Love it or hate it, you’ll probably end up hitting the shops this month to pick up those last few Christmas gifts. 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’ve earned 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…)
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. Check out our Oxford Street dining guide for more great options nearby.
WESTFIELD (for Lacoste, Michael Kors, Prada, Disney Store, Tiffany & Co…)
Where to eat: Westfield has some solid options for a quick bite to eat. If you’ve got hungry kids in tow, head to Spaghetti House for pizza and pasta, Byron for burgers, or Cabana for Brazilian skewers. If you’d rather get in, get out, and eat elsewhere, check out local favourites like Mustard and Albertine.
COVENT GARDEN (for Superdry, Mulberry, Tatty Devine, Jack Wills, Apple…)
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 cheese at Champagne + Fromage. We also like Opera Tavern for Italian and Spanish-inspired plates, Big Easy for lobster and ribs, and Café Murano for pasta and great wine.
Where to eat: If you’re gift hunting in Chelsea’s chic boutiques, we recommend an early supper at local favourites like Bluebird, Ivy Chelsea Garden, or The Botanist on Sloane Square. Ritorno is a great choice for Italian dishes and killer cocktails, and we also like Zheng for traditional Malaysian dishes like beef rendang and nasi lemak.
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