I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 7 – Where to Eat in London

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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 7 Where To Eat In London

Mom and Me at High Tea in Downtown 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 in London

London is a melting pot, so you you’ll find most any type of food you’re looking for.

In this post, I’ve included a few of my favorite restaurants.  You can also use apps like Yelp or TripAdvisor to find restaurants more your style.

Ask Italian

Address:   Multiple Locations

Ask Italian specializes in, you guessed it, Italian food!

My mom and I had a long day of shopping and were ready to rest and re-energize ourselves.  So, we stopped into Ask Italian.

We ordered a rocket salad, olives, and bread for our appetizers.

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Fresh Arugula WIth Balsamic and Olive Oil

For our main course, we split lasagna and a side of vegetables.

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Lots of Items on the Menu Were too Big to Eat Alone!

The food was pretty good.  The total price came to around $40, and included drinks.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 7 Where To Eat In London

Not Overly Impressed With the Food. But Mom’s Smiling Anyway

The Creed Lane Kitchen

Address:   1 Creed Lane, just off Ludgate Hill, near St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Creed Lane Kitchen prides itself on its “homemade” branding.  It has salads, sausage rolls, great pastries and cakes, and multiple special dishes each day.  It’s located in the City Center, so you’re bound to pass by on your way through London.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 7 Where To Eat In London

Coffee Is Another Specialty at Creed Lane

My mom and I ordered the lunch specials.

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Large Menu Written in Colorful Chalk

We also got two large coffees to warm up – it was cold out!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 7 Where To Eat In London

A Blustery Day in London Can Be Remedied With the Right Kind of Liquid

The restaurant had only a few tables, but was warm and inviting.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 7 Where To Eat In London

Everything Tasted Fresh and Natural

I would stop by Creed Lane again for its delicious coffee and pastries!

Caffe Concerto

Address:   Multiple Locations

Caffe Concerto is a small restaurant chain specializing in cake.  At their restaurants, they also feature live music events.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 7 Where To Eat In London

My Mom and I Went for Afternoon Tea!

We were excited to try all the little sandwiches, scones, and cakes.

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~$20 Per Person Is Peanuts Compared to What Some Areas Charge for Afternoon Tea

What a treat!  Everything looked so good!  I’ve had better afternoon tea, though, like the Empress Tea Room in Tampa.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 7 Where To Eat In London

I was a Bit Disappointed With the Taste of the Food. Can’t Ignore the Presentation, Though!

The inside of the restaurant was elegant and classy.

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 7 Where To Eat In London

Fresh Flowers on Every Table

You Can Always Self-Cater

And remember, you can always go shopping and bring back your own meal to your hotel!

I Found My New Best Friend Traveling To London Part 7 Where To Eat In London

Buying Meals at the Supermarket Will Save You Lots

It’s an easy way to save money.  And to have cheap snacks on the go.

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

You can find practically any kind of food you want in London.  That’s because it is such an international city.  Use apps like Yelp, Google Maps, or TripAdvisor to find the best restaurants near where you visit.

And make sure you go to for Afternoon or High Tea while you’re there – it’s a must!

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2 responses to “I Found My New Best Friend Traveling to London: Part 7 – Where to Eat in London

  1. Emily, moms and daughters trips are fantastic. My daughter and I have been taking trips together for years, mostly domestic but a couple in Europe also. Recent trip last May we went to London, Prague and Vienna for 10/11 days. Fantastic trip! We too stayed at the Intercontinental Park Lane (my favorite hotel in London). We loved it. While I had Platinum Ambassador status it didn’t really give us much so we did pay for an upgrade for executive lounge and found it a lovely place to eat every morning and evening, food was great and so was the view. Stayed one night at London Conrad in a junior corner suite which was roomy, and while the executive lounge was nice, fireplace even, the food was limited and space was limited. No view from the window either. I have previously stayed at Hyatt Churchill and really like that hotel too, great executive club lounge food and service. Used mostly points and miles. Stayed at Vienna Park Hyatt with a diamond suite upgrade, so beautiful and luxurious. In Prague we stayed at the Sheraton and had free breakfast that was very nice in the executive club with great service, but restaurant food and service was not great at all. Room was spacious but not great, there wasn’t a piece on art on the wall, very plain.

    • Hi Madison, Sounds like another amazing mother daughter trip! You’ve stayed in some excellent hotels! Thank you so much for sharing your tips. Keep them coming! 🙂