What is the true taste of London? The capital’s food scene is delightfully varied and seems to become more so every year, with old faithfuls – St John, Quo Vadis – standing proudly alongside new arrivals serving everything from Filipino cooking to Antipodean small plates and Nigerian tapas. Still, there are some iconic that best represent the London culinary scene – dishes that have influenced young chefs, blazed a trail for a new type of dining, or become a bucket list item for foodies across the world.
Below, we round up the dishes that everyone should try at least once. More than half come in at under £10, while a few are more fine-dining than street snacks. These dishes sum up why the best restaurants in London are also some of the best restaurants in the world. They range from Malaysian street food staples to breakfast dishes served in skyscrapers, pasta worth queuing for and puddings to save room for.