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The London List

 

London’s food scene is as vast as its city. We’re sure you wont go hungry…


GYMKHANA, MAYFAIR €€€ | 42 ALBERMARLE ST | Website

Handsomely appointed in the polished streets of Mayfair, Gymkhana demonstrates the quality of Indian food available in this multi cultured metropolitan capital. Awarded a Michelin star; the food is as delicious as its aromatics indicate. Staff are too well-trained to name-drop, but David Beckham’s known to be a fan.

Who goes:
The crowd runs from well-heeled Mayfair locals to under-the-radar A-listers, who appreciate its discretion and two plush private dining rooms.

Cuisine:
Indian, aromatic and complex in flavor.

Hours:
Tue–Thu: Noon–14:30 hrs, 17:30 – 22:30  hrs
Fri–Sat: 10:30 – 13:00 hrs

Phone:
+44 20 3011 5900


 THE GAME BIRD AT THE STAFFORD €€€ | 16-18 ST JAMES PLACE | Website

Featuring the taste of old school British comfort food, don’t be fooled by its seemingly simple menu - as part of the chintzy, five-star Stafford Hotel, it’s its quality which makes the Game Bird stand out. You’ll feel like a guest at a grand country house, with a large and well-trained staff, serving tables with quiet dignity and gravely advising on the menu.

Cuisine:
Best-of-British old-fashioned comfort food

Hours:
Mon–Sun: 7:00 – 22:00 hrs

Phone:
+44 20 7493 0111


HONEY & SMOKE, BLOOMSBURY €€ | 216 GREAT PORTLAND ST, | Website

A restorative and slyly inventive take on Middle Eastern food, its food is big on personality: poached quince and curd cheese, say, scattered with honeyed hazelnuts, or fragrant, flaky chicken pastilla with Medjool date and endive salad are just a start of the bold flavor combinations that made this restaurant the talk of the precinct.

Cuisine:
Middle Eastern home cooking

Hours:
Tues-Sat: 17.30 - 23.30pm,
Closed Sunday & Monday

Phone:
+44 207 388 6175

HONEY & CO, BLOOMSBURY € | 216 GREAT PORTLAND ST, | Website

Just down the road is Honey & Smoke’s sister, set in a small, homey cafe on Warren Street. Even if you are just in the area make sure to stop in for a coffee and pastry like the sticky Fitzrovia bun: a fat, buttery spiral of pastry dotted with sour cherries and pistachio, we are positive you will not be disappointed.

Hours:
Mondays: 17.30 – 22.30 hrs
Tues-Saturday: 09.30 – 22.30 hrs
Closed Sundays


COPPA CLUB €€€ | Website

If your after something unique, the Coppa Club may have the answer. The food - thoughtful, unfussy, European from small plates and snacks to grilled mains, sourdough pizzas and healthy salads. The igloos—which you can book in advance or request on arrival (if you’re lucky)— are the real highlight. Each sitting up to eight persons and feature comfy couches, tables, blankets, twinkling lights, and their own speakers, this pretty much makes your holiday dining dreams a reality.

Who goes:
Those who need a dinner with a marvelous view 

Cuisine:
Three-course Christmas menu of classic European cuisine 

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 13.00hrs - 16.30hrs and 20.00hrs - 23.00hrs

Phone:
+34 932 210 729

 
 

Afternoon Tea; a London Tradition…

Forget brinner and brunch: eating at odd hours doesn't get more indulgent, more delightfully decadent, than afternoon tea. Where to find the best afternoon tea in London – whether you want a top hotel such as The Savoy, The Ritz, The Shard or Claridge's, or a vintage-style affair from Mayfair to Dalston:

Tîng, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard. A spin on the usual London afternoon tea, expect an asian inflection - a nod to the venue’s brand, whats more impressive is the breathtaking daytime views of the city.

Tea ta Sketch Gallery. Impressive and certainly worth an upload to your social media account, Sketch is an experience more than anything else. More French-inflected than traditionally British, the atmosphere is what the fuss is about.  Think Alice in Wonderland vibes, in the very best way.

The Ritz London. The best afternoon tea in London for old-school glitz, The Ritz London sets the standard for afternoon tea. 

Ham Yard Hotel. Smack bang in the middle of fashionable Soho Ham Yard Hotel is a stylish and glamourous place to have Afternoon Tea. Served in both the contemporary restaurant and chic drawing room, this is a more-than-stylish spot to sit and people-watch.

Thomas’s Cafe. Fashion fanatics will appreciate this Burberry flagship; possibly Mayfair’s  best kept secret.