Food Scene in London

Bite, savor, and swig. This is where local Airbnb hosts say you should go to get a taste of the city.

Best of the best

237 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Based on the traditional Irani cafes of Bombay, Dishoom is not only one of the best Indian restaurants in the UK, it is one of the best restaurants in the UK full stop. Don't believe me? It was vot... read more

Inspired by the Irani cafés of late twentieth-century Bombay, Dishoom balances a mixture of authentic Bombay dishes as well as a few modern creations. Make sure you sample some of Dishoom’s delicio... read more

Buzzy destination for Indian street food in Old Irani cafes. Bombay-style digs with vintage decor & upscale touches. Bus 205 to Shoreditch High Street station 20mins.

206 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The restaurant is named for its iconic owner - the chef Yotam Ottolenghi, who has a recipe column in a national newspaper here and is very much associated with North London. We've had guests come t... read more

Modern restaurant amazing brunches, lovely lunches food in the evening is still great but more expensive. Yotam Ottolenghi is one of London's star chefs and for good reason! People travel far and w... read more

Known for his taste-bud exploding mix of spices, herbs and I-don’t-know-what-that-ingredient-is, Yotam Ottolengi has established himself as a foodie guru and his fans flock to his cafes and restaur... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$· 83-89 Fieldgate St·Map·Hours·Website·

223 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Founded in 1972 Tayyab’s is a family owned and run business in Whitechapel serving the finest in Punjabi cuisine. From exquisitely spiced curries to our world renowned mixed grill and sizzling lamb.

A lot of guests asked me about Indian food. Tayyab is the place to get the best naan bread, and there is always a queue, it has been around for over 80 years, cheap, great food, BYOB place. Get the... read more

Famously London's best curry, this family run Punjabi restaurant is always busy so recommend arriving before 7pm! Don't forget it's BYO and make sure to try the lamb chops!

158 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Housed on the ground floor of the Tea Building, located on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road in East London, Pizza East Shoreditch is a modern take on the pizzeria.

Lively and hip pizza joint with loud music, negronis, wine on tap and inventive pizzas. The salted caramel chocolate pie is a dream. Book ahead at weekends or be prepared to wait (there's a great b... read more

Pizzeria with industrial looks, serving rustic pizza, antipasti, weekend brunch and Sunday roast.


E5 Bakehouse

Food SceneBakeries
$$· 395 Mentmore Terrace·Map·Hours·Website·

133 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Try the signature Hackney Wild or Heritage Wholemeal. Loaves are available as half loaves too. The E5 also does breakfast, coffee, cakes and wholesome and tasty lunches. If you like the bread, brea... read more

This bakery makes the best sourdough this side of the Thames. It's a short train journey or bus ride from us, but you get fab coffee and snacks when you get there, and you can buy a loaf of bread t... read more

145 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fabulous atmosphere - part of Richard Caring's Group. The food is excellent - communal tables at one end of the bar and outside tables for when the sun shines. All day eating and they have WiFi.

The place to see and be seen, Pizza East is another Soho House venture, and as stylish as its sister venues. Pizza with bone marrow and rocket anyone ? Locals swear by the breakfast buffet too.

Split-level Italian with stripped interiors and pavement tables, serving antipasti and rustic pizza. Great atmosphere

141 local Airbnb hosts recommend

2 Michelin stars. Chef Brett Graham's innovative cooking, paired with fine wines in a smart, modern setting. And remember Get the passionfruit souffle

Chef Brett Graham's innovative cooking, paired with fine wines in a smart, modern setting. -

For those looking for something a little bit special and wanting to sample some of Britain’s most prized gastronomic delights, book a table at the two Michelin starred Ledbury restaurant. Head chef... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 14 Blenheim Cres·Map·Hours·Website·

135 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great restaurant and bar, go there for weekend cocktails and asian fusion dinners, booking preferable for dinner thurs - sat

Perennially trendy, this corner restaurant off Portobello Road serves up posh asian fusion food - the salt and pepper squid and pad thai are both must-trys.

Pan-Asian restaurant/cocktail bar for brunch, tempura and sushi, with counter seats in the window. 14 Blenheim Crescent.

126 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Phone (Box Office) Tel: 020 7908 9696- In February 2011 the Electric Cinema turned 100 years old. The interior of the Electric reflects the cinema's long history. Sixty-five leather armchairs

French-flavoured American diner with all-day menu, long bar, exposed bricks and red leather booths.

The Electric Diner, a French flavoured American Diner is the perfect place to go for a break, while exploring the Portobello Road and the local area.


Franco Manca

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 52 Broadway Market·Map·Hours·Website·

115 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Just recently discovered this gem....absolutely delicious pizza, salad and organic wine. The cheapest pizza is £4.50......amazing value and right on Broadway Market. Very popular so good for lunch.

Their pizzas are simply the best ever. Sourdough. It's a bit like this: Have you ever been to a pizza restaurant where the crust is as good (no joke) as the rest of the pizza? Just try it.

Cheap but tasty sourdough Pizza. Broadway Market and London Fields can be walked to along the canal from Shoreditch - go to the market on a Sunday


Towpath Café

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 42 De Beauvoir Cres·Map·Hours·Website·

123 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Must do! Cafe on the canal with fantastic food, wine and coffee. Lovely spot to take a break and calm down after nearly being knocked into the canal by kamikaze cyclists. Also open until 9.30pm Thu... read more

Only open in the summer, this is a little cafe in four old industrial units, with tables on the canal. Come here for breakfast and the menu will usually include fried eggs on toast or granola with... read more

This is amazing. Good food (from breakfast/brunch/lunch/tea) right on the tow path of the regents canal. I love this cafe. Super friendly owner (ex food writer for New Your Times) and staff! Bit ca... read more

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Perennially popular pub (ooh, catchy phrase!), only a few minutes’ walk from Portobello Road. High praise from all guides, the pub was founded by Tom Conran of Conran family fame. Irish pub.

This traditional, small pub is run by Tom Conran & serves a fab guinness with oysters with a good, basic dinner menu. Occasional star spotting!

Hidden away just 5-10 minutes walk away , The Cow is a n traditional Pub which prides itself in its ethos "eat heartily and give the house a good name" A gastro pub serving fine real ale and th... read more


Granger and Co.

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 175 Westbourne Grove·Map·Hours·Website·

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

International dining with an Aussie accent in airy, no-reservations dining room with large windows. Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorrilaz fame, is often spotted eating here.

This hip Notting Hill eatery is a hot destination for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Granger & Co, named after the Australian celebrity chef, serves casual but creative food from around the globe in a... read more

I'm a massive fan of Aussie Chef Bill Granger and I love going for a brunch at Granger & Co in Notting Hill. Aim to go there early as there is always a queue and after brunch, wander around Westbou... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 197-201 Richmond Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

114 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Italian restaurant. Industrial-style pizzeria with a disco ball oven. Good for brunch and Italian small plates.

Hip, industrial-chic pizzeria with a 'disco ball' oven, for brunch, drinks and Italian small plates.

I love this place, it is certainly busy and would not recommend it for Friday and Saturday nights. I think you would enjoy it more on a laid back Thursday when it's quiet. The environment is so bea... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 23-27 Wadeson St·Map·Hours·Website·

122 local Airbnb hosts recommend

2-minute walk. Modern European classics in a trendy loft-restaurant with cocktails and stage shows downstairs.

The light and airy decor, diverse menu and welcoming staff make this a particularly great place to go for brunch. As for the dinner menu, favourites include the steak tartare and the duck leg with ... read more

Trendsetter restaurant, light, white industrial look.Popular weekend brunch. Big oval bar (the Manchichi, where walk-ins can eat and good cocktails are mixed). Bus 106 or 254.

115 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The most amazing breakfasts. American pancakes, waffles, smoothies, and a full English are all options. Prepare yourself for queuing - it's THAT good, people will queue to get a table !

English and American breakfasts, plus comfort foods and burgers in cheerful, quirky surrounds.

Excellent breakfast/brunch, including American style breakfast. Small venue, you need to go early to avoid the queues! Stepney Green to Liverpool Street tube 18mins.

112 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi in cool design setting with 38th-floor Heron Tower views.

Upmarket restaurant with amazing views of London. Requires booking well in advance, but you can go for drinks. Smart dress code. Also see Duck and Waffle in the same building. Buses 205 or Whitecha... read more

A must visit. Drinks at the top of the Heron Tower with panoramic views across London! There's also Duck and Waffle a couple of floors up which does a great brunch.

141 local Airbnb hosts recommend

24-hour bakery known for traditional Jewish-style filled bagels such as salt beef and smoked salmon. This draws the crowds as it is cheap, characterful and non-missable part of Brick Lane heritage!

Whether you go for a smoked salmon and cream cheese beigel or salt beef beigel you can be sure of a cheap and cheerful 24 hour snack. Popular with tourists, tramps, nightclubbers, taxi drivers and ... read more

The salt beef beigel, which have been served up at this charmingly scruffy bakery since 1977. It allegedly churns out 7,000 of the boiled bready beauties a day (that’s why it never closes), which a... read more

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

No-fuss Turkish cafe hung with kilims, serving a variety of grilled kebabs with warm pide bread.

Very authentic Turkish grill. Specialities i recommend are the grilled lamb chops, grilled quail and aubergine salad but there is plenty more i have not had the opportunity to try.

This is the best kebab shop in the world - that's not an understatement. If you love piles of authentic, grilled meat, you need to try it. It's literally around the corner from the flat, open late... read more

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A historic establishment. It is the oldest pub on river Thames, and it also located at where Mayflower shipped away about 150 yrs ago. Nothing says the Empire's glorious days better than the Mayflower

The Mayflower is a hidden gem boasting great views over the river from both the outside jetty and upstairs restaurant. Walking into the pub is like stepping back in time to 16th century London with... read more

Atmospheric pub located near the dock where the Pilgrim Fathers' ship departed for America in 1620. Parts of the building date back nearly that long. Enjoy a pint on the (heated) river terrace or b... read more

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Flavours from around North Africa and the Middle East at this chic deli and 10-seat cafe.

World famous Yotam Ottolenghi - cafe for take away salads and pastries. "The Mediterranean influence is still strong in our cooking but we are as likely, these days, to be reaching for the mirin ... read more

Located in Notting Hill, the Ottolenghi is a fab, chic deli with 10 seats only but gosh, the flavours from around North Africa and the Middle East are worth it

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bistro-style gastropub with Modern European menu, terrace and large windows overlooking the canal, focuses on delivering classic brasserie dishes (

Bistro-style gastropub with Modern European menu, terrace and large windows overlooking the canal.

A gastropub right on the canal to either enjoy a drink or meal in their dining room. It has a large outdoors area right alongside the canal which is great during summer days and when the weather pe... read more

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The original Rasa Restaurant, serving vegetarian Kerala cuisine, continues to refine its menu over the years. The taster menu for 4 or more is the optimal choice to savour the diversity and delicac... read more

Popular Rasa has 2 locations located opposite each other on Stoke Newington Church St. Both raved for their Indian Cuisine. One branch is fully Vegetarian.

This place is a Stoke Newington institution and serves a great array of South Indian vegetarian dishes (open from 6.30-11pm daily) and they also do home delivery. You won't miss it with it's bright... read more

88 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Some of the best steak you will find in the city. Pricey, but worth it. The cocktail bar underneath is also excellent - try the Full Fat Old Fashioned, it's my favourite cocktail on the planet.

One of the best meat outlets in London. My old boss took me here to celebrate five years of working together. We went for it and clocked up a £500 bill! Check the website for the menu as the cockta... read more

Prime cuts of matured beef and other British classics served in stripped-back, bare-brick surrounds.

85 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Why doesn't Airbnb have a 'pub' option?! This is not a bar, it is not a casino, it is not a music venue - it is a good old fashioned British pub! And I believe this is London's most successful pub ... read more

Victorian gastropub with garden, mahogany interior and flagstones, plus numerous worldwide beers.

Located at 1-3 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4UL Known for Bar, Rainy Days, Late Nights, Groups Victorian gastropub with garden, mahogany interior and flagstones, plus numerous worldwide beers

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Franco Manca serves authentic Neapolitan-style pizza made with sourdough pizza dough and organic ingredients. The Brixton restaurant was the first Franco Manca to open in London. Expect queues.

Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas with organic ingredients, plus real lemonade, in a cool interior. Now in Southfields, 277 Wimbledon Park Rd

Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas with organic ingredients, plus real lemonade, at Brixton Market.


Osteria Basilico

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 29 Kensington Park Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the most sought after Italian restaurants in London. Three brothers own restaurants all beside each other, Osteria is one, Mediterraneo the second and Essenza the third. Booking essential

This section of Kensington Park Road has about a dozen lovely Italian Trattorias... My personal favourite is Essenza, most people like Osteria Basilico...

Local Italian osteria serving wines and regional comfort food in warm dining room with rustic theme. Address: 29 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU



Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 38 Holly Grove·Map·Hours·Website·

85 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best South Indian food around by far! Amazing lunchdeals tues-friday 12-2:45pm with a meal for under £6!! Super cosy, very original and OMG the scent! Go go go!

Having eaten here its hard to eat indian any where else. Simple dining room with wooden tables and a terrace, home-style South Indian cuisine.

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Terence Conran's beautiful Boundary hotel & restaurant is home to one of London's best rooftop bars & restaurants - get there early though as it gets very busy.

The Boundary Rooftop Bar is a popular alfresco retreat providing stunning panoramic views of the London skyline in the heart of Shoreditch. A weatherproof pergola means the bar and dining area is o... read more

Rooftop at Boundary is exactly what it sounds like - a rooftop bar and restaurant which is the perfect urban getaway. Even on chilly nights, you can curl up with a blanket on one of the rooftop cou... read more

84 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bar, restaurant and nightclub, made famous by the TV series 'Made in Chelsea,' a rococo styled bar and vaulted modern European cellar restaurant in a Georgian Townhouse.

The owners of this wonderfully kooky establishment have – oddly – encapsulated the three unrelated words of their name in the design and feel of their Notting Hill bar. It’s been decorated in a pl... read more

Modern British restaurant Rococo-styled bar and vaulted Modern European cellar restaurant in Georgian townhouse.