• Camden Market, London


When visiting London, there is always a chance to try new foods from different cultures and vendors. It doesn’t matter if you’re meeting a friend or taking your family on a trip down the Thames on a boat trip, food surrounds our day-to-day lives. Whether you’re in Camden market or around the corner from Covent Garden, there are always new opportunities to taste some great food from some amazing places.

If you want to try them all in one place, we have a great opportunity on our Taste of Britain Cruise at City Cruises. We offer great views of London and a taster of some great British foods that include Roast beef and horseradish Yorkshire puddings, Chicken hot-pot and Mini fish and pea rostis, all while taking in those views on a relaxing river cruise.

We asked some bloggers what they thought was some of the best British food to be found in London. This list of places includes some of the most traditional and weird suggestions, but also some heart-warming meals, some ‘cannot refuse’ specialities, and some treats that will make you say “Mmm”.

The Sunday Roast


a Sunday roast dinner in London

Contrary to its name, the Sunday roast can be had any day of the week! It’s great on a cold day, for a big family occasion and whenever you want a traditional dinner in the middle of the day. It’s a filling meal that warms the soul and leaves you with the biggest food coma.
A roast is a great way to start with traditional British foods. So, where can you go to get the best in London?
Where’s better to have a roast diner than with great views during your meal? City Cruises offers fantastic Sunday brunch packages where you can sit back and relax while enjoying great views of the city.
Some other suggestions come from Jennifer Gladwin from the blog, Mighty Mama Bear, suggests: “Browns in Butlers Wharf is lovely. They do a delicious Sunday roast and it’s so close to the Thames. They do a good children’s menu and if you visit between midday and 7 pm they also offer a reasonably priced set menu. I love that it’s child-friendly while still offering really good quality food”.
Another location that is known for its great Sunday roast is suggested to us by Caroline Stronkhorst, from the lifestyle and travel blog Breaks.com. She told us: “I’d highly recommend Roast in Borough Market! Not far from the river and overlooking the famous Borough Market. Fantastic food with a British twist, so great for tourists”.

Afternoon Tea


afternoon tea on the thames

Another tradition when visiting London is to go to afternoon tea. A time of the day where you get to drink lots of tea and eat scones, cakes and little finger sandwiches. What could be more decadent? These kinds of lunches are great for meeting with friends and catching up or celebrating a birthday. Candace Mantle from Buckets of Tea recommends: “When you are looking for traditional British food nothing beats afternoon tea. From traditional afternoon luxury teas to a themed afternoon tea, there are afternoon teas to suit all tastes and budgets”.

City Cruises has some amazing opportunities where you can have your Afternoon tea on the Thames! As we say on our website: “What a civilised way to pass the afternoon”.

Fish and chips


fish and chips in London

Although the history of fish and chips is widely debated as to where it has originally come from, there’s no argument as to its place in the list of traditional British foods. And London offers a plethora of fish and chip restaurants, whether you want a sit-down meal or a fast takeaway that you can eat along the Thames. One of the best places to visit in London for your fish and chips is Poppies. They have serval shops including one on Soho and Camden. They live for their authenticity and is owned by Pat ‘Pop’ Newland, a born and bred Londoner. But the real question is what do you have with your fish and chips? Mushy peas? Curry sauce? Tomato Sauce? Anything goes when you’re in London!

Pub Food

the oxo tower brasserie

While on your trip to London, you may want to stop at a bar or two. London has some great bars and places that offer great pub food and cocktails. One place, in particular, is The Oxo Tower Brasserie. London Mommy, Sarah Issuree, recommended this one as she told us: “I love to go to Oxo Tower Brasserie with my family. They have a great cocktail and food menu as well as awesome afternoon teas (both adult and child menus). We especially love the pork scratchings in the bar. The baby changing facilities are excellent and they’re friendly to babies and children!” So, whether you’re there with friends or family with young children, they welcome everyone.

Full English


full English breakfast

A staple in the British diet has to be the full English. And for years many alternatives have surfaced that take the very best of the breakfast and make it their own. The following recommendation, from Melanie Varey of the food blog Two Plus Dogs, has done it brilliantly, taking the traditional English breakfast and giving it a kick of Indian cuisine: “The fusion offered by Dishoom would be my choice of great British food. I would choose the egg and sausage Nan Roll- a warm, freshly baked nan bread with just a touch of cream cheese, chilli tomato jam and herbs wrapped around peppery Ayrshire sausages and a rich, runny yolk fried egg – heaven.”

Traditional Pie and Mash


Our last suggestion is a very traditional dish to London, the trusty pie and mash meal. Historically eaten by the working class in the East end of London, the dish could be found on nearly every shop corner, selling the famous pie and mash with jellied eels. Nowadays you can still find traditional recipes for the dish, but many people also ask, “Why is it green?” If you’ve never seen what it looks like, you have your regular mashed potato and pie (usually minced beef) alongside a green coloured parsley sauce that is called Liquor. One shop that is still booming is Arment's Pie and Mash. Trading since 1914, this shop is one of the original pie and mash shops to open. This family-run business is a great stop for trying some traditional British food!
Trying new experiences like a Thames speed boat trip or tasting some of London’s oldest traditional foods is a great way to make your visit memorable. If you’re interested in any of the dining cruises, check out the City Cruises website. We offer many great deals for dining experiences during the day and night, including a Sunday brunch cruise and an afternoon tea package. There’s a cruise suited to everyone.