Last updated: June 2016
How to Spend 48 hours Eating & Drinking
Lunch Day 1. Ottolenghi
We pretty much dumped our bags at the hotel and headed straight to the nearest Ottolenghi outlet. If you love your veg and salads you must make time for lunch or dinner here. The deal is you choose from a selection of salads, veg and proteins. I love that you get to try lots of different things but it’s still tough trying to choose!
And if you have a sweet tooth you’ll also be in heaven with all the cakes and pastries.
Dinner Day 1. Moro
You know when you have all the cookbooks from a restaurant and have super high expectations? Yes it often leads to disappointment. And I’m afraid this is what happened to me and Moro. While our dinner was tasty, it didn’t ‘blow me away’ like I was hoping it would. If I lived closer I’d definitely return with more reasonable expectations. Any chance you could do it for me?
Breakfast Day 2. Ace Hotel
If you’re staying at the Ace and feel like eating in for breakkie this is a great option. But not worth a long Tube ride just to get there.
Lunch Day 2. St John Bread & Wine
Love love love this place! It’s a casual shared plates type of place just the type of restaurant I love. Our highlight was actually a vegetarian dish of slow cooked zucchini with butter beans and goats curd. So delicIous!
On previous visits to London I’ve eaten in the original St John restaurant which is not exactly formal, just a bit more restauranty. Make sure you visit at least one of them!
Dinner Day 2. The Perfectionists at Heathrow
Don’t you love when your flight gets delayed so you ‘have to’ eat somewhere and the closest place is run by Heston Blumenthal. Loved sitting at the bar watching the chefs at work on their ‘perfect’ pizza and ‘perfect’ fish & chips.
If you have more time…
The River Cafe – An iconic London restaurant a bit out of the way but well worth a visit to see where Jamie Oliver got his break and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall got sacked! Plus
On my list for next time…
The Ledbury – for when I’m feeling much richer! Currently No. 20 in the worlds best restaurant list.
Nopi – the more ‘restauranty’ offering from the Ottolenghi crew.
Where to stay
I loved the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch.
For more cities:
See the Stonesoup Guide to Tasty Travel.
Have I missed anything? If you’re a Canberra local I’d love to hear about your favourites in the comments below.