Derek and I ate at quite a few different places around the city, so I thought I would do a round up of London restaurants. I had pre-researched a few really good and interesting and unique places to eat, but we didn’t end up sticking to the list. When in London (and walking all day on your feet) sometimes you want to just plop yourself down at the first cafe you find.
As we walked past Savini at Criterion, I thought we might pop in for a soup for lunch. It’s as expensive as it looks, even if you don’t order anything expensive. The upscale restaurant charges you to just breath in their atmosphere, so prepare to pay a cover charge and included gratuity. The soup was delicious of course, and we got “free” bread prior and cookies following.
Later, we ate another small meal at Aubaine, a little french restaurant with a few locations throughout London. It had a charming atmosphere and delicious food. It’s a place that boasts simple luxury – elegance without the price tag.
Every morning during our stay at the Grand Royale, we ate breakfast at this nameless cafe on Leinster Terrace right next door to Halepi. There’s quite a few greek restaurants on the street. The cafe isn’t pretty or “instagrammable”, but they sure serve up a good breakfast at a good price. They have fresh smoothies that are delicious. We tried a couple things and you can’t go wrong there.
We ate dinner one night in Covent Garden at a Canadian pub, which was decorated well but they didn’t have hockey on, didn’t have good Canadian beer, and I could definitely teach them a thing or three about poutine. The Maple Leaf is place to go if you’re feeling homesick, but not a place to get a homey meal. The did have a really great dessert that had ice cream and maltesers, which was delicious!
One evening we stopped at Byron Hamburgers out of exhaustion. Although it is a chain and not totally original, they do serve up a good burger and shake.
Hopefully I’ll get to return to London soon and explore more of the foodie scene!