Looking for a great London restaurant? Check out the three best London restaurants that are really worth the hype!
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.
Here is my top three list of the best London restaurants that never disappoint – and are definitely worth the hype.
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 an 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, these are some of the best London restaurants to try out!
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