Practical information : Eating out London
It is well known, the English eat earlier and restaurants are often crowded as early as 6:30 p.m., just after the job is done. To guarantee you a table, come instead around 8:30 pm. And to really eat at English time: think about booking. Restaurants are generally open daily, often close earlier on Sundays and are very often full on Sunday noon for sunday roast.
Budget & Tips
London offers a wide range of budgets in terms of dining. Many chains are located in the city and offer reasonably priced food. Pubs are also a good option for cheap British food. From Ready to Eat to Michelin-starred restaurants, London has a wide range of cuisines at all prices. Credit cards are accepted in almost all restaurants, and even for a pint in the pub. If the portions are a bit too large for you, don't hesitate to ask for a doggy bag, a practice that is much more widespread in England. This is a much more common practice in England, where you take the leftovers from your meal or the end of your bottle of wine with you
What costs extra
In London restaurants, the tip is now added to the note at the time of the addition. The price of the dishes must therefore be systematically calculated between 10 and 15% higher. The amount of this tax is generally indicated on the card. This tip goes directly to the waiters. You can always refuse to pay it in the case of very poor service, but you will have to justify your action. And the real English never do.
The local way
In London, you always book your table, no matter what day of the week it is. So we advise you to get started, especially if you are a large group, to avoid disappointment when you get there. On Saturday evenings in particular, the restaurants are booked well in advance. Sunday lunch is spent at the restaurant where you can enjoy a traditional sunday roast. If you only want to drink water, specify that you want "tap water", that is to say water from the tap, that will avoid you to pay a bottle of mineral water often expensive. Finally, you will rarely be asked for your desired cooking for the meat in English restaurants and the result will often be well cooked. Feel free to ask for it yourself if you are more of amedium rare or blue meat type
Many restaurants use the "BYOB" system, which means that you can bring your own wine or beer from the supermarket across the street. A smart way to reduce the cost of the meal. Lists of BYO restaurants are available on the net.
To be avoided
London restaurants all have a hygiene rating, ranging from 1 to 5, which is displayed on the doors or windows. It is a small green sticker. Strongly avoid all restaurants with a rating below 4, especially in markets
In restaurants, children are welcome. However, in the evening, pubs are forbidden to under 18s. Unless otherwise indicated.
As in France: no smoking in public places. And anyway, the English smoke much less than the French.