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Where Politicians Eat in London

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, and more

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The general election and the intersection of politics and food — like Boris Johnson’s Voyage of Culinary Discovery — has opened the door to an unspoiled pantry of seasonal content. And, in that spirit, allow Eater London to present a different kind of a London restaurant guide. This is crucial not just because everyone’s obsessed with how and what politicians eat, but because eating and drinking is inherently political. It is entirely at the discretion of you, the reader, to decide whether the below represents a recommendation or somewhere to avoid.

We’re always interested to learn where politicians are eating, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you have a sighting. You can let us know via this link. Remember, tipping goes a long way in this industry.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mamma Mia

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459 Upper Richmond Rd W, East Sheen
London SW14 7PR, UK

No prizes for guessing the cuisine: Italian staples including the likes of bresaola, rigatoni with beef ragu or escaloppe Milanese. Prizes for guessing the politician? Here’s the answer. It’s Boris Johnson.

Candidate For The Conservative Party Leadership Boris Johnson Arrives At His Girlfriend’s Home
Mamma Mia...Here I go again... is an apt song
Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images

2. Boisdale of Belgravia

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15 Eccleston St, Belgravia
London SW1W 9LX, UK

Old-school restaurant serving steaks, gammon, and chips seeks old-school er... gent for a customer. Clearly Nigel Farage likes this place as he’s been spotted here on many occasions. Once with Boris Johnson. Once with “friends”. And last Tuesday, when the restaurant celebrated its 30 year anniversary. Obsessed much?

The Brexit Party Campaign in Hull and Grimsby
Is Nigel Farage obsessed with Boisdale?
Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

3. Archway Kebab

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26 Junction Rd, Archway
London N19 5RE, UK
020 7263 9163

The leader of the Labour party loves his kebabs, but make it vegetarian please. Jeremy Corbyn is such a fan of this takeaway that he nominated Archway Kebab for the Best British Kebab Awards, which it won. He then promptly ate said veggie kebabs. Runner up for a Corbyn favourite is the El Comandante pub near the Emirates Stadium. Old pub with Che Guevara memorabilia and an R&B soundtrack. That checks out. 

The Labour Party Launch Their Election Manifesto
“One veggie kebab please, my good man.”
Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

4. Ottolenghi Spitalfields

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50 Artillery Ln, Spitalfields
London E1 7LJ, UK

This one’s a genuine puzzler. Former prime minister and boogie queen Theresa May loves Ottolenghi, but just his cookbooks — there is no evidence that she has dined at one of his London restaurants, so one can only speculate. Further questions: Should we look forward to a Loyle Carner ft. Theresa May single soon? Has she heard of the Ottolenghi dictionary?

BRITAIN-ATTACK
There’s always Alottolenghi in Theresa May’s kitchen
Photo credit should read BEN BIRCHALL/AFP via Getty Images

5. Kennington Tandoori

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313 Kennington Rd
London SE11 4QE, UK

A number of British politicians — Ken Clarke, David Cameron, Anna Soubry — name Kennington Tandoori as their favourite. Is this the Parliament’s official curry house?

UK Government Readies For Change In Prime Minister
Fancy a curry tonight?
Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

6. Gadz Café

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44 Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park
London N4 3JP, UK
020 7263 0871

Jeremy Corbyn has many favourites — he’s a man of the people! He offered to do the dishes here! He also loves the falafel here! The rumour is that the cafe’s Christmas tree has a picture of him on the tree instead of an angel or a star.

Jeremy Corbyn Campaigns For Labour In Stoke
“I’ll have a giant falafel wrap please”
Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

7. Rudie's

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50 Stoke Newington Rd, Clapton
London N16 7XB, UK

Diane Abbott seems to be generally enamoured by Stoke Newington Church Street, but that really isn’t surprising considering she has been the Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987. Rudie’s, which serves Jamaican food, in Stokey has apparently been her favourite since it opened, where rum and coke is the drink of her choice. That is when M&S Mojitos don’t make the cut. She also occasionally frequents Peppers & Spice in Islington when she wants a West Indian takeaway of jerk chicken, rice and peas.

Labour Leader Calls For A General Election
Rum and coke on my mind
Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images

8. The Reform Club

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104 Pall Mall, St. James's
London SW1Y 5EW, UK

Jacob Rees Mogg was seen dining here with with Jean-Pierre Jouyet, the French Ambassador. A very ‘man of the people’ vibe. The Somerset MP, it has to be noted, makes his own cider — impressive?? — and likes to drink it...flat — not so impressive. Cheeky pint after, at Wetherspoons perhaps.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP Joins Wetherspoons Owner At Somerset Pub Opening
Mmm...flat cider
Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

9. Orient Express Turkish Kebab, Grill & Meze

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12, Leigham Hall Parade, Streatham
London SW16 1DR, UK
020 8677 6808

Chuka Umunna likes his jazz funk — he’s all about keeping it real — and his cocktails at Shochu Lounge, and apparently spends well over £150 a month on coffee. But the more important intel is that he prefers his burgers, unlike George Osborne, to be under a fiver.

Lib Dems Unveil Plan For Equalities And Human Rights
A burger should not cost more than £5!
Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images

10. Aubergine

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11 Park Walk, Chelsea
London SW10 0AJ, UK

Now closed, this erstwhile Gordon Ramsay restaurant is (was?) a favourite of Jeremy Hunt or, he who ate cold pizza to prove he’s just a regular guy.

Theresa May Holds Final Cabinet Before Stepping Down As Prime Minister Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images

11. The Colony Grill Room

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The Beaumont, 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
London W1K 6TF, UK

A plotter favourite, apparently. So Gavin Williamson makes the cut, when he was plotting a Tory leadership bid. Of course, nothing compares to the time when the Secretary of State for Education gave people some influencer-worthy Instagram content on McDonalds (!). Ice cream sundae (!!). He’s back on his reelection bid: Williamson was seen casually grabbing a cuppa and proclaiming that Brussels sprouts has “nothing to do with Brussels”.

Gavin Williamson’s sacking by Theresa May over Huawei leak leads to a culinary journey
An impressive culinary transformation that is Williamson
Gavin Williamson/Instagram

12. Simpsons Tavern

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38 1/2 Cornhill
London EC3V 9DR, UK

The site of Nigel Farage’s lunch with the Financial Times, in which he chastised his interviewer for ordering goats’ cheese, ate a well-done pork chop, and drank a lot of ale.

Autumn Racing & CAMRA Beer Festival At Ascot
It’s ale good...
Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

1. Mamma Mia

459 Upper Richmond Rd W, East Sheen, London SW14 7PR, UK
Candidate For The Conservative Party Leadership Boris Johnson Arrives At His Girlfriend’s Home
Mamma Mia...Here I go again... is an apt song
Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images

No prizes for guessing the cuisine: Italian staples including the likes of bresaola, rigatoni with beef ragu or escaloppe Milanese. Prizes for guessing the politician? Here’s the answer. It’s Boris Johnson.

459 Upper Richmond Rd W, East Sheen
London SW14 7PR, UK

2. Boisdale of Belgravia

15 Eccleston St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX, UK
The Brexit Party Campaign in Hull and Grimsby
Is Nigel Farage obsessed with Boisdale?
Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Old-school restaurant serving steaks, gammon, and chips seeks old-school er... gent for a customer. Clearly Nigel Farage likes this place as he’s been spotted here on many occasions. Once with Boris Johnson. Once with “friends”. And last Tuesday, when the restaurant celebrated its 30 year anniversary. Obsessed much?

15 Eccleston St, Belgravia
London SW1W 9LX, UK

3. Archway Kebab

26 Junction Rd, Archway, London N19 5RE, UK
The Labour Party Launch Their Election Manifesto
“One veggie kebab please, my good man.”
Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The leader of the Labour party loves his kebabs, but make it vegetarian please. Jeremy Corbyn is such a fan of this takeaway that he nominated Archway Kebab for the Best British Kebab Awards, which it won. He then promptly ate said veggie kebabs. Runner up for a Corbyn favourite is the El Comandante pub near the Emirates Stadium. Old pub with Che Guevara memorabilia and an R&B soundtrack. That checks out. 

26 Junction Rd, Archway
London N19 5RE, UK

4. Ottolenghi Spitalfields

50 Artillery Ln, Spitalfields, London E1 7LJ, UK
BRITAIN-ATTACK
There’s always Alottolenghi in Theresa May’s kitchen
Photo credit should read BEN BIRCHALL/AFP via Getty Images

This one’s a genuine puzzler. Former prime minister and boogie queen Theresa May loves Ottolenghi, but just his cookbooks — there is no evidence that she has dined at one of his London restaurants, so one can only speculate. Further questions: Should we look forward to a Loyle Carner ft. Theresa May single soon? Has she heard of the Ottolenghi dictionary?

50 Artillery Ln, Spitalfields
London E1 7LJ, UK

5. Kennington Tandoori

313 Kennington Rd, London SE11 4QE, UK
UK Government Readies For Change In Prime Minister
Fancy a curry tonight?
Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

A number of British politicians — Ken Clarke, David Cameron, Anna Soubry — name Kennington Tandoori as their favourite. Is this the Parliament’s official curry house?

313 Kennington Rd
London SE11 4QE, UK

6. Gadz Café

44 Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP, UK
Jeremy Corbyn Campaigns For Labour In Stoke
“I’ll have a giant falafel wrap please”
Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn has many favourites — he’s a man of the people! He offered to do the dishes here! He also loves the falafel here! The rumour is that the cafe’s Christmas tree has a picture of him on the tree instead of an angel or a star.

44 Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park
London N4 3JP, UK

7. Rudie's

50 Stoke Newington Rd, Clapton, London N16 7XB, UK
Labour Leader Calls For A General Election
Rum and coke on my mind
Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images

Diane Abbott seems to be generally enamoured by Stoke Newington Church Street, but that really isn’t surprising considering she has been the Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987. Rudie’s, which serves Jamaican food, in Stokey has apparently been her favourite since it opened, where rum and coke is the drink of her choice. That is when M&S Mojitos don’t make the cut. She also occasionally frequents Peppers & Spice in Islington when she wants a West Indian takeaway of jerk chicken, rice and peas.

50 Stoke Newington Rd, Clapton
London N16 7XB, UK

8. The Reform Club

104 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5EW, UK
Jacob Rees-Mogg MP Joins Wetherspoons Owner At Somerset Pub Opening
Mmm...flat cider
Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Jacob Rees Mogg was seen dining here with with Jean-Pierre Jouyet, the French Ambassador. A very ‘man of the people’ vibe. The Somerset MP, it has to be noted, makes his own cider — impressive?? — and likes to drink it...flat — not so impressive. Cheeky pint after, at Wetherspoons perhaps.

104 Pall Mall, St. James's
London SW1Y 5EW, UK

9. Orient Express Turkish Kebab, Grill & Meze

12, Leigham Hall Parade, Streatham, London SW16 1DR, UK
Lib Dems Unveil Plan For Equalities And Human Rights
A burger should not cost more than £5!
Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images

Chuka Umunna likes his jazz funk — he’s all about keeping it real — and his cocktails at Shochu Lounge, and apparently spends well over £150 a month on coffee. But the more important intel is that he prefers his burgers, unlike George Osborne, to be under a fiver.

12, Leigham Hall Parade, Streatham
London SW16 1DR, UK

10. Aubergine

11 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 0AJ, UK
Theresa May Holds Final Cabinet Before Stepping Down As Prime Minister Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images

Now closed, this erstwhile Gordon Ramsay restaurant is (was?) a favourite of Jeremy Hunt or, he who ate cold pizza to prove he’s just a regular guy.

11 Park Walk, Chelsea
London SW10 0AJ, UK

11. The Colony Grill Room

The Beaumont, 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K 6TF, UK
Gavin Williamson’s sacking by Theresa May over Huawei leak leads to a culinary journey
An impressive culinary transformation that is Williamson
Gavin Williamson/Instagram

A plotter favourite, apparently. So Gavin Williamson makes the cut, when he was plotting a Tory leadership bid. Of course, nothing compares to the time when the Secretary of State for Education gave people some influencer-worthy Instagram content on McDonalds (!). Ice cream sundae (!!). He’s back on his reelection bid: Williamson was seen casually grabbing a cuppa and proclaiming that Brussels sprouts has “nothing to do with Brussels”.

The Beaumont, 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
London W1K 6TF, UK

12. Simpsons Tavern

38 1/2 Cornhill, London EC3V 9DR, UK
Autumn Racing & CAMRA Beer Festival At Ascot
It’s ale good...
Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The site of Nigel Farage’s lunch with the Financial Times, in which he chastised his interviewer for ordering goats’ cheese, ate a well-done pork chop, and drank a lot of ale.

38 1/2 Cornhill
London EC3V 9DR, UK

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