From dining with a view at The Shard to an afternoon tea fit for a queen, here are some ideas for your next trip to London.
Where to Eat Top English Flavours
Since its much anticipated opening in September, Ormer Mayfair has become the hottest ticket in town. Housed within Flemings Mayfair and part of a spectacular £14 million refurbishment at the boutique hotel, the new restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin is the place to go for an authentic taste of Britain today. Freshly foraged herbs, English wines and seasonal produce from land and sea punctuate the menu, which takes inspiration from the famous restaurant of the same name in Jersey. Enjoy hand-dived scallops fresh from the Channel Islands, venison loin with medjool dates and chocolate tortellini alongside crisp English sparkling wines to rival any Champagne. The dining room shimmers with 1930s glamour and artistry. Two private dining rooms provide the perfect hideaway for special occasions and intimate liaisons.
Where to Dine With a View
Don’t be surprised if your ears pop on your way up to Oblix, the New York-inspired restaurant on the 32nd floor of Western Europe’s tallest building, the Shard. Founded by Rainer Becker, the man behind celeb dining favourites Roka and Zuma, this ultra sophisticated and contemporary restaurant boasts dramatic views of London’s famous landmarks, including Tower Bridge and the Gherkin. Start with the impossibly soft fried octopus and crispy squid with chilli and lime. Mains hail either from the grill, Josper oven, or rotisserie. We couldn’t resist the allure of the single (and enormous) grilled tiger prawn with roasted artichokes, and the black cod with coriander salsa, ingeniously paired with a BBQ sauce. An interactive sommelier station allows you to get involved in your wine choice–perfect for a tasting or master class before dinner, if you wish.
Where to Get Tea in London
Afternoon tea is always an occasion, especially when you have it at Homage, The Waldorf Hilton’s fine dining restaurant. Inspired by Europe’s grand cafes, Homage features original chandeliers and pillars. A resident harpist fits in perfectly with the elegant décor.
There are 13 Twinings loose-leaf teas from which to choose, including redbush caramel velvet and Waldorf tribute blend, exclusively blended for Waldorf Hilton. Attentive, knowledgeable servers encourage you to sniff them before you decide. Savouries include oak-smoked salmon and chive cream cheese on pumpernickel bread, free-range egg and watercress on basil loaf and citrus-infused tuna and cucumber on carrot bread. These are served alongside warm, crumbly scones with Devonshire clotted cream and preserves and pastries such as eclairs filled with pistachio cream. The meal is served on a three-tiered cake stand made from Royal Crown Derby fine bone china—a supplier to the Royal Household. And if it’s good enough for the Queen, then it’s good enough for us.
Where to Eat Asian Flavours in London
One of Gloucester Road’s most treasured family-run restaurants delivers exactly what its name suggests, a little slice of India. Cosy yet modern, Little India serves up a great selection of dishes from the subcontinent that are big on flavour. Choose from its varied menu, from classic chicken tikka masala to a monster tandoori mixed grill. With fewer than ten tables in the restaurant, the knowledgeable staff are able to be super-attentive to all their guests. Not only can they offer their expert suggestions on the menu but also vary dishes’ spice levels to cater for all tastes—milder for those with a more delicate palate or with a kick for the more daring. Wash yours down with a scrumptiously creamy mango lassi to take the edge off and refresh for palette for more.