The 100 best shops in London â food and drink picks
Food writers and restaurateurs pick the best shops in London
Polpo’s Russell Norman, Viajante’s chef patron Nuno Mendes and Time Out Food & Drink editor Guy Dimond’s favourite delis and shops.
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Guy is Time Out’s formidable Food & Drink editor, anonymously reviewing the capital's eateries.
953-959 Garratt Lane, London, SW17 0LR
'For its massive range of every type of Asian ingredient. If this store doesn’t have it, you don’t need it.'
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87-191 Upper Tooting Road, London, SW17 7TG
'The place to go when you want a dashboard-mounted LED light-up Krishna, and many other hard-to-source Indian artefacts.'
London’s most handsome chef, Nuno is chef patron of
Viajante at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall hotel.
41-43 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DL
'This is a really nice boutique on Redchurch Street – which has changed a lot over the past few years. Hostem is a great menswear store with a good selection of clothing.'
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18 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH
'Also on Redchurch Street is this fantastic homeware shop, which kind of has a vintage feel.'
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Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH
'There’s a stall in Broadway market called Yum Bun, which does these incredible pork buns: they’re rice buns which have been steamed, cut open, then filled with pork belly, which has been slow-cooked and then gently fried and topped off with fresh cucumber, chilli sauce, hoi sin sauce and scallions. I probably shouldn’t eat them as much as I do, but they’re show-stoppers.'
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67 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH
'Another favourite of mine on Broadway Market, this coffee emporium is so passionate about what it does and, of course, that is reflected in the final product. I always pick up a jar to take home.'
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366 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4DA
'A new clothing boutique on Kingsland Road, this has some great in-store gigs and events for us locals.'
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The dashing founder of
Polpo, Da Polpo and Polpetto.
18 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0SH
'Lina Stores is actually better since the refurb (so often the opposite happens) and I have only recently discovered it makes the best coffee in Soho.'
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61 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 6HS
'This Italian deli is so uncompromisingly old school that it still puts sawdust on the floor. Respect.'
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17 Shorts Gardens, London, WC2H 9AT
'I’m such a sucker that I find is impossible to spend anything less than a small fortune here. They had me at, "Hello".'
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194 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JP
'This is a ship’s chandler in the middle of the West End. I will sometimes pop in and buy a cleat or a turnbuckle just for the hell of it.'
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