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October 5, 2010

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the photos above are from fernandez & wells, one of my favorite places to get a bite to eat here in london.  the food + wine bar on lexington street is the perfect place to spend some time on a saturday, sitting at the bar, ordering some snacks and having a glass of wine from their small list.  above, i ordered the raclette – hearty and delicious, it’s one of my favorite cold-weather dishes.

i often get a lot of questions about places to eat & drink in london.  it can be very difficult to reply to all of these emails, but i thought i might provide my (very) short list below of my favorite spots here.  for a much more comprehensive list of excellent recommendations, check out my friend tommy’s lomo guide to london.

brian’s short list:
st. john – my favorite restaurant in london
leila’s shop – for coffee and breakfast/lunch
rochelle school canteen – lunch from 12-2, open monday through friday only
the southampton arms (kentish town) – my favorite pub in london
fernandez & wells
la fromagerie (marylebone) – breakfast or lunch
trullo – i love the space and dinner at this new spot in highbury/islington
towpath café – a great spot from lori de mori and jason lowe, one of my favorite photographers
violet – the shop is wonderful on a saturday

in one of the photos above, you can see a little peek of something that i’ll post more about later on today.  i’m going to be talking about inspiration.  see you later.

  1. October 5, 2010 6:21 am

    mmmm, the raclette. that’s a very good list, ferry.

  2. October 5, 2010 6:59 am

    the list is very much appreciated, thank you :)

  3. October 5, 2010 7:42 am

    F&W is one my absolute favorite London spots too. I love going there for a glass of wine and a little bite on Sunday afternoons.

  4. October 5, 2010 7:43 am

    Ah, yes! I’ve been perusing your posts looking for a bit of information just like this. I have a layover in London for a day and want to know a good place to grab and bite and hang out. Thanks so much! Your photos, wonderful as usual.

  5. October 5, 2010 7:55 am

    Yum. I’m squirreling this list away since we’ll be in London in May (can’t wait!).

    I want to be in each one of these photos, taking it all in: the food, the light, the coziness.

  6. October 5, 2010 8:44 am

    looks like such a wonderful place. thanks for the list of great places to go. I will pass it on to my friends in london :)

  7. October 5, 2010 8:50 am

    a londoner all my life and i still love discovering new places to try. i wonder which part of town you are? great list brian : )

  8. October 5, 2010 10:04 am

    Great list. If I may add a few more:

    Elk in the Woods – great dinner in camden passage

    Mosob – eat delicious eritrean food (with your hands!)

    The Duke of Cambridge – pub with a great atmosphere/food/wine

  9. October 5, 2010 10:13 am

    love these! makes me so excited to go to london next fall

  10. October 5, 2010 12:39 pm

    Being one of those people who has begged you for some places to explore in London, I thank you for arranging them all so nicely in the list above (I love lists).

    Photos lovely, as always. You inspire me to investigate how my world also looks and try to communicate what I see with friends & family in some kind of meaningful way.

  11. October 5, 2010 2:22 pm

    thanks for
    the list…
    maybe some day
    i’ll get to london.
    i do,
    have to see
    the tate.

  12. Jen permalink
    October 5, 2010 3:18 pm

    Thanks Brian. Got to love north London.

  13. October 5, 2010 4:19 pm

    Ever tried the feasting menu at the Peasant in Clerkenwell?

    Going there tomorrow night for my brother’s birthday and having a hog roast!

  14. October 5, 2010 5:13 pm

    I can’t wait to visit London one day and try some of these places on your list. Also, I really like the photographs, especially the one with the sandwich. Have a great day!

  15. October 5, 2010 9:45 pm

    oh brian. THANK YOU for this. am coming to london for a couple weeks at the end of november and am most definitely taking this list with me.

  16. October 6, 2010 7:48 am

    What is that food in the third to last photo? The potatoes… looks yum even though I don’t know what it is!

  17. October 6, 2010 11:17 am

    We share a lot of the same tastes in eateries, although I’ve still not been to Towpath. This is a great list indeed and now I feel starving!

    Have you been to Polpo yet, on Beak Street? It’s absolutely divine and I think you’d love it. They also have a tiny version above the the French House called Polpetto – magnifique!

  18. October 6, 2010 2:07 pm

    Hello Brian!

    I am so glad to see someone else has a love for English food, and my favorite places in London too! Fernandez & Wells is quite the gem, so much so that on my last visit in May I went there 3 times (and I was only in London for a week!) and St. John is an amazing restaurant. Best meal I have eaten in London, or at least one of the most memorable. I hope to one day have one of their “feasts” with a load of my UK mates. Your pictures are great, and really capture the F&W feel. I look forward to seeing more!

    Can I suggest, if you’ve never been to A.Gold in Spitalfields, you give it a go and try their Scotch Egg? And one of my favorite pubs is down a side street in Knightsbridge called “The Nags Head”. Its amazing! So is The Jeruselum Tavern, but seeing your favorites list makes me think you might have discovered that one for yourself already.


  19. October 6, 2010 4:27 pm

    yum. great tips. i really hope to go to london soon and try some of them…

  20. October 9, 2010 3:05 am

    Oh such a good way to prepare my travel, I was just searching for London tips, I’m sure I can trust you for the fine addresses!
    Yay, thanks for your tips !

  21. ben permalink
    October 10, 2010 1:51 pm

    FWIW I also like:

    Kastener & Ovens
    Fleet River Bakery (do monmouth coffee better than monmouth if you get the right person…)
    London Review Cake Shop
    Bea’s of Bloomsbury

  22. October 11, 2010 5:53 am

    Thanks for giving a shout out to Violet! I work there and we love to have good feedback!

  23. October 16, 2010 2:26 am

    Love that last shot, B.
    (I’m finally catching up!)


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