11 Cool Places London Foodies Can’t Wait to Eat At Again
As part of our #whenwedineagain campaign, we asked some of London’s most popular foodies and influencers to tell us which hip restaurants and cafés they’re missing the most right now. And a mass of love messages for the city’s hospitality scene came flooding in.
Lobster spaghetti, champagne bars with a view, pretty pastel restaurant exteriors, flakey pastries and fluffy pancakes… When it comes to dining out, London spoils us with the best of the best – so of course, there’s a lot to love and miss during these uncertain times.
As well as sharing the beautiful Instagram photos and messages, we’ve also mentioned some simple but powerful ways you can support these restaurants and their fellow friends within the industry.
The restaurants London foodies are missing the most right now…
Cecconi’s Shoreditch – East London Mornings
Katya from East London Mornings has been daydreaming about the lobster spaghetti from Cecconi’s Shoreditch. And we don’t blame her. We’ll definitely be squeezing our way to the front of the line as soon as the doors to this cool North Italian restaurant open back up again.
Lina Stores – The Lazy Foodie
It’s the “delicious fresh pasta and the colourful Italian charm” of Lina Stores in Soho and King’s Cross that Christy from The Lazy Foodie is especially nostalgic for. Although their beautiful pastel restaurants and delis are closed at the moment, you can order anything from their online Italian pantry, including fresh pasta sets, premium meats and cheese, wine, canned staples, bread, desserts and more.
Llewelyns – MillyKr
Elegant and sophisticated, Llewelyn’s has a reputation for luring plenty of cool cats into its home in London’s Herne Hill. One such hip foodie being Milly Kenny-Ryder (@millykr). When asking which trendy restaurant she was missing the most right now, Milly threw it back to one of her favourite dining experiences at this neighbourhood gem. Llewelyn’s is closed right now, but buying a gift voucher is a neat way to still support them.
Jolene – Felicity Spector
As a food writer, Felicity Spector has basically tasted every corner of London. But her favourite? Jolene – a cool and contemporary bakery and café in the heart of Hackney. “We will dine again, one day – but only if we reach out that helping hand now and offer some support to those we love so much.” We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Take Felicity’s advice and have a squiz at Jolene’s ‘post-apocalyptic’ vouchers to enjoy once the madness is over.
Dalloway Terrace – Sarah Cant
Hands up if you’re suffering from pancake withdrawals… Well you can talk all about your cravings with Sarah Cant. This photo is one from the archives, featuring extra fluffy stacks from Dalloway Terrace. While you dream about returning to their picture-perfect restaurant to dine amongst the florals, you can still purchase their gift cards online.
Dominique Ansel – Eat N London
Dominique Ansel gives us plenty of reasons to miss them. For Eat N London, it’s the experience of heading to their Treehouse branch to try a new dessert every single time – like this mind blowing cubic profiterole. Dominique’s Treehouse location is currently closed, but you can luckily still order these famous baked goods from their flagship store for pick-up and delivery.
Dudleys – Gina Goes To
A self-confessed fussy eater, it can take a bit to impress Gina from @ginagoesto. But Dudleys has stolen this foodie’s heart with their chilli scrambled eggs and avocado toast. The Dudleys dudes are still cooking up all their menu favourites which are available to pre-order for pick-up. Pop over to their Instagram to find out more.
Moncks London – Pretty Little London
We all know the Pretty Little London crew have good taste, so you can 100% trust their infatuation with Moncks’ truffle mac and cheese. Be prepared to pick up your knives and forks at this slick Mayfair dining establishment again and purchase one of their gift cards online.
St Pancras by Searcys – Elensham
Hey Elena – champagne afternoon teas and train-watching at St Pancras by Searcys happens to be one of our favourite pastimes too! There’s been a lot of hard work going on behind the closed doors of this popular British brasserie and champagne bar. By teaming up with Bermann Wine, Searcys has been helping to raise money for Beyond Food – a social enterprise providing support to hospitality workers affected by the current situation. For more information (and for discounts on wine) click here. Searcys also has gift cards available online which make perfect lockdown gifts for friends, family and yourself.
Chicama London – Little London Whispers
All Emma Bevan (a.k.a. Little London Whispers) is asking for is a simple and delicious plate of food with a side of beautiful floors at possibly the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants in all of Chelsea. You’ll have to wait to enjoy the floors again, but luckily Chicama’s seafood restaurant is open for takeaways (pick-up only). Gift cards for all sorts of special dining experiences and masterclasses are also available via their website.
Seabird at The Hoxton Shoreditch – Wild Wind Wanders
The absence of Seabird’s fresh seafood bar, extensive oyster menu, pretty interior and jaw-dropping panoramic views of the city has definitely made a few London hearts (and tums) grow fonder. One such heart belongs to Giada (@wildwindwanders) who has crowned their Crab and Manchego Omelette the egg dish of the year. Big call – but Seabird at The Hoxton Shoreditch is a worthy recipient.
So #whenwedineagain, which cool London restaurant will you be eating at first?
We’ve heard from some of the UK’s hottest influencers, and now it’s over to you. Share a photo or video on Instagram of the dining spot you’re missing the most right now, tag the restaurant, @quandoo_uk and use the hashtag #WhenWeDineAgain 💌