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Virginia Woolf famously said: "The streets of London have their map, but our passions are uncharted." Nevertheless, we at Food52 have attempted to chart our passion for food, and the lifestyle surrounding food, in this map of London.
The map has two layers. First is the Genius Guide, where our resident Genius Aleksandra Crapanzano, who has eaten at every restaurant in London and wrote a cookbook about it, narrows down her top picks for food, from smoked eel sandwiches to rosewater meringues, and miscellany (paints, cashmere blankets, little things that make this city wonderful). The second is the Featured layer, a collection of all the places we have written about in our guide, from Borough Market to Ducksoup to NOPI, all in one place.
To see the map in all it's glory, click here, or the square icon on the top-right of the preview below.
There's no right or wrong way to follow this map, but here are some useful tips:
If you're unsure of neighborhood to explore, and zoom in on various points of the map. If there is a good mix of restaurants, bars, and shops you want to visit in a particular area, then consider your afternoon made.
If you're in a random coffee shop, and you'd like to see what else is in the area, find your location on our map and we can help you find where to go next. Feel like staying put? Then relax and read some of the longform stories in our guide.
If you have yet to leave, but are trying to figure out which area to book a hotel or apartment in, let your stomach decide for you.
If you have no travel plans in the near future, and just want to better visualize your daydreams. But why keep it visual? A few of these restaurant picks include recipes. Get cooking!
To read our guide to London, head here.