A food tour of Europe - in the heart of London
You don’t need to travel to Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy or France to enjoy tasty European cuisine
If you’re craving European cuisine then a trip to London may just serve up everything you need. Home to hundreds of world-class restaurants, London’s international offering makes it a top foodie destination.
Under the banner “London Eats”, the team from the Visit London tourism board has put together a tasty itinerary to celebrate the capital’s vibrant and diverse culinary scene. Starting in Spain and finishing in France, see where to enjoy great European food in London…
Spanish food in London
Dreaming about sipping sangria whilst overlooking your favourite Spanish beach? You’re not alone... Although many of us haven’t been able to get away this summer, you can re-create the holiday feeling with the very best of Spanish food and drink in London. If paella is your thing, why not check out Iberica for the most authentic taste of Spain and its delicious sangria. If you enjoy sharing a meal with your loved ones, then Barrafina and Boqueria offer the best tapas in London, and R Garcia And Sons on Portobello Road is the perfect delicatessen spot to purchase the best food and wines of Spain. However, if you’re looking for a traditional night out where you get your body moving, head to the La Pollera Colora nightclub for the finest Latin tunes.
Portuguese food in London
This Mediterranean hot spot is known for its beautiful beaches, picturesque coves, quaint villages, and most importantly, its deliciously fresh food. While London’s cityscapes aren’t quite the sea swept coves of the Algarve, there are many restaurants that will give you a taste of Portugal. If you’re craving the famous mouth-watering custard tarts - known as pastéis de nata - then head to family-run restaurant Santa Nata for your fix. If you’re in the mood for traditional Portuguese dishes, then make your way to O Cantinho de Portugal and A Toca Restaurant for the city’s best Portuguese cuisines. If you’ve been to Portugal, you’re well aware that a Portuguese night doesn’t end with food. Head to Bar Douro, which holds some of the best Portuguese regional wines in London. If you’re wanting a variety of Portuguese food and drinks, there’s always Little Portugal in Stockwell, which has some of the capital’s “best kept secrets”, MyLondon reports.
Greek food in London
There are few things more romantic than a Grecian sunset and this popular destination is known for more than just that. Its endless coastline, dreamy islands, scenic beaches and delicious cuisine are what attract more than 30 million arrivals to the country each year. If you’re missing your yearly trip to the idyllic shores of Greece, fear not, London’s Greek food scene is on par with your favourite restaurant in Mykonos. If you’re in the mood for a classic taverna, head to Andy’s Taverna, which has been charming Londoners for more than 50 years. If you’re looking for no-frills and deliciously fresh Greek food, then make your way to The Real Greek on St Martin’s Lane or Bankside. You also absolutely can’t leave Greece without tasting the buttery, crunchy, honey-drenched pastry that is baklava and Sophocles Bakery dishes up the best Greek desserts in London.
Italian food in London
Italy is known for more than its beautiful beaches - people from all over the world make their way to this popular destination to explore its ancient cities and taste some of the best food in the world. If you’re craving freshly made pasta, then Emilia’s Crafted Pasta and Padella will leave you wanting more. If you’re in the mood for Italian cured meats, fresh vegetables and homemade pizza then head on over to Lardo. If you’re not sure what you want and truly would like to immerse yourself into all the wonders of Italian food, then make your way to Eataly. No Italian visit is complete without gelato and, as luck would have it, London has a large variety of choices from La Gelatiera in Covent Garden to Oddono’s in South Kensington.
French food in London
Don’t say au revoir to your hopes of a French escape just yet. London holds a multitude of delicious French cuisine that would make its next-door neighbours proud. Feeling like you want to dress up and live out your Emily in Paris dreams, then head to Le Gavroche or Le Café du Marché for a classy night out. Feeling nostalgic and want some provincial French cuisine of the old school, head to L’Escargot. Needing your French pastry fix, make your way to Patisserie Sainte-Anne to indulge in all the best pastries. And of course, no French meal is complete without cheese and wine, which is why a night at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels will have your taste buds screaming c’est magnifique!