A foodie tour of London

21:21, Jul 04 2013
Stall holder Tony Vintner sells milk at Borough Market in London.
Customers walk near the market. Borough Market, London's oldest since 1756, has recently completed renovation.
A shopper chooses some oranges.
Produce are displayed on a stall.
Stall holder Zoe Tew stands next to a display of pies.
A stall holder offers a free sample to customers.
Olives are displayed for sale for sale at Borough Market.
Shoppers look for bargains at Borough Market.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales inspect some olive oil during a visit to Borough Market.

From Borough to Soho to Marylebone, visitors to London won't be found wanting with plenty of fabulous eateries to keep their bellies full.

We scour the city for some of the best.

Borough Market should be on every visitors' itinerary. The variety of food on offer is spectacular and sure to please the fussiest of eaters.

If you have a sweet tooth you will be in absolute heaven with the number of stalls offering sugary delights - nougat, shortbread, tarts, chocolate, meringue, Turkish delight, slices, candied nuts and so on.

If you prefer savoury with distinct European flare, head straight to Kappacasein, where a short wait will see a plate of raclette in your hands (a French dish of melted cheese that is poured over boiled potatoes, pickled onions, gherkins and mustard seeds).

Locals are catered for too with numerous stalls selling fresh seafood, red meat, wheels of cheese, and fruit and veg.


Soho is limitless with its choices of restaurants, cafes and pubs. Track down Prix Fixe Brasserie on Dean Street for contemporary French a la carte fare.

You can't fault the dishes or friendly staff here, and you won't be kept waiting like you would be at the in-vogue Burger and Lobster a few doors up (locals have been known to wait up to three hours for a table there).

At Prix Fixe you can dine on delicious lamp rump, tuna steak and a generous serving of banoffee pie.

Bermondsey is a real locals' and expats' place, tucked away in south London. Venture there to unwind with friends at The Garrison Public House.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this trendy bar and restaurant is ready to please.

If you're there for dinner, don't leave it too late as tables fill fast. To start, try the pork cheek fritters with butternut squash puree and salsa verde, or the salad of prosciutto, grilled peach, goat cheese and rocket with white balsamic vinaigrette.

For a main, the pork chop with rosemary mash and orange and garlic sauce is tasty.

They don't have a large cocktail list but do serve a nice bellini.

Marylebone is home to one of two La Fromagerie shop-cum-cafes in London. As the name suggests, expect an array of rich cheese to feast on.

In the Tasting Cafe, you can dine on a "cheese board for one" with wedges from France, Italy and Spain.

If you've had your fix of cheese for the day, other dishes include tarts, soups, terrines, escargots and sandwiches. For a beverage, try the fresh apple and elderflower juice.

Then, if you're visiting for a few days and staying in a self-contained unit, buy some freshly-baked crusty bread, seasonal fruit and charcuterie to take away.

La Fromagerie has a walk-in cheese room as well as a cheese maturing cellar. The other store is in Highbury Park.


GETTING THERE: London is an easy city to navigate by foot and the Tube is efficient and gives visitors access to all major tourist attractions.

For details on transport in the UK, go to visitbritain.com. You can also pre-purchase a London Oyster Card online visitbritain.com (for use on all public transport in the city).

STAYING THERE: Accommodation options in London are endless. For hotels close to the above eateries check out:

Mercure London Bridge - 71-79 Southwark St, London Bridge.

The Nadler Soho - 10 Carlisle St, Soho.

Pullman London St Pancras - 100-110 Euston Rd, St Pancras.

PLAYING THERE: Many restaurants in London will automatically add a 12 per cent service charge (and sometimes more) onto your bill so there is no need to tip. You can ask that this charge be removed if you prefer to pay your individual waiter in cash but beware such a request can cause a lot of fuss.

Borough Market - 8 Southwark St, Borough. It's opposite London Bridge tube station, so is easy to find.

Prix Fixe Brasserie - 39 Dean Street, Soho.

The Garrison Public House - 99-101 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey.

La Fromagerie - 2-6 Moxon St, Marylebone.

The writer travelled as a guest of VisitBritain, Accor and Princess Cruises.