I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 6 – Where to Eat Around Mayfair

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Emily:   I love to travel, and my mom does, too!

When I was growing up in Ohio, we could only afford road trips to local amusement parks.  But collecting miles and points has opened up a whole new world of travel neither of us thought possible!

She and I decided to go to London and Paris for a mother-daughter getaway.  We flew Business Class and stayed in 5-star hotels.  I paid for this trip for a fraction of the retail cost by using airline miles and hotel points.

I’ve never traveled so long with my mom before, and at the end of the trip, I felt like I had a new best friend!  Without the miles & points hobby, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience the joy of traveling with my mom.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

Foodies Touring London

In this series, I’ll show you how you can get to Europe, too!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London Trip Report Index:

Where to Eat Around the InterContinental London Park Lane

At first glance, it might not seem like there are many restaurants around the hotel.  But don’t order room service so fast!  There are delicious restaurants about a 10-minute walk away.

Here are my recommendations!

1.   Al Sultan

Address:   51-52 Hertford St, Shepherds Market, London W1J 7ST, United Kingdom

Al Sultan is a delicious Lebanese restaurant about a 7-minute walk from the hotel.  The decor was gorgeous!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

It Felt Like a Middle Eastern Palace

The lighting was intricately detailed.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

Halo-Shaped Lamps Above a Celestial Meal

The food was absolutely delicious!  After a long day of sightseeing in the rain, a piping hot and tasty meal was what we needed.

For our appetizer, we ordered cheese bread.  It was amazing!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

“Kallaje,” Cheese on Lebanese Bread With Basil

I also tried something called Kharoof Mehshi, which is leg of lamb in Lebanese spices.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

Fun Shaped Plates

I ordered mint tea to warm up more.  It was delivered in an Arabian Nights-esque tea pot!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

I Thought a Genie Might Pop out Instead of Tea

We were glad we stopped into this restaurant!

2.   L’Autre

Address:   5B Shepherd St, London W1J 7HP, United Kingdom

The next evening, we went to a Mexican restaurant called L’Autre.  It was a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

I Enjoyed the Intimacy of This Cozy Restaurant

We ordered nachos to start.  They were OK.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

Nothing to Write Home About

Then I ordered pierogies that turned out to be fabulous!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

Served With a Sour Soup Called Borscht

My mom ordered kielbasa with sauerkraut and potatoes. She also loved her main course!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 6 Where To Eat Around Mayfair

Mom’s Was Good, Too

You’re probably thinking, “Hey Emily, didn’t you say this was a Mexican restaurant?!?  The server told us this Mexican restaurant also specializes in Polish food.

3. Wild Honey

Address:   Wild Honey, 12 St George Street, London, W1S 2FB

My mom and I did not have a chance to go to Wild Honey, but it looks delicious!  It’s a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute cab ride from the hotel.  The modern European restaurant was awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening, and the chef prides the restaurant on its affordability.

To give you an idea of what they serve, a sample January “Working Lunch” menu includes:

Starter
Winter broth of curly kale, sweet onion and artichoke, lemon and nutmeg.
Salad of roast quince, Italian leaves and toasted seeds.
Game ragu, hand cut macaroni, Parmesan, olive oil.
Main
Slow cooked confit of Goosnargh duck, winter root vegetables, green lentils.
Cod fillet, sweet potato purée, winter mushrooms.
Crushed Italian pumpkin, burrata, curly kale, Parmesan.
Dessert
Cold chocolate fondant, banana ice cream.
Today’s cheese – Morbier.
Coffee, cannelé and chocolate.

You Can Do It, Too!

We used British Airways Avios points to fly to London.  But we ended up paying a lot in fuel surcharges.  And we stayed at the Intercontinental London Park Lane.

But there are cheaper ways to get to London on miles & points!  And plenty of options for hotel award stays.

Here are my top recommendations for booking award flights to London.  And some ideas for where to stay!

Flights

1.   American Airlines

Using American Airlines miles to get from the US to Europe costs:

  • 30,000 miles one-way in coach (22,500 miles between November 1 and December 14, and January 10 and March 14) + taxes & fees
  • 57,500 miles one-way in Business Class + taxes & fees
  • 85,000 miles one-way in First Class + taxes & fees

Note:   Make sure you don’t fly on British Airways planes, because American Airlines will pass along the fuel surcharges!  Try to cross the ocean on an American Airlines or Air Berlin plane.

It’s easier to earn American Airlines miles than you might think!  Right now, Citi American Airlines credit cards are offering:

Redeeming American Airlines miles is simple, too.  Look for flights on your desired dates by logging into either your American Airlines account.  Make sure you click on “Redeem Miles” and then Show Full Calendar” for the fewest number of miles needed if your dates are flexible.

Check out my guide on how to book American Airlines miles!

2.   United Airlines

You can fly from the US to Europe on United Airlines for:

  • 30,000 miles one-way in coach + taxes & fees
  • 57,500 miles one-way in Business Class + taxes & fees (70,000 miles if you fly on a United Airlines partner)
  • 80,000 miles one-way in First Class + taxes & fees (110,000 miles if you fly on a United Airlines partner)

You can earn United Airlines miles quickly by signing-up for these cards:

  • Chase United Explorer – 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Chase United small business card – 50,000 United Airlines miles after spending $3,000 in purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account

You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to United at a 1:1 ratio with:

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve – 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred – 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Chase Ink Business Preferred – 80,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening

Check out my ultimate guide to booking United Airlines miles!

Note:   Remember, Chase has changed their application rules for airline and hotel cards.  So if you’ve opened 5+ credit cards in the past 24 months, it’s unlikely you’ll be approved for any of these cards.

Hotels

1.   IHG

You can book IHG hotels for between 10,000 and 60,000 IHG points per night (or just 5,000 IHG points per night during IHG PointBreaks!).

I stayed at the 5-star Intercontinental London Park Lane, which costs 60,000 IHG points per night.  But you can stay at cheaper options, like the Holiday Inn Stevenage30 minutes north of London, for just 10,000 IHG points per night.

2.   Hyatt

Hyatt charges between 5,000 and 30,000 Hyatt points per night.  I’ve previously stayed at the Hyatt Regency London – Churchill and loved it!  The hotel costs 25,000 Hyatt points per night.  But you can also stay in cheaper hotels, like the Hyatt Place London Heathrow, which costs 12,000 Hyatt points per night.

3.   Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, & Starwood

Marriott and Starwood have merged!  You can link your accounts, and transfer points between your Marriott and Starwood accounts at a 3:1 ratio.  And Marriott and Ritz-Carlton essentially have the same rewards program, just with different branding .  So if you collect Marriott or Starwood points, you’ll have lots of options in London!

It costs between 7,500 and 70,000 Marriott points to stay at a Marriott or Ritz-Carlton hotel.  And Starwood hotels charge between 3,000 Starwood points (2,000 points on weekends) and 35,000 Starwood points for a free night.

You could stay at The London EDITION, a 5-star Ritz-Carlton hotel, for 50,000 Marriott points (or convert 17,000 Starwood points into Marriott points).  Or you could stay at the Aloft London Excel for 10,000 Starwood points (or convert 30,000 Marriott points to Starwood points).

4.   Hilton

Hilton has lots of hotels to choose from in London!  You can stay at the incredible Waldorf Hilton, London for 60,000 Hilton points per night.  Or you can stay at the more affordable Hampton by Hilton London Croydon for 20,000 Hilton points per night.

Bottom Line

There are lots of food options around the Intercontinental London Park Lane.  You can find English pubs, Japanese restaurants, Italian restaurants, coffee shops, and more.  Or check out the places where I dined, like Al Sultan or L’Autre.

You can use Yelp, Google Maps, or TripAdvisor to help narrow down your choices.  Be prepared for a quick 5 to 10 minute walk to find several high-quality restaurants!

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