London today is known for its exciting culinary variety ranging from Japanese to Italian and Indian to Mexican you will find an amazing variety of exotic dishes in restaurants all over the city. This is a far cry from the time when British food was not exactly the toast of the town and considered to be bland and lacking in variety.
If you are a true epicurean who loves the finer things in life London is the city to experience the very best. A holiday in London is recommended for all those who want to experience the best that life has to offer. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson’s famous quote, “When a man is tired of London he is tired of life” perfectly sums up the London experience.
There are many options to choose from in terms of accommodation ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels in London. The only caveat is to make hotel reservations well in advance to get the best deals and also to avoid any disappointment especially, in the peak season.
For staying in a luxurious ambience that is complemented with superb customer services all at a very competitive price look no further than The Montcalm Royal London House a boutique hotel in the heart of the city. And it is very close to a number of attractions and some of the best bars and restaurants in the area. For those who love the spice and tang of Spanish food, there are a number of top notch Spanish restaurants to dine in the city like.........
Brindisa: Brindisa was already in the business of being one of the prominent importers of Spanish food in the city for a long time. They opened their first tapas bar in 2004 close to Borough Market. Now it has spread to other parts of the city with sister restaurants to be found in South Kensington, Shoreditch and Soho. They also have a food shop cum bar in Brixton. While the original Brindisa is still tempting patrons with its fabulous dishes it has helped to create other top notch Spanish eateries in its stable across parts of the city. If you are in the vicinity of Borough Market then make it a point to sample Brindisa’s fabled grilled chorizo baps for lunch. If not then a visit to any of its other restaurants in London is as good an experience!
Barrafina: The culinary journey of Barrafina begins with its older counterpart Fino that opened in 2003, in Fitzrovia. At that time it was out of a select few of the city’s new Spanish eateries that were true to their origins, without going overboard with slick marketing gimmicks. Since then Fino has cemented its reputation of being one of the finest Spanish eateries in the area. The addition of its newer sister Barrafina establishment in Soho has certainly added to its reputation. As with its older counterpart, Barrafina offers the same class of superlative dishes, which uses only authentic ingredients sourced from the Spanish mainland with wonderful treated meats and hams as well. The difference is Barrafina offers a more informal ambience and better bang for the buck. The seating arrangement that is bar-style accommodates only about 20 patrons at a time, so be ready to wait for your turn to plonk down when it is vacant.
Bar Esteban: A tapas joint Bar Esteban can be found at Crouch End. The owner’s description or mission statement for the place is ‘warmth and energy of Barcelona with edgy Brooklyn cool’. Its ambience which features bare brick walls and a massive steel bar certainly make a powerful statement. In terms of culinary offering it is good with the most prominent features being the quality served here. The restaurant focuses on sticking to the classics and cooking in the original style which has resulted in smacking good boquerones and succulent meatballs along with a host of simple but tempting dishes that are well the price. Its central location as well as reasonable prices definitely makes it worth a visit.
These are just a select few of the best Spanish restaurants to be found in the city of London!