How to Not Eat Like a Tourist While Sightseeing in London
Whether you're visiting London from elsewhere, or you're a resident who wants to take your guests out for a night on the town, no one wants to end up at a tourist trap. Here are five London sights with five nearby restaurants where you can eat like a local.
Landmark: Madame Tussards
Where to Eat: Trishna
Indian food with a contemporary twist is what's on offer at this world-famous seafood restaurant focused on coastal cuisine from Southwest India. High-quality, sustainable ingredients are used to make signature dishes such as Dorset brown crab, Hyderabadi dal and seafood biryani. This is not your average curry night.
Blandford St., W1U 3DG; 020 7935 5624
Landmark: Buckingham Palace
Where to Eat: Matsuri
Escape loud and noisy crowds at this authentic Japanese spot in a basement near Piccadilly. In addition to a sushi bar and two private dining rooms, the teppanyaki area - where your own personal chef cooks in front of you - is particularly popular.
15 Bury St., SW1Y 6AL; 020 7839 1101
Landmark: The Shard
Where to Eat: Casse-Croûte
Once you have seen the spectacular views of London from The Shard, walk over to this charming all-day French bistro in Bermondsey, complete with red-checked tablecloths, a black-and-white tiled floor and a daily changing menu of traditional French dishes from croissants in the morning to quiche Lorraine and Gâteau Saint-Honoré for dessert. It's a reasonably priced spot with an excellent wine list. The only downside is that it's tiny, so make sure to book a table before you go.
109 Bermondsey St., SE1 3XB; 020 7407 2140
Landmark: St. Paul's Cathedral
Where to Eat: Sweetings
Open during the week at lunchtime only, this superb seafood restaurant - established in 1889 - is an institution in the City. Much of the original Victorian decor is still in place, but it's the top-quality, sustainable fish that attracts queues of hungry office workers everyday around lunchtime.
39 Queen Victoria St., EC4N 4SF; 020 7248 3062
Landmark: The Royal Albert Hall
Where to Eat: Min Jiang
Not only does this Chinese restaurant (pictured) at the top of the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington serve exceptional Chinese dishes and dim sum (the Beijing duck is a must), it also offers spectacular views across Kensington Place Gardens. It's a short walk from The Royal Albert Hall but we recommend an early dinner (before it gets dark) to see the restaurant in its full glory.
Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High St., W8 4PT; 020 7361 1988