It’s no secret that this time of year welcomes a flurry of Arabs who flock to London in search of cooler climes, shopping sprees and of course, fantastic food spots. So we’ve rounded up our top five must-visit places in the capital. And yes, they’re all Instagram-worthy so take note…
1. Elan Cafe
Anyone on social media will have no doubt heard about this heavenly cafe. It’s like stepping into a pretty pink fairytale with floor to ceiling floral displays, bizarrely vibrant food and the most mouth-watering cakes imaginable. There are two branches, one in Knightsbridge and another just off Park Lane but be prepared to queue in both. They serve breakfast, brunch and dinner with a lovely Middle Eastern twist. Our favourites are the Syrian cauliflower hash and the harissa chicken, aubergine flatbread.
2. Dalloway Terrace
Those in search of style with substance and a little history should head to this Bloomsbury spot. Named after the famous literary character from Virginia Woolf, the decor here is sublime and changes every season. You’ll find beautiful florals, towering greenery, dreamy installations and marble tabletops. The food here is also top notch. We highly recommend the brunch.
3. La Poule Au Pot
Situated in London’s most exclusive area, Belgravia, La Poule Au Pot will transport you to the tranquil town of Provence from the moment you step in. It has a distinctly French flair that’s both chic and rustic so you’ll see candlesticks, vintage chairs and flower-filled baskets throughout. The food is equally as spectacular. Order the Fois Gras terrine to start and the Dover sole fried in lemon butter and parsley for the main. You can thank us later.
4. Clos Maggiore
If you’re set to impress, this Covent Garden gem will certainly do the trick. Voted as one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, it boasts hanging blossoms and a glowing fireplace combined with a phenomenal French-inspired menu. What more could you ask for? Booking is essential. 5. Said
We could complete the list without chocolate haven, Said. One look is enough to see how popular it is amongst Khaleejis who make up probably 70% of the cafe’s clientele. It serves up some of the best Italian chocolate around. In fact, the hot chocolate is made of pure melted chocolate, heaven in a cup. The cakes are out of this world, as are the cookies, fondant and chocolate silhouettes. You can’t really go wrong.
By Sarah Jimaa