Where do you get a quick coffee, enjoy city views while eating your breakfast or where to indulge for food? I have got some answers for you!
Mimo’s Cafe: Paddington: This was our first stop after arriving to Paddington. With a 4am wake up call to catch our flight we were starving by the time we were settled in Paddington. We decided to eat in Mimo’s Cafe. This cafe was very busy, which is a great sign. It is an small Italian Cafe that serves a bit of everything. We ordered a pasta dish each and WOW! It was so good. I was looking at the price of the meal which was £7.50, I used my phone to check the conversion and this lunch only cost me €8.30 and this was one of the more expensive dishes on the menu!! Staff were very friendly, you can see it is a small family run business and you can sit out the front of the Cafe to people watch too! Great place to start with and we stopped here for croissants and coffee another morning!
Sawyer Arms: Paddington: A great bar located in Paddington. This bar was buzzing every time we passed it, so, we decided to have dinner and a few drinks here. We were not disappointed! It is very relaxed in Sawyer Arms, you order your food and drink at the bar and then it is dropped down to you, very casual dining. Again, this bar was cheap to eat in, prices similar to Ireland. I got a burger here which cost me €12.70 after converting it. It was hands down the nicest burger I have ever had. Opinions on the fish were the same. There are so many drink deals here too which promote 3 for 2 gin and tonics or add a drink to your meal for £1. Great atmosphere, would return.
The Duke of Wellington: Notting Hill: A Gastro style pub/restaurant that wraps around the corner of Portobello Road. The furnishings were amazing, really nicely styled pub with bright coloured furniture and friendly staff. Listen to the street talent while sipping on a cocktail (which is what I should have done) but we decided to have breakfast here. As you are given a menu, you can see that they state that you should expect a wait for food. Although there were only about 15 people maximum here, we were waiting a very long time for Eggs Benedict. Once they arrived it wasn’t the best as you can see (from the images below) that it had been sitting waiting to be taken out to me. We were hungry, eggs are eggs and ate it anyway with a lovely Mimosa.
We headed to the Portobello markets after this and discovered a large food section with a huge variety of food on offer cooked in front of your eyes. I would suggest heading here instead if you are peckish.
Sicily: London, Victoria: Another Italian. As you can see Italian is my favourite food! This is a great restaurant to eat in before a Broadway show (you can buy combo tickets for a show and dinner together). This is a restaurant nestled away from the musical theatres and underground stations. The staff were very friendly and we booked a table online about two hours before arrival. Bruschetta, Pizza, Cheesecake and the house Red… say no more! No complaints from me!
Duck and Waffle: Bishopsgate, London: Looking to impress, want to see the city from a different angle, looking for an experience? Be sure to pre-book (at least two weeks before you go if you want a dinner reservation) a table at Duck and Waffle! This skyline restaurant is located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower building. From stepping into the glass elevator to walking into the restaurant you will understand why it is so popular. This restaurant stays open 365 days a year, 24-7!! Imagine… full dinner service at 4am haha! I booked us in for breakfast as this was the only slot available and we treated ourselves as it was my birthday. So, mimosa in hand, you can watch the 360 degree views of London, watch the hustle and bustle of how the kitchen operates with an open kitchen and sit back and relax. You are allowed to stay for 1 hour for breakfast which is plenty time. Menu does not have the widest range but it had something to suit us all and was delicious! Started with a small pastry platter and then had scrambled eggs with toast and bacon. It is more expensive but you are paying for the experience!
Afternoon Tea on the Thames: Why not sit back and relax and take in the views London as to offer by boat while sipping a glass of champagne or a cup of tea. You will have unlimited tea/coffee and a selection of treats to choose from. A three third plate will be left on your table with a selection of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats. As you are enjoying your lunch you can listen to your captain point of the sites as you pass by. Upgrade to the champagne lunch or buy a drink on board and after lunch head upstairs to the open rooftop. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it.
Sargeants Mess: Tower Bridge: Located beside Tower Bridge this restaurant/bar is in a great location. Thank god we only ordered some drinks here because the service was very poor. Very slow to order, tables full of dirty dishes… would suggest skipping this.
The Kings Arms: Mayfair: This is a traditional British Pub that was bustling with Locals. This is located in Shepard’s Market, a really nice area of London that was recommended to us. There are several small quaint restaurants located here that would be the perfect romantic dinner location, or chose the Kings Arms for a more relaxed environment. Fancy a drink and a typical British chicken and mushroom pie? This is your place.
The Breakfast Club: Soho: What a great place!! This weirdly decorated small restaurant located in Soho, London should be on your list to visit. It is a popular spot as there was a queue already formed at 9am. The staff were very friendly, the prices were ok and I think it is an experience in itself, even going to the toilet is interesting haha! Would return!
Elan Cafe: Mayfair: I had wanted to visit here since I first saw it pop up on my Instagram account, the perfectly pink, girly cafe! Again there was a queue to get into the cafe but you were not waiting too long. Once we were directed inside and downstairs my first reaction was it is a lot smaller than I thought but the wall of pink flowers and fluorescent lights take away from this. Make sure you sit downstairs as there are no flower walls upstairs. Worth visiting even just for a coffee and smoothie like what we did.
Ben’s Cookies; looking for a quick snack or sugar rush on the go in London? Then Ben’s Cookies should be on your radar. This is a chain store found around London that offers only coffee and cookies. Great mixture and the cookies are delicious!!
Camden Markets: Camden; Head to the food markets in Camden and take your pick from nearly every cuisine you can imagine!
Didn’t Get to visit these on my trip but these are on my list to stop off at the next time I am in London.
- Five Guys (Fast Food)
- Dolloway Terrace
- Paper & Cup (Cafe)
- The Oblix (in the Shard, Reservation needed)
- Harrys Bar
- Coppa Club (Reservation needed for Surfer’s Paradise outdoors, see below)
- Slug & Lettuce
- Al Chemist
Hope this helps you along your eating and drinking leg of your trip to London! From cheap and cheerful to a more luxury experience there is something to suit all budgets here!