Edd Kimber, our favorite in-the-know brit and new contributing editor, shares his must-hit spots in the capital city. Look to these great finds when planning your next trip to London. From a bar styled after Italian train station bars to the city’s most famous market, dive into the British way of life with five of Edd’s favorite places. Get our January/February 2018 British issue for the full list!
7 Old Compton St.
Run by the cocktail genius that is Tony Conigliaro, this tiny bar is styled after the Italian train station bars, those places where you can pop in for a quick espresso or relax for a while with an incredible cocktail. I think I can speak for the entire team at Bake from Scratch that the Bergamot Negroni became the tipple of choice when they came to London. There is a second location in London’s Marylebone, but I love the original bar in the heart of Soho. It’s best to book a reservation to avoid disappointment.
Arch 395, Mentmore Ter.
E5 was one of the first bakeries I discovered when I moved to London and the first place to open my eyes to how good bread can really be—not the sliced white loaf from the supermarket that doesn’t really resemble bread to me, but gloriously crusty sourdough. (This sort of bread has become an obsession, so much so that I bring some back home from most countries that I visit.) Aside from the bread, they also have a great sweets selection, including cakes and a fabulous chocolate rye cookie. If you’re here for a longer period of time, check out their baking classes, which always sell out quickly.