Neil Perry: London hit list

Oct 23, 2009


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

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