The London Diaries: A Few Hidden Gems

In London you have a whole plethora of restaurants and eateries. You’ve got the chain restaurants, the rapidly expanding burger places, the street food markets. You really are spoilt for choice!

 photo Frenchies Duck Confit Burger - 5_zps2huhzszp.jpgImli Street Restaurant Review4 photo 0c2c2808-d19d-4811-b1ec-1aab52c06ec0_zps6fzrfyiq.jpg photo Five Guys 8_zpsthpxwpqp.jpgI’ve loved the Indian tomato-free specials I was cooked up over at Imli Street. Wahaca is obviously a favourite. There’s been a carb-overload in Pizza Pilgrims. I’ve eaten countless burgers – pink tinged Byrons, greasy Five Guys and the BEST duck confit burger (which is pretty much one of the best things I’ve ever eaten) However I’ve also come across a few hidden gems during my time in London, both of them I’ve spoken about before.

 photo St Moritz Restaurant Review Soho 12_zpsxj1zl5o7.jpg photo St Moritz Restaurant Review Soho 17_zpsm3esxrlw.jpgSt Moritz is a Swiss restaurant in the heart of Soho (just about my favourite area of London!). Being a fan of cheese is a must if you visit here, not least because you are greeted by a traditional racalette on entering. I highly recommend their cheese fondue, and of course their chocolate fondue is a must ‘due’!

 photo IMG_0804_zpsh4qs54pe.jpg photo IMG_0810_zpso7ojry8i.jpgThe Stockholm is a little out of the way, nestled towards Mortlake. It’s pricey but we found the lunch menu both affordable and delicious – my sausage was beautiful, and of course the Swedish meatballs were far superior to IKEA’s.

But there’s so many more hidden gems out there, and I do feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I’ve found the best way of getting a good place to eat is by word of mouth. Obviously I google blog reviews before I go anywhere, hell I’ve got a list of 43 blog posts of restaurant reviews (all places I want to visit). I use Twitter, I use Zomato, but still it can be difficult. When Millennium Hotels asked me to contribute to their new infographic about hidden gems in London, I knew that (1) I had to add my bit and (2) share it with you!

It was a toss up between the two restaurants about but in the end St Moritz won. Just. I wish I could have quoted two places!

I’ve loved reading about some of the other suggestions too. The House of Ho sounds amazing, I’ve really been lusting after some fresh, authentic Vietnamese food after reading about Libby’s first backpacking experience. Their September Set Menu sounds like great value for money, I’m adding it to my list of places to visit. Which considering I’m not living in London after Monday is going to have to be put on hold for a bit…

 photo 0c365d70-cf39-4235-b9e8-efc7bad6bd20_zpsxstursud.jpgOf course virtually all the pizza places have gone on the list in the hope of a tomato-free option (fingers crossed), and I’m now craving wings and hot dogs. I’m so surprised I’ve not piled the weight on this summer!

Where’s your favourite place in London? I’ve got ONE weekend left so send over your recommendations!