While many people living in London consider it a bit of a cheap alternative, it is well worth seeking out a great ‘chippy’. Besides, until you have been here for a while you can still pass it off as a great tourist attraction. You can also impress your friends back home when they come to visit you. Do not let yourself become a jaded city dweller too fast or you will miss out on some of the nicest food you have ever tasted. British food, no doubt because of the weather (don’t tell the Brits I said that…) (don’t tell them I called them Brits either…), is like comfort food. It fills you up and keeps you warm, and you’ll get to experience the great home style cooking at some of the best eateries in town.
You won’t find a more traditional dish in Britain than fish and chips, I don’t care what Ramsey himself says! The Rock and Sole Plaice is the oldest ‘chippy’ in London and enjoys a great tradition of serving delicious fish and chips wrapped in the traditional news paper. This popular restaurant is a great place to enjoy a summer evening under the trees strung with lights. It’s one of my favorite things to do in London.
The Rock and Sole Plaice offers this traditional food in modern surroundings. London locals love it and you’ll always find a queue of people waiting for their takeaway fish and chips. There is a large selection of beers and wines to help your meal go down, but don’t expect vintage wines or anything too expensive. This chippy is close to the theatres of the West End and the décor includes theatre posters from decades of shows performed at some of the theatres in the area. Your basic meal will set you back about £12.
A fish and chip restaurant named after the famous warship that Sir Francis Drake used to circumnavigate the world in 1577. A fish and chip shop with a huge taste of history. The Golden Hind is a small restaurant serves good quality fish and chips at affordable prices. Not as busy as The Rock and Sole Plaice, this is truly a bargain eatery. No frills and fancy touches, but then you are not paying through the nose either. This is definitely on my list of things to do in London after moving – great post-moving, stress buster. Great value, loads of fun. Perfect for a quick bite before a night out on the town. Many people can be seen grabbing a quick take away on the way home from work. Although most don’t care to admit that they enjoy having a traditional meal of fish and chips.
When ordering fish and chips, you should ask for an order of mushy peas. These go down a treat with the vinegary taste of the chips and the flavor of the fish. Go on…be adventurous and try it. Now that you are living in London, you have to try out everything so you might as well start with fish, chips and mushy peas, before moving on to ‘spotted dick’. (Yes, that is actually the name of a dish and not actually something to do after moving to London!)