Restaurants for Local Culture in London, United Kingdom 

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  • 1

    The Spaniards Inn

    13 reviews

    If Descartes had been from London, he perhaps would have stated, "I frequent my local, therefore I am." The Spaniards Inn is a wonderful example of a pub's pub, where you can head with your dog and a good read, to sit by the fire and have a few pints, or bring a group of friends for drinks and dinner, ...

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  • 2

    Brixton Village

    9 reviews

    This is my new go to insider tip. Take a right off the Brixton tube stop and enter the market where there are loads of really simple but yummy restaurants. Buy fresh fish. Or fresh pigs feet even. Religious paraphenalia shops. Very cheap and really interesting.

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  • 3

    Acoustic Cafe

    3 reviews

    The Acoustic Cafe, a humble Stoke Newington outpost, serves brunch all day, in numerous exciting variations from Popeye’s Delight (Eggs Benny with Smoked Salmon AND spinach) to Mediterranean breakfasts and pancakes. Relaxed, super friendly, and with great coffee, this is a perfect place to get your brunch fix.

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  • 4

    Monmouth Coffee Company

    28 reviews

    Perhaps London's best coffee - they also have a branch in the city centre. Be sure to explore the surrounding Borough Markets.

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  • 5

    Duck & Waffle

    16 reviews

    Go early as it can get v crowded. Great views. Signature dish is tasty if a little contrived. But on a clear day, this is worth it for the views and the mimosas!

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  • 6

    St John Bread & Wine

    9 reviews

    Probably because it is opposite Spitalfields, I always considered it for tourists. I went there tonight with a friend for a light dinner, and we both LOVED the food here. The place is quite unassuming, looking like a bakery/diner. The plating wasn't the prettiest you can imagine, but the ingredients and flavor combinations are so surprisingly delicious. My favorite dish ...

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  • 7

    Pret A Manger

    34 reviews

    At first, you want to hate Pret A Manger just because of the sheer AMOUNT of them scattered on every corner of the city. But then one day you have only a little money on you and you are desperately hungry, and it happens to be closest thing. So you do it. Then there is no going back. Delicious, practical ...

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  • 8

    Brick Lane Beigel Bake

    11 reviews

    Ventured here because a friend mentioned a review claiming this as "the best bagel in the world." I haven't tried all the world's bagels so I can't say this is true... but it was a pretty good bagel. Cheap, well-made, and simple. The salt beef was sold out when I visited, so I had salmon instead. Would revisit so I ...

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  • 9

    Ottolenghi - Islington

    15 reviews

    After having dined here on a recent trip to London my wife and two children, I am giving this restaurant the highest rating possible. I loved everything about it: local and innovative ingredients; flavorful and healthy small dishes; fun new tastes that even through a Mediterranean lens come out fresh and novel. The atmosphere and service were great too. Interesting ...

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  • 10

    Hawksmoor Seven Dials

    11 reviews

    One of the best Sunday roasts around. Not cheap, but we'll worth it. Just go with someone with an expense account. That way you can get a martini and pretend you are on Mad Men.

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  • 11

    The Breakfast Club - Rufus Street

    Bloody Marys, full English breakfasts, great cups of tea, lovely staff and Fraggle Rock wallpaper in the bathrooms. Don't mind if I do!

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  • 12

    La Fromagerie

    8 reviews

    I absolutely love the concept of La Fromagerie. Not only is it a wonderful cheese shop, it is a great spot for a leisurely breakfast or a quick lunch. The walk in cheese room is just wonderful with its aroma of different cheeses, almost fighting for your attention to try them or buy them. The selection is amazing and the ...

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  • 13

    Mildreds Vegetarian Restaurant

    6 reviews

    It’s rare for anyone in any part of the world (Britain included) to utter “Oh! I’m in the mood for British food!” It has long been a cuisine with a poor reputation, but that’s changing. Mildreds is not only riding the wave of the British food Renaissance, but also helping pioneer it, by making spectacular versions of classics like bangers ...

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  • 14

    Holly Bush

    7 reviews

    The Holly Bush is a warren of small rooms forming one of London's nicer pubs. It's a little hidden behind Hampstead tube, but most North Londoners know about it and have been a few times. The ales are fabulous and the menu is also good, although I found the portions slightly disappointing. What the Holly Bush does really well, however, ...

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  • 15

    inSpiral Lounge

    4 reviews

    Delicious vegan and organic food! Love their concept of having a dish that's donation only! I feel so healthy after eating there!

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  • 16

    The Fryers Delight

    3 reviews

    You will find various old-school purveyors of fish and chips around London. We like the unassuming nature, great prices, and vintage sign of the Fryers' Delight. Bonus fact: the fish in fish and chips was originally breaded as a means of hygienic transport. The fish would then be "peeled" and eaten almost like a banana.

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  • 17

    London Fields Brewery

    4 reviews

    London Fields Brewery has all the bases covered. They make everything from IPAs to Porters. At the weekend their tap room let's you work your way through them all on site. They run tours of the brewery. But they also go one step further, with their Brew school offering course in beer and food matching, and a craft brewing experience ...

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  • 18

    The Duke of Cambridge Organic Pub

    4 reviews

    One of the first proponents of the gastropub revolution, the Duke of Cambridge has an organic, seasonally rotating menu and makes you understand why gastropub became such a buzzword in the first place.

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  • 19

    Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester

    4 reviews

    Pricey but best of class for traditional English afternoon teas. Went here for a friend's 40th and had a blast. Best place to take your mother for high tea.

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  • 20

    Royal China - Queensway

    3 reviews

    Part of being local in London is eating your way around the world, without leaving the city's borders. Royal China, the original location in Queensway, serves excellent dim sum at reasonable prices. We'd highly recommend it on a Saturday afternoon, perhaps followed by a stroll through Kensington Gardens.

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