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Food and drink in London: things to know before you go

With so many ways to enjoy food and drink in London, you might need help narrowing down your options.

What's the best food and drink review site?

Review sites are great for the way they’ve democratised critiques of places serving food and drink in London. It’s no longer just up to critics to decide what’s good and what’s bad all by themselves – everyone gets a voice.

That can come with a downside. It’s well-documented that some of the leading food and drink review sites can make bars and restaurants the victims of customers with an axe to grind.

Sites like Groupon and Facebook, which include ratings but aren’t primarily focused on them, are less likely to fall prey to that kind of behaviour. Here you’ll find lots of honest reviews from customers, which you can judge alongside their menu options and special deals.

Alternatively, look in on sites like The London Foodie or the Guardian for more focused reviews by critics who really know their stuff.

Who are the best food and drink critics?

If you’re looking for, you could do a lot worse than paying attention to three veterans of food writing: Marina O’Loughlin, Jay Rayner and Giles Coren.

  • Marina O’Loughlin has written about food for the Metro, the Independent, the London Evening Standard, the BBC’s Olive magazine and the Guardian. These days she has a home with The Sunday Times as an in-house restaurant critic. She’s been named one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential people in London three times.
  • Jay Rayner is restaurant critic or The Observer and has credits including GQ, Esquire and Cosmopolitan. You’re more likely to know him from his TV work, however. He’s earned himself the nickname ‘Acid Rayner’ thanks to his appearances on shows like MasterChef and The One Show.
  • Giles Coren is another critic for The Times – he’s been reviewing food and drink in London since 1993. He has a lot of reviews under his belt. He’s also appeared on TV as co-star of The Supersizers and edited food book Truth, Love & Clean Cutlery: A Guide to the Truly Good Restaurants and Food Experiences of the UK.

What is the highest rated restaurant in London?

There are many different ways to measure the quality of London’s dining scene – from the Michelin guide, to prominent food journalists, and our coveted Groupon stars.

  • Groupon Stars. Try out one of our customers’ most highly recommended eateries with five-star reviews, from steak and cocktails at the Ambrosia Restaurant and Cocktail Bar to a tasty Thai food at Yum Sa in picturesque Putney.
  • The Michelin Guide. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester; The Araki and Gordon Ramsey all have three Michelin stars. For something a little different in the sushi market, The Araki is razor-sharp Japanese food at its finest.
  • Marina O’Loughlin. Sabor in Soho was Marina O’Loughlin’s hottest ticket in town in 2018. It’s a must-visit for those looking to sample London’s best fresh seafood and tasty tapas recommended by the best.

Where can I find the best street food in London?

Amazing street-food sellers come and go across London’s busy boroughs selling the newest must-eat foods – but truly great street food markets and events tend to stick around. Visit regular street food markets on Brick Lane and Camden Market – both have maintained a strong reputation over many years.

You’ll find some of the best street food in London at the iconic Borough Market, which sits on a site where street food has been sold since the 12th century. Another street food hotspot is Leather Lane, where many of London’s most popular vendors have passed through over the years.