The place to go for fresh (and relatively healthy) fish & chips! They’re now in 4 different locations spread out over London with one of them of conveniently located next to my office in Brook Green/Hammersmith. It’s like a modern & contemporary fish & chip shop. Everything is fresh from the delicious fish (you can choose between haddock, plaice, cod and more, and whether you want it battered or grilled!), the mushy pea mash, the huge union rings, crunchy chips, to the side salads. The choice of their freshly made sauces is great too, but my favourite is definitely tartare. It’s not a restaurant to go to for a long evening out. I’d recommend it more for a quick bite, or takeaway, but you should probably see for yourself. 164 Shepherds Bush Road | Tube: Hammersmith Station | +44(0) 20 3556 0228 | Other locations: Ealing Broadway, Upper Richmond and Clapham | Website | ££
One of the best places in London to go for a lazy and boozy Sunday brunch. It has a shabby chic vibe and they serve the everything you’d hope for including a perfect Sunday Roast, typical English dishes like scotch eggs, but also soups and pizza’s. Oh and I’d definitely recommend the Bloody Mary’s! Great for groups, as you can reserve long tables. But also a good option if you’re around Sloane Square and feeling hungry. They always keep tables available for walk-ins. Dinner is fun too and prices are reasonable. 37 Pimlico Road | Tube: Sloane Square | +44(0)207881 9844 | Website | ££
I took Guusje and another friend here after I read some really positive reviews about it. This cozy Shed is just perfect for a wintery night and really charming overall… I am so excited that we have a new trendy restaurant in NH! The Shed is run by three brothers; a chef, a farmer and a restaurateur and they serve small sharing platters that are absolutely delicious. I would recommend some but apparently they change their menu every day so you should just go and try for yourself! The restaurant looks very rustic, very sheddy with farm curiosities on the wooden and exposed brick walls. The lighting is cozy and all tables have a different look and feel; there are some wooden tables with proper chairs but also tin barrels with stools around them. The look is great but to be very honest.. the stools are not that comfortable to sit on for an entire night so next time I will ask for a table with couch / chairs…! 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, London | Tube; Notting Hill Gate | £££ | Website | Map
Go to this restaurant if you are a foodie and fan of fine dining. I do advise you to have your drinks beforehand somewhere else because I didn’t particularly like the bar area (little bit stiff). The light and airy dining room has a contemporary look and is very buzzing. We found the service at the table slightly over polished but the dessert counter in the end made me not care about this at all.
I loved my starter and main but absolutely ADORED their deserts. I loved their idea of a dessert counter where you can sit on high stools and watch the pastry makers prepare little delicious pieces of art while you can also peek into their glass-fronted main kitchen where Jason Atherton (amongst 20 others) calmly prepare culinary wonders. We all got sorbet and a little pre-dessert while we were waiting for our desert (how cool) and then had the ‘PBJ’ (peanut butter and jelly) and panna cotta… Heavenly. If you feel like just eating a dessert somewhere, please go here…
Jason Atherton came to chat with us in the end which was a nice way to finish of the evening! 8-10 Pollen Street, London |Tube; Oxford Circus |+442072907600 | ££££ | Website
In the past couple weeks I have visited all sister restaurants of this place already. So I thought; why not go here to finish what I started?
This tiny, cozy restaurant is located above a traditional English pub in Soho called The French House. Just like Polpo and Spuntino, you can’t make a reservation but I think it’s worth the 45 minute wait. You can pop down to the pub and have a few beers while you wait. They make a note of your phone number and text you when your table is ready so you can also go for a stroll in this buzzing area.
The menu consists of small dishes just like the other two restaurants. I didn’t realy like the beetroot pizza, but all other dishes I ordered where fun, simple, original and delicious. 49 Dean Street, Soho, London | £££ | +4420 7734 1969 | website
I love to take people here for the ultimate English experience. You could combine this with a visit to Buckingham Palace or a high tea at the Wolseley which is just a 5 minutes walk. The American Bar in the Stafford hotel is a chic hotel bar with an overflow of memorabilia hanging on the walls and ceiling. It’s not cheap but the staff is attentive without being pretentious. They also serve delicious complimentary savouries (olives, nuts, crisps). Go here for glass of wine before having dinner and feel pampered…16-18 St. James’s Place, St. James’s | London | +442074930111 | ££££ | Tube: Green Park | Website
A simple and straight forward restaurant with extremely pure and tasty food, relatively well priced too. The staff is superfriendly and the atmosphere is less formal than it’s more established sister restaurant St John Bar and Restaurant. A perfect place to share different dishes and enjoy great wine after a visit to the Spitalfield Market. 94-96 Commercial Street, tube: Liverpoolstreet St – ££
Right next to the Ritz on Piccadilly is this great place for High Tea or a more formal lunch. The interior of this place is beautiful and you will be welcomed by a traditional doorman with hat and gloves. It’s an old car garage. The place will give you a real English experience and has one of the best High/Afternoon Tea of London (the scones with cream and strawberry cream are simply DIVINE!). 160 Piccadilly – Tube: Green Park, +44207499 6996 – £££
This restaurant is cosy and chique at the same time. Some people find the atmosphere a little bit formal and I agree with that, however, it also depends on the mood you are in and with whom you are having dinner. It is also a good restaurant to go to after you have been to the Royal Albert Hall because it is just walking distance from there. The restaurant is in a very nice neighbourhood and there is a nice pub very close where you can loosen up afterwards (on a corner and can’t quite remember the name) 1a Launceston Place.