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With Wimbledon season upon us, we’ve put together a guide to our favourite London spots for a taste of British heritage.
This retro, 1950s-style fish and chip shop serves up classic fish & chips, alongside a variety of seafood plates and British classics like roast chicken, pies and pasties.
Fish supper: £13.95 for a regular, £17.95 for a large
At this bustling market you’ll find the very best of British produce, along with delicacies from every corner of the world. The market is open Monday-Saturday, but can get very crowded on Fridays and Saturdays, so it’s worth getting here early (it opens at 8am on a Saturday, and 10am the rest of the week).
Lunch on the go: £10
Open 24 hours, this Brick Lane bakery is an East End institution. Its bagels, costing only a few pounds and filled with classics like salt beef and smoked salmon and cream cheese, are widely considered the best in the capital (and very possibly the world).
Plain bagel: £0.30
Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel: £1.80
Londoners (including the likes of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens) have been drinking in this Southwark pub since the 16th century. Nab yourself a seat on the outside terrace with a pint and take in the historic surroundings.
Burger and a drink: £20.00
This quaint Hampstead pub has a long history, reportedly inspiring Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale, and featuring in Dickens’ The Pipwick Papers and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Spend a Sunday morning walking on Hampstead Heath before cosying up for a pint and a Sunday roast by the fire.
Sunday Roast: £18.00
With a history dating back to the First World War, and an eclectic customer base that has included the likes of Churchill, H.G. Wells and Madonna, The Ivy has become a London institution. Now with a host of locations across the city, you can come here for a decadent brunch, a civilised light lunch or an evening tipple. Their afternoon tea, a traditional, indulgent spread of sandwiches, scones and cakes, is particularly special (and at £18.95 per person, is a much more affordable fare than you’ll find elsewhere).
Afternoon tea: £18.95 each (£26.50 with champagne)
Now with eight locations across the city, Hawksmoor is widely recognised as London’s best steakhouse. Indulge in one of their famous steaks alongside truffle mac and cheese and triple-cooked chips, or come here on a Sunday and try their signature slow roast rump, cooked over charcoal.
Sunday Roast: £22
Rules is London’s oldest restaurant, with a history dating back to the 18th century. During this time, it has played host to an impressive roster of clientele, including Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells and Charlie Chaplin. Come here for a traditional British fare, with a menu featuring steak & kidney pie, roast suckling pig and aged rib of beef, as well as old-school British desserts like golden syrup steam sponge and sticky toffee pudding.
Three-course meal with service: £55pp
If you’re after glitz and glamour, The Savoy’s former cabaret stage, transformed into an elegant champagne and cocktail bar and decorated with around £40,000 of gold, is as glamorous as they come. Magic-themed cocktails are served alongside a sophisticated bar menu, designed by The Savoy’s Executive Chef to perfectly match your drinks, against a backdrop of live music.
Glass of champagne: £20-30
Cocktail of the moment: 24
Sharing plates: £30
If you want to splash out, The Ritz is a truly indulgent British dining experience. Expect glistening chandeliers, marble columns and impeccably dressed waiters serving up elegant, refined dishes, showcasing seasonal ‘Best of British’ produce.
Set three-course lunch: £59pp
Traditional afternoon tea: £58pp