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 London highlights, our community-sourced map, and instructions for how to share your top picks with us, too.
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.
More: For another local’s favorite dish at Dishoom (and tips for shopping like a local) head here.
Rachel Lucas loves Fischer's, saying that she eats there most weeks, and (as you can see in the photo below), calls it one of her favorite restaurants in the world.
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."
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; we want you to add to the map, too (see the instructions below):
- Click here to get an enlarged version in a new tab or window.
- Click “EDIT.” There are 4 layers: Eat & Drink (for restaurants, bars, and the like), Stay (for hotels, bed & breakfast, and other places to rest your head), Shop (for places to spend your money or just window shop), Do (for places to go sightseeing). Click to the left of the pins on any layer and you’ll see it becomes highlighted in blue.
- Once the layer you want is selected, enter a location in the search bar, and drop a pin for your spot (you'll see a little green teardrop shape and an addition sign that says "Add to Map"). You can then edit the pin to match the style of the others in the layer if desired, as well as add a description to it.
Editor's Note: We were saddened to discover that as of May 12, 2017, well over 125 pins were deleted from this map. If you have a favorite spot in London, please add it to the map and help us rebuild this community resource.
- If you're having trouble deciding which layer to add your pin onto (e.g. Portobello Market could fall under both Shop and Do), add it to both.
- If a pin already exists for one location of a place, but you're partial to another location, add that one on too.
- If a pin already exists for your favorite spot, but there's no description, add a little bit about the place or your favorite dish to order!
- Hopefully, this goes without saying, but please use your best judgment when adding places to the map. Be truthful, polite, and add places you'd feel good telling your mother about—our community members are counting on you.
To see the rest of our guide to London, head here.