Staying in one of our holiday short lets London this winter? Come with us on a culinary tour of the capital and find out who is offering the best seasonal fare in town.
It’s a happy thought that so much of the best and most traditional English food and drink suits the winter months so well! Lovely summer trifles with strawberries and Victoria sponge cake with jam and cream all have their place in our hearts, but winter is when English food shines and satisfies. What you need this time of year are pies, puddings, spiced biscuits, roasts with gravy & all the trimmings and some good cheese.
TWO GOOD WINTER FOOD MARKETS
The Real Food Market close to King’s Cross Station is especially festive and friendly now and you will find many stalls offering the very best seasonal wares such as pies, hampers, a wide selection of cheeses, puddings and cured meats. The justifiably famous and always wonderful Borough Market is another one that delights and temps you even more than usual in the winter. This year we are told that the mulled English cider, hot gingerbread and nutmeg jam are not to be missed. We have plenty of holiday short lets London close to both of these central neighbourhoods.
CHOCOLATES AND TEA AT FORTNUM’S
Fortnum and Mason’s Department Store on Piccadilly has plenty of old world charm and sophistication. You will be amazed at the range and variety of the beautiful chocolates and tea on sale here, in fact, this beautiful store is world famous for both! The Champagne Truffle Drum (a beautiful grey and green container rather like a small hat-box!) is their best seller. Come and peruse the hampers, large and small, the champagne & wine, the teas and coffees, spiced and flavoured or otherwise, plus some lovely liquors and preserves.
SOME EXCELLENT GASTRO PUBS IN CENTRAL LONDON
London’s pubs have come a long way, especially those serving food. There are some truly amazing public houses serving traditional English food of the highest quality now in London Town, with plenty of flair and style!
Smokehouse in Islington is the gastro pub to choose for traditional roasts and other lovely meat dishes, grilled over charcoal and locally sourced. There will be some proper English puddings on offer here too, served with custard or cream. The selection of beer and ale is outstanding and the wine comes from small, family run vineyards.
The Harwood Arms in friendly Fulham has a Michelin star and it’s own vegetable roof garden – what’s not to like about that? Wander down the pretty side streets of this popular and pleasant neighbourhood and pop into the Harwood – it is likely to be the best pub lunch you have ever had in central London. Fulham is one of the most popular choices in our holiday short lets London repertoire.
A GREASY SPOON CAFE
There aren’t many real greasy spoon caff’s left. These are the old fashioned, traditional cafes where the tea is served strong and in large mugs, (it’s known as builders tea.) You can get your full English breakfast (eggs, sausage, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms and toast) here, served the way it should be!
The Regency Cafe in Westminster is a very popular greasy spoon which has been voted one of London’s best and most charming. Westminster is, of course, one of the most cultured and historically interesting parts of London to choose a holiday short lets London to stay in.