Oh I do love food. Eating out is a love that comes higher on my list than beauty, Whistles or avocados. I know, shocker. I like to rustle up home produced meals too, but eating out is my favourite treat. A time to banish away the mobile, have a good catch-up and chow down on some good grub. Up here in the big smoke, we’re spoilt for choice so I thought I’d cook up my top five eats for out of towners just incase you ever find yourself round these parts. They may be obvious choices – especially if you’re a regular browser of my Instagram feed – but they’re all joints I’ve happily revisited time and time again. It’s worth pointing out that the introduction photo to this post was snapped at a Bill’s (albeit a non-London branch, though there are a fair few round central that have popped up in recent months), which is a fab place for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, whatever. See I’ve cheated already…

The Best for BreakfastThe Breakfast Club. If you want a pancake party this is the place to come; plus they serve ‘em all day. Berries, cream, maple syrup, bacon – oh yes, though obviously not all at once. The breakfast menu here of course stretches further than just pancakes, it’s huge and the juices are good too. I love the Hoxton Square branch which I think is one of the biggest, for the simple fact that the wallpaper in the toilets is so cool.

The Best for a SnackBen’s Cookies. The best cookies I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a lot. Gooey on the inside, with massive chocolate chunks I always end up being reeled in by the marketing and going for an eight-strong Ben’s Box, which works out slightly cheaper than purchasing them all individually. I couldn’t pick a favourite flavour; it would be a tough pick between the Peanut Butter or Dark Chocolate ones. Definitely hit up a Ben’s Cookies if you stumble across a counter.

The Best for LunchShake Shack. Being that this is currently the only branch of Shake Shack in the whole of the UK this place is always busy. Lily and I had a pang for burgers at 11.30am once and I can confirm that there already a queue. I wouldn’t say they are the best burgers in London (Patty & Bun top my burger love list), but it’s a good lunch place for taking in the sights and sounds of Covent Garden and slurping on an awesome milkshake too while you’re at it. I recommend the Smoke Shack with their fries and a vanilla milkshake. Oh yes.

The Best for TeaDean Street Townhouse. Entering this place is like taking a step into a cosy country house. With a roaring fire and chairs so comfy you could easily nap away I’d be quite happy to lounge around in here well past tea time. I’ve had serious food envy gazing at those on neighbouring tables who’ve ordered the full-on three tier afternoon tea course with sandwiches, cakes and the rest, but I’m rather fond of their scones. Oh and their crumpets with all of the butter. Set yourself by the fire and you won’t want to leave.

The Best for a Dinner to RememberDuck & Waffle. I have two snippets of advice to take on board here: book a table as things can get rather busy and go in the evenings when it’s dark if you’re scared of heights as this is the UK’s highest restaurant based on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. The view is a beaut, but the dinner even better. The menu is a little odd on first glance, but it’s a nice place to try something different. There is their signature dish, duck and waffle with egg and maple syrup – sounds gross, tastes lovely – but my favourite pick is the bag of crispy pigs ears from the starter lineup. Think those frazzle crisps you used to eat when you were younger, but better. See I told you – weird, but wonderful.

  • http://lollyhugz.blogspot.com/ Lucy Essex

    I agree that all of these places are awesome! Love the my little pony wallpaper in the breakfast club toilets and the fact you can play Jenga while you eat :-) xx lollyhugz.blogspot.com

  • Evelyn Morales

    They all look super yummy, I wish I would life in London. Its been such a long time since I last been.

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  • http://pocketfulofmakeup.blogspot.com/ pocketful of make up.

    Definitely going to try this Cookies place the next time I’m in London! Great post!

  • Oresiri teru

    The Deanstreet teahouse sounds good

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  • Carina Stewart

    It all looks so good! If I’m ever in London I know I wont go hungry :)
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  • Ivana Perincic

    This is so helpful for someone who has never been to London :))

  • Shrutilaya

    Bookmarking this post for when I move to London later this year!

  • Jess Seymour

    These recommendations will be added to my memory bank – thanks!

    Gourmet burger places are popping up all over the shop here in Australia as well.

    Now I am off to bake some cookies as the description of Ben’s Cookies has my mouth watering!

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  • Abi Thrasher

    Ben’s cookies is the best! love it! http://rosebeautynow.blogspot.co.uk/ x

  • Bella

    Anna, you should try Table on Southwark Street for brunch – its.so.good. one of the best in London i’d say!

  • http://www.missemmacharlotte.blogspot.co.uk/ Emma Charlotte

    I’ve actually been meaning to try all of these places! Heard good things about them. I’ve been to sushi samba in the heron tower and the view really was breathtaking. X Emma

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  • Ioanna

    I love Ben’s Cookies too :) Visiting The Breakfast Club and Shake Shack are both on my to do list! Afternoon tea at the Dean Street Townhouse sounds wonderful too! Thank you for sharing x

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  • M + K

    These all look so good, we’re not sure we’d be able to decie which one to try out first!! We’ll have to check them ut when we’re in London (hopefully very soon!!). Thanks for the drool running down our cins as we speak!!

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  • http://sailorstories.blogspot.co.uk/ Hayley M

    These places sound great! I’d love to go to the Duck & Waffle to try their cray cray menu! lol… & I now have a craving for cookies, Bens Cookies, BAD! The peanut butter ones have my name all over them!! lol
    Hayely xo | sailor-stories.blogspot.co.uk

  • Eleri Roberts

    I’m hoping to move to London this year :) The Breakfast Club and Shake Shack look delicious! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • http://almeidas.se/ AlmsBeauty

    How I long for to take a coffee somewhere outside :) Hurry up spring!

  • Lori Mac

    I’m heading to London next week so this was the perfect post to read! Will definitely try and get a table at Shake Shack! xx

  • Louise Smith

    So many places I want to try! The food all looks amazing!

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  • http://emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie/ Emma Be Beauty

    I love all breakfast foods. These places look tasty.

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  • Sarah Nunn

    The Duck and Waffle looks absolutely amazing. I love weird and wonderful food! xxx

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  • Popcorn

    Thank you Anna for all these recommandations :) ! If I may, I would recommend you try Massis in London if you like Middle Eastern food and don’t know the place already. They make some of the best lebanese food I’ve tried :) (their chicken shawarma wrap is amazing). And if one day you come to Paris, try Willi’s Wine Bar, their desserts (and the rest) are to die for *_* …

    Xxx

    Anaïs

  • Frankie

    mmmm. I’m moving to London in 3 months and all these places were definitely not there when I was last in town. will have to check them out!

  • Harri Casey

    Great post! Me and my boyfriend as always looking for great places to eat in London so we’ll have to give some of these a go. Saw from the picture at the top that you’ve been to Bill’s – that is one of our all time favourites, the BBQ ribs and the lemon meringue pie ‘in a glass’ are to die for!

    Harriette xxx
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  • Amirah Valu

    It’s all about Five Guys, so much better in my opinion ;)

  • http://caramellattekiss.com/ Georgina

    I was a regular at Ben’s Cookies in Bath when I lived there, and I miss them! If you don’t live near one, I’m pretty certain you can order for delivery on their website.

  • Lauren S

    i feel ashamed having missed seeing ben’s cookies every time im in London – i’m missing out on goodness !

    Lauren x

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  • http://www.sophistoecho.blogspot.co.uk Ash Jobling

    Love the look of Ben’s cookies! I make pancakes myself though, taste much better home-made.

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  • http://www.smazsays.com/ Sarah

    I recently went to The Breakfast Club on Saturday for the first time – absolutely loved it! I actually blogged about it here so feel free to check it out. I almost went for pancakes but I couldn’t resist the Huevos Al Benny.

    Never tried the others so popping them on my list!

    Sarah

    x

  • Vanessa

    Everytime I go to Londen, I always go to Piccolino’s on Heddon street.
    Best Italian restaurant ever! I would travel to Londen just to eat there!

  • Manouk

    Aaaaah I want to go back to London! I once had a lunch at a burger place in Chelsea. Very fancy and absolutely DELICIOUS! I can’t remember the name.. It was actually the first day I got to London to become an au pair. I’ll never forget that lunch x

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  • Kim O

    I’ve booked a table at the Duck and Waffle in April for my boyfriends birthday. Can’t wait! I also recommend Burger & Lobster. I always go for the lobster!

  • Vanessa Buttino

    I try to visit London every year and I will DEFINITELY save this post for the next time I’m there! This is going to come in really handy – thanks Anna! I’ve been to The Breakfast Club before and I remember it being really busy and delicious – such a cool crowd of people in there.

  • Lauren

    The breakfast club sounds good, I’m hoping to go to London this summer!

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    xx

  • Peaches & Pearls

    Love this! I have never been to London but I am trying to plan a trip!
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Iso Bean

    When I’m next in London I will have to check some of these out!
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  • http://www.couttiepie.blogspot.com Natalie

    Thank you so much for this! My boyfriend’s taking me to London for the first time for my birthday so this will be really helpful!

    - Natalie
    http://www.couttiepie.blogspot.com [A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog]

  • Sarah

    I love Ben’s cookies! I find a trip to Hummingbird is always a must when I go to London :)

    Will be sure to check out the other places, if you’re a fan of mexican I would highly recommend Wahaca – seriously amazing! x

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

  • Jenna Heddane

    These will all be added to my London list. I’m moving over soon so I will have to make some room!!

  • Valerie

    Great recommendations here! I loved the breakfast room although the wait is ridiculous. Shake shack: simply obsessed since I’ve tried their burgers in NY last year. I’ve never been to Dean Street Townhouse for tea but they’re great for business lunches. I haven’t had a chance to try the 2 others just yet but definitely adding them to my list as it sounds like we have similar tastes ;-)

  • Megan Roisin

    I LOVE Ben’s Cookie’s. Always get them when I’m in London :)

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  • larasophia

    I need to remember these places for my next trip to London, whenever that may be!
    xx
    chicandsequined.com

  • Stéphanie GB

    I love Ben’s Cookies, but I have to admit that I don’t always remember to grab their cookies and go for a chocolate bar instead… Well, sometimes I do remember bu then the queue is too long!

  • Zazie Bibi

    I used to always go to Ben’s Cookies when i lived in England! These all look so great! xx

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  • Brittani

    Did you know there is a secret bar in the Hoxton Breakfast Club? You enter it by going through the smeg fridge xxx

  • http://charlottehavs.blogspot.co.uk/ Sharlotte

    I love London, because there’s just cute cafes and restaraunts everywhere, for every budget!

    Sharlotte | UK Beauty Blog

  • Khannablog

    Loved this post as I am a foodie through and through. Ben’s cookies to die for! Thanks for the other suggestions…Duck and Waffle is on my list of places to eat xxx

    http://khannablog.wordpress.com/

  • http://srslylou.com/ Amy

    Is it sad that one of my ‘to-do’ things this year is eat everything in sight at The Breakfast Club? x

    Amy / srslylou

  • sophia cook

    I just love the breakfast club, have you been through the fridge to the secret downstairs bar? The cocktails are divine, and yes that my little pony wallpaper is possibly the best thing ever x

  • Em

    If you’re in the mood for tea and a coffee-shop vibe, I have to recommend the London Review Cakeshop. It’s inside the bookstore, and while across from the British Museum, it’s surprisingly calming and full of locals. They have an amazing selection of teas and wonderful cakes in the most interesting of flavors.

  • emhasrednails

    I’m going to London in a few weeks, Ben’s cookies sounds so good, if I find one of their stands I will definitely be getting a cookie or two!

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  • teresa

    just featured this on my blog as one of my favourite posts from february…. thankyou for sharing. adding to my London to do list!
    Teresa
    http://tcake.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/social-media-sunday-february.html

  • Esther & Grace

    I love tea & crumpets! thanks for the post
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  • Ellie

    I’ve heard great reviews of The Breakfast club as of late! Can’t wait to get back down in May to eat there! I want to be in Pancake heaven! :D

    Great post! :)

    Ellie,xx

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  • bling ring

    Would like to try these places, thanks Anna.

    http://littleblingring.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Tiana Esparon

    Omg yes, The Breakfast Club is the place to go! Never go to the shoreditch one though, always busy. It’s all about Hoxton!
    Tiana x
    http://www.the-romanticiser.blogspot.co.uk

  • Stephanie

    I love your blog. I’m in london now and the tips are very welcome. just started following you on bloglovin. Would appreciate if you would have a look at my blog as well:)

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