The 100+ Best Places to Go in London, According to Our Community

Including where to stay, sightsee, and shop.

April 19, 2017
Photo by ©VisitBritain/Kiyoshi Sakasai

If you want to know the very best spots to go in a city, you turn to the people who have experienced it firsthand—both the locals who know it like the back of their hands, and the visitors who see it with fresh eyes.

Which is why when we wanted to hear about the places to go in London, for eating, drinking, shopping, and more, we turned to you, our community. Read on for a small selection of your favorite London spots and—the highlight—our community-sourced map.

Dishoom has multiple locations throughout London. Photo by Dishoom


Julia declares: “Trullo's has the most amazing pasta outside of Italy. They list all their pastas as starters, but the trick at Trullo's is to order them as mains. They will wink at you knowingly, especially if you order the beef shin ragu, which I literally have dreams about.”

Panfusine recommends Dishoom (a suggestion that was echoed multiple times), saying: “it's a quirky Indian restaurant modeled after the Iranian Cafes from the 1950s in Bombay, right down to the chairs and the vibrant crowded noisy atmosphere. Reservations are recommended and the folks who wait in line outside to get a seat have a steady supply of glasses of hot masala tea or limeade with a pinch of salt (depending on the weather)," and adds, "it’s as much a place to visit for the food as it is for the unique signboards and 50s-style Bombay decor.” Julia suggests getting the breakfast naan egg bacon roll.

Rachel Lucas loves Fischer's Viennese restaurant and café, saying that she eats there most weeks, and calls it one of her favorite restaurants in the world.

Into nature?

Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus says: “For something that may be touristy, but was absolutely charming, go to the pelican feeding at the Duck Island in St. James Park, every day between 2:30 to 3 PM."

History buff?

Mrs Beryl Patmore recommends the Churchill War Rooms tour, saying: "Before going, read Jon Meacham's Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship. Then, at some point, plan a trip to Hyde Park, New York, to visit Roosevelt's home."

Ready to shop?

Creamtea recommends visiting Liberty London, saying “It's a landmark of turn-of-the-20th-century design, and a classic for their signature scarves and fabrics (upstairs). Exquisite designs, scarves, leather, and clothes."

Rachel Lucas suggests a stop at La Fromagerie, “for produce and fabulous food,” exclaiming, “their cheese room has to be experienced.” Creamtea notes that they also have beautiful ceramic tableware from France.

Liberty department store is in the West End of London. Photo by Flickr/Stig Nygaard

Have a sweet tooth?

All Ingredients Equal shares: "Any visitor must make a pilgrimage to the any of the Ottolenghi shops for cake or pastries. My favorite branch is the one on Ledbury Road in Notting Hill since the area is so charming. Just a block away is Granger and Co. which has a lovely ambiance and an amazing breakfast of ricotta hotcakes and scrambled eggs."

The Map

And that's just the tip of the iceberg: We've mapped out all of these and more recommended spots from Food52ers—well over 100! Here's what our community guide to London looks like—so far, that is. To see the rest of our guide to London, head here.

What are your favorite spots to visit in London? Tell us in the comments below and we'll add it to the map!

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Ana May 12, 2017
the map is empty ? am I missing something ?
Lindsay-Jean H. May 13, 2017
No, unfortunately you're not missing anything, it looks like someone deleted all of the content. :( Thanks for letting us know, we'll see what we can do about recreating it.
mcs3000 April 20, 2017
This is fantastic, Lindsay! Hope you do more of these.
Lindsay-Jean H. April 20, 2017
Thank you! I hope to, the collective brainpower of the community creates a great resource for folks.