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With London having such a diverse restaurant scene inclusive of foods from different cultures, and eateries ranging from cheap eats, cafes, luxury pubs, and more it was surprising to have always heard how the London food scene is subpar. Despite hearing these things, my family and I embraced London’s food scene with open arms, and our bellies thanked us for doing so. Below I am sharing with you some of our favorite London restaurants.

GAIL’s Artisan Bakery

GAIL’s Artisan Bakery has over 35 locations in London serving up fresh bread and pastries.  We were lucky to have had a location within a 5-10 minute walk from our Airbnb, which was a gift and curse. GAIL’s baked goods and breakfast items are to die for! We practically lived there. My husband and the rest would stock up on pastries to bring back home, and then we would go for breakfast or brunch to enjoy some of their hot food items.

Gail's Bakery Dulwich_Breakfast

All Bar One Leicester Square

All Bar One, with over 52 locations spread across the U.K. is one of the U.K.’s most popular bar/restaurant chains. After our Black History Walking Tour of Trafalgar Square, we were hungry! Since our tour ended right in Leicester Square, a few yards away from All Bar One, which has outdoor seating, we decided to eat there. This was a perfect choice since it was able to accommodate our large group.  Most people in our group had burgers with chips (fries), the men, of course, had a beer and my sister-in-law and I had the most amazing blood orange margarita. I wish I had one right now.

All Bar One Leicester Square London

Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken

If you have a thing for good flame-grilled chicken, then Nando’s is the place to go. It is one of the places to go for flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken. After visiting, I now know why. My family and I got “Cheeky Nando’s” several times over during our vacation because it was that good.  Plus, it did not help that there’s a Nando’s almost everywhere. Their wings are some of the best I have had, and they have a Supergrain Salad (freekeh, wheat berry, quinoa, pearl barley, edamame, avocado, and kale) that is out of this world.

Streatham Hill Fish n’ Chips

When one thinks of London food, one of the first things that come to mind is fish n’ chips. There are plenty in London. However, not all of them make fish n’ chips that are worthy of writing home about. But, there was one my husband and his brother raved about –  a spot near their uncle that they swore has the best. Their uncle brought us some, and they were right. It was really good. Big pieces of fresh, fried battered cod and chips. This was another place we ate from often while in London.

Location: 62 Streatham Hill, London SW2 4RD, UK

Our Favorite London Restaurants for Families

The next time you are in London be sure to check out some of our favorite London Restaurants.
Lesson learned: Always try out things for yourself. Had I listened to all of the [negative] food reviews from the travel groups I am in, we would have missed out on some good food while in London.

What are some of your favorite London Restaurants?

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Kim is a 30 something Brooklyn, NY native, currently enjoying Long Island suburban life with her husband and two daughters. She not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also shares her love for the things that she finds beautiful: her love of family, travel, cars, and makeup and skincare on Beauty and the Bump NYC. In addition to that, she is a writer for A Girl's Guide to Cars. Now, if that wasn’t enough, she also took on the role of class parent for her daughter's 3rd-grade class. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she gets it all done with style, grace, and of course, beauty.