Fashionable Fare: A Local's Guide to Eating and Drinking in London
ByLaurel Pantin on September 24, 2015
Wine and dine like London’s style set with these recommendations from the city’s chicest residents.
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Sean Thomas, Fashion Photographer
Breakfast: Colbert in Sloane Square is great for everything, but I go for their breakfast all the time (50-52 Sloane Sq.; 44-20/7730-2804; colbertchelsea.com). For lunch, Bar Italia is so good for a sandwich and a coffee, but is also a perfect late night stop (22 Frith St.; 44-20/7437-4520; baritaliasoho.co.uk).
Afternoon Tea: Claridge’s is one of my favorite places in London—stunning (Brook St.; 44-20/7629-8860; claridges.co.uk).
Dinner: I love the classics! River Cafe (Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd.; 44-20/7386-4200; rivercafe.co.uk), J Sheekey (28-32 St Martin's Ct.; 44-20/7240-2565; j-sheekey.co.uk), and Scott’s (20 Mount St.; 44-20/7495-7309; scotts-restaurant.com) are favorites, but there’s also this place just outside of London called Riva (169 Church Rd.; 44-20/8748-0434) that the food critic A.A. Gil has taken me to a few times. If anything, it’s worth eating here just to hang out with the owner—he’s amazing. But the food is perfect as well.
Drinks: The Nags Head in Knightsbridge (53 Kinnerton St.; 44-20/7235-1135) is the best pub in London for sure. But these days I usually end up at Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone for drinks when I go out on the later side with friends. It’s always such a good time (1 Chiltern St.; 44-20/7073-7676; chilternfirehouse.com).