Upon the release of her new book London: The Cookbook, Cara Frost-Sharratt shares her ten reasons to eat in the capital. 

Barrafina's Stuffed Courgette Flower

Barrafina's Stuffed Courgette Flower

Bites for all budgets – from pop-up burger bars to 3-star Michelin dining, there’s incredible food to be sampled whatever the size of your wallet.

Street food – with food markets like Mercato Metropolitano and Model Market offering an eclectic range of culinary stalls, as well as bars, live music and late-night opening, al fresco dining has never been so cool in the capital.

Local producers – the capital is home to more food producers than you might think: there’s even beehives on a south-east London rooftop (Bermondsey Bees).

International menu – whether you’ve got a craving for Korean barbecue or you fancy regional Portuguese tapas, you’ll find it all in London.

Trend-setting – new food trends are often road tested in the capital so you can be first in the queue for niche concepts like dining in the dark at Dans le Noir, enjoying a feline-themed afternoon tea at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium or tucking into an all-day breakfast at Cereal Killer Café.  

Celebrity chefs – want to sample the food of Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver or Heston Blumenthal? Take your pick of any number of restaurants with these heavyweight cooks at the helm.

Unusual ingredients – shop at one of the many incredible food markets (such as Borough, Billingsgate and Maltby Street) or the wealth of ethnic grocers and supermarkets to get pretty much every ingredient you need for a homemade feast.

Dietary requirements – from Mildreds and Sagar vegetarian restaurants to the 100% gluten-free Leggaro and Niche, diners with specific dietary requirements will be well looked after in London.

Easy access – everywhere in central London is accessible by public transport, which means you won’t need to shell out on a taxi to get back to your hotel or house after a meal out.

Something to drink? – with a bunch of artisan microbreweries and distilleries springing up across the capital, you can enjoy locally produced real ale, lager or gin with your meal. Think Meantime, The Kernel, Jensen’s, and Sipsmith.