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Whether you’re looking to cook a gold-medal meal or plan a party of Olympic proportions, The Daily Meal’s London Olympics Food & Drink guide has everything you need to get into spirit of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The London Olympics Food & Drink guide is packed with Olympics-inspired cocktails, recipes to create British treats, and tips for planning a picture-perfect party for the ultimate Olympics fan.

For those traveling to London, read and watch videos about the best places to eat, from Michelin-starred dining spots to cafés just 100-meters from the Olympic Stadium to kosher options at the games. The London Olympics Food & Drink is the go-to guide for armchair travelers and jet-setting fans alike during the Olympic Games July 27 to Aug. 12.

Those inspired to travel like an Olympian without the training and the jet-lag can learn how to eat like an Olympian while on the road. Olympic volleyball champ Misty May-Treanor, Olympic soccer star Abby Wambach, and Olympic hurdler Isa Phillips share their travel secrets. Plus, get all the latest London Olympics food and drink news updated daily on The Daily Meal’s London Olympics Food & Drink guide.

Check out The Daily Meal’s London Olympics Food & Drink Pinterest board and repin your favorite London pictures on Pinterest. While you’re there, tell us where you like to eat in London and how you are celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


Olympic-standard food in East London

Go for the culinary gold in neighbourhoods soon to be swamped with visitors to the Games.

In times past, London’s East End was not known for its culinary excellence, specialising in typical working-class foods such as jellied eels, cockles, and pie and mash. Today, however, this area is in the midst of a food revolution, home to some of the most innovative and downright delicious offerings in the British capital. This is good news for visitors to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the main stadium is within close proximity, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample East London’s best modern and traditional fare.

Cafés around the Olympic site
A javelin’s throw from the main Olympic Stadium is the Counter Café, a laid-back coffee den and restaurant located within the Stour Space building, which also houses a contemporary art gallery. The cafe has soft leather couches and large windows, where you can sit and look out at the curves of the outer Olympic Stadium wall. The emphasis is on organic produce, whether it is whisked into a fluffy scramble as part of the all-day brunch or baked into a golden-crusted homemade pie with fillings like lamb and aubergine, or pork, apple and fennel. During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Counter Café will be a very popular option, so reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be necessary well ahead of time.

For a good café alternative less than a mile to the north, try the Hackney Pearl , an award-winning restaurant and bar that specialises in weekly-rotating modern British dishes such as plaice with wild garlic butter and roasted Suffolk lamb as well as steaming cups of Square Mile coffee, some of the best beans roasted in London.

Not just another mall meal
The prospect of dining in a large shopping mall does not often inspire great expectations, but London’s second Westfield, which opened recently less than a mile from the Olympic Stadium, has one or two surprising exceptions. The Franco Manca pizza restaurant in the Brixton neighbourhood has often been dubbed “the best pizza in London”, and its Westfield branch continues the tradition, producing perfect, brick-oven, crisp-yet-chewy sourdough pizzas. Toppings are traditional and locally sourced where possible — such as the creamy buffalo mozzarella delivered from a farm in Somerset — and are best washed down with a glass of organic Ottavio Rube Italian wine.

Fresh, fast Mexican street food with a view of the Olympic Stadium is served at Westfield’s Wahaca and they serve delectable tamarind margaritas as well. Fresh, handmade pasta can be enjoyed at Pasta Remoli.

Fine dining
Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch is a little farther afield — a 15-minute taxi ride — but it is well worth the extra miles. With swaying strings of crystals, stuffed animals wearing tiaras (including a giraffe’s head emerging horizontally from a wall), rich antiques in every corner and vintage handbags hanging from the ceiling, this converted Victorian pub is as notable for its lavish décor as it is for its food. The exceptional modern French cuisine, including dishes such as tea-smoked salmon with sesame and pickled fennel, followed by heavenly lemongrass pannacotta with tarragon ice cream, makes for a special meal away from the Olympic crowds.

For more adventurous modern cuisine influenced by a master of molecular gastronomy, try Viajante, one of London’s most experimental restaurants — a short Tube trip from the nearest Olympic Stadium station of Stratford to Bethnal Green — featuring unusual combinations such as duck heart with apple ribbons, pig’s tail with sweet cornbread, and milk sorbet with pickle and fresh cucumber.

Traditional East London fare
Less than a mile west of the Olympic Stadium, G Kelly’s Noted Eel and Pie Shop is a simple, sleek outfit of white-tiled walls and smartly uniformed staff, where traditional East End dishes have been served since 1939. Freshly baked minced beef pies come with lashings of mashed potato, all drizzled with a secret-recipe parsley sauce. Braver-hearted souls can try the eels, either served piping hot with mash, or cold, set in gobs of clear aspic

jelly and dressed with vinegar and pepper. Sue Venning is the latest in a long family line to run the shop and is well accustomed to convincing the uninitiated to sample a bite. “I ask them, ‘Do you eat sushi?’” Sue said with a bright laugh. “And when they admit that they do, I say, ‘Well then you can eat cold eels – what’s the difference?’”

For another British favourite, head to Poppies of Spitalfields, where Pop himself has been frying golden portions of fish and chips for more than 50 years in his vintage, diner-style restaurant.

East End food tours
To discover East London’s hidden gems, it is always best to ask a local. According to Charli Matthews of culinary walking tours Walk Eat Talk Eat, the food scene in East London is dynamic and always changing. “There’s nowhere else quite like it,” she said. “There are so many different types of food, reflecting all of the different immigrant groups that have come to the area throughout the years, from the Huguenots and Dutch weavers to the Jewish, Irish and Bangladeshi.” From the melting pot of Brick Lane in the inner east — a three-stop Tube trip or a 10-minute taxi ride from Olympics transport hub Stratford station — the tours head to lesser-known foodie areas such as Whitechapel, covering everything from Kashmiri teas and Swedish pies to scorchingly hot Bangladeshi curries and the traditional British foods treasured in this part of the city.


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