Neil Perry: London hit list

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23 October 2009
  • Hakkasan's sexy interior complements its Chinese flavours.Zafferano is classic Italian style.

From award-winning offal to a famous Fat Duck and fabulous game, Neil Perry discovers that London has considerable gastronomic attraction on all levels of dining.

London’s dining scene has often taken a back seat to Paris, but these days the city boasts a wide range of fabulous restaurants and, thanks to a favourable exchange rate, it’s more affordable than ever.

Two of my favourite Chinese restaurants are in the British capital and I’ve had some superb Italian meals there, as well. High-end French dining with Michelin two- and three-starred restaurants is possible, as is a grand day out to the Wolseley, in Piccadilly, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Some of the very best Indian food to be had outside the subcontinent is in London. And there’s the evergreen Ritz for high tea. Of course, no visit to London would be complete without a trip to a gastropub, a trend that has found favour in Australia.

On a Saturday morning, make time to visit Borough Market on the south bank of the Thames. Before you investigate all the amazing produce, have a coffee with bread and jam at Monmouth Coffee House cafe. Also on the Thames, The River Cafe on a nice day is a must. Ask for a table outside and you won’t want to leave – brilliant food and just a lovely place to be. Here’s the list I’d pack.

15 Lowndes Street, Knightsbridge.
+44 20 7235 5800.

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135 Wardour Street, Soho.
+44 20 7478 8888.

St John Bar & Restaurant Smithfield
26 St John Street, Smithfield.
+44 20 7251 0848.

Locanda Locatelli
8 Seymour Street, Marylebone.
+44 20 7935 9088.

8 Hanway Place, Westminster.
+44 20 7927 7000.

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Bar Shu
28 Frith Street, Soho.
+44 20 7287 8822.

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The Square
6-10 Bruton Street, Mayfair.
+44 20 7495 7100

The Fat Duck
High Street, Bray, Berkshire.
+44 1628 580 333.

The Hinds Head
High Street, Bray, Berkshire.
+44 1628 626 151.

Source: Qantas The Australian Way November 2009

Neil Perry


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  • I will be heading to central London next week and would really love a few suggestions that were a little less 'aspirational'. Do you have any recommendations that are a little more casual and a little easier on the wallet?
    Reply to Ineedaholiday
    • Hello - we asked around on Twitter. User tweetdana recommends: "pingpong (a few in london)- great, modern dumpling house with good atmosphere & cocktails too! or Ottolenghi = must-do cafe" We'll post more suggestions as they come :) Have a great trip!
    • More updates from twitter. User kelpenhagen says: "never been there but Latana Cafe - she writes a great blog! (and is Aus so coffee will be good!!)... also cannot go past great british pub grub at anchor&hope (the cut in waterloo) - share the beef rib!... and great fish pie at Wright Bros at Burough Market - an oyster and ale house."
    • The French House on Dean St Soho does one of the best steaks in London. If you are there on a weekend, then Chez Bruce in Wandsworth is also excellent, they do a set menu. Both need advance booking. If you simply want to wander and graze as you go then you can't beat Borough Markets on a Saturday morning near London Bridge. It is busy but there are loads of food stalls (Monmouth Coffee is excellent) and of course London pubs from which you can eat, drink and be merry.
  • For coffee in London try Milk Bar 3 Bateman St Soho W1 D 4 AG Exceptional!!!!!! this is related to Flat White on Berwick St

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