- There are so many places to eat in London, it can be hard to know which café, restaurant or bar to choose. Over on our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, we asked you about your favourite restaurants in the British capital, with the best answers winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. And here’s what you told us...
1. Spicy Basil
Miranda Mayo says:
Spicy Basil in Kilburn...only locals know about it, and its super cheap Thai food
Spicy Basil serves generous portions of cheap Thai food including favourites like dumplings, spring rolls, curries and Pad Thai. Fresh ingredients are visible behind the glass counter and you can watch as the staff prepare your meal from scratch. The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol but you can bring your own wine for a small corkage fee.
Location: 165 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn.
Opening hours: Daily 10am-11pm.
Irina Stanescu says:
It's "Sapori" in London. Small and cosy. Best pizza in London. 43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London. It's very close to Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The staff is always smiling and willing to serve you. I first got there after attending a performance at the Opera one night. And you know what? Some members of the cast were there, dining, laughing and having a good time. Wow. That was amazing. I'll go to Sapori every time I get to London!
An informal restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere, Sapori serves a wide selection of Italian dishes. On the menu here you’ll find old favourites like meatballs, spaghetti and lasagne, alongside a selection of pizzas with a variety of different toppings. Tempting desserts and a comprehensive wine list are also offered.
Location: 43 Drury Lane, Covent Garden.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-11.30pm.
Anita P Rusdihardjo says:
The legendary Stockpot in the west end area. You get quality food, quality wine at an atmospheric cafe/restaurant for such a good price!!
This long-running Soho institution serves up good value dishes in the old-school British tradition. From fish and chips to jelly and ice-cream, Stockpot is a favourite with visitors to London, as well as locals of all ages.
Location: 18 Old Compton Street, Soho.
Opening hours: Mon-Tues 11.30am-11.30pm, Wed-Sat 11.30am-12am, Sun 12pm-11.30pm.
Vaishali Vyas says:
Mildreds in Soho....amazing veggie restaurant loved even by my meat eating friends.....huge portions too :)
Opened in 1988, this restaurant serves a large selection of vegetarian and vegan options. These include cous cous, burritos, curries, burgers, dumplings, risotto, tostadas and salads. Many of the dishes use organic ingredients, with organic smoothies and soft drinks also available.
Location: 45 Lexington Street, Soho.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm.
5. Cafe Pacifico and La Perla
Vaishali Vyas says:
Oh and Cafe Pacifico, Covent Garden. The best Mexican ever, its sister chain 'La Perla' is great too.
Both of these Mexican restaurants offer a top-notch variety of authentic dishes for both lunch and dinner. From nachos and chilli to fajitas and chimichangas, the menu here is filled with lots of delicious options. Cafe Pacifico’s well-stocked drinks menu includes favourites like margaritas and mojitos plus lots more.
Location: Cafe Pacifico: 5 Longley Street, Covent Garden; La Perla: 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.
Opening hours: Cafe Pacifico: Mon-Sat 12pm-11.45pm, Sun 12pm-10.45pm; La Perla: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm.
6. Dragon Palace
Priscilla Lee says:
Dragon Palace in Earl's Court Road. One of the great Chinese restaurants. Delicious Dim Sum, amazing food.
Here you’ll find a vast selection of authentic Chinese dishes to sample, including the popular dim sum, ride and noodle dishes, soups and more. Specially prices set menus are available and include various vegetarian options.
Location: 207 Earls Court Road, Earls Court.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-11.15pm, Sun 12pm-11pm.
7. Lahore Kebab House
Mitch Seiden says:
Ignore Brick lane curry houses and eat where the locals do, just down the road at Lahore Restaurant on Commercial road
Serving up top-notch Pakistani cuisine, the Lahore Kebab House has been in business for over 40 years. Some of the authentic dishes on offer here include tikka masala, korma, biryani and more. Meat, seafood and vegetarian options are provided, with a list of desserts also available for you to choose from.
Location: 2-10 Umberston Street, off Commercial Road.
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-1am.
8. Indali Lounge
Farzad Fathinia says:
Indali Lounge have very delicious and finely prepared food. The staff is very friendly and helpful in explaining their recipes and the whole atmosphere gives you a remarkable moment to enjoy. The only con is the price which is not student friendly. But worth a visit at least for a snack!!!
Offering healthy Indian cuisine, none of the food served in the Indali Lounge is made using butter or cream. Some of the slowly cooked dishes on the menu include paneer, curry and biryani. Brunch is served on Sundays, while on Monday to Friday the restaurant’s Happy Hour offers 30% off your total bill.
Location: 50 Baker Street, Marylebone.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11.30pm, Sat 6pm-11.30pm, Sun 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm..
9. Belgo Centraal
Cipriano Batista says:
Belgo !! Good mussels and Beer.
There are a couple of Belgo bars and restaurants in London, with the most central one located in Covent Garden and offering a top-notch selection of Belgian beers and foods. Mussels are the house speciality here, with steaming bowls, pots and platters all available. Other dishes on the menu include salads, rotisserie chicken and frites. Thanks to the Beat the Clock menu, between 5pm and 6.30pm you only to pay an amount that’s the same at whatever time is on your food order.
Location: 50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm.
Sandra Mulhall says:
Strada Italian restaurant..mmmm! d memories!
With a variety of locations across the city, notably in Covent Garden, South Bank and St. Pauls, these are a popular chain of Italian restaurants. At Strada, you'll find a great selection of traditional Italian fare including pizzas, spaghetti, risotto and more. A fixed price lunch menu is also available.
Location: Various locations across London.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun 11.30am-10.30pm.