more substantial could do worse than the doorstep sandwiches available from the Rochelle Canteen on Arnold Circus. Regular patrons include Giles Deacon, Luella Bartley and Marc Jacobs’s accessory designer, Katie Hillier.

Get creative

Overlooking the legendary Spitalfields Market, St John Bread and Wine is always packed with high-end artists and fashionistas. Those without the budget to afford its sometimes questionable delights should make a trip to Soho in central London. As the capital’s creative hub, the area is home to many eateries frequented by flamboyant and stylish Londoners.


When it’s a sunny day, Londoners flock to the city’s parks. While office workers have to settle for a Prêt sandwich, those with more time on their hands can while away the hours with a picnic. Turn ingredient buying into a fun experience by shopping at a farmers’ market. Some of the city’s best picnicking parks include Alexandra Park, Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park, Postman’s Park, and Victoria Park.

Fine dining

London is at the forefront of fine dining, helped no doubt by the influence of Sir Terrence Conran. Any one of his ten restaurants is a safe bet – whether it’s the lively Zinc or Cantina Del Ponte, or the cool elegance of the Orrery, Le Pont de la Tour or Bibendum. Other guaranteed good eateries are those owned by Oliver Peyton – the man responsible for Mash, the Atlantic Bar and Grill, and Coast.

Eating on the go

Beneath the clattering roof of Brixton Market diners can find everything from delectable cupcakes to delicious pizzas. Try Franco Manca, the Wild Caper deli or Rosie’s Deli Cafe. Alternatively, head east to the Brick Lane Beigel Bakery for a midnight bagel or salt-beef sandwich. There’s no meal more British than fish and chips – one of the best is the Rock & Sole Plaice on Endell Street.

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