International travel presents a unique experience for each person. While some people travel for the thrill of sights unseen, others live for luxury hotels, and many more want to taste the local cuisine and culinary scene. While there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way to travel, it would be a shame to miss out on spectacular local cuisines only available at your international destination.
For this reason, we have compiled a list of a few of the most unique and delicious restaurants in London. While seeing all of them during your first trip may not be feasible, you have a great excuse to return to the city. Some local Londoners may also have missed out on these culinary secrets, and should try them on their next evening out as well.
Texture, Portman Place
When was the last time you dug into an elegantly prepared Icelandic meal? For most people, the idea of Icelandic-inspired cuisine doesn’t go hand-in-hand with high end dining. Surprisingly, Texture at Portman Place does just that and was set up with Icelandic inspiration back in 2007 before winning a Michelin star in 2010. This popular spot is beloved for its incredibly fresh ingredients paired with a stellar wine list.
The Wolseley, Piccadilly
The delightful art deco charm of the Wolseley, positively beckons passers-by in. Unfortunately, the place is so popular, you may struggle to find a seat! The Wolseley is a popular breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot, great for a business lunch or meet the parents brunch. In spite of its long-standing reputation, the Wolseley has maintained impeccable cuisine and style and remained a relevant experience throughout the years.
Cafe in the Crypt, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square
If dining with a historic experience is more your cup of tea, consider heading to Cafe in the Crypt in Trafalgar Square. The 18th century crypt of St. Martin’s was converted into a cafeteria-style restaurant many years ago and gives the impression of a gallery cafe. Hearty English classics are served here, from a proper cup of tea to pleasant soup-and-a-roll options.
For those who want to return to the days when things were simpler and the business had more say in its choice of consumer, head down to Sweetings. Serving classic fish and seafood in a 120 year old business, Sweetings allows customers to view fish delivery and preparation. Dining at Sweetings is a bit of a complex process, though, as they are only open from 11:30-3pm on weekdays, and they do not take reservations.
Galvin at Windows, Park Lane
To indulge in a truly exquisite experience, visit Galvin at Windows in Park Lane. This restaurant was opened in 2006, with remarkable views of Hyde Park and the capital. The food is predominantly French, but does give a nod to Asian and British cuisine. Another restaurant that has received a Michelin star, Galvin makes for a glamorous dining experience.