There are many things I miss about living in London, and my favourite London restaurants are high up on the list. Even though Malta has a great selection of restaurants, where I can even bring my dog, there are some London restaurants I still haven’t found a match to.
One of my favourite things when I lived in London was exploring new restaurants and dishes. But when I had visitors, I always made sure to bring them to my staple favourites. These are the restaurants I will keep going back to, as they have a special place in my heart. I will get back to more London guides later, but let’s start from the top, right? Here are my top three London restaurants that never disappoint.
Three Best London Restaurants
1. Meat Liquor
My 2019 birthday was spent enjoying a (free) birthday meal at Meat Liquor. When spending my birthday in London, I couldn’t think of any better place to have dinner. Meat Liquor isn’t fancy, but it is right about the best food I have tried in London.
Not being a burger-person, I must admit I was a bit sceptic on my first visit. Getting served a portion of fries covered in sauce and onions didn’t make me any less unsure about the meal, but from the very first bite, I was hooked. Meat Liquor serves up the perfect blend of a homemade burger that isn’t too daunting, together with sides that are not just your regular french fries.
Our go-to spot was the original Marylebone site which sadly closed down early 2019. Hidden right behind the crowded Oxford Street lies a basement-like room with little lighting and loud music. Serving up the best burgers and fries in town.
Luckily a lot of new Meat Liquor spots has kept opening up, and now my old neighbourhood of East Croydon even has a spot! In total, Meat Liquor can be found at 11 different locations (and counting) across London, Brighton and Leeds. Although the locations may vary a bit (from the big restaurants to the meat market in Covent Garden), they all serve up the same good quality food and drinks. London’s best burger, if you ask me!
Meat Liquor in a Nutshell: Delicious, home-made burgers and side dishes, great music and vibes.
Locations: W1, Hoxton, Covent Garden, Quensway, SW11, Brighton, East Dulwich, Leeds, Croydon, N1, and King’s Cross
My Go-to Order: Dead Hippie burger, Deep-fried Mac’n’Cheese, Hippie Fries
2. Franco Manca
If I could only eat one dish for the rest of my life, I would choose pizza without a blink. Franco Manca was one of the first restaurants I tried after moving to London, and that’s probably part-reason as to why it holds such a special place in my heart.
Never have I ever experienced such a perfect, rich and tasty pizza outside the borders of Italy. I have since my first visit queued to get into Franco Manca countless times on different locations, and I always end up with the same perfectly tasting pizza on my plate. Not only is it the best London pizza ever, but it is also ridiculously inexpensive.
Franco Manca in a Nutshell: Home-made, sourdough pizza, and great drinks.
Locations: North London (x6), South London (x10), West London (x6), East London (x4), Central London (x10) and outside of London
My Go-to Order: Pizza #2, Nocellara green olives, and Organic Lemonade
3. The Breakfast Club
I love breakfast food and favour any place that will serve me pancakes no matter what time of day it is. Long before I even moved to London, I knew that one of the first places I wanted to visit was The Breakfast Club. As a lover of everything American- and breakfast food-related, I could not help but drool over the picture-perfect pancakes and other meals. Even though there is almost definitely a queue to get in the door, the wait is totally worth it.
I always end up ordering the Pancakes with Berries and Cream, paired with freshly squeezed orange juice in the daytime, and a cocktail (mojito anyone?) in the evening. The good thing is that the restaurant doesn’t only serve breakfast food. You can also find a scrumptious burger, salad or side dish here, served with some great drinks.
The Breakfast Club in a Nutshell: All-day breakfast-food, cool decor, and secret bars
Locations: Angel, Battersea Rise, Brighton, Canary Wharf, Croydon, Hackney, Wick, Hoxton, London Bridge, Oxford, Soho (x2), St Spitalfields
My Go-to Order: Pancakes & Berries, and Mojito
Are these London Restaurants Worth the Hype?
A common denominator of all three restaurants above is that they all had some locations when I first moved to London (2014), but a lot more restaurants now. Basically these are all popular, well-known spots for a London dinner. But I think that they are all worth the hype (and queuing). If you want a delicious meal, try these London restaurants!