Soho is a square mile in area and is bounded by Oxford Street to the north, Tottenham Court Road to the east, Shaftesbury Avenue to the south, and Regent Street to the west. Despite the recent massive redevelopment that attempted to sanitize it, Soho still has a lot of its own historical, somewhat gritty, and intriguing charm. It might be challenging to traverse due to the abundance of eateries ranging in class and quality. If you can only visit one location, choose Koya. However, many restaurants are on the list of the best of the rest, including Kiln, Brasserie Zédel, and Quo Vadis. Oh, and it would be impolite to pass by Bar Italia without stopping for an espresso, Peroni, or Gelupo without getting a cup of gelato.
If there is an authentic version of Peckham, it lives somewhere in the friction, according to Jonathan Nunn, the author of Eater’s guide to Peckham. It can be found in the marketing strategies of Pakistani butchers who can describe a cow’s internal organs in Urdu, Yoruba, and Igbo; in the gray kitchens tucked between a Campari bar and London’s cheapest movie theatre, and in the apparition of Ugandan barbecue smoke near the spot where William Blake first saw his angels on Peckham Rye. It can be found in vegan Rastafari pasta, Filipino burritos, chapel wraps, and the same leafy vegetables eaten by a million people in 20 different languages. The shawarma wraps at Yada’s, the egusi soup at Yakoyo Spot, the escalope sandwich at Crossroads Cafe, and the jerk pork at JB’s Soul Food are all very delectable.
Shoreditch has evolved into East London’s Soho, which means it is now a hub of intriguing and diverse restaurants and a creative nerve center that is stylish but becoming more commercial. Eater’s loose definition of Shoreditch, which includes Spitalfields and parts of Old Street, Kingsland Road, and Spitalfields, consists of a wide range of food options for all budgets. Some notable establishments include Lyle’s, the Clove Club, Brat, and Leroy, four Michelin-starred restaurants with personalities unique enough to defy an often-staid guide’s acclaim. Smokestak is one of London’s best American-style barbecue restaurants. Kêu Deli is one of London’s finest banh mi shops.