Any city as expansive and varied as London is certain to supply a wealth of exciting and extraordinary dining opportunities. However, there must be some way of sifting through the multitude of options: as any aficionado will admit, being well informed is vital to ensuring a pleasurable eating experience.
Dining in fashionable locations like Kensington and Chelsea will introduce you to some of London’s most sophisticated food. The district is host to many of the most exclusive restaurants and bars, and is a second home for legions of food connoisseurs – but there are plenty of more affordable alternatives.
A number of gastropubs and restaurants have proven that a friendly, homely establishment can still garner Michelin stars as quickly as their ‘fine dining’ counterparts. As an additional incentive, some restaurants and cafés sit in prime positions, providing views of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park as a scenic side-order to your meal.
If you don’t consider yourself a gourmet and are more inclined towards spicy flavours and generous portions, then perhaps the taste of authentic Bangladeshi curry will tempt you. Locations like Whitechapel and Brick Lane – the centres of London’s diverse Indian community – boast the most popular of the capital’s many curry houses.
If you have children’s tastes to accommodate, there are a variety of different dining options. Naturally, the centre of London offers the greatest number of child-friendly restaurants. It’s often best to seek out the establishments that specialise in a smaller selection of family favourites, such as Italian restaurants or London’s many park-based cafés. Few have ever gone wrong with pizza!
Of course, whether you live in the city or are simply visiting, there’s no reason why you couldn’t try out all of the above and work your way around the capital, sampling all of its flavours. If you’re passionate about dining out, paying for your meals with an American Express charge card could benefit your wallet – as well as your stomach!
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