Traditional London Food

If you’re making the trip to London either from overseas or from within the UK, you may be wondering where you should eat and what food you should try. London is a very cosmopolitan city and it’s fair to say that you can enjoy cuisines from all around the world, but if you’d like some traditional London scoff, here’s our top 6 recommendations.

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It may be under debate about where and when the first fish and chip shop originated in the UK, but a sure front runner is that of Joseph Malin who opened his first shop in Cleveland Street in 1860 not far from the Bow Bells. Fish and chips is a renowned traditional dish of the UK and has been reported as being the nations favourite takeaway. If you fancy tasting the local catch head to Poppies in Spitalfields, where you can also try another traditional dish of the East End, jellied eels.

Sunday Lunch/Roast

The Sunday roast originated in England as a meal that was eaten after attending the mornings church service. Meat was placed into the oven to roast before the family left for church and then potatoes and vegetables were added in with the meat. There are various other dishes that can be served with the traditional fayre which include stuffing, cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire pudding. To experience a Sunday lunch with a fantastic atmosphere, head to a restaurant with live music in London, such as Boisdale in Canary Wharf.


Cockles have been eaten in and around the East End of London for years. If you like visiting markets we would thoroughly recommend a trip to the infamous Borough Market ( which has been in existence for over 1,000 years, making it one of London’s oldest markets. Positioned at the southern end of London Bridge, the market is open 6 days a week and trades in all kinds of wonderful food including cockles. If you’d like to give them a try, head to the Wright Brothers restaurant where you will be able to watch the chef’s hard at work in the open kitchen.

Full English Breakfast

An internationally recognised dish, the full English breakfast is also referred to as a ‘fry up’ as most things served on the plate are traditionally fried. The meal consists of bacon, egg (either fried, scrambled or poached), with grilled or fried tomatoes, and fried mushrooms. Fried bread or toast and sausages are other main staples. Black pudding, baked beans and bubble and squeak are not uncommon additions. If you’re looking for sustenance to last you throughout the day, visit Balthazar in Covent Garden ( – a must if you’re planning a day hitting the shops.

Afternoon Tea

shutterstock_369574043Introduced to England in the 1840s as a small meal to sustain people before evening dinner at 8pm. Afternoon tea normally consists of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes. Nowadays afternoon tea is often served with a glass of champagne to celebrate a special occasion. If you fancy treating yourself why not make a booking at The Savoy. The Thames Foyer restaurant has a beautiful glass domed atrium, with a stunning gazebo centre piece that houses a pianist, who entertains guests as they enjoy The Savoy’s famous Afternoon Tea. For availability visit: