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Affordable Luxury: What to Eat in London

Affordable Luxury: What to Eat in London

Up to 25, 50 or 100 Euros: in London restaurants there are gourmet experiences to be enjoyed by all. Find out how to make the most of a limited budget.

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Everything is possible in London, at any time of the night or day. Harrods’ motto "From a pin to an elephant" is truer than ever, in terms of food and drink. And the same can be said for all the five-star hotels in London which top the charts in their efforts to satisfy any desire expressed by customers.

Here is a list of where and what to eat in London up to 25, 50 and 100 Euro, gourmet experiences to be enjoyed by all.

What to Eat in London up to to 25 Euro

San Domenico House, in Chelsea, is the perfect destination for those who do not intend to go without the typical flavours of Italy. It is located in a characteristic Victorian house but its owner, Mrs. Marisa Melpignano, is a businesswoman from Apulia renowned for her starred farmhouse accommodation in the area of Salento. A lavish and impeccable breakfast with a Mediterranean take, complete with mozzarella “knots”, is served for 20 GBP, around 25 Euro.

For the same price, you can also sip a cocktail in an American bar whose fame has almost become legendary: take a seat in the unmistakable blue and cream room of The Savoy’s American Bar, which has also welcomed celebrities of the likes of Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. For 16 GBP you can afford to stop off at one of the two bars - Connaught and Coburg - in the Connaught Hotel to sip a Martini. What makes this venue different is that no drink served here is either shaken or stirred: the bartenders adopt a special technique called “throwing” to avoid stressing the drinks.

What to Eat in London from 25 to 50 Euro

I bet you would never have imagined being able to afford going to the Mandarin Oriental to enjoy a meal seated in the three-starred Heston Blumenthal dining room for just 40 GBP (about 50 Euro). During the week, from noon to 2.30 pm, you can take advantage of a three-course Set Lunch. Another good reason for dropping in at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the exclusive partnership it entertains with The Royal Academy of Arts which has set up an exhibition on the hotel premises. Entitled Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse it will run until 20 April.

After your visit to the exhibition, and without breaking the bank, you could stay for lunch at the Bar Boulud run by chef Daniel Boulud: if you order a Lyonnaise salad and a terrine of foie gras washed down with a glass of Pineaudes Chanteres you will part with around 40 GBP.

Every weekend, the London address of the Four Seasons at Park Lane, set in the heart of Mayfair, offers a sumptuous brunch of Mediterranean inspiration. The Amaranto restaurant, the lounge, the bar and the terrace of the Four Seasons at Park Lane Hotel are perfect places in which to enjoy a welcome brunch in the early spring sunshine. Action starts at 10.30 and each dish appears on an à la carte menu: I particularly recommend the spinach frittata and tea-smoked wild salmon with potatoes. Add the dessert of the week and your bill will amount to around 35 GBP.

What to Eat in London from 50 to 100 Euro

In the late afternoon, there is really no limit to the number venues in London serving Afternoon tea. If you are looking for somewhere really posh at an affordable price, head for Browns Hotel: one of London’s very first hotels which opened in 1837 and, since then, has become a favourite among royals, jet setters and international stars. Once seated in Brown's English Tea Room you have two options: a 100% healthy English afternoon tea or another including a glass of Dosnon&Lepage champagne, a low-calorie extra-brut.

I chose the former, the Tea-Tox Healthy Afternoon Tea, which comprises various tasty morsels including a succulent smoked chicken with guacamole on spelt bread, steamed salmon and dill-flavoured crème fraîche on rye bread and Chocolate Vahlrona, raspberries and soya (61 pounds per person, 75 pounds for the one with champagne). For unrepentant meat eaters (but neither will vegans go hungry) the Sexy dinner @STK London is perfect for an evening meal.

The first STK to open in Europe is housed on the premises of the Hotel ME London designed by Norman Foster. Meals are of the high energy type and the atmosphere is hyped by live DJ sets. The menu studied by chef Barry Vera offers the best cuts of prime USDA beef and traditional American dishes, from the Lil' Burgers with Wagyu beef to the mac&cheese with lobster; from cream of pumpkin soup to halibut in a coconut crust with noodle salad (two courses and a glass of wine come to 70 GBP).

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