A. Acai bowls
Get your all-day brunch fix at The Breakfast Club or around the clock at 24-hour Duck and Waffle, both contenders for the best brunch in London. Try Dishoom’s Indian-spiced scrambled eggs or chilli-cheese toast, or keep dancing at Bunga Bunga’s legendary brunch parties.
C. Craft beer
Drop by a local brewery tap room: try Beavertown, Five Points or Brixton Brewery (check opening times before you travel). Grab a pizza and a pint at Crate, visit Meantime’s tasting rooms, enjoy a craft beer tour around the city or take a traditional brewery tour at Fuller’s.
D. Disco brunch
Get down and boogie with bottomless cocktails and a dancingly decadent two-course Disco Brunch.
E. Egg waffles
Dive into one of Bubblewrap Waffle’s delicious egg bubble-waffles, filled with all manner of delicious treats, and see why the Hong Kong street food is all over Instagram.
F. Fried chicken
Get your finger-licking fix at London’s best fried-chicken shops. Try Bill or Beak for Szechuan fried-chicken burgers, Other Side Fried for honey butter, or Chick ‘n’ Sours for four kinds of disco wings. Vegetarians might prefer Mr Falafel, claimed by some to be London’s best.
Blend your own botanical masterpiece and learn about the London gin scene at The Ginstitute, one of London’s top gin-making experiences. Alternatively, enjoy fabulous food alongside gin-related stories at one of its immersive dinners.
H. Hotel bars
Slip into the sleek surroundings of Lyaness at Sea Containers London and try some of London’s most cutting-edge cocktails. Artesian at The Langham, London shakes up experimental cocktails with a tinge of surrealism; or experience old-school glamour at The Savoy’s American Bar.
I. Ice cream
Treat yourself to some of the best ice cream in London at Soho’s Gelupo. The sour-cherry gelato and bitter-chocolate sorbet are pure indulgence. Or try a lactose-free Billy Vanilly from Borough Market’s Greedy Goat.
J. Jellied eels
Try classic London cuisine at M.Manze, one of the capital’s oldest sellers of pies, mash and jellied eels. They’re served with “liquor”, or gravy, in traditional tiled restaurants.
Taste the sizzling delights of the ocakbasi (charcoal grill) at Dalston’s famous Turkish restaurants. Try minced-chicken kebabs, lamb chops or grilled quail at Cirrik, washed down with draft Efes beer.
L. Lone dining
Sign up for the White Room Supper Club, which runs friendly evenings for singles. Pizza Pilgrims and Thai grill Kiln are two of many places with counter dining, while London’s markets and street food offer great food without formality.
Treat yourself to fish-shaped taiyaki waffle cones with a generous scoop of matcha ice cream at popular pan-Asian bakery, Bake. You can find this green-tea treat at Tsujiri, which also serves up matcha lattes.
Order up a dozen of Britain’s best oysters at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, smart Hix Oyster & Chop House or family-run Fin + Flounder at Broadway Market – they’re pearls of the capital's seafood scene.
P. Poké bowls
Try poké, the Hawaiian dish that’s swept London by storm. Cubed, marinated raw tuna is layered in a bowl with avocado, vegetables and rice. Give your body a protein-packed vitamin boost at Ahi Poké or Island Poké.
Q. Quirky bars
Dive into London’s quirky bars, from prison-themed Alcotraz and Breaking Bad-inspired ABQ bar to Cahoots, the air-raid shelter turned vintage Tube station, and Little Nan’s, a Princess Diana-themed cocktail bar.
R. Rooftop bars
S. Street food
Taste the latest London pop-ups’ creations at street-food markets – they’re great value too. Borough Market and the Southbank Centre’s food market are havens for foodies, while Dinerama in Shoreditch and Pop Brixton attract a young crowd.
No visit is complete without tea, so try a delightful afternoon tea in London at Taj51 Buckingham Gate. Stock up at Twinings, the city's oldest tea shop, and sip tea with a twist at the quirky Yumchaa and Mint Gun Club.
U. Underground drinking and dining
Head underground at Basement Galley and enjoy a four-course dinner in a former Tube-train carriage. For more subterranean high jinks, try WC, just one of London’s public toilets converted into basement bars.
V. Vegan bites
Enjoy the boom in vegan restaurants in London: try afternoon tea at Café Forty One or delicious treats at Mildreds. Grab a vegan burger at Mooshies in Shoreditch, visit art deco restaurant Vanilla Black or go to an entirely vegan pub – The Spread Eagle.
W. World-renowned chefs
Dine with world-class chefs at Carousel, whose rotating residencies are accompanied by eclectic art, performances and workshops. For a Michelin-starred meal, book the The Clove Club or Lyle’s – they both placed in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2018.
X. X-rated entrance
Step through the setting of facade of a seemingly Soho sex shop into La Bodega Negra, a cellar restaurant serving homely Mexican food and tequila craft cocktails.
Sample London’s finest tasting menus at the chef’s table at The Araki, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal or Kitchen Table. Indulge in afternoon tea at The Savoy or The Ritz. Or splash out on the Purple Bar’s “Luxurious Collection”.
Adventure into the unknown at Archipelago Restaurant – the menu offers zebra, crocodile and python for the most intrepid gastronomic explorers.