Love it or hate it, you’ll probably be hitting the shops soon to pick up those tricky Christmas gifts you can’t find online. If you’re shopping in London, you know the drill – go off-peak (evenings are good), leave your heels at home, and make a list to avoid any aimless wandering.
Most importantly, reward yourself with a restaurant stop along the way – you deserve it! Here are some of the best places to eat near London’s top shopping destinations.
REGENT STREET (for the Apple Store, Burberry, Hollister, Levi’s, Hamleys…)
Where to eat: You’re spoilt for choice for great eats around Regent Street. You can splash out in style at Gordon Ramsay’s new Heddon Street Kitchen, treat yourself to steak at Hawksmoor Air Street or oysters at Bentley’s. If you’d rather keep things casual, head for Kingly Court and grab a bite at Senor Ceviche, The Rum Kitchen or Cinnamon Soho.
OXFORD STREET (for Selfridges, Debenhams, House of Fraser, TopShop, NikeTown…)
Where to eat: You’ll struggle to find much worth eating on Oxford Street itself so it’s worth making a detour into Soho or Marylebone. You can linger over wine and charcuterie at 28-50, grab a lunchtime bento at Cocochan, or try some of London’s best Indian food at Roti Chai. For a special pre-Christmas treat, try the ‘Dim Sum Sundays’ menu at Hakkasan or feast on crab and steak at BEAST.
WESTFIELD (for Lacoste, Michael Kors, Prada, Disney Store, Tiffany & Co…)
Where to eat: If you’ve got hungry kids to feed, try the pizzas at Fire & Stone, burgers at Byron, or Brazilian skewers at Cabana. Shopping solo? Reward yourself with a glass of fizz and a light lunch at Searcy’s Champagne Bar or escape Westfield and head to Bush Hall Dining Rooms for seasonal salads, steak or their delicious Bloody Mary mussels.
COVENT GARDEN (for Superdry, Mulberry, Tatty Devine, Jack Wills, Jubilee Market…)
Where to eat: Restaurants around Covent Garden Piazza fill up fast so book ahead for the best tables. You can refuel at grand brasseries like Balthazar and The Delaunay or catch up with a friend over a cheeseboard at Champagne + Fromage. We also like Dishoom for Indian street food dishes, Big Easy for lobster and ribs, and Marcus Wareing’s new restaurant, Tredwell’s.
KING’S ROAD (for Links of London, MAC, Kiehl’s, Muji, Cath Kidston…)
Where to eat: If you’re gift hunting in Chelsea’s chic boutiques, we recommend an early supper at local favourites like Bluebird, Manicomio or Kurobuta (sister to the Japanese izakaya in Marble Arch). Too early for dinner? Try afternoon tea at Gallery Mess or The Botanist on Sloane Square.