A Gastronomy Tour of London

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.

Smiths of Smithfields

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!

one park lane botanical sandwiches

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.
The shed, Notting Hill
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.

The Spaniards - Haggis Wrapped Scotch Eggs
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!

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  1. says

    I LOVE HomeAway! We used them to book houses out in Las Vegas and in the Hamptons, and have been SO pleased with the service and quality of what was waiting! Definitely would look into booking with them for a visit to your lovely city;-)

  2. says

    Hey Fiona,

    The Scotch eggs are so up my alley :) I definitely agree with Jacqueline, you are an excellent pick for Gastronomy. I always find everything you post so enticing.

  3. says

    I haven’t been to London in years, but I remember visiting about 18 years ago, and the food was not the highlight of the trip. It seems that has changed! I love London, no matter the food options. It’s one of my favorite cities and I would definitely consider using HomeAway to find a place to stay. I’ve used that site successfully before. Great blog!

  4. says

    British food can be glorious (think cheeses, strawberries, scones etc) and could be awful, like any other cuisine. The Italians at times make the average food as well, but their cuisine is hyped. It is all about changing the stereotypes, isn’t it? Loved your post!

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