Ask anyone anywhere about London’s food scene and they’re bound to tell you the same thing: it’s the place to be. For so long a place associated with fish and chips and greasy fry-ups, London is really stepping into its own in terms of food. Now the city is home to some of the most exciting pop-up restaurants in the world, and if you’re hitting the British capital anytime soon, you’re more than likely going to want to know where to eat. Prepare to get seriously hungry; the food’s up in London.
Seasonal food is always the best option when it comes to eating well, and if you want to find a place that serves only the freshest of ingredients, pop-up restaurant Smoke & Salt is your best bet. A “permanent” pop up, this Islington restaurant is taken over by a different chef every few months, each one giving the menu a new burst of flavor. The five-course menu is one of the best ways to get a taste of the place and, as this menu changes every month, dining here is one of the best ways to spot what’s hot in London.
If seafood is your thing, the South Bank’s hugely popular pop-up CLAW is the place to go. Serving an array of crab-based dishes, CLAW is a homegrown effort that really started from the roots up. While its burgers are always a good shot, you can also try sampling anything from the restaurant’s special menu for a burst of seasonal freshness. Try and make a beeline for the terrace when the sun’s out; it’s the hottest place by the Thames and places fill up fast!
Elsewhere in the city, there is another fashion giant taking over the food industry. The Vogue Café in Hammersmith is putting its stamp on the local dining scene, serving up an array of dishes that celebrate England’s refined past. The star of the show is undeniably the place’s afternoon tea; served alongside a bottle of bubbly, the experience nods to both English and French culture. Pull up a pew and fill up your glass; you’ll want to spend the whole afternoon here. And you’d best do so soon; the Café closes this Sunday.
Sometimes it’s best to take to the water, and if you want to make the most of London’s scenery while having a bite, consider heading to the Alfred Le Roy Cocktail Cruise in Hackney. Located inside an old canal barge, this pop-up is a two-and-a-half-hour foodie fest, taking in some of the prettiest sights in East London. You can watch the world go by as you sip on your artisan cocktail and nibble from the charcuterie board. It’s a tough life.
London’s food scene is bursting from the seams and if you’re headed to the British capital this summer, you’re in for a treat. With so many spots at your disposal, choosing a place to begin might just be the biggest problem you’ll have; what do you do when you want to sample it all?