What links Downton Abbey, a bus, and an office block in Haggerston? Probably not a lot to be honest, but they do all appear in this week’s pick of London food must-tries. Start your day with a lavish breakfast deal, hop on a bus-come-restaurant for some pizza, and finish with some laid-back Thai dining in Shoreditch. If you’ve got time and burgers are your thing, we’ve also got a table for you at Honest Burgers and an invite to London’s latest ‘be-seen’ street food joint.
1. 50% off Breakfast at Criterion Book Criterion
This Grade II-listed building has played host to Winston Churchill, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Suffragettes in its lengthy history. Needless to say, it’s not lacking in character. More recently, Criterion has made an appearance in Downton Abbey, so it’s a fairly illustrious place to tuck into their mighty breakfast menu. A confit duck leg and fried egg waffle, or a lavish French toast with Parma ham, peanut butter, cinnamon crust, and maple syrup would no doubt have kicked off a day’s filming in style.
2. Busaba Eathai Book Busaba
New to the Busaba family and new to Bookatable, Busaba’s latest incarnation in Shoreditch looks set to go down a storm. The 12th of its kind in London, the recipe of intimate and minimalist décor, acclaimed Thai dishes, and the uber-cool Busaba cocktail bar is tried and tested, meaning that it will no doubt rapidly become a popular Shoreditch haunt.
3. Honest Burgers Book Honest Burgers
Regularly touted as being amongst the best burgers in London, Honest Burgers almost need no introduction. When the meat is sourced from the same supplier as Hawksmoor (Ginger Pig), you know you’re onto a winner. Not only are the 25-day aged beef patties in a glazed brioche bun to die for, but the signature skin-on chips in rosemary salt are something else. And despite a table at Honest becoming akin to gold dust in recent years, a private room at their Liverpool Street branch is now available to book for 6-12 people.
4. Crust Conductor
You’d think loud music and sitting next to someone eating pizza are the last thing you’d want on a bus. This is not the N19 night bus to Clapham Junction, however. Far from it. Crust Conductor have created a pop-up dining experience like no other, converting an old London bus into a moveable eatery complete with wood-fired oven and live DJ. Fresh pizza, craft beer, and music on a bus in Peckham. What more could you ask for?
5. Hawker House Street Feast
London’s street food scene is booming. Some of the scene’s biggest names are currently in residence at Hawker House in Haggerston every Friday and Saturday until April 4th, adding another location to the foodie to-do list. Bleecker St Burger, Hanoi Kitchen and Bob’s Lobster are joined by craft beers, cocktails and DJs in an old office block on Kingsland Road. It doesn’t get cooler than that.