Exploring the Fabulous Food of London
Coming to London? Get a convenient Gatwick Airport taxi to your accommodation then get out and sample come of the city's best places to dine.
Visiting for a short break in London? Once you land at Gatwick Airport, taxi services to the heart of the city are the best way to get to your accommodation quickly and without stress. If you've travelled a long way you may be keen to get out without delay and sample some of the renowned eateries of the UK capital.
Get your Gatwick Airport taxi driver to give you some top insider tips to the best places – after all, you just can't beat local knowledge. There is a growing culinary scene in London and you can get just about anything you want at almost any time of day. But don’t worry, even if you don’t have unlimited funds to splurge at a Michelin starred restaurant, you can still dine very well in the city.
Most expensive meals
If you're looking for the crème de la crème of restaurants in London, you don’t have to go far. There are currently 51 restaurants in the city with a single Michelin star. (Some of which may be among the recommendations from your Gatwick Airport taxi driver.) Why not join the throng of diners enjoying the odd mix of champagne and hotdogs at the Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, where you can enjoy a set, no-choices menu? If you want to go a step up, you can sample one of the nine two Michelin-star restaurants. You could try the unusual flavours at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal for an unforgettable evening, for example.
However, if you really want the best of the best, book a table (a long time in advance) at one of the city’s two three-started locations: Gordon Ramsay or Alan Ducasse at the Dorchester. Be prepared for elegant French menus, excellent wines, impeccable service and a bill to match.
There really is no limit to the number of mid-range dining options in London, and your Gatwick Airport taxi driver will probably be a mine of information. The first thing to consider is what region you want to explore through food: there are restaurants in the city offering Ethiopian delights, Iranian foods, South African, American, Japanese, Indian, Australian, and let’s not forget the options in China Town – and this barely scratches the surface! It might be an idea to do some research as there are a number of exceptional blogs and rating sites that will give you honest (and often hilarious) opinions of the London dining scene.
Cheap and cheerful eats
Though the city may have plenty of fine dining options, your Gatwick Airport taxi driver will undoubtedly have his or her favourite "cheap eats" venue to recommend. You could pop into any number of the Vietnamese Banh Mi shops to try their famous style of sandwiches, or there are Israeli falafel shops dotted around side streets, vegetarian hideaways, and even a bagel shop on Brick Lane that is like stepping straight into New York City. If you have time you should definitely visit Borough Market (Thursday through Saturday), or try the food stalls at Camden Market and the markets behind Brick Lane, all of which give you myriad choices from food around the world.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct. If you’re looking for a Gatwick airport taxi service, Shuttle Direct provide pre-booked shuttles to major destinations all over Europe. Wherever you travel, Shuttle Direct can make sure that you don’t miss your car on your holiday abroad.