Dining in Central London is a diverse and exciting affair, with cuisine from all over the world available around every corner. From high end restaurants through to street food markets and pop up eateries, the range of food on offer is suitable for every budget and every taste bud – especially when it comes to summer dining.
Summer dining means alfresco – eating in the great outdoors – and in Summer you will often find much of the popular Central London accommodation is packed with those visiting various food festivals, such as Taste London.
Keep it cheap and cheerful
First up, the pop ups and street food vans, which line many park entrances and streets in summer. Most of us will be familiar with the concept of a food truck at a festival or on a beach, but in Central London the variety of dining in food trucks has reached new levels, serving food as presentable and “gourmet” as that found in the most iconic Lancaster Gate restaurants.
If hot truck food in summer isn’t your thing, another popular dining choice in the summer is to pack your own picnic and head to one of London’s many green spaces or parks. Central London is full of great cafes, deli’s and food halls, so you can rest assured your picnic basket will be full of nothing but the best in fine outdoor dining.
Head to a food festival
Food festivals are very much a year-round thing in London, but when the sun comes out and the summer months are upon us, food festivals take on a whole new level. Taste London is one of the best, with some of the city’s finest chef’s preparing small dishes for guests to try, purchase, and learn more about. The best bit of Taste is that there are regular demonstrations throughout the weekend, providing guests with an experience and new skills to take home.
Dine outdoors at some of London’s best restaurants
You may not notice it when the weather is cold and wet, but many eateries in London do have space for outdoor dining, and when the sun comes out – the tables move outside. Diners love to people watch – it’s one of us Brits’ favourite things to do – and sitting outside is a good way to enjoy nature and the great outdoors, as well as some good food. The Lancaster Hotel London is one of the city’s top destinations for a trip based around wellness, and their focus on spending time in the great outdoors makes it a good place to base your Summer trip around.
Some of the most exotic and beautiful places to sit outside in London include those eateries based along the River Thames Southbank, those in Chelsea and Kensington, and any cafes or more informal restaurants situated inside the Royal Parks. Plus, dining outside in London, you never know who you might see, especially with so many celebrities and high-profile individuals living in and around the city!