Eat Your Way Around London with Radio 1 Presenter Clara Amfo

Clara Amfo
Clara Amfo | Courtesy of Clara Amfo
Josephine Platt

Commissioning Editor

BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo is usually the one asking the questions – whether that’s on air during her mid-morning show or on her new podcast, This City, which is set to see guests like Louis Theroux and Mark Ronson divulge their favourite London haunts. Here’s her guide to the best food spots in the capital.

Spoiler: Dalston is where you’ll find the best jerk chicken, according to Amfo

Thrusting Amfo into the spotlight, Culture Trip is the one asking the questions to get the insider info on tried, tested and loved foodie destinations in the city. From coffee to brunch, her go-to lunch, and hearty British staples including a Sunday roast and fish ‘n’ chips, Amfo’s guide answers all your foodie needs in London. Just maybe spread it out over the weekend to avoid a food coma…

Clara Amfo currently presents the mid-morning show on BBC Radio 1

1. Coffee run

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee

“Climpson & Sons on Broadway Market – there’s always a queue but it’s worth it.”

2. Brunch

Restaurant, British, Fusion, American

“Hash E8 off Dalston Lane for the sweet potato and eggs. Delicious!”

3. The go-to lunch

Cafe, Snack Bar, Lebanese

“I’m in central London Monday to Friday, just by Soho, and I love Cookhouse Joe on Berwick Street – they do delicious Lebanese-inspired salads and mains. The portions are PROPER.”

4. Sunday roast

Cafe, European

“Mess Cafe on Amhurst Road is great to crawl to on a lazy Sunday. It’s run by a lovely family and you really get your money’s worth.”

5. Old man's pub

Pub, Dessert, European

“I’m not a massive pub fan, but saying that I do always have a really nice time when I visit The Princess Of Wales on Lea Bridge Road. There’s loads of natural light, they have fun quizzes and the desserts are so good!”

6. Fish 'n' chips

Restaurant, Bar, Fishmonger, British

“Sutton & Son’s chips are so chunky and the cod batter is just perfect.”

7. Cheeky cocktails

Cocktail Bar, Bar, European

“Spirits are my preference over wines and I love the cocktails at Behind This Wall.”

8. Bottle of wine

Wine Bar, European

“I’m not a massive wine drinker but the wine at Weino BIB is really good. It’s on a main road but you quickly forget that once you’re inside, as it has a really comforting atmosphere.”

9. Dinner

Restaurant, Caribbean

“I LOVE Caribbean food so much; Survivor in Dalston does exceptionally good jerk chicken”.

10. Dessert

Dessert Shop, Dessert

“Sponge & Cream on Brixton Market. They make red velvet cake that I dream about often!”

11. Dancing

Nightclub, European

“EartH in Dalston. I went to the last Deviation club night there and didn’t leave until the lights came on. I also had my birthday party there last year and it was the perfect spot.”

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