Clerkenwell Boy's Guide to Eating in London

Clerkenwell Boy; Australian native, anonymous blogger, oracle of all things edible. Through commitment to his hashtag-soaked feed, this faceless chap has become London's prime source of food knowledge. Not only does he remain a mystery (despite having over 100k followers on Instagram) but he also manages to be in all corners of London at once. Here, he gives us his present favourite spots to eat and drink around the city. Naturally, the interview was conducted in a shadowy alley somewhere north of The Gherkin. He'd tell you his name, but he'd have to eat you.

Clerkenwell Boy's Guide to London

Best breakfast?

Dishoom's bacon and egg naan, with extra green chillies and bottomless chai.

Best place for brunch with friends?

I love Salon Brixton for Sunday brunch. Their scrambled eggs with 'nduja on toasted sourdough are a must! Duck and Waffle is pretty special for brunch or #BreakfastInTheSky.

Best place for after work drinks?

Zetter Townhouse for a cocktail or Sager + Wilde for a glass of wine and a cheeky cheese toastie.

Best cocktail in London?

Pho Money, Pho Problems - basically a Pho martini (they've created a pho spirit from Vietnamese spices, pak choi, lime leaf and lime) by the talented Matt Whiley from Peg+Patriot.

Best place to take a visitor to London?

Local food markets such as Maltby Street, Druid Street or Borough Market - followed by a bar or restaurant crawl.

Best borough for food?

For me it's important to support local businesses. Clerkenwell (within the Borough of Islington) has an amazing array of restaurants - some of my favourites include Morito Tapas, The Quality Chop House and St. John.

Best coffee?

Prufrock is my local. They also run workshops and courses from their Leather Lane branch. For cold brew I would suggest Sandows.

Best street food?

Anything at Kerb or Street Feast is usually fantastic. Favourites include tacos by Breddos, the ribs by Smokestack, and steamed buns by Yum Bun. I also have a thing for *THOSE* doughnuts by Bread Ahead.

Best place for beer?

Mother Kelly's which is a New York inspired tap room in Bethnal Green and the Bermondsey Beer Mile which does a craft beer crawl on a Saturday.

Best small market?

Netil Market near London Fields.

Best cheap dinner?

Bone Daddies late night menu in Soho. £15 for a cocktail, chilli pork bun AND the most delicious curry ramen with fried chicken and padron peppers (sadly only available Thurs-Sat between 10.30PM and 11.30PM)

Best street for restaurants/bars?

I love my local Exmouth Market which is packed full of great restaurants... alternatively Paradise Row in Bethnal Green.

The Lowdown

All photographs taken from @clerkenwellboyec1, follow him now on Instagram here.

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