London is a multicultural city that possesses a dynamic Indian population. Indians form the largest ethnonational group in England’s capital and has an estimated population of around 542,857 people. Majority of British Indians are on the West end of the city. Due to the large population of Indians, we have seen Indian food play such a strong presence in the world of Gastronomy. Some have said that London has the best Indian restaurants in Europe. We went out on a quest in search of the best Indian food in London.
Indian afternoon tea at the Par Grand Hotel
The British are known for their amazing high tea culture. There are several places in the city that serve afternoon tea with a twist. At Park Grand Paddington guest can enjoy an Indian themed afternoon tea where you get to enjoy a variety of dainty English and Indian dishes. Indian pastries include pockets of samosas, Jaleebi – a deep-fried Indian sweet coated in sticky syrup, and much more.
Upmarket street food at Jamvar
India is synonymous with delicious street food. At Jamvar, they have taken traditional Indian street food to the next level and made it upscale without compromising on the taste and authenticity. The venue has a chic setting and food is accompanied with well-curated botanical-themed cocktails. Some of the must-try foods include the crunchy crab accompanied by sweet and tangy chutney and pickled garlic.
Bombay-style food at Dishoom
Located in the heart of London, you will find this upmarket Bombay-style eatery serving their delicious take on Indian cooking. This is a popular restaurant in the city, and they have an extensive food and drinks menu. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast right through to dinner. They recently opened new doors in the artsy neighbourhoods of Shoreditch, Soho and King’s Cross. Make sure to try out their chicken tikka or a lamb rogan josh which are always a winner.
The Cinnamon Club
This innovative and trendy restaurant sits at the Old Westminster Library. They pride themselves in bringing you the authentic flavour of India in a modern and futuristic way. Food is well presented, and you will be captivated by the fresh and oriental aromas as you enter the restaurant. The downstairs of the Victorian Library you will find a cocktail bar where you can enjoy delicious drinks pre and post your meal.
Flavours of India Paddington
Moving up to the upscale neighbourhood of Paddington, you will find Flavours of India. The restaurant is situated a stone’s throw away from Paddington Station, and they are one of the best Indian Restaurants in Paddington. The décor of this restaurant has a rustic feel, and you can expect to find mainstream Indian dishes at this mini-chain restaurant.
The Mughal’s Indian Restaurant
Also, in Paddington is Mughal’s Indian Restaurant. They are a family-owned business and specialize in classic Indian cuisine with recipes that have been carried down for generations. If you are new to Indian food, then make sure to go on a Sunday and try the all-you-can-eat buffet. Guests staying at the Park Grand accommodation in Paddington can easily reach the restaurant on foot.