How to Maximize Your Foodie Weekend in London
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London has a seemingly endless choice of food and drink. Because of its diversity and quantity, deciding what type of cuisine to eat or where to go can prove overwhelming. That’s why a foodie weekend in London involves maximizing the number of restaurants and bars you visit by minimizing the amount of traveling you have to do.
Pick Out a Neighborhood or Two to Explore
Traveling on the Tube or the bus can easily take up a couple hours of your precious day. Thus, picking out one or two neighborhoods to focus on is key to maximizing your foodie weekend. Get a convenient hotel in London based on one of these neighborhoods so you can go from eating to drinking to sleeping without wasting money or time.
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Plan Within the Neighborhoods you Selected
Now that you have a specific neighborhood or two in mind, plan your food and drink within those boundaries. Keeping your choice of restaurants and bars in London within neighborhood lines doesn’t mean that you’ll be restricted at all. In fact, it’ll make planning easier while still giving you more options than you could ever need.
Shoreditch is one of London’s hipster neighborhoods characterized by independent stores, urban edge, and original appeal. It’s great for any time of the day, so you can go from breakfast to a night out and still feel like there’s so much more you didn’t eat or drink.
Pro Tip for Dishoom: The wait for dinner can get up to two hours, so go early or skip dinner altogether and go there for brunch instead.
In addition to plentiful restaurants and bars, Soho is full of shops, theaters, and clubs, which make it popular area for most tourists and locals. This cobblestoned neighborhood has a mix of historical architecture and modern storefronts and can fill you up with food and drink 24 hours a day.
Pro Tip for Yauatcha: Go on a weekday during tea time with two people, and you’ll only spend £15 a person for a set menu. It’s a steal for a Michelin-starred restaurant!
Covent Garden is as touristy as it gets in London, but there’s no reason to avoid this neighborhood’s winding streets and endless diversions like street performers. It’s got every cuisine from Japanese to Peruvian, so challenge yourself to eat around the world here.
Pro Tip for Lanzhou Noodle Bar: Don’t get weirded out when you have to share a table with strangers. Embrace the cultural difference.
Of course, there are plenty of other neighborhoods for food and drink in the city. Choose your favorite and plan your next journey to London!
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