Westminster is one of the most impressive sights in all of London. It’s a unique and powerful feeling being so close to the home of British parliamentary democracy. Knowing that the most powerful men and women in the nation’s history all debated and cajoled right there is something very special.
After taking in Westminster and its lovely surroundings, you might be a little peckish, so let’s look at some of the best eats in Westminster.
The Cinnamon Club
A truly beautiful location, The Cinnamon Club is a 6-minute walk from the Palace of Westminster and an experience all its own.
The food on offer is some of the best Indian food in London, and maybe the country. It’s housed in the former Westminster Library – a Grade II listed building – and you’ll eat surrounded by rows of books in a truly unique atmosphere.
Cinnamon Club prides itself on providing classic cuisine but also innovating and changing up the menu on a regular basis. After your meal is done and belts suitably loosened, it’s only a 20-minute Tube ride back to The Chilworth Hotel Paddington.
Only a short walk from the Houses of Parliament, Quirinale has a sterling local reputation for amazing Italian food and a light, breezy atmosphere.
Quirinale is all about classic, authentic Italian dishes made to the highest standard. The wine list is very comprehensive, offering the perfect complement to whatever food you plump for. The restaurant also offers a stripped-down, but amazing, desert menu that are really worth trying out if you still have the room.
It’s close to local transport links and you can be back in your accommodation in Paddington, London in less than half-an-hour.
Roux at Parliament Square
Founded by Michele Roux – he of television and Michelin Star fame – Roux at Parliament Square has quickly established itself as one of the finest restaurants of any stripe in the area.
The interior and décor is super-stylish but also relaxed and welcoming. It’s one of those places where you go for the food, but the surroundings are just as stunning. The food is very British-centric, with modern, international twists. You might want to try out the Dorset crab and fermented chili, or perhaps the sea trout with caviar, cucumber and dill. In all honesty, the entire menu is amazing and it’s not easy to choose just one thing.
Roux at Parliament Square also has a great drinks selection, covering everything from classic martinis to unique cocktails. It’s the perfect place to eat if you don’t feel like seeking out restaurants near Paddington and want somewhere in the heart of Westminster.
A café and a restaurant, SAPORI is a local favourite and features heavily in ‘best of…’ lists for eateries in Westminster. It’s the ideal place for a spot of lunch or something more substantial before heading back to your room at The Chilworth Hotel Paddington.
SAPORI bakes their own fresh bread daily, offers well-made coffee in all it’s forms and generally has a bright, inviting feel. They use lots of fresh ingredients in the offerings – like the amazing chorizo, rocket and sundried tomato sandwiches – and there’s a good selection of delicious cakes on offer too.