The best things to eat in London | Awesome food places
If there is one meal that sums up London and the UK it is a roast beef dinner. The combination of meat, vegetables, roast potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding and gravy has long been a Sunday lunch tradition, especially when combined with a pint in the pub. Staying at any of the best holiday apartments in London would probably the best idea to visit the food places.
It is a tradition that can be experienced in many pubs and restaurants around central London – and increasingly not just on Sundays! We highlight some of the best places to go if you want to try this English tradition for yourself.
The Royal Oak near Baker Street is only a few minutes walk from the Presidential Marylebone and is an inviting corner pub with seating outside as well as inside. Nowadays it is often described as a gastropub, reflecting the importance placed on its food offer. Expect large slices of Herefordshire Beef, accompanied by seasonal vegetables and red wine gravy as well as that all-important Yorkshire Pudding.
Not too far away is The Cleveland Arms close to Paddington tube station. The Cleveland Arms has been welcoming diners and drinkers since 1852, and you feel that sense of history as soon as you walk in. Even the food is presented on old-style blue & white Willow pattern plates. Fresh, seasonal and presented with flair, the Sunday lunches here are taken really seriously. It is very popular here, so best pre-book if you can.
Cross the river to the South Bank and visit the Swan pub, besides Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. An all-day dining restaurant you can enjoy a meal at any time you like. If you time it right, you can enjoy your meal before a trip to the theatre. Take your time and enjoy the river views while eating a superbly cooked roast beef dinner followed by a delicious pear and chocolate tart.
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Just south of London Bridge is another great venue – the Southwark Tavern. Set close to Borough Market, it offers a superb choice of Sunday roasts with all the traditional trimmings including ‘pigs in blankets’ and lots of crispy roast potatoes. Best arrive early if you want to eat a roast dinner as they sell out quickly.
Over in the City, The Old Red Cow at Smithfield is the pub to hunt out. With meat coming from a very local source (Smithfield meat market is just across the road!), total freshness is guaranteed. As an added advantage is the choice of beer – this is a pub which aims to please. It is rare for less than 15 beers to be available on tap at any one time, and that doesn’t count the variety of bottled beer on offer too!
If you want lots of heritage along with your roast beef dinner, head up to Hampstead Heath and search out the Spaniard’s Inn. A few ghosts are said to haunt this pub, and it was immortalized in Dickens Pickwick Papers. The food is definitely good providing large helpings for hungry diners, but, make sure to book a stay at any of the top serviced apartments in Central London.