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Top 10 British Foods to Try in London - Must Sample Culinary Treats in British Capital

Regarded as one of the world's culinary heartlands, London is a food lover's dream city. Here are the 10 best local dishes every visitor should sample during a holiday in the British capital.


Full English Breakfast

What better way to kick start your days in London than with a full English breakfast. As an integral part of hotel breakfast menus whether it's the Berjaya Eden Park London Hotel or any other hospitality hub, the meal consists of several elements. Served with a side of toast, sausages, baked tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs and potatoes make up the full English breakfast which also features a scoop of blood pudding.


Sticky Toffee Pudding

Served in Restaurants in Bayswater London and elsewhere, this classic English dessert consists of a sponge cake with dates and raisins. Topped off with a good helping of toffee sauce, the dish is consumed with vanilla ice cream or custard.


Fish & Chips

As the most recognizable meal in the British cannon, Fish and Chips is a fantastic meal to enjoy any time of the day. Served in London restaurants the likes of Poppy's and Shoreditch, the conventional dish is made using a white fish variety which if fried to a crisp and served alongside potato chips.



The tiny clam dish is not for the faint of heart although, in the East End area, it is arguably one of the cheapest meals on offer. Refreshing and bite-sized, a serving of cockles can be found in some of the city's best markets as well as countless grocery stores.


Sunday Roast

Another British classic, this decadent meal is consumed in the time between 12 noon and late afternoon on Sundays. Consisting of a roasted meat item the likes of chicken, pork or turkey, Sunday Roast is served with a helping of boiled veggies and finished off with a cup of Yorkshire pudding.


Pie and Mash

Regarded as the quintessential comfort food for Britons, pie and mash comes in so many delightful variations it is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. The meat pie is served with a spoon of creamed mashed potatoes and gravy when prepared in local homes.


Eton Mess

A delectable dessert, Eton Mess earned its name after the sought after British boarding school of the same name. As a delightful combination of strawberries, crushed meringue and heavy cream the dish is also prepared with different fruit substitutes.



Eaten with clotted cream and strawberry jam, scones come in a variety of flavours although the plain and raisin laden varieties are the most popular. The best place to sample the classic afternoon tea snack is Gail's Bakery where they are available at all hours of the day.


Toad in the Hole

The sausage pastry dish differs from the American incarnation of the same dish as the sausage is encircled in a crusty pastry to create the perfect savoury snack.



The spongier cousin of the English muffin, crumpets are lathered with butter or jam by locals for an extra zing.