London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The Big Smoke combines history, art, theatre, sports, and other elements into a fantastic tourist adventure. Food is one of the elements London does brilliantly. While certain foods such as fish and chips is a staple of Britain and one of the most well-known beyond its shores, there are other foods travellers can dine on and enjoy.
London is a melting pot of people from all over the world. There are over 300 languages spoken in London and many of the people who call it home have brought their cultures with them. Food is one of the most important aspects of a person’s culture and thanks to immigration and influence, London has reaped the reward of fine gastronomy.
When you are in London, you will find a number of great dining options. From five-star meals to street food, there is something for everyone when eating in England’s capital city.
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips is the most famous food hailing from England. Walk down any street with a pub or takeaway restaurant and you are sure to find fish and chips on the menu. It is a classic British meal traditionally sold by takeaway shops and wrapped in old newspaper. Shops and pubs will serve cod, plaice, or haddock deep fat fried. It is then laid across chips. The chips are larger than French fries but smaller than wedges. Salt and vinegar are then added for a tasty meal. Many pubs and takeaways will add mushy peas to the order.
Toad in the Hole
Toad in the hole is another British classic. Traditionally made with large pork sausages, toad in the hole incorporates Yorkshire pudding batter, onion gravy, and vegetables. It is a filling meal that you will be able to find at pubs around London. As a classic British meal, toad in the hole has been adapted and altered by many of the top chefs in the United Kingdom, including famed television chef Jamie Oliver. You may even find it at his London eating establishments.
Chorizo is a spicy Spanish sausage that is eaten all across the country. Many British tourists who have travelled to Spain have fallen in love with the meat. In addition, Spanish immigrants to Britain have brought their love of the sausage to the U.K.’s shores. One London restaurant Brindisa has grown a local following thanks to its chorizo roll. It delivers a delicious ciabatta roll stuffed with spicy chorizo right off the grill, roasted peppers, and peppery rocket. The chorizo roll is perfect no matter the time of day.
Scotch eggs are one of the most unique foods found in England. They consist of a hard or soft-boiled egg wrapped in sausage. It is then covered in bread crumbs and baked or deep-fried. You can eat a scotch egg hot or cold depending upon your preference at whatever time of day. You can find scotch eggs in some pubs and grocery stores will sell them prepackaged. However, if you want a fresh scotch egg, you should go to the Harwood Arms where they do a scotch egg using venison meat. The Harwood Arms is the only London pub to receive Michelin stars.
Steak and Ale Pie
Meat pie is one of the most popular traditional English foods you will find on menus. No matter if you eat at a pub or takeaway, you will be able to get a filling meat pie for lunch or dinner. Many trendy restaurants now do their own takes on meat pies filling them will unique ingredients. Pie is perfect for the cold; rainy conditions London often experiences. The warm flaky crust surrounds juicy meats with savoury vegetables. Steak and ale pie is the U.K.’s №1 and many restaurants and pubs will serve it up piping hot. Depending on your preference, you may get mashed potatoes or chips with it. Locals typically drowned their pie in brown gravy to soften up the crust and to add to the delicious taste.
London’s choice of foods is second to none. Whether it is traditional grub or something introduced by another culture, London serves up some of the best foods in the world. You won’t ever be far from a great meal when visiting The Big Smoke.