What to Eat in London on Vacation

British Food

London is a city made for foodies. Not only does the UK capital offer an abundance of delicious dishes, but also the sheer variety can often come as a pleasant surprise to anyone expecting something more run-of-the-mill.

In this blog, we’ll explore some of the top foodie trends in London, as well as giving you a few pointers on where you’ll be able to find them.

Yummy street food

London is filled with delicious street food. Everywhere you go, you’ll find someone selling dishes you truly want to try – so while staying at the Grand Paddington Hotel, you can expand your culinary horizons.

Here are a few of our favourites:

  • Club Mexicana

How do freshly-made burritos with a Tex-Mex flavour sound? This purveyor of gorgeous street food is based in Netil Market, and despite being centred around Tex-Mex, the dishes are all 100% vegan-friendly. If you’re in the mood for South American dishes with some added plant-based flair, then this is the place to go.

  • Burger Boy

Burgers are a perennial favourite for street food fans, given how quickly they can be rustled up and served. This space at Street Food Union Soho includes creative touches such as brioche buns, chipotle and the added flavours of black pudding in your macaroni cheese.

  • Mike & Ollie

Founded by a Goldsmiths graduate who decided to turn his creative talents to food, fans of Mike & Ollie can be very glad he did. Here you’ll find organic flatbreads and seasonal ingredients, all within the confined of Brockley Market.

Michelin-starred luxury

As one of the true culinary capitals of the world, London also has plenty of places where you can indulge your love of great food. It it’s Michelin-star deliciousness you’re after, then look no further than these superb dining options:

  • Lyles

Using seasonal ingredients to create a colourful menu of dishes, Lyles is amongst the major foodie highlights of Shoreditch. The cuisine is all traditionally British, and the surroundings designed to be welcoming and never ostentatious. 

  • The River Cafe

There’s inventive dining to be found at The River Cafe, one of Hammersmith’s most renowned venues. For fans of Italian food, this is likely to be particularly beloved – especially due to its seasonal approach to sourcing the latest ingredients.

You can get here easily from your accommodation in Paddington London.

  • Hedone

With a relaxed atmosphere and a fun approach to European cuisine, Hedone is one of the finest restaurants in London. Here you can enjoy a range of modern dishes in relaxing surroundings, simply by making a trip to scenic Chiswick.

Photo-ready foodie spots

Londoners also love to show off their foodie credentials, so if you’re the same, then you’ll be in good company. There are plenty of yummy spots in the city which offer a range of photo-ready dishes, designed with Instagram and other photo-sharing platforms at their heart.

If you prefer your food to be decorative as well as tasty, then check out some of these venues:

  • Sketch

It’s impossible to mention Instagram-friendly restaurants without an honourable mention of Sketch in Mayfair. This restaurant is known not only for its fantastic menu and lavish bar, but for its glorious pink and gold décor.

Hardly the most subtle of entries to our list, but nonetheless Sketch has won a place in the hearts of many diners and earned its Instagram appeal.

  • Kyms

In the heart of the City, Kyms is a restaurant for everyone. It included a faux cherry blossom plant in the centre of the room. Here you can enjoy everything from romantic date nights to raucous lunches – with dishes including fried chicken, ribs and dumplings.

With an open-plan layout and friendly staff, it’s a great location to take a few photographs!

  • The Atlantic

If you’re looking for Instagram-friendly restaurants near Paddington London then the Park Grand might just be the perfect venue. The Atlantic Restaurant offers you a wide variety of delicious continental choices for breakfast, as well as snacks for the evening. There’re bites to eat at the bar and a range of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on offer.

With bright design details, there’s no need to stray far from your accommodation to find somewhere suitable decorative!

Places to plan your picnic

The increasingly sunny weather has many Londoners thinking about getting out and about in the great outdoors. There’s plenty of ‘great outdoors’ within easy reach – whether that’s at a sprawling Royal Park or at one of the lesser-known (yet nonetheless remarkable) venues where London locals congregate.

These food stores should help you find the ideal picnic food, whether you want to keep it simple or really push the boat out…

Fortnum & Mason

So renowned that even the Queen shops here! Fortnum & Mason has developed a hard-earned reputation over the centuries, selling preserves, chutneys and biscuits from Prince Charles’ Highgrove Estate and a range of teas, condiments and sweet treats which suit the most refined clientele.

There’s a few things to remember when plotting your trip to this most famous of London grocers. Firstly, be sure to check out their vast selection of hampers – these could make the ideal addition to your picnic and make you feel the experience is a little more upscale!

Secondly, if you want to try some of the items before you buy them for your picnic, you can always get a bite to eat here or a cup of tea.


Another of the top places to grab a few treats for your picnic, Selfridges is amongst the most popular of all London department stores – with a food hall fit for fantastic picnicking.

Here you’ll find artisan treats and a range of pre-packed hampers which help to take some of the leg work out of planning your dining. All you’ll need to do is head for your favourite picnic spot and enjoy the London views…