COYA Mayfair | Courtesy of Emma Bowman at LUCHFORD APM
Buckingham Palace attracts hundreds of visitors each day, being one of the city’s most famous landmarks and tourist attractions. After a long day of exploring London, here are some of the best restaurants within walking distance of Buckingham Palace to refresh and refuel at.
Restaurant, Bar, Italian, $$$
Tozi is a Venetian-Italian bar and restaurant located in the heart of Victoria consisting of mainly cicchetti (small sharing plates) of well-known and more unusual food pairings. Any foodie will love TOZI’s electic menu, featuring dishes such as tuna tartare, wild boar, swordfish and (of course) a mighty selection of cheeses. If you fancy a beverage with your dinner, the contemporary restaurant also offers an all-Italian wine list as well as Italian cocktails, including the classic Espresso Martini alongside Italian bubbles and craft beer.
Just a 12-minute walk from Buckingham Palace is A. Wong, a Chinese restaurant specialising in dim sum. It also offers guests a unique 10-course “Taste of China” menu that showcases the plethora of flavours across the region, featuring dishes such as barbequed pork jerky, Shanghai steamed dumplings, Yunnan seared beef and Gong Bao chicken. If you’re a lover of Chinese food, A. Wong is worth the slight walk and is just moments away from Victoria station, making it easy to jump on the train afterwards.
If it’s fine dining you’re after, Galvin At Windows is a Michelin-starred restaurant located at the London Hilton on Park Lane. The restaurant is located on the 28th floor of the famous London hotel, so diners can enjoy 360-degree views of London during their dinner and admire some of the most iconic landmarks such as London Eye, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Wembley Stadium. Diners can choose from a selection of incredible menus all based around modern French haute cuisine. This luxurious restaurant offering spectacular skyline views is located just a short walk from Buckingham Palace.
COYA prides itself on bringing the spirit of Latin America to the heart of Mayfair with its Peruvian sharing plates, traditional open grill and a Pisco Bar. The menu boasts classic Peruvian cuisine such as cechive, seafood and quinoa, and even offers a delicious tasting menu priced at £80 per person (which is pretty reasonable for Mayfair). COYA also has sister restaurants in Angel Court near Bank and Dubai, Abu Dhabi. Its mouth-watering menu has resulted in the restaurant receiving many prestigious food awards. When you’ve finished your authentic Latin American meal, make sure you wash it down with a traditional Pisco Sour from the beautiful bar.
Located just a stone’s throw away from The Ritz and on the other side of Green Park from Buckingham Palace is Hatchetts, an upmarket restaurant with a focus on British cuisine. The venue was founded in 1720 as Hatchetts’ White Horse Cellar and over the years the cellar has been a popular meeting point and even features in Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers and other works of the time. Now, it offers a classic yet contemporary menu consisting of hearty British dishes, including the likes of fish and chips, 28-day aged sirloin steak and pan-fried salmon.
The sister restaurant of Brixton’s Naughty Piglet, this restaurant also has a menu focusing on small plates and boasts a hearty selection of wine. The menu offers a selection of dishes for all tastes including burrata with almonds, BBQ pork belly, sesame with Korean spices and grilled pear with Jerusalem artichokes. The restaurant has a real passion for biodynamic wines, which you can enjoy by the glass or carafe, and the extensive wine list will leave you utterly spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for relaxed, communal dining and a variety of dishes to choose from The Other Naughty Piglet certainly won’t disappoint.
Located just down the road from Victoria station, Lorne offers seasonal British and European dishes in a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. The decor is incredible stylish and the friendly waiting staff that is on hand to help make the dining experience all the more enjoyable. For starters, diners can choose from some delicious dishes such as spiced monkfish cheeks, lamb sweetbreads and quail before heading onto some exceptional mains. Interesting flavour combinations on a no-fuss menu ensure Lorne stands out from other nearby restaurants and makes it well-worth a visit for any London foodie.