Visit London and you can eat the World – Gastronomy in London.
I was delighted when HomeAway contacted me and asked me to write a short article for them on Gastronomy in London. I know I eat out and review a lot of restaurants, but I also appreciate that for someone visiting London, the myriad of different reviews might not be particularly helpful. And I’m passionate about the idea that in London you can not only eat the world, but you can also experience some of the best of British cuisine.
Yes, for those of you from overseas, we do have a cuisine. Yes, it’s quite special. Yes, the best examples use British produce where-ever possible. Our heritage is cosmopolitan. We were conquered by the Romans, by the Normans and very nearly by the Spanish! And, we have an eclectic and diverse cuisine that draws from a whole range of cultural influences.
We also have some of the best examples of International cuisine in the World. You really can experience some great French, Italian, Spanish, American, Peruvian, Japanese and Chinese food in London to name but a few. But, for those of us who know and love Britain, there’s a great sense of pride in the food we have to offer – from the Great British Breakfast to delicate and elegant afternoon teas!
What makes our British cuisine special though, is that the recipes and dishes have evolved to make the most of available local ingredients over thousands of years. And to experience the Best of British, you could try one of the recommendations in my article. There’s more about afternoon tea at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane on my review. And you can find out more about Smiths of Smithfields too. The Shed was one of my favourite discoveries of last year.
I’m discovering new places in London serving great British Food every day. How about this fabulous Scotch Egg from the Spaniards Inn in Hampstead? It’s one of the oldest pubs in London and apart from fabulous food, real fires and a stunning paneled dining room, it has a great beer garden and even a dog wash so your pup can go home smelling of roses.
So what are you waiting for – why not check out one of my restaurant recommendations and, if you need somewhere to stay, well HomeAway have almost two thousand holiday rentals in London, starting from as little as £60 a night for a studio!