places to eat and drink in London — tips from Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez


Tea Building

56 Shoreditch High Street

“The region of Shoreditch has great bars and restaurants, where eating isn’t synonymous with spending a lot of money. There, Lyle’s offers modern British cuisine prepared by chef James Lowe.”



7 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, and three other locations

“There’s a strong breakfast culture in London. In addition to the traditional London meal with toast, tea, eggs, sausages, roasted tomatoes, and jams, you can have other types of breakfast. At the Dishoom, the Hindu meal features chai, tea, and traditional Indian bread.”



39 Whitfield St, Fitzrovia

“London has some of the best cocktail bars in the world. You’ll find great drinks in such neighborhoods as Soho, Covent Garden, and Fitzrovia. The restaurant Dabbous has a good bar in the basement — Oskar’s —, where I had drinks made with beer and delicious tapas.'


Experimental Cocktail Club

13ª Gerrard St, Chinatown

'Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown is incredible. Another excellent place to find creative recipes.”


Taberna do Mercado

Old Spitalfields Market, 107B Commercial St

“I love Taberna do Mercado and their creative, honest Portuguese cuisine prepared by chef Nuno Mendes.'



Claridge’s, 49 Brook St, Mayfair

'I also had a great experience at Fera, a restaurant that has a Michelin star and offers original British food. The house is run by chef Simon Rogan, a renowned advocate of local and seasonal ingredients.”