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London Eats: Angela Hartnett's favourite London food

Angela Hartnett, the chef behind flagship restaurant Murano, shares some of her favourite go-tos for food and drink in London.
Angela Hartnett is posing for the camera in a tiled kitchen, with pan and pots on shelves in the background.
Meet Angela Hartnett, the chef behind Murano in Mayfair and Cafe Murano. Image courtesy of Angela Hartnett

Angela Hartnett is one of the UK’s best-loved chefs – she was awarded an MBE for services to British hospitality in 2007. After making her name working for Gordon Ramsay, she opened a series of highly successful restaurants inspired by her Italian grandmother and aunts.

Angela's flagship restaurant is Murano in Mayfair and she has three branches of Café Murano in Covent Garden, St James’s and Bermondsey.

Find out about some of Angela's favourite foodie spots in London in this exclusive interview for the Let's Do London campaign. 

Where's the first place you're heading to when indoor hospitality reopens?

Noble Rot, the original branch on Lamb’s Conduit Street in Bloomsbury. And I want to see if I can get to KOL, Santiago Lastra’s place, which is just brilliant Mexican cooking. My first Sunday lunch will probably be at Phil Howard’s Elystan Street.

Where have you been a customer the longest? 

St. John Bread & Wine, St. John itself, the original J. Sheekey and The Ivy. I also love The Delaunay, which is fantastic for a Sunday night supper.

Where do you go for coffee and what’s your order?

First thing in the morning, it’s always a cappuccino, and then in afternoon it’s a macchiato. I like anywhere that’s Italian, I like it hot and tasting of coffee, somewhere like Bar Italia if I’m in the West End. I don’t really do fancy coffee places.

Where's your lunch spot of choice?

If I want a simple lunch, I love La Fromagerie – you can go and eat there by yourself. There was one time I was in Marylebone, I got a puncture and I ended up there while I was waiting for the AA and it was fabulous.

What about if you have to grab and go?

40 Maltby Street, I was there yesterday and grabbed a fantastic pork schnitzel sandwich with a celeriac remoulade and a little bit of pickle. It was perfect.

Do you have a Sunday lunch standby?

If you don’t want a traditional Sunday Lunch, it’s got to be Bentley’s – it’s fabulous. I love Rochelle Canteen too.

What's the best value meal in London?  

There are lots of great places. Padella for great fresh pasta and El Pastor for tacos and brilliant cocktails. 

Where's your perfect pub?  

I suppose I have to say The Guinea, but if I don’t also mention The French, where my husband cooks, I’ll be in a lot of trouble.

Where's your late-night destination of choice?

Chinatown. It’s full of great restaurants that are open late. No seriously spicy offal for me, I like an English Chinese with sweet ‘n’ sour pork and chicken chow mein.

What have you missed most about restaurants? 

The conviviality of it, being out with people and not always the people you’re living with. I love my husband dearly, but it’s nice to see other people.

I suppose the beauty of somewhere like Soho is you can go in somewhere, and you won’t be there to meet anyone, and you’ll run into someone you know. Or you go to meet someone and you run into 10 other people that you know on your way there.

Read more London Eats interviews, or find some of the best places in London for food and drink in our Let's Do London guide