Dining in London

London's East End is home to The Fine Line, a lively bar with a lovely view of the London Monument. The mezzanine area's menu features eclectic modern cuisine based on fresh local produce while the ground-floor bar serves up homemade favorites like chips, onion rings, salted peanuts and crispy calamari.

Close by is Nandos, a Portuguese restaurant that is friendly for both children and budget-conscious diners. The intimate restaurant is most well-known for its Peri-Peri chicken marinated for at least one full day in an Afro-Portuguese sauce. For lighter fare, try the couscous salad served with coriander, chickpeas, olives, mixed greens and peppers.

Lambeth offers many culinary options, including both ethnic eats and traditional fish and chip pubs. At Brixton Market, indulge in a veggie pizza at the Agile Rabbit, a homey cafe that also serves up delectable homemade desserts. The nearby Etta's Seafood Kitchen is famous for its fresh king prawns, crab fritters, fried sprats and mussel pots, all served in a casual and unpretentious atmosphere.

In Northern London, get to the King's Head on a Monday night for tasty dishes served with a side of live comedy. The pub also houses a theater that puts on plays, operas and other entertaining events. Past shows include the Barber of Seville, The Great Gatsby, Pirates of Penzance and Tosca.

Make reservations well in advance to snag a table and the trendy and Zagat-rated Cafe Japan. The Golders Green restaurant is one of the best the city has to offer, with great prices and even better dishes. For maximum enjoyment, sit at the sushi bar, sip on a chilled bottle of Saki and feast on the butter fish maki.

The swanky Barbecoa restaurant is located right next door to St. Paul's Cathedral, and the food is even better than the view. Meat is the main focus, but even vegetarians will delight in chef Adam Perry Lang's inventive and satisfying dishes. All the meat is sourced from local cooperatives and farms and is prepared by an in-house team of butchers. Don't leave without trying the sirloin accompanied by seasonal ingredients.

Once only open to club members, Tottenham Court's Paramount restaurant is now sharing its delicious and stylish dining experience with all hungry visitors. Go for the warm salad of confit potato, green beans, quail and pancetta and stay for the glazed lemon pudding with raspberry and champagne sauce.