Living in London:  Our favorite places to eat & drink

Living in London: Our favorite places to eat & drink

Welcome to our Living in London series. We are going to tell you the best ways to enjoy our beautiful city. These are tips and hacks written by us, that we use, and we know are great. This week we are telling you about some of the coolest places in London to eat and drink.

SAID dal 1923

Soho is going to feature heavily in this blog so we’re starting on this one in Rathbone place. Welcome to hot chocolate. Done right. So, I have a confession to make. I don’t enjoy chocolate. I like white chocolate, but the darker stuff just isn’t for me, sadly. However, the hot chocolate here has even won me over. It’s not like one of those milky horrors from Gregg’s or Starbucks. It is thick, tasty goodness. Strong recommendation from me.

The Barge House

This beautiful restaurant in Hoxton, sits on the bank of the Regent’s canal. The unique thing about this establishment is their (legendary) breakfast in bread. It is basically brunch served in a bread bun and my goodness. It is the Best. Thing. Ever. If you want some seafood, they have freshly delivered sustainable fish, which they source locally, and you will not believe how many things you can stuff into bread. If you live a little bit far from Hoxton, then don’t worry because they deliver.


This Indian curry house has been described as a Brick Lane staple. They have a BYOB (bring your own bottle) policy too. The interesting thing about this restaurant is that in the summer they have waiters outside. You know what that means? You can haggle and get discounts on your meal. Next door are two more Asian restaurants called Cinnamon and Jasmine. It’s all the same. Yes, Cinnamon is geared towards Bengali food and Jasmine is Punjabi, but they share the same kitchen and are owned by the same family. That is a fact you won’t find anywhere else.

Ciao Bella

London’s best and oldest Italian. If you like tortellini, lasagna and tiramisu, in a beautiful blue basement, with guitars hanging from the wall, then head down to Lamb’s Conduit Street in central London with an empty stomach.


Sharing style Indian food. Be careful about going here when you’re hungry. There are almost always queues outside, and my goodness the wait is long. The food is 100% worth it, and this is a great place to go with a group of friends. There are a few locations, Soho, Covent Garden, Shoreditch and South Kensington, so you can take your nearest pick. The interior is the same in all of them, and the staff are so kind and knowledgeable.

Waxy’s little sister

Beer lift. Soho. Winning. This bar is a beautiful little Irish pub up a flight of stairs. They have something called a dumb waiter which is essentially the beer lift, I mentioned earlier. It’s better to pay in cash here

and pop the money in the lift with your written order but if you can’t they’ll send the card reader up for you to pay with. Then you can head down stairs to…

Waxy O’Connors

Which is the downstairs version of the above. It’s a big underground pub with live Irish music and a really cool vibe. You’ll find them on Wardour street in Soho.

Ginger pig

The one I’m referring to is London’s Borough market one. It’s so nice. It’s a farm to fork place, but of course it’s not a sit-down affair at all. You’ll no doubt be standing the entire time. The food is so fresh and if you really want the full British food experience then you should try the fresh scotch eggs or even the sausage roll. My mouth is actually salivating at the thought of it. Yum.

Chin Chin dessert lab

This is a great little place to go for some delicious ice cream. It’s absolutely tiny and I really don’t recommend sitting in to enjoy your coffee and ice-cream, but my goodness, is the food good. At the weekend you can get a cherry pie sundae and I love it so much. Great desserts with a slice of social justice? Yes please!


So here you go a few recommendations from those that live in London, and we hope they’re the best picks for you too. Enjoy.