I want to know where the King of Breakfast eats in London.
Bill Granger is a chef, food writer and restauranteur, with chic, design-driven locations all over the globe. He is beloved for his chipper and charming way and his delicious, healthy, Australian-inspired food.
A wonderful bakery in East London. My favourite time to visit is lunchtime on Sunday when one of the Italian bakers makes pizza.
Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
Natoora is a vegetable wholesaler that supplies the best restaurants in London with their produce. There is a little café in the Notting Hill branch that has a few tables and the most delicious vegetable based salad bowls.
5 Elgin Crescent, London W11 2JA
An all-time favourite which suits everything from a quick lunch to something more serious is, of course, The River Café. It’s an iconic London restaurant, set on the River Thames. There’s no faulting the food from chef Ruth Rogers and her team. The room is full of light and it’s a great place for a casual yet glamourous lunch. The setting is easy going, service and food just makes you feel great. And if it’s warm, try and grab a table in the garden.
Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, London W6 9HA
A new restaurant in Notting Hill from Theo Hill - ex-River Café sous chef and he worked for me in the early days. Produce driven with a Mediterranean leaning. Wonderful atmosphere set over three floors with a garden room for those sunny London days!
95-97 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2QB
An outpost of the iconic Jerusalem Mach Neyuda, this tiny Israeli restaurant packs a punch. Sharing plates, great cocktails and bread to die for.
34 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D 6DN
A grown up restaurant from the Bao team. This upmarket Taiwanese is perfect for a pre or post theatre bite. A jewel box of a room, and an elegantly pared back menu.
30 Rupert St, Soho, London W1D 6DL
A new addition to Shoreditch is Brat, located in an old pub. Tomas Parry’s cooking over fire is again spectacular. I like places with personality, as well as great food. And this is another one of them.
4 Redchurch St, Hackney, London E1 6JL
The latest restaurant from Britain’s most loved food import – Yotam Ottolenghi. If you’ve cooked from the books, which I’m sure we all have, you’ll know the flavour punch that the food packs with a great slant towards vegetables.
59 Wells St, London W1A 3AE
Jolene in Newington Green in Islington is a good neighbourhood place to enjoy breakfast, if I am in that part of town. It’s well-designed, simple yet elegant bakery uses fantastic ancient grains. The morning light filters through the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the green as the smell of freshly baked bread fills the room.
21 Newington Green, Mayville Estate, London N16 9PU
Spring at Somerset house is where Skye Gyngell cooks. Her seasonal cooking is exquisite and it’s set in a lovely, light and airy room. The tables are generous, and it’s a good place for a relaxed yet ‘serious’ lunch.
Somerset House, Lancaster Pl, London WC2R 1LA
I also like to stop by Leila’s shop, after browsing on Redchurch Street, around the corner.
15-17 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London E2 7JP
If I am heading into town for perhaps a business dinner I might go to Gymkhana. It’s inspired by Indian gymkana clubs where members of high society would drink and socialise – it’s fun and the Indian food is very good. It’s a really lively, so a good place to talk business.
42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH
I also really love Sabor, Nieves Barragan, she’s created something so genuinely Spanish. It’s a special place to be, very escapist.
35-37 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BR
Special occasions guests in town: The bar at Chiltern Firehouse (The Ladder Shed) is a lovely place to celebrate.
1 Chiltern St, Marylebone, London W1U 7PA