Currently all restaurants in London are closed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of being able to eat delicious food! I can’t wait for the day I can sit down at a restaurant with my friends from different households. So, here is a list of some of my favourite places to eat in London! These restaurants/cafes range in prices and are all over the London area.
The Wallace is a cute restaurant tucked into The Wallace Collection, a free art gallery. I’ve been here for their Afternoon Tea. At £19.50 per person, it is a cheaper option if you are wanting a classic afternoon tea in a beautiful setting. I loved it so much the first time I went, I brought my husband to come look at art and then have some tea. I advise booking ahead.
The Wallace, located within The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, Marylebone, W1U 3BN
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
For a more expensive afternoon tea option, grab a bite at Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. I always had wanted to go here and I had seen they were doing a special to try and get customers to come (because of the pandemic). My husband and I went for their 2-for-1 special on their Classic Afternoon Tea. Normally, the Classic Afternoon Tea is £60 per person. We enjoyed this afternoon tea because they offered more sandwiches and scones, as well as tea at no extra charge. Plus, you get a slice of cake to take home with you.
The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, located on the 4th floor of Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1A 1ER
You may have seen this restaurant on many Instagram influencers page’s or on Pinterest (that’s how I found out about it). sketch is a unique modern European restaurant. It is very difficult to get into (book far in advance, we got lucky getting in on that day!). It is on the pricey side, depending on what you get. I had venison when I went and my mom had wild boar. It was delicious and there are many options for photos (btw, check out the fun bathrooms!).
sketch, 9 Conduit St., Mayfair, W1S 2XG
Duck & Waffle
Another one of my favourite restaurants is Duck & Waffle. Duck & Waffle is open 24/7 and you can get everything from (you guessed it) roasted duck and a waffle to a spicy ox cheek donut. It is on the 40th floor, so the views are amazing from your table. I went here late at night with my husband when we were dating for our two-year anniversary. It was so much fun and delicious. You have to have a reservation before entering.
Duck & Waffle, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Balthazar is a cute French restaurant in Covent Garden, near all of the shops. I met up with my friend Megan here for brunch and it was so nice! I can’t remember what I ate, but I remember there being a wide selection to choose from (even caviar!). I’m wanting to go here again once we are able to go to restaurants.
Balthazar, 4-6 Russell St., Covent Garden, WC2B 5HZ
Coco Momo Kensington
My husband was the one who introduced my to Coco Momo Kensington, but the first time I went there was with a friend! The staff here is so friendly and the food is fresh and delicious. There is not much on the menu, but plenty of drinks and light plates to choose from. I recommend this place for a lunch or a coffee stop!
Coco Momo Kensington, 25 Gloucester Rd., Kensington, SW7 4PL
Another cafe you may have seen on Instagram is EL&N London. There are many locations around London, all with a pink theme and pink drinks. There are not just drinks, but breakfast, sandwiches and plenty of desserts to choose from. I had fun trying their Matcha Rose Iced Latte (with real rose petals on top!). Lots of affordable and fun options here.
Many Locations, but I went to 239 Brompton Rd., Chelsea, SW3 2EP
Wahaca is a Mexican chain restaurant in the UK. One day I was craving authentic street tacos and managed to find this place! This one on the Southbank is built from recycled shipping containers. There are lots of great choices to choose from, both small and large plates. I loved being able to find somewhere with good tasting Mexican food, as I’ve been disappointed many times in England.
Many locations, but I went to Wahaca Southbank, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my favourite places to eat in London. There are others I couldn’t fit into this list, but may include in a future post. I can’t wait to be able to try new places and revisit my favourites in the future. I hope you get some ideas of where you want to visit when you come to London!