A Foodie’s Guide to the Most Delicious Pubs and Cafes in London

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A Foodie’s Guide to the Most Delicious Pubs and Cafes in London

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18th century genius Dr. Samuel Johnson famously said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” That statement still rings true today…especially for foodies.

Anyone on the prowl for the best eats in the British capital can’t afford to miss this article. Below, we’ll reveal five of the best pubs and cafés that have received rave reviews from tourists as the yummiest.

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A hearty meal at the Long White Cloud. Photo courtesy of Michael from The World Was Here First.

A hearty meal at the Long White Cloud. Photo courtesy of Michael from The World Was Here First.

Long White Cloud

Michael Rozenblit of The World Was Here First has this to say about his favorite cafe in London. “Located very close to Colombia Road, the home of the famous Sunday Flower Market, Long White Cloud is a fantastic Kiwi-owned café that makes a great stop for brunch before exploring Shoreditch – one of the best places to stay in London. They serve delicious coffee, baked goods and have a good range of brunch options incorporating traditional English favourites and a number of healthy and vegetarian options. The café is open daily from 7am weekdays and from 8am on weekends.”

 

Established in 1774, the Coach and Horses is the oldest pub in Mayfair. Photo courtesy of Coach and Horses.

Established in 1774, the Coach and Horses is the oldest pub in Mayfair. Photo courtesy of Coach and Horses.

Coach & Horses

Another one for our list is Coach & Horses, which is located at 5 Hill Street in Mayfair just a two minute’s walk from Berkeley Square Gardens. Founded in 1744, Coach & Horses is a Victorian pub proud of its heritage and its status as the only “proper” English pub in posh Mayfair. In addition to a wide selection of ales, spirits, and wines, Coach & Horses specializes in traditional English pub grub like sausages in mashed potatoes, beer-battered cod, and shepherd’s pie. Coach & Horses is near the Green Park metro stop and is only opened Mondays through Fridays from 11AM to 11PM.

 

Photo courtesy of The Red Lion.

Photo courtesy of The Red Lion.

The Red Lion

Located in St. James, The Red Lion is one of the few Victorian pubs that survived Hitler’s air raids in World War II. Originally built in 1788, The Red Lion that’s standing today was rebuilt in 1821 and is celebrated for its many handcrafted mirrors. For food, The Red Lion offers hearty fare including meat pies, sandwiches, and, of course, fish and chips. The bar has a dizzying array of beers on tap such as London Pride, Frontier, and Fuller’s ESB. You can find The Red Lion at 2 Duke of York Street near the Piccadilly Circus Tube stop. The pub is open Mondays through Saturdays from 11AM to 11PM.

 

Kennington Lane Cafe has received multiple awards for its delicious English breakfast. Photo courtesy of Kennington Lane Cafe.

Kennington Lane Cafe has received multiple awards for its delicious English breakfast. Photo courtesy of Kennington Lane Cafe.

 

Kennington Lane Café

Moving now to London’s Vauxhall district, the Kennington Lane Café boasts numerous awards for its traditional English breakfast, lunches, and dinners. Here you can try the quintessential English breakfast complete with bacon, eggs, beans, tomatoes, and tea. You can also order staples like bangers and mash, liver and onions, and an assortment of homemade pies.

If you don’t feel like eating standard English cooking, there are plenty of other roast dishes, vegetarian options, and even kebabs on Kennington’s menu. Kennington Lane Café is opened Monday through Friday from 7AM to 4PM, Saturday from 8AM to 4PM, and Sunday from 9AM to 4PM. This celebrated café is located at 383 Kennington Lane near the Vauxhall metro stop.

 

Photo courtesy of The R&H Cafe.

Photo courtesy of The R&H Cafe.

R&H Café Gallery

For a taste of the best in modern multicultural London, take a trip out to Richmond Hill to the highly reviewed R&H Café at 15 Richmond Hill. This unique café features exotic dishes for breakfast and lunch based on ancient Persian recipes. Just a few of the unique dishes on R&H’s menu include butternut squash with pomegranate sauce, spicy turkey sausages with onions and lime, and a fried dates with eggs and walnuts. This Persian café also has a number of hot and cold beverages specializing in intoxicating tea infusions. R&H is opened Wednesday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9AM to 6PM.

 

Final Thoughts

Londoners have always enjoyed meeting at pubs to catch up with friends, scoff down local eats, and enjoy a beer or two…or three! When you visit this amazing city, you have to try out a few London pubs for yourself. Whether you want traditional English fare or modern cuisine, you’re sure to find one pub in this city to suit your taste buds and your budget.

When you’re done, you can satisy your sweet tooth by heading over to the best dessert places to enjoy while in London , written and curated by our friend at Travelweekli.

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Anne is a contributing writer in Gofamgo. When not sharing her travel adventures and tips with everyone, she enjoys singing her heart out to karaoke.

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