Verity Macdonald's gourmand guide to London

Insider Guide by Chelsea local and creative Verity Macdonald

Verity is a true Londoner. She lives and runs her chocolate company in Chelsea, but draws inspiration from across the city. Let Verity’s favourite spots in the city inspire you too.

In her own words: “Whenever I think I’m getting tired of London, I happen to walk over Waterloo Bridge, and the beauty of the city really takes me by surprise, and I feel lucky to call it my home.”

Best breakfast: Rawduck


197 Richmond Rd, London E8 3NJ, UK

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Hearty and nourishing breakfast bowls and plates at Rawduck

Sister restaurant to Soho’s Ducksoup, Rawduck’s emphasis is on simple ingredients presented beautifully and frequently fermented or pickled. Breakfast is served every day between 10am and noon.

What to order: The fried egg and bacon bap with garlic greens and harissa mayo is ahhh-mazing.

Coffee fix: Prufrock Coffee


23-25 Leather Ln, Holborn, London EC1N 7TE, UK

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For some seriously good filter coffee, check out the 'Brew Bar' at Prufrock

The atmosphere is lively and the coffee delicious in this Leather Lane institution. Prufrock serves Square Mile coffee, as well as beans from other European coffee roasters, and their brew bar gives you the chance to chat to the baristas and sample different hand-brewed filter coffees.

Favourite restaurant: 10 Greek Street


10 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DL, UK

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Scallops and Chorizo at this unassuming Soho bistro

This unassuming restaurant on one of Soho’s main thoroughfares serves seasonal dishes at affordable prices. Chef Cameron Emarali’s menu consists of familiar but certainly not boring flavour combinations and the constantly changing menu makes it this Soho-favourite more than one visit.

What to order: As the menu is constantly changing, Verity recommends asking your waiter for specials and recommendations.

Regular watering hole: Seven Stars


53 Carey St, Holborn, London WC2A 2JB, UK

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Yes to beer. Now.

This quirky little pub is situated behind the Royal Courts of Justice and serves a satisfying selection of real ales and is full of character. Its eccentric landlady Roxy Beaujolais and her cat are the heart and soul of the current incarnation of the pub with a history dating back to the 17th century.