Favorite Restaurants And Bars in London
Brunswick House in Vauxhall
Above you see a photo of Brunswick House in Vauxhall. I fell for this spot. They make great classic cocktails and have a small, fresh, local food menu that rotates regularly. The restaurant is located inside an architectural salvage shop. Everywhere you look, amazing old objects cover all usable space. Lighting fixtures hanging from every part of the ceiling. Photo frames and mirrors line the walls. I believe most if not all of what you see is for sale. The restaurant is connected to the still functioning shop. It’s definitely worth a visit! Visit their website HERE
No 11 Pimlico Road
The photo above, is of No 11 Pimlico Road. I love the neighborhood of Pimlico. It’s quiet but not sleepy. I loved wandering through the wide and welcoming streets. The neighborhood has several good outdoor markets and thrift shops. It also has this wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend this place for brunch! We had a lovely meal sitting at the bar. The food was delicious and fresh, with great breakfast cocktails. It’s a beautiful space with a winding staircase and comfy seating everywhere. You can visit their website HERE
Above is Brindisa Tapas. One of my London Fav’s. I have somehow managed to get here each time I have visited. Located right outside the Borough Market, you can’t miss it. On the last trip to London, I had told my husband Dave we had to return to this spot. As we had only been once prior in recent years, we still didn’t have a good grasp of the layout of the city. We were in the underground talking about Brindisa when we hit out stop.
We were staying in a new part of town this trip, in City Of London, not our old quiet neighborhood of Vauxhall. We emerged from the tube, and what did we see!! How funny to have just been speaking about the place, and how we needed to find it and it found us.
Lovely Spanish wines, and as the name suggest tapas. You can’t go wrong with anything you order off of the menu, but I recommend the gambas. It’s a real treat.
The above is a photo from The Permit Room. The downstairs bar at the Kings Cross Dishoom. The building is huge and beautiful. There are no reservations so show up early, and wait for about an hour. They give you a buzzer and you descend into this beautiful subterranean drinking lair.
You can easily spend the hour sampling a few of their inspired cocktails. The food is amazing and you may wind up eating it in a room with very high ceilings. Everything we had was wonderful – I am a convert to Indian food, but now I can’t get enough of it. When I first tried this cuisine I was living in Philadelphia and the options weren’t great. My eyes have been opened, however, and I cannot wait to go back to this wonderful spot.
They have a few other locations around town in London, you can find them HERE
The Rutland Arms
The Rutland Arms
Above is The Rutland Arms if you find yourself in Hammersmith this place is great to have a pint or a cider at, right on the river. I ventured out to Hammersmith on the advice of a local. It was a quaint and cute neighborhood, I watched the teams row down the river and had a great cider. Visit their site HERE
Duck and Waffle
Above you see the view from the 40th floor of the Bishopsgate in London at Duck and Waffle. WOW, what a view. We took a trip up in the glass elevator to see London at night from above. We stayed for a round of drinks. 50 pounds later, we descended the 40 floors to find some affordable food. If you can afford it I say it’s worth it … it was something spectacular. Check it out HERE
The Merchant House
The beautiful cocktail pictured above was imbibed with love at The Merchant House. You can visit their site HERE.
We happened in here during a special event during cocktail week, they were making absinthe inspired cocktails. What a treat. Each and every drink we tried was great and garnished with love and care. Since it was cocktail week, the bar had transformed it’s upstairs into a lounge.
The room is usually used for packaged goods, so you can buy beautiful bottles of liquor to test out your own cocktail skills at home. We had a few of the specials, then headed downstairs to the bar. The space is quite large with a real speakeasy feel. Big leather booths line the room. There are a wide variety of cocktails in the regular book, it’s an actual hardbound book, and they come with a hefty price tag. It’s a nice place to have one fancy bevy. Highly recommended.