Going to London’s museums and art galleries is one of the best ways to spend a day in this city. But, it’s also a lot of effort. There’s all that standing, the countless thoughtful head tilts, and the anxiety of pretending you know the difference between cubism and expressionism. That’s why it’s important to go to the right restaurants that are not only nearby, but where you can sit down, relax, refuel, and Google whether that painting you saw was of a fruit basket or a parrot. These are the best spots to hit after spending a few hours at Tate Modern.
Culture is great and all, but you want something a little more filling. And delicious. Something like a bowl of perfectly cooked aged beef with butter rice, complete with a silky egg yolk on top. Which is exactly what you should be getting from Bao Borough. London’s Taiwanese specialists now have an excellent space just 15 minutes from Tate Modern. That means that once you’ve got your culture fix, it’s time to get your deep-fried curry cheese bao and fried chicken fix.
We find that a Saturday afternoon composed of queuing, staring, and tripping over circles of sketching school kids makes different people crave different things. The best way to avoid a regrettable hangry fallout is by sating almost every craving at Caravan. From grain bowls, to pizzas, to small plates, to pork schnitzel, this place has got it all.
After absorbing all that avant garde, you might just fancy something reassuringly familiar. In which case Casa Do Frango is a fine option for piri piri chicken, prawns, and a moreish bowl of rice featuring chicken skin, chorizo, and plantain. This buzzing warehouse space is an ideal spot for groups or if you’re on a big excursion with little ones as well. The food is tasty and easy plus, if drinks are on the cards, there’s a small but sweet selection of cocktails.
Feeling underwhelmed after all that admiring, how about al fresco situation that celebrates London in all of its busy, aggy, fabulous glory? Tavolino has a huge rattan-chaired terrace on Southwark riverside with panoramic views of Tower Bridge, you can easily become a little teary-eyed about how much you love this stupid, incredible city whilst you sip a top negroni here. Don’t worry, you can channel all those feelings into a big bowl of cacio e pepe or some handmade tagliatelle with a fiery nduja and pork ragu. Finish with an affogato del torre for that full dolce vita feeling.