5 Things You Need to Eat in London This WeekBy Angelica Malin
There are so many amazing things to try in London, but time is precious and so are the purse strings. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you. Here’s 5 things you need to try in London this week. Happy feasting, London:
What: A little French bistro which serves the three best things on the planet: charcuterie, cheese and champagne. With outposts in Covent Garden and Brixton, the latest opening is in Greenwich where husband and wife duo Stefano and Maud will be serving up some of the best French food this city has to offer.
Why: This place has all you ever need, and manages to feel like a cute little secret, despite having three locations throughout London. The tartines (try the Auvergne – fresh figs on melted Fourme d’Ambert cheese) will rock your socks off, as will the salami and cured meat selection. Tres chic.
Where: 34 Church Street, London SE10 9BL – Monday 5pm-11pm, Tuesday to Sat 11am-11pm, Sunday 10am-9pm
What: Nobody puts baby back ribs in the corner. Head to the heart of the meat market in London, Smithfield for the most melting meaty meal. Foxlow is a friendly neighbour restaurant that everyone wishes they had on their doorstep. They concentrate on three things; incredible meat, great cocktails and a wine list made up of wines by passionate producers.
Why: Order the Ten Hour beef Shortrib with Kimchi. We can confirm that every one of these hours is neccessary for the mix of City suits and hipster design folk in the local area. For those fazed by carnivore behaviour, opt for the crispy tangy pepper squid and the heritage tomato salad. Tomatoes are often hit and miss – watery, forgettable, but these beauties are at the centre of the meal – super sweet and you might even think pudding has arrived a tad too early.
Where: 69–73, St John Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4AN
What: If you’re holiday blues are really kicking in, scuttle away from the autumn rain clouds and get a taste of pure Mediterranean bliss at Li Veli. This light, open-plan, easy-going bistro serves authentic Apulian dishes from Southern Italy. And Mama Mia it’s good.
Why: What’s better than stopping off for some succulent nduja salami bruschetta, homemade organic orecchiette pasta and a plethora of Apulian classics from fresh melt-in-the-mouth burrata cheese to pan-seared sea bass, and washing them down with Italy’s Italian wines? The contemporary restaurant (which also boasts a lovely sit-up-at bar and wine shop) has floor to ceiling shelves showcasing a mind-blowing range of Italian tipples.
Where: 69 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9JS
What: Printworks Kitchen is a family owned café who are all about using high-quality, locally sourced produce to create freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and soups. From Thursday 24th September, the café will be open until 8pm (Wednesday – Friday) with a new evening menu to match.
Why: Expect sharing platters and craft beers – two things that go hand in hand. There’s four platters on the menu and they’re all a taste sensation. You can’t go wrong with the Persian board – homemade hummus, yoghurt sabzi, charred aubergine dip, lamb skewers and flat bread served with herbs, it’s the stuff dreams are made of.
What: Celebrating the last of the summer (by the look of things, summer ended a while ago) Scarlet’s have teamed up with Late Night London who have whipped up some magical summer concoctions. Far from your average iced beverage we are talking about handmade, bespoke, all natural cocktail popsicles in three sensational summer flavours.
Why: It ain’t over until the fat lady sings, or the socks in your shoes get wet from the heavy downpour – we aren’t letting go of summer just yet. Fancy a mojito? Try the Mojito Popsicle, using Bacardi rum blended with fresh lime or the gin and tonic popsicle made with Bombay Sapphire finished with a clean, fresh slice of cucumber.
Where: 1 Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9NY