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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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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.