Running from North-east of the city, through London’s epicentre and out to the West; the Piccadilly line captures a snapshot of London’s eclectic eating and drinking scene.
From neighbourhood eateries pouring blended origin coffee, to high-energy dining spaces inspired by their vibrant urban heritage, we’ve picked out some of the best places to eat and drink along the Piccadilly line.
Charlie’s Café and Bakery
With a motto that ‘life isn’t perfect, but your coffee can be’ is Charlie’s Café and Bakery. A bakery and coffee shop with an all-natural ethos, they are advocates for the finest coffee and bread.
Blending their coffee with two or more bean origins to achieve a more complex flavour, length and finish which they vouch as ‘culinary art’, they also offer organic breads in partnership with The Celtic Bakers – one of London’s leading bakeries who share their values.
My Cottage Café & Restaurant
A family-run restaurant with rustic interior features treasured heirlooms from antique radios, lanterns, decorative objects, pottery and musical instruments.
From handmade reclaimed wooden tables to the comfortable cushioned benches, My Cottage Café & Restaurant is designed to be a refreshing change from everyday life and a great places to eat in London. The Lebanese chef serves both hot and cold meze small plates, whilst drinks span from fresh juices organic teas, coffee or Arabic coffee.
The official coffee sponsor of Porsche Motorsport is Sacred Café. Offering a mix of high-quality coffee beans from some of the best regions in Africa, the Americas, and Sri Lankan loose-leaf tea, they also have their very own blonde craft ale made with manuka honey.
An organic wooden interior with a variety of plants and exposed brick, swing by this all-day space and rest assured you’ll enjoy the finest tea, coffee or ale in the area.
The Travel Café
With coffee culture at the centre of everything they do, is The Travel Café, an ‘open space for travellers’ with creative minds. An opportunity to refuel with a selection of bagels, sandwiches, coffees and salads; this home from home for those on the go is also a beautiful plant shop in partnership with the Urban Plant Store.
King’s Cross St Pancras
The Booking Office
Re-opening this summer with a new look is The Booking Office: the original ticket hall to St. Pancras station. A part of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, their motto is ‘come for the historic architecture and stay for the food’.
Headed up by Chef Adam Ashe and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu includes modern classics using locally sourced ingredients set within its grand surroundings.
Centrally located in Kings Cross, The Hansom confidently describe themselves as ‘iconic and unapologetically British’. Visit this glamorous hotel lounge located in the former railway station, for refreshing breakfasts, productive lunches, evening drinks or for their popular afternoon tea which teaches visitors about how the area transformed into the vibrant destination that it is today.
Plum and Spilt Milk
A celebration of British cuisine is Plum and Split Milk that brings the best of local ingredients whilst drawing on the connections of the route of the railway. Simply and creatively prepared, this all-day dining destination, named after the colours of the dining carriage of Great Northern Railway, serves dishes which are designed with passion and care to reflect the changing hours and seasons.
Bringing back to life the historic market under the Victorian glass and steel roof is Canopy Market: an artisanal food market open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Independently sourcing, selecting and supporting a range of independent producers, this weekend market unites fresh produce, artisan food and street food with a creative showcase from designers and artists.
A two-minute walk from Russel Square station in the Kimpton Fitzroy London is Palm Court: the heart and social hub of the hotel. With a soaring glass ceiling flooding the room with light, plush seating, and a background of lush greenery from the stunning indoor trees – Palm Court is an ideal meeting spot for both hotel guests and visitors.
Complementing this spirit of laid-back elegance, it mixes nods of the past with on-trend details such as herb-infused cocktails and tea served in Limoges porcelain sets to suit many tastes.
A ‘London café with Italian attitude’ is Caffe Tropea – a place where locals feel loved and newcomers feel like old friends. Owned and run by the Tropea family who are originally from Southern Italy, but have called London home since the ‘60s, their love affair with food has been passed down the generations.
With an ethos that, eating is a way of life, not a fad, whether it’s two minutes for a ‘tirami-su’ espresso or a two hours home-cooked meal, Caffe Tropea in Russell Square Gardens is your place.
Neptune is a modern British neighbourhood restaurants in London the heart of Bloomsbury. Serving thoughtfully sourced British seafood from their oyster bar as well as the highest quality British produce from the wood-fire grill, they also have an ever-evolving wine list that focuses on a mix of low intervention and classic wines.
An oasis for oyster lovers, visit Neptune between Monday to Saturday between 6-7pm for Oyster Happy Hour, when all oysters are half price.
Fork Deli is an independent artisan cafe on Marchmont Street in the heart of Bloomsbury. Taking pride in offering a space that caters for people studying, working or simply passing through, they serve wholesome and creative food.
Offering a friendly and local touch to Central London alongside excellent tea and coffee, rich in body, aroma and flavour, their carefully crafted menu uses only the freshest ingredients and changes throughout the year to reflect the seasons.
The Bountiful Cow
One of the 24 AA-recommended pubs in London chosen for their atmosphere, good beer and great food is The Bountiful Cow – Holborn’s hidden gem. A 1960s pub lined with vintage film posters, booth seating and a steak orientated menu, this family run bar and restaurant offers affordable wines and cask-conditioned ales.
Firmly establishing themselves as favourite amongst the locals, for the last fifteen years they have sourced all of their beef from their local butchers at Smithfield Market.
Next to Holborn Station is Asadal, a Korean BBQ restaurant who serve authentic bibimbap, bulgogi and hot pot. A traditional Korean basement restaurant with carvings, varnished partitions and table-top barbecues, Asadal champions the Korean BBQ which is all about enjoying and experimenting with the different flavours.
Meanwhile other dishes include seafood pancakes, spicy pork and bean curd hotpots.
The Pie Room
A part of The Rosewood Hotel is The Pie Room: dedicated to one of Britain’s most iconic dishes. Pie kitchen by day, exclusive dining room by night, The Pie Room is a treasure trove of savoury delicacies for every food lover to swing by and take away one of the beautifully intricate pastry creations from Chef Calum: the go to pastry expert.
Detail and technique go into making each and every pie which can be enjoyed at home with their new delivery service, or next door in the hotel’s main restaurant: The Holborn Dining Room.
Situated in the iconic Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, this petite eatery offers small plates with Berber-style flavours served from a bar by a central kitchen. Taking inspiration from the Barbary Coast, the restaurant has rich culinary traditions and exotic products.
The stripped back menu includes dishes like Jerusalem bagels, fattoush salad, mashawsha octopus and tells a story of trade, travel and culture.
A modern Chinese restaurant, Red Farm brings playful and contemporary Chinese cuisine and supercharged dim sum to Covent Garden. The menu takes a clean, fresh approach to Chinese food, offering signature items including clever dim sum creations.
Located at 9 Russell Street, this eatery has a modern take on traditional recipes, this includes one of their best dishes: pac man shrimp dumplings.
Located in a former banana warehouse is Café Pacifico. Considered ‘the father of Mexican restaurants’ in London it remains one of the London’s leaders for serving authentic Mexican food and award-winning margaritas.
With a warm and vibrant cantina-style atmosphere, explore authentic flavours full of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options alongside its vast Mexican beer and tequila menu.
Championing a new, ingredient-driven approach to the kebab, is Maison Bab who infuse international culinary influences using ethical, seasonal ingredients and free-range meat.
Featuring a retro Middle Eastern décor, Maison Bab creates a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy seasonal kebabs on flatbreads and other reinterpreted Middle Eastern dishes. Mezes and kebabs lead with bold big flavours with the use of the charcoal barbeques.
La Goccia, Petersham Nurseries
Petersham Nurseries brings its renowned spirit from Richmond to an elegant setting in Central London which includes La Goccia: its vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen, wood-fired oven, large grill and dining bar.
Offering an interactive experience with dishes created in front of guests, La Goccia offers an interpretation of the Italian aperitivo and small plates known as ‘cicchetti’. The emphasis on seasonality is key to the extensive menu that changes regularly with the best seasonal produce.
Leicester Square Kitchen
Leicester Square Kitchen is a chic bar and restaurant with a large terrace. The restaurant is based in the heart of this iconic square and offers contemporary Mexican and Peruvian small plates, entrées and specialities, alongside signature cocktails and reserve wines.
This eatery is just as alive and vibrant as the Central London neighbourhood and connects the gap between modernity and authenticity.
This rooftop bar serves cocktails, burgers and gourmet mains in a contemporary space with skyline views. The perfect setting for a casual lunch with the family, weekend drinks with friends or pre-theatre bites; here are some of the best views the city has to offer: nine floors up above the buzzing streets and located at London’s most iconic address -1 Leicester Square.
Transporting diners to the streets of Istanbul, without leaving the capital’s heart is The Bosporus, serving authentic Turkish cuisine with a lively dining experience.
With an aim to deliver Turkish roots and culture of yesterday while meeting the highest quality and standards of today, from Turkish filled pasta to sweet pistachio sarma baklava, the space reflects Turkish architecture and culture with a contemporary twist.
Combining British heritage with European grandeur, is The Wolseley: Piccadilly’s iconic art deco brasserie. One of London’s most respected café-restaurants, when it opened in 2003 it was considered to be London’s first Grand Café.
Renowned today for its spectacular interior, classic food and seamless service; The Wolseley has earned its reputation as one of London’s most popular all-day café-restaurants, becoming an institution the world over.
The Deli Robuchon
Less than a minute’s walk from Green Park station is The Deli Robuchon, a casual yet sophisticated all-day dining and French patisserie deli.
Offering freshly baked croissants to cheese and charcuterie boards, the team lead with a desire to offer an accessible and intimate deli in Mayfair from Joël Robuchon who held a world record of 32 Michelin stars in 2016.
Since 1956, Zia Teresa have been serving exceptional, time-honoured Italian cooking on Hans Road in the chic heart of Knightsbridge. Founded by Lorenzo Fraquelli, it has stayed with the Fraquelli family ever since with a convivial atmosphere and a menu for everyone that have kept this much-loved Italian restaurant thriving through the decades.
From fresh pasta, to meat and fish, it’s their welcoming team which will want to make you return again and again.
Considered as ‘the original Lebanese dining experience in London’ is Maroush Bakehouse. Even more popular today than it was when it opened 31 years ago, this lively two-floor restaurant features a casual sit-down area on the main floor, and a larger dining room in the basement.
The bakery/restaurant offers visitors Lebanese dishes across a selection of meze, salads, stews, pastries and desserts. The perfect place for a quick breakfast, a business meeting or casual family dinner, it is just a convenient three-minute walk from the station.
The Little French Restaurant
The Little French Restaurant is small by name and small by nature. Low-lit and cosy, it is Earl’s Court’s destination to taste fine French food paired with excellent wines.
Reasonably priced, they invite diners to reminisce of bygone days when good food was honestly priced. A traditional French gem, indulge in classic French dishes from onion soup to coq au vin.
Hammersmith Street Market
Open each Thursday and Friday from 8am to 5pm, this street market located on Hammersmith’s Lyric Square attracts hundreds of people every week and offers great value fruit, vegetables, fish and cheese.
Street food is a big part of this market and includes independent producers dishing up Thai food, Caribbean style salads, falafel, Italian pasta, French crepes and homemade pastries.
La Petite Bretagne
Introducing Londoners to the French flavours of Brittany is La Petite Bretagne, a contemporary crêperie that offers both savoury and sweet buckwheat pancakes.
Taking pride in using the best ingredients available, each and every of their French ‘galettes’ are gluten and wheat free, making them perfect for coeliac customers. Not only do they supply delicious crepes, but you can also expect salads, small bites and waffles.
The Australian café and natural wine shop is Antipode. Leading with artisan coffees, smoothies and sandwiches throughout the day in a relaxed easy-going café atmosphere, come evening swing by and sample one of their natural wines on offer.
Whether it’s breakfast, a laid-back lunch or popping by to try their popular brunch on the weekend, Antipode has a wide selection of organic freshly baked pastries and brunch hot food options from down under.
My Little Cup
With an ethos that revolves around building a conscious and meaningful business is My Little Cup café. A sustainable coffee shop with two other locations in Brussels and Montreal, they serve freshly baked pastries and treats and always strive to be transparent about the origins of their products. Pick up a coffee at My Little Cup on your lunch break or grab some homemade pastries to enjoy later at home.
Translating as ‘tapas and wines’ in Spanish, Tapinos is a West London restaurant that since 2017, has shared their passion for tapas and wine with their diners.
Offering a wide range of classic, traditional and modern tapas dishes across a selection of boards, meats, sides, seafood and vegetarian options – choose from cured meats such as jamon Iberico to the familiar favourite of patatas bravas, topped with garlic mayonnaise and spicy tomato sauce.
Pioneers of Neapolitan pizza are Santa Maria. Passionate about serving pizza you would find on the streets of Naples; they use the same ingredients and traditional cooking methods to ensure authenticity throughout.
Having worked for many years in several restaurants and pizzerias all over London, owners Angelo and Pasquale opened Santa Maria on St.Mary’s Road in Ealing when they thought that the borough needed a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria.
With an ethos of high standards, but where everyone gets treated the same – enjoy their freshly created pizzas that bring a taste of Italian fare to the sleepy streets of Ealing.