London Calling! Where To Eat In England’s Bustling Capital

London Calling! Where To Eat In England’s Bustling Capital

My apologies, you’ve been so busy reading – you must be starving! We all know that one of the best ways to explore a new country is by trying the local cuisine. Well, it’s officially time to let your taste buds guide you. Following up on Part 1 (Things to See) and Part 2 (Things to Do) of “London Calling”, this is where you get to drool over some of the best culinary treats London has to offer. From traditional pub fare to the deliciously exotic, here are the best places (and dishes) to try during your time in London – Bon Appetit!


Traditional Pub Fare

No matter where you are in London, you are guaranteed to find a pub waiting to welcome you with doors wide open. Whether it’s a pub full of locals on the edge of a city or a bustling center where football fans come to feed, a visit to an English pub is a necessary experience for every visitor to London! If you’re not sure what to order, try one of these traditional dishes:

Fish and Chips: Battered cod or haddock served with Chips (french fries) or Mushy Peas (dried marrowfat peas soaked overnight and simmered with sugar/salt and sometimes flavoured with mint), tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon. Drown your chips in some malt vinegar and enjoy!

Bangers and Mash: Sausages and mashed potatoes. That’s about it!

Steak and Ale Pie: The Brits are known for their pies, from steak and ale to chicken pot pie, you’ll find at least one pie on every menu that offers traditional English fare. Encrusted in a golden flaky bubble, pies are normally served quite warm and can be made with just about anything.

Traditional English Breakfast: If you’re looking to stalk up on calories before taking off for a day touring the city, then load up on a traditional English breakfast served with back bacon, sausages, black pudding (blood pudding), eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried bread and baked beans. You’ll be all set to take on whatever adventures the city has in store!

Two of my favourite pubs in London are:

The Red Lion, located at 48 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2NH, the Red Lion was and is a watering hole for the political and social elite. A favourite of Sir Winston Churchill, anyone with an ounce of British blood running through their veins will enjoying paying their respects by enjoying a pint and toasting to the great (and late) Prime Minister.

The White Lion, located at 24 James Street, London, WC2E 8NS in Covent Garden

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London Calling! Things To Do in England’s Bustling Capital

London Calling! Things To Do in England’s Bustling Capital

Welcome back! Continuing onward from my Part 1 of “London Calling” where I shared some of my favourite Things to See in London, I’d say it’s about time to step out of the observation booth and start “do-ing”. So, drop the binoculars, put on some comfortable shoes and let’s get ready to see what there is to do in London.

Oy! Don’t forget your umbrella… you’re in London, remember? While London may receive less rain than the rest of the country, you never know when you’ll find yourself caught in a torrential downpour as you exit the tube. Be prepared by investing in a cheap umbrella that you can replace or discard if needed. Got it? Great! Let’s go!



Ride the London Eye 

Bite the bullet and embrace your inner tourist. End a day of strolling the city from a different perspective and take your London experience to new heights. For 15GBP (a standard ticket per person booked online), you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Parliament Houses, St.Paul’s Cathedral and everything in between.

Like any big city, London shows it’s best side by night as the hustle bustle comes to an end and all come out to play. Whether you’re celebrating a recent engagement (in which case you may want to upgrade to a champagne flight for 31.54GBP) or enjoying a night of exploration with friends and family, taking a spin on the London eye is a memorable way to savor your experience and give your legs a well-deserved rest.

Take in a Musical 

If you’re at all a fan of musical productions or theater, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see some of the world’s best talent showcased on the London stage. As an avid fan of everything composed and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, I must recommend seeing The Phantom of the Opera (if you haven’t already). It is, by far, my favourite musical of all time. That being said, there are a number of productions currently frequenting the London box offices that are well worth seeing including Wicked (the story behind the good witch and the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz) and Billy Elliott (a story that merges the history of coal mining in Britain and the aspirations of one boy who loves to dance).

Note: To all men, scanning this and shaking their heads. I took my husband to The Phantom of the Opera and he loved it; crashing chandeliers, a man without a face, fire effects etc. What’s not to love?

Top Tip! Don’t buy tickets at the box office unless you’re a die-hard theater buff looking for front row seats. Tickets can often be purchased the day of at Leicester Square at seriously discounted rates. Check out this website to locate discount agents around London!

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