Savoir Fare London
Stylish and Affordable Dining
By Elaine Louie
Photographs by Phil Nicholls
Dining affordably and well—very well—in London is quite possible, it turns out, if you find the places Londoners themselves have discovered and love best. Author Elaine Louie has followed the leads of some of the city's most fashionable epicures—architects, curators, designers, and others with discriminating taste and exacting palates—and discovered 50 venues that would be great finds at any price and where a meal (not including tip and beverage) can be enjoyed for $25 or less.
The restaurants range across ethnicities, deliver on décor (cool, charming and/or beautiful), and the food (not necessarily three-course meals, but sometimes more modern, light dining) is always memorable. Follow the leads of fashionable epicures to:
Baker & Spice, a chic spot favored by impeccably dressed young mothers who savor the best quiches in London and golden-crusted meat pies filled with baby veggies fresh from the British countryside; the "darling and simple café" atop four floors of fashion in the hip Dover Street Market, centrally located near Bond Street; Crazie Homies, in hip Westbourne Grove, where the food is inspired by street vendors and taquerias found throughout Mexico and is freshly made to authentic recipes.The venues are located in city central locations, hip neighborhoods, and a few of the best are even tucked away in museums and department stores, making this a highly practical guide for travelers who need to plan their time efficiently.
About the Author
Elaine Louie is on the staff ofThe New York Times, where she contributes to the Home, Dining, and Sunday Styles sections. She is co-author of The Shun Lee Cookbook, and won the 1995 James Beard Journalism Award for a series of articles on ethnic cuisine in New York City.
About the Photographer
Phil Nicholls's photography book, Classic Cafés, is a study of London's "greasy spoon" café culture. His photographs appear in The Little Bookroom's The Traditional Shops & Restaurants of London by Eugenia Bell.