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London Eats: Sadiq Khan's favourite London food

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, reveals some of his favourite places to eat in London.
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Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London. Image courtesy of the Mayor of London’s Press Office

Find out about some of Sadiq Khan'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? 

Since opening its doors to Londoners, under Asma Khan’s leadership, Darjeeling Express has been one of my absolute favourites.

Asma has also played a vital role on my Recovery Board, highlighting the contribution that our extraordinary restaurants and cafes make to our city.

Where have you been a customer the longest? 

You can’t beat Dishoom! From opening the first store in Covent Garden, it's gone from strength to strength, and I’ve been a fan from day one. It'll always be one of my favourites. Make sure you try the gunpowder potatoes.

What about if you have to grab and go for lunch? 

Usually I’m on the move between meetings, so I’m used to a quick coffee and a sandwich from our great cafes. When I do get a chance to have a sit-down lunch, I’m really looking forward to checking out Imad’s Syrian Kitchen. I’m told he does some of the best falafel in London.

Which food market do you visit often? 

One of the great things about London is the way we celebrate our diversity – and Borough Market is a real favourite of mine.

It’s a true reflection of the fact that London is the world in one city. There’s a whole array of incredible food on offer – from burgers and fish and chips, to bao buns and fresh pasta. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

What dish have you been craving that you couldn't get delivered or recreate at home?  

I have friends who say they can whip up a brilliant Italian dish at home, but you can’t beat fresh pasta served at one of our top restaurants. We have some sensational places across the city. Padella, Trullo, Manteca, the list goes on. I can’t wait to be back.

I’m also really excited to visit the Eataly food emporium, which is opening next to Liverpool Street station. There will be more than 5,000 types of quality Italian produce on offer, including fresh fish, pizza, pasta and coffee.

What have you missed most about restaurants? 

The buzz of a busy restaurant is irreplaceable. The excitement of flicking through the menu, overwhelmed with choice only to find there’s a special that catches your eye.

Our world-leading chefs, hardworking and dedicated front-of-house teams, and each and every person who makes the London restaurant experience so special. What’s not to love about Londoners out and about, catching up with friends, sharing jokes and stories – supporting our economy, and having fun in the process.

Check out more London Eats interviews, or head to our Let's Do London guide for more food and drink inspiration.