What to Wear and Eat on any budget in London

I have to say a thank you and give credit to Sheerluxe.com they were a massive inspiration to me in even starting this blog. My favourite posts I have to say are either the Debit/ Credit posts or the food posts. This gave me the idea to combine the two! So welcome to your complete guide to eating (and wearing) in London:

1. The Minimalist Asian

There is something truly magical about minimalism. Whether it be a plate of perfect raw tuna dotted with micro herbs and dressed in a salty sweet combination of soy and citrus or a crisp white shirt and scraped back hair, it can be the simplest way to create absolute perfection. Japanese or fusion food and fashion for me is the ultimate symbol of this.

Sexy Fish

If you haven't heard of Sexy Fish in 2016 then where on earth have you been hiding? Designed by  Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and boasting Damien Hirst artworks and an impressive list of regular A-list clients, it really is a must go if you have the rather hefty budget. 

Order: Their Shipwrecked cocktail which comes in tiny blue bottle poking our of edible sand. There are notes of pineapple but the overwhelming taste is the alcohol- not a bad thing, ahoy! The Wagyu beef dressed in miso and truffle and of course their signature Sexy Fish roll

Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square W1J 6BR
Phone: 020 3764 2000

Helmut Lang, £305
Wear: Classic minimal elegant with a touch of oriental charm! All in monochrome of course...
AlexanderMcqueen, £1395
GIANVITO ROSSI Suede flats, £430
The Row, £1,630

DKNY, £415

Tokyo Diner

Tokyo Diner may not host the same expensive artwork or the glamorous client but it does boast a certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor and a selection of delicious and authentic noodle soups. Well worth a visit and definitely not to be underestimated!

Order: The Bento box or soup noodles and a glass of traditional plum wine.

2 Newport Pl, London WC2H 7JJPhone:020 7287 8777


From St Xavier, £70
Zara, £29.99
Oasis, £40

Whistles, £180
ASOS, £12.50

2. The Loud Italian

If you've ever been to Italy, you will know exactly what I mean by the loud Italian, it is the lip-smacking hand movements, the nattering of coffee drinking old women and the arguments of flamboyant men on the cobbled streets of Rome. For me, it will always be Sophia Loren who is the epitome of glamorous Italian fashion... 


The Glamorous Cecconi's started in Venice and is now the pinnacle of A-list approved Italian restaurants, with branches in West Hollywood and Miami. Breakfast here is truly delicious and a less costly way to visit.

Order: The vitello tonnato (veal with tuna- nicer than it sounds) and any of the pasta dishes. Copious amounts of Italian coffee compulsory. 

5A Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP
Phone: 020 7434 1500

Wear: Dolce and Gabbana print the most gorgeous Italian scenes which are unfortunately difficult to emulate on the high street. So if there was one thing I would splash out on it would definitely be the bralet, 
Gucci, £540


Il Blandford's 

Il Blandford's was named as Kate Hudson's favourite restaurant when she comes to London. Located in Marylebone it is by no means undiscovered. I would particular recommend going for brunch there. I once was seated next to an Italian who said it was the only place in London that made food like his nonna!

Order: the focaccia for breakfast, a smoothie or a pizza.

65 Chiltern St, London W1U 6NH
Phone:020 7486 4117


ZARA, Tasseled bucket bag, £19.99
Mango, Cat-eyes, £17.99
H&M, £39.99

Missguided,  £25

River Island, Yellow print crop top, £8.00

Topshop, £8

3. The Classic French

Stripes and a baguette tucked under their arm or living off espressos and cigarettes are the sterotypical symbols of French women. The women may be fat-free and skinny but French food is most certainly not, dripping in butter or chantilly cream, French food is full-fat and full-flavour. They started the intricate pastry revolution and Cordon Bleu chefs and hold the highest number of those with Michelin stars. Just be careful not to eat too much if you want to recreate Parisian petite chic!

Le Gavroche

Michel Roux Jr. is probably the best known French chef and Le Gavroche is probably the best known French restaurant in London which made this the effortless first choice. If money is no issue, this is without a doubt the must-visit, deservedly holding 2 Michelin stars.

Order: Their perfect cheese souffle and a coffee with petit fours.

43 Upper Brook St, London W1K 7QR
Phone:020 7408 0881


Sam Edelman, £196.20

Thomas Maier, £454


Although a chain restaurant, Cote does not lose the earnest French charm of a traditional brasserie. Their set lunch menu is an absolute steal and the food is consistently delicious. 

Order: The set-menu

Head office: Côte Restaurants Ltd 
Woolverstone House, 61 Berners St, London W1T 3NJ
Phone: 0203 2067940

Vero Moda, £22
Office, £40
Vichy, £25

H&M, £12.99

Warehouse, £39

4. The Modern English

The Ivy

The Ivy was probably one of the first of a certain class of restaurant. It made way for the other star-studded, paparazzi surrounded restaurants such as Nobu and now the likes of Sexy Fish. However, it will always remain the classic original. The food is traditiona;, expensive and generously flavoured.

Order: The Sherperd's pie and baked Alaska

1-5 West St, London WC2H 9NQ
Phone:020 7836 4751

Wear: For me English style is all about being a laid back English rose, think Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley...

Current/ Elliot, £120
Topshop Unique, £135

Vince, £176

Mulberry, £995

Elizabeth Arden, £22

Alexander Wang, £208


Fish and chips rolled up in yesterday's newspaper with a wooden fork and smothered in malt vinegar will always be my favourite English dish. It represents the traditional English 1 week Summer of happily rosy cheeked children playing in parks with a floppy-flicked Mr Whippy ice-cream.

Order: Fish and chips with a side of mushy peas of course!!

30 Hawley Cres, London NW1 8NP
Phone:020 7267 0440

River Island, £35

ASOS, £35
Seventeen, £6.99
Banana Republic, £59.50

Office, £60
Zara, £25.99

5. The Vegan Hipster

For this I had in mind, you know, one of those cool girls who go to Coachella AND Glastonbury? Their dad is a millionaire, they wear designer boots with hemp and they're probably called Daisy, Ophelia (Fifi) or Beatrice (Bea). The also live a completely vegan lifestyle and go for runs in Regents Park... 


I have to say the food here is truly delicious, inventive and you can even treat yourself to a superfood cocktail. However, it will also be a super-priced cocktail (and meal). 

Order: The tasting platter, coconut water and red velvet cake. 

35 Ixworth Pl, London SW3 3QX
Phone:020 7225 7538

Anna Sui, £555

Chloe, £1395

Chan Luu, £70

Mabu by Maria BK, £140
Surf Spray, £22


It is undeniably difficult to find good quality and reasonably priced vegan 'health' food in London with the growing craze. Vantra provides you with the opportunity to do exactly that.

Order: The salads, Thai curry and mango cheesecake

25-27 Oxford St, London W1D 2DW
Phone:020 7439 8237

Zara, £39.99

Zara, £49.99

Accessorize, £6
Star Mela, £80

Lee Stafford, £7.99

ARW x 

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