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
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
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
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
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.