What You Should Be Eating & Drinking This Summer in London

By Malika Dalamal | May 20, 2014 By Malika Dalamal  |  May 20, 2014

Summer is (nearly) here, which means the crops are growing, the trees are blooming and everyone is coming out to play - and eat. There's a lineup of new restaurants, dishes and drinks for you to try in London. Here are the ones everyone will be talking about this summer.

  • Kimichi Hot Dog at Shrimpy's
    The outdoor terrace at this King's Cross restaurant located in an old petrol station has reopened for the summer, and with it comes a new Asian-inspired hot dog. Wash down the popular kimchi-topped hot dog with a frozen margarita to sample hipster food at its finest.

    King's Cross Filling Station Goods Way, N1C 4UR; 020 8880 6111

  • Pina Fumada at Discount Suit Company
    Start by locating this unmarked bar hidden away off Brick Lane in what was previously a tailor's stockroom. Once you manage to find it, check out the menu of reinvented old-time favourite cocktails and order the Pina Fumada - a smoky take on a pina colada made with a mix of mescal, velvet falernum, acacia honey, lemon and fresh pineapple.

    29A Wentworth St., E1 7TB; 07887 560421

  • 1235 Donuts at The Lockhart
    Columbia Road's famous fresh donuts have just relocated to Marylebone, which is good news for West Londoners. If you haven't tried 1235 Donuts, you are in for a treat. Every weekend (Friday-Sunday) from 8 AM, you can buy these fresh cream-filled donuts in flavours including lemon curd, chocolate, salted caramel and strawberry jam at the new Donut and Coffee Station at The Lockhart.

    24 Seymour Pl., W1H 7HL


  • Crab Donuts at Chiltern Firehouse
    The restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace at André Balazs' Chiltern Street Hotel is the absolute hottest spot in London this summer. With Nuno Mendes in the open kitchen, expect an on-trend menu of international favourites including the much-talked-about warm crab-stuffed donuts.These bite-sized pastry buns filled with white crab meat come three to a plate and will be gone before you know what happened.

    1 Chiltern St., W1U 7PA; 020 7073 7676

  • Green Juice at Roots & Bulbs
    Londoners can't seem to get enough green juice these days. Find out what all the fuss is about at London's first standalone cold-pressed juice bar in Marylebone. The 100% organic green juices come in three varieties: G1 - made with cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon and ginger; G2 - cucumber, spinach, romaine and apple; or G3 - cucumber, pineapple, kale and herb. Forget five-a-day - this is an easy way to ingest more fresh vegetables in one gulp than you thought possible.

    5 Thayer St., W1U 3JG

  • Fish 'n' Chips at Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe
    Following the success of last year's seafood shack in Fitzrovia, Bonnie Gull has opened a second seafood cafe in Exmouth Market - a beautiful blue and white restaurant reminiscent of the British seaside in the 1950s. All the seafood - from oysters to crab, squid or mussels - are sourced from around the U.K., and if you're overwhelmed by the choices, the classic beer-battered North Sea haddock with beef-dripping chips, scraps and mushy peas is always a safe bet.

    Exmouth Mkt., EC1R 4QL; 020 3122 0047

  • Hard Shake at Barnyard
    If you can bear to queue (it's worth it, trust us) to get into Ollie Dabbous's new restaurant, make sure to try the alcohol-laced milkshakes served in innocent-looking milk bottles with a straw. There is banana served with golden rum or Tahitian vanilla, malt and blueberry-pancake milkshakes mixed with bourbon.

    18 Charlotte St., W1T 2LY; 020 7580 3842

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar

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Discount Suit Company

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Chiltern Firehouse

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The Lockhart

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