Good Eats in London

London Eats by Natalie Parker

Here’s a roundup of places I’ve liked from my last few trips to London.  When I’m in London, I’m always working, but I try hard to fit in good food!

Roti Chai

This is a trendy Indian place located just up the street from Selfridge’s.  I popped in here for a quick afternoon snack since I accidentally skipped lunch.  I ate upstairs in the “Street Kitchen,” which serves food all day.  There is also a restaurant downstairs that serves dinner.

London Eats by Natalie Parker

My favorite thing I ordered was the bhel puri — puffed rice mixed with tamarind and spices.  The samosas were huge, but not quite as good as the bhel puri.  I wish I could have ordered more dishes but I was by myself!

Leon

Leon is a healthy fast food chain with around 20 of locations throughout London.  There was one on my commute home in the Victoria Train Station so I decided to give it a try.  I got a chicken superfood salad that included grilled chicken, quinoa, and peas.  It was pretty good for a quick weeknight dinner.  My only issue with it were the huge chunks of parsley stems mixed in.

London Eats by Natalie Parker

Leon serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and it’s a great option to get quick and healthy fresh food when you’re on the go.  I really recommend this if you’re looking for a quick bite on a long day of sightseeing.

Chotto Matte

Chotto Matte is a restaurant in Soho that serves Nikkei cuisine, or Japanese-Peruvian fusion.  I have to admit I was very skeptical, especially since I don’t care for sushi or nigiri.   I was totally blown away — the food was that good.

London Eats by Natalie Parker

In addition to my finickiness about sushi, we had a vegetarian with us.  The menu is vast and we had no problem finding something for everyone to share.  My favorite was the pollo del miso, pictured above (split by the omnivores at the table).

Little Social

Little Social is designed as an upscale diner serving British food with a French influence.  Got that?  It’s well done and delicious.  My coworker took Mr. P and I out and it was the perfect combination of a beautiful restaurant with fantastic food that wasn’t too pretentious.  Mr. P and I split the cottage pie for two and it was to die for!

As seems to be the trend with some restaurants in London, when we booked we were told there was a time limit and we had to finish our dinner by a certain time (I think two hours?).  Due to service that was a tad slow, we ended up leaving about 15 minutes after the deadline but no one said anything.

Muriel’s Kitchen

I popped into Muriel’s Kitchen in South Kensington for tea while I was waiting for my AirBNB host to let me into my flat.  Muriel’s has three locations in London — the one I sat at in South Ken is right outside the tube station.  The staff were super nice and helped me wheel my 50-pound suitcase into a side room so it wouldn’t get in the way.

London Eats by Natalie Parker

I ordered a cup of tea and a scone — the waiter looked at me a bit weird because I wasn’t ordering more.  Then I noticed everyone around me was digging into huge desserts!  Muriel’s also serves lunch and other savory foods — it all looked fresh and delicious.  My scone was huge and it and the tea were excellent!

If you’re looking for a place to try proper tea and scones without having to commit to an afternoon tea or high tea, put this on your list.

The Kati Roll Co.

With locations in Soho in London and New York City, this place is excellent for quick, delicious Indian food.  Mr. P and I stopped here for dinner last December.  They serve various kati rolls, both vegetarian and non.  I thought they would be small but one was quite enough for a light dinner.  I had the chicken tikka roll and it was fantastic!

Morada Brindisa Asador

London has a love affair with Spanish tapas.  I loved this place because it was Spanish food but actually not tapas!  My coworker and I split some cava and dinner.  What we didn’t realize:  even though it is not a tapas restaurant, the dishes are still served family style.  We ordered a tad too much food!

London Eats by Natalie Parker

I’m still having dreams about the jamón ibérico (hand carved right in front of us) and the roast pork.  The pork was absurdly expensive (but makes sense when one realizes it’s to be shared) but totally worth it — it was charcoal-fired and crispy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside.  I’m taking Mr. P here next time we’re in town.

Dosa World

Dosa World is just off Brick Lane in East London and specializes in, yep, Dosas.  Tourists tend to associate Brick Lane with Indian food.  Actually, the restaurants tend to be Bangladeshi and while you can get a Bangladeshi curry, the curries tend to be a bit fruitier and sweeter.

Dosas are southern Indian, so a bit outside of the majority in the area.  Mr. P and I ordered two dosas plus a lamb dish to split and it was fantastic.  The restaurant was pretty empty, but they sure did a robust take out business (kind of feels like a Chinese food place in the US that does more take out than dine in).

My coworkers tell me that if I want “proper Indian food” I have to venture outside central London to Wembley.  I still haven’t had time to do that, so I’m glad we were at least able to get southern Indian at Dosa World!

If You Go

Roti Chai | Leon | Chotto Matte | Little Social | Muriel’s Kitchen | The Kati Roll Co.Morada Brindisa Asador | Dosa World

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London: Afternoon Tea at the Langham

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Continuing my tour of things in London my husband doesn’t appreciate so I’ll do them because he’s not with me on this trip, it was time for afternoon tea.

I love afternoon tea.  Love love love.

My coworker wanted to take more for an ultra-traditional afternoon tea, so we headed to the Palm Court at the Langham.  Reservations are recommended, especially if you are going on a weekend.  We went on a weeknight at the last sitting, so we didn’t have to worry about being rushed.  We had a lovely time!

I’ve come to understand from my coworkers that one is either a sandwich person or a sweets person at tea.  I’m firmly in the latter camp, so I can’t say much about the sandwiches.  The sweets were good and the scones were ahhhh-mazing.

I ordered a glass of champagne with my tea because, champagne.  That was before I knew that Champagne Charlie appears at 7pm and hands out free champagne to everyone (a daily tradition at the Langham).  More champagne!  It was really cute.

My coworker is very into the atmosphere when she has tea.  The grand piano player definitely helped pass muster, but the tearoom itself was a little dated.  I’m not set in my tea preferences yet (as in, I don’t have my tea-legs, ha!), but I liked the art-deco interior of the Wolseley much better.

Service was lovely and the tea itself was delicious.  Afternoon tea is one of my favorite ways to relax, indulge, escape, and watch the world go by.

Palm Court at the Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent street, London W1B 1JA | Click here for map

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I traveled solo to London for the month of April on a business trip and kept myself entertained on the weekends exploring new places.