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Scandinavian London

Whether you're a homesick Scandinavian or just a lover of all things Scandi, here's where to find London's best food, drink and shopping from the region

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Whether you're hungry for proper hygge, desperate for a decent slice of Danish London or just starving for authentic cinnamon buns, our guide to Scandinavian London will satisfy all your Scandi cravings.

London has a serious crush on Scandinavia, as you'll see below from our round-up of the capital's best Scandi-influenced restaurants, cafés (including some of London's best bakeries) bars, pubs and shops.

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Restaurants, Snack bars

Scandinavian Kitchen

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Whether homesick Scandinavian or hungry Brit, you get a warm welcome from the smiley staff at SK, who are a dab hand at doling out decent coffees and Swedish cinnamon buns. Lunch is mix-and-match combos of salads and open sandwiches, and cakes are baked every day: kladdkaka (Swedish sticky chocolate cake, served with whipped cream) and apple cake are excellent. Further temptation comes in the form of Scandinavian groceries, from crispbreads to herring and liquorice.

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Restaurants, Snack bars

Nordic Bakery

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Stepping into Nordic Bakery’s calm, ordered world gives you a rush of reassurance that everything will, in fact, be alright. The sandwiches are neat circles of dark rye supporting Scandinavian staples such as gravadlax, brie and lingonberry, or vinegary herring with soft egg and a mustardy mayonnaise. Or try a karelian pie – a traditional Finnish rice or potato pasty. Get there early if you want to get your hands on one of the famous cinnamon buns, though the squishy, sugary butter buns are pretty addictive too.

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Restaurants, Swedish

Bageriet

icon-location-pin Covent Garden

This Swedish bakery (‘bageriet’) in Covent Garden is a contender for producing the capital’s best buns. Judging by the succession of Swedes popping in for a coffee and a sweet treat during our visit, it hasn’t taken long for word about this diminutive but stylish bakery and café to get around. A counter along one wall is lined with delicious Nordic baked goods – rounds of crispbread, plump cream buns and almond tarts – and the savouries just as successful. And the cinnamon buns? Delightfully light, buttery and aromatic. We’ll be back for more.

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Restaurants, Danish

The Bread Station

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What with Violet, Pavilion, E5 Bakehouse and The Dusty Knuckle, Hackney has more artisanal bakeries than you can shake a rolling pin at. But you can never have too many, especially when they’re lovely as The Bread Station. Danish chef Christoffer Hruskova specialises in dark rye loaves, wholemeal boules and cinnamon buns.

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Restaurants, Danish

Snaps & Rye

icon-location-pin Ladbroke Grove

Scandinavian cooking has been a big deal here in London for a few years, but much of it has been Swedish in origin or orientation. Snaps & Rye is Danish, and is also sensationally good. The venue embodies all that’s best about Scandinavian design, but the owners have clearly taken pains to make their food as good as it can possibly be. There’s a selection of ready-made sandwiches, but the superb ‘à la carte smørrebrød’ with Danish specialities is the menu to go for.

Venue says SNAPS + RYE has been voted one of London's Top 100 Restaurants for four years in a row!

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Restaurants, Japanese

Sticks'n'Sushi

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Sticks n Sushi has been imported from Denmark, where there are ten branches; many design elements in the cavernous space allude to its Scandinavian origins – such as the comfy wooden chairs. The sticks, or skewers, are safe and western-friendly: no gizzards, cartilage or other more uncomfortable cuts. Vegetarians won’t feel left out either, as there are plenty of veggie sushi choices and sides.

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Restaurants, Coffeeshops

Blåbär

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A 'life and style cafe' in Putney that's split over two floors. Taking inspiration from Nordic design, Blabar has a boho chic look and almost everything in there – from the chairs to the lighting, to the plates the food is served in – can be purchased. It serves items such as Icelandic yoghurt pots, sourdough sandwiches and sugar-free blueberry oat squares, as well as Swedish coffee, weekend brunches and cinnamon buns.

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Restaurants, Swedish

Fabrique

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There are a few spots in London where you can get a decent Nordic pastry, but we’re particularly keen on the buns they’re doing at this Swedish bakery. Artisan bakery chain Fabrique offers excellent sourdough loaves baked in the stone ovens, huge walnut bread boules, batons of rye sold in whole or half loaves and, of course, cinnamon buns. Thank fika!

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Restaurants, Coffeeshops

KuPP

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Kupp transcends its soulless and bleak Paddington Basin setting and establishes itself as a destination worth travelling to for anyone who lives within walking distance. And for the office minnows who paddle in the Basin, it’s a godsend – the best place to eat in the complex. Kupp is officially Scandinavian, and plenty on the menu justifies the tag. Other things don’t, such as burgers or a chorizo sausage roll. ‘Modern restaurant with Scandi roots’ might be closer to the mark. The look combines Scandi-streamlined with London-industrial, and windows the size of Berkshire give a great view of the canal just a few feet away.  

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Restaurants, Swedish

Lisa's

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This Portobello Road café and restaurant has a firmly Nordic feel – the food and drink is Swedish and the staff are mostly Scandinavian. The eponymous Lisa has departed for pastures new but a focus on traditional Swedish home-style cooking remains. Expect, then, meatballs, Swedish fish stews, 'koldolmar' (a white cabbage roll with red lentils, mushrooms, onion, garlic and herbs) and 'pytt i panna' (a Swedish hash of pork sausage with ham, potatoes, onion, pickled beetroot and raw egg yolk).

Bars and pubs

Nordic

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This Scandinavian basement bar offers something different from most Fitzrovia venues. Stripped wooden floors with solid wooden benches and tables create a down-home ambience in which to sip bespoke cocktails like the Scandapolitan (muddled raspberries and passion fruit, vanilla and raspberry vodkas, Cointreau, passion fruit syrup and lingonberry juice) or more regular beers and wines. Bar food is along traditional smorgasbord lines (gravadlax, Danish pickled herring) and Nordic holds weekly parties, alongside annual celebrations for Danish, Swedish and Icelandic Days.

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

The Harcourt

icon-location-pin Marylebone

With the Swedish Church across the road and the embassy around the corner, this reinvented Scandi pub-restaurant (Swedish-owned) was always going to be popular with our friends from the north. Customers (including many Swedes) come here for cross-Nordic fine-dining rather than just öl (that’s beer in Swedish), but if you still hanker for a beer at the old ‘Arms’, the smokers’ area at the back has been transformed into a swish, enclosed bar area.

Venue says Scandinavian heritage with relaxed, all-day modern-European dining and drinking that includes a nod to Nordic cuisine.

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Kosmopol cocktail bar
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Bars and pubs

Kosmopol

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A Chelsea cocktail bar and club with a Scandinavian influence thanks to the Swedish ownership. Drinks from the extensive menu include Jaeger Blod (a mix of jaegermeister, raspberry and pineapple), Swedish Spring Punch (forest berries, lemon and vodka with a top of champagne) and Solsken (mandarin vodka and passion fruit mixed with champagne and chambord liqueur).


Shopping

Tiger

icon-location-pin Tottenham Court Road

You like a bargain? Head to one of the insanely cheap Tiger stores around London and get stuck in. Many will already be familiar with the delights of this Danish brand, where an eye-popping array of brightly coloured plastic things you never realised you needed are peddled. Everything here is super-cheap and just the right side of kitsch. Look on it as a really posh pound shop.

Shopping, Home decor

Skandium

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Most people know Skandium for its gorgeous ranges of home- and tableware, but there’s also classic furniture from manufacturers like Asplund, Artek, Fritz Hansen, Swedese and Knoll and even broader European wares from the likes of German design house Vitra and big names Cappellini and Cassina. What makes Skandium special, however, is its commitment to excellence in contemporary design.
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Shopping, Antiques

Chase & Sorensen

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Established in 2010, Chase & Sorensen specialise in modern Scandinavian furniture and home decór. Stock is sourced from Denmark, and other items, with brands including Royal Copenhagen, H. Skjalm P and newer Nordic design studios such as FRAMA, and Studio Arhoj.

Celebrate Scandi culture at Nordic Matters festival

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Things to do

Nordic Matters: what's on

The world is in love with all things Scandinavian right now, so the Southbank Centre's festival championing all things Nordic couldn't have come at a better time. The year-long programme celebrates the art, culture and lifestyle of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland, through music, food, theatre, visual art and talks. Here's what to look out for.

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