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A food lover’s guide to London

London is a city full of famous sights. Wandering through London’s roundabout of streets, the monopoly board comes alive, historical sights such as Big Ben contrasting with new landmarks like the Shard. It is a city of history, culture and retail, but on top of this, it’s a food lover’s paradise. With the large number of food options available, it can be difficult to choose where to go, so here’s a food-lovers guide to a day in London.

Borough Market

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Photo by Jessica Spengler https://www.flickr.com/photos/wordridden/

Start your day in Borough Market on the south side of the Thames. Get your caffeine hit at Monmouth Coffee and grab a pastry to go from the plethora of market stalls.

If sitting down for a leisurely breakfast is more your thing, head to Roast. A restaurant located in the heart of the market, it serves classically British breakfast food, everything from tattie scones to eggs benedict to Scottish porridge. Check out the view of London Bridge train station and rub shoulders with city types as they make deals over plates of sizzling bacon.

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Spitalfields market

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Cross London bridge and head into the city of London, making sure to glance upwards at the skyscrapers that cross cross the skyline. Follow the city north into Shoreditch and Spitalfields market, grabbing a coffee to go from the Box Park.

After refuelling, spend time wandering through the London’s hipster hotspot. Make sure to check out the vintage shops that litter Shoreditch’s alleyways for deals on fashionable clothing.

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Riding House Cafe

Turning back into the city, head for lunch at the Riding House Cafe near Oxford Circus. This riding memorabilia themed cafe is a perfect spot for a healthy, delicious lunch before hitting the many shops that make up this area of London.

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Langham hotel

If you’re still feeling hungry, the Langham hotel around the corner is a great spot for afternoon tea. Take a seat in the Palm Court brasserie and experience this wonderfully British tradition, sipping on tea and choosing from delectable sweet treats while you relax on the luxuriously comfortable lounge chairs.

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Vintage Salt restaurant

When it comes to dinner, London has more options than you could ever attempt to cover, but the recently opened Vintage Salt restaurant on the roof of Selfridges is something special.

After wandering through the famous halls that make up this department store, head for the express lift which will whisk you directly up into the restaurant. Inspired by British summertime, the menu includes of classics like Fish and Chips as well as modern choices such as the whimsical chocolate burger for dessert.

chocolate burger

Rooftop bars

End your evening sipping a cocktail in one of London’s rooftop bars. For views of the city head to Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street and sit above the skyscrapers as the day turns to night.

For something a little more budget friendly, check out the Queen of Hoxton located near Shoreditch tube station. This quirky rooftop bar has multiple floors that morph into a buzzing club as the night goes on.

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Photo by Kristoffer Trolle
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There are plenty of incredible things to see and do in London, but the best place to start is with food.

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