Quality, value, no queues: pick two. This is the essential compromise of central London dining. As property prices rise and investment flows into the city with a centripetal force, it becomes more and more difficult to find places where it’s possible to eat daily for a reasonable price. This is despite the overwhelming increase in the number of restaurants on the streets of the capital.
Central London may be slowly becoming a plaything for the rich, but a mixed economy remains and many of the best value restaurants are in places with communities of first and second generation immigrants: the Arab restaurants that line Edgware Road, the Malaysian cafes hidden between the shabby hotels of Paddington, a nascent Japanese scene of izakayas, sushi bars, and ramen shops in Camden, the comparatively unheralded Latin-American cafes and bakeries in Elephant and Castle and, somewhere at the centre of it all, Chinatown. For the purposes of these maps, “central London” is imprecisely defined as “anything that would be on a tourist map” or “anywhere covered by London’s cycling scheme.”Read More