British cuisine is represented by a fusion of many cultures. We have groundbreaking award-winning chefs from all over the world and cultural foods that mirror our communities. Today, Luxury London will keep it simple and focus on iconic British dishes and restaurants that serve them up. These foods represent, in part, the ‘Britishness’ of London, England and the UK...
Alfresco Afternoon tea at 51 Buckingham Gate
51 Buckingham Gate is literally a few steps away from Buckingham Palace. Afternoon tea is served in the lush courtyard; the tea menu always ties in with key UK calendar events (Jubilee etc.). Depending on when you visit you can also experience Opera performances while drinking your Hibiscus Jelly and Vanilla Panna cotta or Treacle tart with Plum Rose teas. Exotic sounding, yet the flavours taste very British. The ‘Wimbledon’ tea comes with the most delicious Earl Grey shortbread that is so addictive you’ll want more and more. All teas are beautifully presented with scones and finger sandwiches.
Don’t forget to raise your little finger while sipping your tea. Etiquette is key after all; Her Majesty is in close proximity.
Mr. Fish is my go-to Fish and Chip shop. There are many in London but this is one of the best. Located in Queens Park and Bayswater. Coming to London and not having this dish is akin to going to Palma in Italy and not tasting the hams and cheeses. I often dream about their Haddock and chips with mushy peas. Growing up as a child, Friday night was always Fish and Chip night in our home.
And if you’re a fanatical healthy eater and don’t do ‘fried food’, I say everything in moderation and don’t miss out on this iconic dish.
The beauty of this place is that it opens until midnight to eat-in or take-away, also the Bayswater restaurant has a licensed bar. Can you get a more iconic dish than Fish and Chips? Ummm.. a good curry perhaps?
Lahore Kebab House
The majority of the British nation loves a curry and Brick Lane is the place to go in London. This is a perfect example of multi-culturalism being part and parcel of UK society. The Asian curry is fully adopted into the British menu. People from far and wide descend on Brick Lane in droves. Lahore is one of many curry houses but is one of the best in London. Reasonably priced, authentic, quality dishes - the Lamb curry on the bone won me over in a big way.
Lahore is an extremely relaxed environment with a Bring Your Own bottle policy, and the fascinating open kitchen makes your mouth water from the smells, and watching the skilled chefs in action. Not the most fancy of restaurants but the food speaks for itself.
Sunday Lunch at Paradise by way of Kensal Green
Many reading this would argue that the ‘Sunday Roast’ is the most iconic British dish. And one of the best places to experience it is at the Paradise by way of Kensal Green – with its modern and traditional British menu. The venue is stunning, cool and comfortable just like their diners; it is a perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoons in London. The Sunday Lunch menu will have you wanting everything on offer – so hard to choose! On the menu is Terducken – a classic Tudor dish that is a turkey stuffed with chicken, stuffed with duck – trust me - it’s superb!
After your roast make room for the Banana tartlet, valrhona ganache with orange ice cream or the Apple and Blackberry crumble with vanilla custard. You can go and have a lie-down afterwards. After all that’s what (lazy) Sundays are for right?
The Seagrass is one of the new crop of ‘squatters’ restaurants. Set in an original Victorian house with all its original features in tact. It’s a Pie and Mash shop by day, and from Thursday to Saturdays becomes a Game and Seafood restaurant by night. Located in Chapel market where all the seafood is sourced, the intimate décor gives you a real sense of old cockney London. Wild Highland Pigeon Breast and Venison Haunch fillets were on the current seasonal menu. The Seagrass also has a Bring Your Own bottle policy. This is the perfect place for a date. It has such a creative secret vibe. This new-age dining experience is definitely here to stay.
This is just a snippet of what is on offer here in London, there are many more restaurants, street food cafes etc. that serve iconic British dishes.
Food has a beautiful way of bringing people together. Food is love. And you’ll love your London experience all the more if you take full advantage of that.
Forget diets, forget your waistline just enjoy these iconic dishes and I promise like me, you’ll end up dreaming about one or two of them afterwards.
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Written by Camille Adomakoh – Karma-Style
Written by Camille Adomakoh – Karma-Style