As one of Britain’s best-loved chefs, Jamie Oliver’s influence on food can be seen all over the country – from his successful beginnings as the Naked Chef to the many cookbooks and global campaigns for improving food education.
Another of Jamie’s biggest achievements is the abundance of successful restaurants the chef has founded over the years. Here’s a guide to where you can enjoy Jamie’s finest foods when in London.
Opened in 2002 near Old Street roundabout, Fifteen London is a celebration of British food with a modern twist. Jamie and head chef Robbin Holmgren created the menu at Fifteen by taking inspiration from food all over the world, using fresh British produce to create truly amazing dishes – the Telmara duck with freshly picked elderberry is a definite favourite. With the menu full of dishes designed for sharing, and an atmospheric bar that’s recognised on the London gin map, Jamie Oliver has ensured that Fifteen is the perfect place for dining with friends.
Jamie’s Italian at Convent Garden (Image source: Jamie’s Italian)
With more than 40 locations all over the UK, the popularity of Jamie’s Italian is clear to see. Originally opened in Oxford by Jamie Oliver in 2008, there are now 13 venues to choose from across the capital including Covent Garden, London Bridge and the newly-opened Ludgate Hill. Jamie’s Italian offers a relaxed dining atmosphere and seasonal Italian dishes the whole family can enjoy (be sure to check out their award-winning kids’ menu). For all the latest offers and updates, check out their Twitter and Facebook.
Jamie Oliver’s Diner
When opening this pop-up diner on Shaftsbury Avenue, Jamie wanted to create a menu full of delicious comfort food, making this laid-back venue a great place to stop for a tasty bite to eat in central London. You’ll find a selection of succulent burgers and hotdogs on offer at Jamie Oliver’s Diner, as well as ‘Jamie’s naughty favourite’: chicken in a basket with shoestring fries. The Diner is open for a limited time only – so be sure to visit soon!
Barbecoa (Image source: Barbecoa)
If meat is more your thing, then a visit to Barbecoa is a must. Founded by Jamie Oliver, it’s the first barbeque steakhouse in the UK and boasts a menu that can only be described as mouth-watering! Barbecoa pride themselves on using only the best meat in Britain, and traditional fire-based cooking techniques such as fire pits and Robata grills. Situated opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, this restaurant has the added bonus of a spectacular view (pictured above) to enjoy whilst you tuck in to the finest meats cooked to perfection.
When dining in London, you couldn’t ask for a more atmospheric location than bang in the middle of the world-famous Covent Garden Market. This is exactly where you’ll find Union Jacks, an exciting dining experience created by Jamie Oliver and pizza expert Chris Bianco. Wood-fired pizzas with inventive British-themed toppings are the winner here; make sure you check out the Union Jacks Instagram and Twitter to get some serious food envy.
So there you have it: the ultimate guide to eating your way around London, Jamie-style!
(Disclosure: This is a guest post)