London has some of the best dining in Europe if not the world. That’s because its history as the capital city of a vast global empire meant that many peoples from around the globe have made it their home over the past 150 years and brought their cuisines with them. So, you’ll find fantastic restaurants here covering every global cuisine imaginable! A slight downside of that though was that English/British cuisine almost disappeared and surveys regularly show that Indian dishes are now the favorite ‘English’ meals of Londoners! However, things have changed over the past 10-20 years and there are now some excellent restaurants serving traditional English/British fare. London doesn’t really have its own cuisine that’s radically different to elsewhere in England. The one exception is the tradition of eating shellfish from stalls in the un-trendy East End of London but you’ll need Withlocals’ expert advice to find those! In central London, restaurant prices may be high – particularly if you’re dining near the tourist spots. Pub dining is usually cheaper. Evening meals tend to start a little earlier than in some other European countries, with reservations perhaps being made for 7.30pm to dine at 8pm. Tipping is not obligatory but if you’re happy with the service and your meal, around 10% is considered polite – unless the price already includes a service charge. In central London, reservations are a good idea on Friday and Saturday nights.
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