It’s the ultimate dinner party question you return to again and again: if you had 24 hours to eat your way around the perfect day in London, how would you spend it? We grilled Taste chefs on how they’d spend their ideal foodie day in the capital…
Hopefully my last day would be a Saturday and I would begin with a cardamom bun from the Swedish bakery Fabrique in Seven Dials. They have bakeries across the capital now and consistently serve the best cinnamon and cardamom buns in the capital, plus their bread is beautiful.
Lunch: Borough Market and Maltby Street Market
Once I’ve perked up from the coffee I would walk to Borough Market along the Thames, taking in the sights like a proper tourist. I remember vividly my first visit to Borough Market; as a cash strapped Demi Chef de Partie, it was such a treat to sample the beautiful food of each trader in such a hustling bustling setting. Afterwards, I’d head to Maltby Street Market to pick up some street food and soak up the atmosphere.t I couldn’t resist making my way up to Broadway Market to complete the collection and to grab a much-needed glass of wine, before picking up ingredients for my weekly shop.
My day would finish at Barrafina’s new Dean Street restaurant for some nibbles and wine that I know would be impeccable. It recently moved from Frith Street but it hasn’t lost its stellar service and food.
Breakfast: Hawksmoor Guildhall
I’d kick off with breakfast at Hawksmoor Guildhall with a few Bloody Marys. It’s the only one of their restaurants that serves breakfast and their full English with short rib bubble & squeak and grilled bone marrow is the best in town.
Lunch: A Wong
I’d lunch at A. Wong, no question. It’s pretty well known now, but I used to live right next to it and walk past it every day, when I eventually tried it I was very impressed. If I’m that way then I’d have to drop into the Pig’s Ear in Chelsea for a few pints, I love its old school vibes and it’s a great place to smack a few cold ones.
Dinner: The Ledbury
It’d have to be The Ledbury, it’s an outstanding restaurant and in my opinion the best restaurant in London. I would finish the night off on Edgware Road at Salt Whisky bar drinking the best of Islay, and then get a kebab from Café Helen.
Breakfast: Jim’s Cafe
I would have breakfast at Jim’s Cafe, because it’s an idyllic place to spend a weekend morning leisurely reading the papers, having a sausage, egg and hollandaise muffin extravaganza, and exploring all of Chatsworth Road’s interesting shops.
Next I would move on to lunch at Brawn. It’s solid, I’ve never had a bad dish there, I love their wines and it’s my favourite dining room. Perfect for lunch.
For dinner, I would finish at A Wong. His innovative take on dim sum is unsurpassed. I’m sure everyone says this, but London’s food scene really is special because it’s such an exciting cultural melting pot.
I would start at Pavilion in Victoria Park for avocado on toast. As it’s my dream day in London I’m going to go straight on to Busaba Ethai for brunch and smash some Thai calamari.
I’d follow brunch with a Dead Hippy Burger from MEATliquor in Oxford Circus. It’s the original dirty burger joint in London and still the best.
Dinner: Dinner by Heston
I’d then head to M for dinner and enjoy a Blackmore Wagyu Sirloin before ending my night at Dinner by Heston for the Tipsy Cake, it’s easily the most mind-blowing dish in London I’ve ever had.
Breakfast: The Wolsely
I’d kick off my dream day in London with breakfast at The Wolsely. It’s such an iconic establishment I just couldn’t resist.
I’d move on to lunch at Barrafina. The food is always spot on, and the service is good, I always feel leaving satisfied
Dinner: The Ledbury
I’d have dinner at The Ledbury, it’s undoubtedly the best restaurant in London.
Overall: Restaurant Gordon Ramsey
I’d spend my last day in London at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsey. To have 3 Michelin stars is huge! And is the only English chef who did it! So, I’ll definitely spend my one final day in London at his restaurant and enjoy the amazing food with British inspiration.
I would have Breakfast in Bellanger in Islington, it has good food and great atmosphere, before heading to my restaurant Radicio.
Lunch: Duck & Rice
I will then have lunch in Duck & Rice – before heading to Sartoria for an espresso, followed by afternoon tea at The Wolseley.
Dinner: my home
I’d finish with an aperitivo at The Bar at The Dorchester with Giuliano and dinner at home with my family.