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Where to dine in London

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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I recently went back to London after 3 years of  being away. I deliberately say away because it always feels like London has a part of me even if I have only briefly passed through it in my past life, I have become emotionally attached to the UK for so many reasons that I know of. Here are a few of my favorite places to eat in London and some of my favorite restaurants that I was able to squeeze in my 4 days trip and thanks visitlondon, a great resource for planning a trip to London!

Where to dine in London…

1. Boundary Restaurant – Rooftop terraces…that’s all we did this summer! Charlotte Grace, a very good friend of mine, had recommended this stunner! Located in Shoreditch with the city views. The quinoa salad, Boundary Pan Bagnat and Vin Rose…perfect.

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2. Sushi Samba When on my recent press trip with Hilton, we were invited to have lunch with some wonderful people at Sushi Samba in the Heron Tower. The restaurant had me at hello when I first learnt it was an open rooftop terrace on 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower and a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, culture, music and the whole view of City of London. The food was delicious, every dish served was even better than the other. We had a set menu offered to us  at 50 pounds per person and it ended with the perfect dessert. A highly recommended place to have lunch, drinks on the bar on the terrace. Tip: Book in advance and if the weather is good, book outdoors! Tip: Don’t piss off the hostess downstairs by going up and down 38 floors just for the view… trust me.

To share dishes : Jumbo Shrimp in coconut milk and chimichurri rice, Churrasco Rio Grande, wagyu picanha, peruvian corn, sushi and to finish with Passion Fruit Cake
To share dishes – Jumbo Shrimp in coconut milk and chimichurri rice – Churrasco Rio Grande – wagyu picanha – Peruvian corn – sushi and to finish with Passion Fruit Cake
Apertivos - Edamame and Maiz Cancha Small Plates - Crispy yellowtail Taquitos Raw Bar - Seviche Mixto
Apertivos – Edamame and Maiz Cancha
Small Plates – Crispy yellowtail Taquitos
Raw Bar – Ceviche Mixto

3. Galvin at Windows – It so happened that during this trip, everything was being focused on rooftop terraces and sky views. It’s only fair when the weather in London was 27 degrees celcious and clear skies. People forget how magical this city can be when the sun shines. Galvin at Windows was another suggestion by the Hilton. Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane in the heart of Mayfair showing off the capital’s breathtaking view. We were there for dinner, so we managed to capture the sun setting. The menu is based around modern French haute cuisine. Our 3 course set menu had salmon as starters, stuffed ravioli with quinoa and a mouth watering apple tart.

The view from our window
The view from our window
Dessert
Dessert

4. YAUATCHA – Comes in highly recommended by Mia Karam and earned a Michelin star a year after it has opened. A blend of Chinese and Indian food. Try the delicious Chinese/Dim Sum, the lobster noodles and the Lychee Martini, preferably at lunch time because it could get heavy on the stomach but totally worth it!

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5. Natural Kitchen – I left this place close to last, only because it is categorized under cafe and deli as well but it is also a fantastic restaurant if you were to eat here! It started in 2007 as an organic shop and it is amazing what it has turned into! I was not shy every morning of having my breakfast here instead of the complimentary breakfast the hotel offered. I was super lucky to have had Natural Kitchen at Double Tree by Hilton as part of their location branch. A wonderful dining place to chill, catch up with friends and extremely cozy with healthy and great quality food. I had breakfast there 4 mornings in a row!

Organic healthy breakfast
Organic healthy breakfast

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6. Sky Lounge – Double Tree by Hilton – Tower of London

I can safely say, this is one of the busiest places I have been to. London’s rooftop terraces and lounges always are their best when the weather is dry and Sky lounge, located on the 12th floor seemed to be such a perfect spot for after work drinks, events, dining and it has such a lovely crowd I could not help but spend a good 3 hours here catching up with old friends with house music…which happens to be my favorite! Landmarks visible from Sky Lounge include the Tower Bridge, The Shard, the Tower of London, River Thames, Gherkin and St. Paul’s Cathedral. You can find anything from bar bites to plates to share. At sunset, the place is already full so make sure you get there early!

Stunning views over the City of London from the Skylounge south terrace. Open to residents and non residents.

 

* A massive thank you for London & Partners for inviting me for lunch at Sushi Samba and Hilton for inviting me on the FAM trip. These views are strictly my own.

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7 comments

  1. Jessy S says:

    Till what time is the rooftop at Skylounge open?

  2. Allison Heckins says:

    Natural Kitchen! Now THAT is where I will be at!

  3. Daniel J. says:

    Loved this post! I agree with Galvin at Window! Funny thing is that I almost forgot about it and now It is on my to do list when I visit London this fall! Will have to check out Double Tree by Hilton, I have seen quite few of your posts on Instagram… looks fabulous!

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